What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Back at 'Em

Monday January 8th - Back to School Day. DS has been off since December 22nd and actually only went to school for three hours on one day in the six days before that (stomach bug) - so he has basically been off for 23 days. I thought he would be difficult to get up this morning, but he knows the drill and got up just fine. He gets 30 minutes of couch, blanket and cartoon time before he has to eat and get dressed. So, when he gets there is usually wide awake enough to start his day. I see so many kids going in with squinty eyes and stick-up hair that haven't even had time to wake up yet.

I've started cleaning out closets and cupboards. I certainly have a very long way to go. But, I have been getting rid of a lot of things. But, even more fun, I have been finding things that I had forgotten about. It's like Christmas all over again! One thing that I was very pleasnatly suprised to put together was my collection of vintage matte white pottery. This collection came to be quite by accident. A few years ago, I went to a yard sale around the corner from my house. It was two older ladies and they had all this pottery sitting everywhere. Tons and tons of old vintage pottery in perfect condition. McCoy, Shawnee, Floraline, Haegar, etc. I gasped when I saw it on the tables because there was probably 50 pieces of pottery of all sorts. Normally I just see a piece here and a piece there at sales. But this was a LOT of pottery and all in one place. Then I started looking at the prices. 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, 10¢. Oh My God! I asked if they would just box it up for me and I would take it all. One of the ladies said, "You must have a lot of houseplants!" "I like plants, " I responded. Of course, I had no plans of putting any plants in these pots! (But, I do like plants!) Most of the pieces were 10¢ - I think I paid less than $10.00 for all of it. I have sold a lot of the pieces at the flea market and some of the no name pieces at my own yard sales. But, I still have a lot of the marked pieces. I love the look of the matte white pottery, so I have decided to keep those pieces. They have been in a storage tub and piling up on a shelf in the corner of my office over the past few years as I have found another piece here and there to add to it. I finally got it all out and put it in the living room. I had 24 pieces in all - I really didn't realize I had so many pieces! I want to put it in the bedroom eventually. These shelves are normally occupied by other items, but since I took the Christmas down and haven't put the regular stuff back up yet - I will leave the pottery out to enjoy for awhile. I don't dare tell DH that each piece is worth at least $25.00 or he would encourage me to sell it all.

I have this old cabinet in the kitchen where I stick old vintage and otherwise cool items for display. I was rooting around in there the other day and I unearthed this fabulous big old canning jar chuck full of old vintage miniature glass ornaments.

I remember buying them when I wasn't into stuff like that, but I still appreciated them for their "coolness". Now, I love stuff like that! I have them out on a shelf to enjoy for awhile, even though I know that Chrismtas is long over. But, it's a new find so I will enjoy it for a few weeks.


  1. That pottery is just gorgeous! That's the kind of collections I see in magazine photos all the time. And the prices--lucky you! You were making me drool with that story.

    The ornaments are sweet! I think they don't look too Christmassy because of all the bright colors. Leave them up and enjoy them--everyone needs something bright to look at when it's dreary January outside!

  2. Anonymous9:18 PM

    I would have almost died of excitement at finding all of the beautiful glass pieces. Just liek Heidi said, they look pretty enough to be from a magazine photo!


  3. I think blogger has a problem with me leaving comments on your blog. I posted again yesterday and no one else had posted yet, but mine is not here.

    I also think you need to leave the jar of balls out. They are much to pretty and they don't look Christmasy at all.

  4. Love the pottery! I recentlly started collecting some white pieces myself. And what a treasure those ornaments are!

    Got your post about wanting to join the pink and brown swap, welcome! Send me an email with your email. :)


  5. I still have my pink vintage ornaments out that I bought and displayed this year...I am thinking they are now my Valentine's ornaments..lol.

    I posted links to everyone's partner and I have you :) For right now, you have Christy unless someone else joins, and Christy has me. I had to do it that way to get everyone in.

    Looking forward to getting to know you!



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