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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Oliveoyl's Goodie Box & Today's Thrift Finds

I spent a few days last week going through my endless supply of goodies to make oliveoyl up a box from my giveaway. She got it today and seemed to be very happy with what I chose for her. So, that makes me happy too! She is going to post photos on her blog, since I had a duh moment and forgot to take pictures. I do remember that I sent her the STRIPEY BAG,a vintage rose plate, a vintage rose covered apron, a silk holder for Ladies Hankies that says "HANKIES" on it wiht a Majorette to the side, a Campbell's Soup Bank, a Doiley and a little vintage sewing cabinet for buttons, thread and needles. It is funny, I had a hard time parting with the little cabinet, but I just really felt that it was something Oliveoyl would like. And I was right! And then, last Friday, I went to the thrift and they were putting out another little cabinet almost identical to the one I sent her - and it was only $1.00. So, now I have another one for my collection o' stuff.

I went thrifting today and only found a few things worth mentioning. This must be a slow time of the year for donations. Shirts were half price at the super thrift store so I bought a few to destoy - one is a black shirt with shell buttons that I will cut off and the other is a quilted handmade vest with hearts and hands on it - it is cute, but not wearable in my opinion. I plan on making tree ornaments or a stocking from the quilted appliques. I did get one shirt that I will keep intact and maybe even wear! I got a 1940's Norelco Sportsman razor for $1.50. I usually stay away from old electric razors, but this one had a cool leather carrying case with Tartan Plaid lining. It is make of bakelite too, I think - I will have to test it. It doesn't seem to sell for much, but I still think it is cool. I found a neat looking vintage Christmas Carol album (50¢) that I will display with my vintage Christmas stuff next year - I thought the cover was neat, but when I got home, I pulled out the album and was surprised to find a bright red transparent album. I bought two big plastic bags full of fat round little people - not weebles - but some sort of Fisher Price people. They were 75¢ each. I also bought a bag full of wooden buildings from a block set or a train set for 55¢. Stuff is so cheap at my thrift, I just gather up anything interesting and bring it home to check it out. I had three bags full for $8.25.


  1. Post a picture! :) It sounds like you had fun today! I've got to get out soon to thrift or I'll burst! Ohhh, I would have liked to find those fat little round people for dd. She loves FP Little People.

  2. Your thrift store does have some great prices. They really vary where I live, even at the different Salvation Army stores.

  3. Lucky you for finding a bag full of Little People. I seem to find the playsets, which we now have several of, but only a few People. Sounds like you got some other nice things too. I went to 3 shops yesterday and spent all of .25 on one box of Shiny Brite ornaments!

  4. Thank you for the box and the pics are now up. I finally got batteries and found the cable for the camera. Now if I could only take DECENT photos it would be great. Unfortunately some of them turned out blurry not matter what I tried. Dang old shaky hands.


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