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.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Eastery Goodness

I promised photos of my goodies from last week. We have a Hobby Lobby here but not a Michael's. And now, after visiting Michael's, that might be a good thing. Too many cool and wonderful things! And lots of Clearance! I picked up lots of goodies for gifts, goodie boxes and the Spring Fling Pink and Green Swap, etc. And, yes, of course, I picked up some goodies for Yours Truly. I found these fabulous vintag-y old looking bunnies and they just jumped in my cart! Okay, not really. I actually tried not to buy them. But, I wanted them. And so there they sit, in my living room, so there. All three pices cost a total of less than $12.00, so I didn't break the bank or anything. It's just that I so do NOT need anymore bunnies. I just want more bunnies.... The vase is full of Forsythia and Peach Tree Blossoms from my yard.

I also went to an "Everything's a Dollar Store" and found a few goodies. Some Dollar Stores have a lot of imported crap-ola. But you can find some goodies if you look around with an open eye. I got these cute-ola chickie egg cups for $1.00 each. They'll never see a REAL egg, but they are cute as heck on my shelf.
And, I got a set of 6 painted eggs with strings for my tree. I bought two sets thinking they were cute enough. When I got home and took them out of the box - one was broken and I discovered that they are real blown-out eggs and all hand painted. And, each egg was priced at $1.00, but I seemed to have gotten a set of 12 for only $2.00.
This is a shelf in the living room with my favorite Bunnies and Easter items. I actually collect bunnies and have for years. I like the ones that are not Easter-y, per say, but more "year round". Some of my favorite items on here are the big Chocolate Bunny at the top which is actually just ceramic, but looks good enough to eat, the little vintage book "Christopher's Hoppy Day" which is about a boy named Christopher (DS's name) who gets a pet bunny for Easter, the three old Chalkware bunnies in the middle and the little pink bunny girl on the bottom shelf. She still has the paper JAPAN tag on her foot and is very, very old. I scored her at the thrift many years ago for a mere 25¢. The egg plate in the center was a purchase last week at the Super Cheap Thrift for 45¢.

This little display in in front of the window and is on top of one of my vintage picnic baskets. There's the little egg cart I nabbed for 50¢ a few weeks ago! I still love it! Inside it is a set of Annalee bunnies that I picked out of the FREE box at the thrift. They are priceless to me! I bought the pink, yellow and purple floral things to make a wreath for the front door. But, when I hung them in a basket on the door, the idiot birds pecked the little berries off and tried to eat them. They are styrofoam! Not good for the birds, the flowers or my mood. So, now they are in a basket in the living room. The little print came from the thrift last week for 15¢.

Here's a close up of the Easter Tree. It looks a bit crowded and gaudy in this picture, but it is actually quite cute. I especially like the Jelly Bean Ribbon from the Dollar Tree and the Chickie lights I found at a yard sale last week for $1.00. Sadly, the Holiday Tree will be coming down after Easter since the lights seem to put out extra heat in the living room and summer is coming. No need to make the Central Air work it's tushy off.

And lastly, this vintage Rushton Bunny Girl that I got at Goodwill in Topeka, KS last summer for $1.27. She was really, really, REALLY supposed to go on ebay in time for Easter this year. But during the 7 months she sat in my office awaiting listing, I fell in love with her. Whoopsie. I sold a Rushton Teddy Bear for $287.00 once and thought she was worth the same. Seems as though she isn't worth nearly that amount now. So, that is a good thing. 'Cause I wanted to keep her. So, I did.

*On a side note: I am so proud of myself for FINALLY geting the dang pictures centerd and not have my words all scrunched up on the sides or split up all over the posts. Not sure if it was Blogger or the Bloggee.


  1. Love your stuff! I have Michael's close but Hobby Lobby is further away so I don't go often. I was in there last Saturday and had the exact same feelings as you did about Michael's! LOL I couldn't believe all the cute stuff they had. I got one of those big faux chocolate bunnies, just like yours and I LOVE him! I love your little shelf full of bunnies and your Easter tree is just darling!

  2. All of your bunnies are so cute! You have quite a collection. And those egg cups are cute, too!

  3. The tree looks soooo cute. Is it prelit, or can you just leave the lights off? Shame to have to take it down since you are so creative at decorating it yr. round.

    NOW, how DID you get the pics centered???

  4. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Your decorations are so cute. I love Easter things and bunny stuff in general. It is obvious that you really enjoy them too. You got great deals on everything you showed.

  5. Anonymous8:00 PM

    Oh, that anonymous above is from me; Libby. I forgot to put my name.

  6. Oh! A rushton bunny, how swell.

  7. Holy cuteness! :) Great photos. I really like the tree!!

  8. I love all of your Easter decorations, and especially the tree, it is gorgeous!!

  9. Oh my....you have a load of Easter Goodies!! I love Michael's too. I have to bribe myself to stay out of the store, but I can see I need to go back this week!! There's a Hobby Lobby about an hour from here so I don't get there that often. Probably a good thing. Joann's is next to it so I'd really be in trouble!

    Love the print for 15 cents! Adorable!


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