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.

Friday, March 16, 2007


I went to my super cheap thrift yesterday. They had been closed for two business days while they pulled all the Winter Merchandise and restocked everything. I knew there would be treasures to behold. But, when I got there, the place was gutted - empty shelves and empty clothes racks. I did, however, see people with grocery carts heaped to the brim with clothes and such. Later, when I recounted this take to DH, he told me that when he had driven by earlier in the morning, it looked like "Christmas Eve at Wal-Mart." So, I guess I arrived too late in the day. I walked around and found a few little items, a shirt for DS and a shirt for DH and was about to leave.

That's when I saw it - leaning on the side on a shelf where no one would ever even notice it. A frame. Not just any frame but THIS frame. Oh, what's that you say? That frame doesn't look that special to you? Well how about this shot? Check out the gilded finish! And the carved detail! Oh it is so wonderful. It is four feet tall and just fantastic. I have plans to put it on the wall horizontally and then put a thin long shelf inside and display some of my thrifted goodies on the shelf. I considered whitewashing it, since that is more my style, but I think it might blend into my vividly painted white walls too much. The frame is very old - it has square headed nails and dovetail joints. I have seen frames like this in antique shops and I have seen them being used on decorating shows. What did I pay for this fabulous frame? I'm nearly embarrassed to tell you...75¢.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.


  1. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Oh my gosh...how beautiful! If you had gotten there earlier, you may not have noticed it. Sounds like you and the frame were meant to be!


  2. Oh wow, I think I may have fainted from sheer excitement at the sight of it! That is one AMAZING find. Just wow.


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