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.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

I Been Thriftin' (What a Shocker.....)

A note to my fellow Bloggers - if you haven't put a Site Meter on your blog yet, you simply must do so! It is fascinating. You can click on my Site Meter on the left over there and put one on your blog. I didn't understand waht it was at first, so I will explain in case anyone else doesn't understand. You can see who has been on your blog. Not their picture, (!) but where someone clicked on the internet to get to your blog. Most of my clicks come from other blogs that have me linked or from the Yardsalequeen Message Boards. Or you can see if someone searched Google for certain phrases in order to find your blog. For instance, someone recently searched for MacKenzie-Child's on blogs and found my post on my ebay sales. And lots and lots of people found the post on the D^ggars after googling them. (I am spelling it wrong so they won't find this post too!) It really coms in handy so you can see if someone has ill intent and is looking for pictures of children to use in not nice ways. Mostly, it is just a fascinating tool. I had someone in Mayalsia read my blog yesterday. And Canada (Hey Shirlee). And Gerogetown (Olive....) And Greensboro (Penny...). It's fun to pick out the poeple I know are reading and wondering about the others that have come by it on accident or by searching.

I haven't posted about my thrifting adventures lately. One of my favorite finds last week was this cute kitchen towel for $1.00. It isn't vintage like from the 1940's, but more from the 1980's or so. I love the bright colors and it matches my tomato label rugs! I went to the thrift yesterday and spotted this picnic basket across the room. I about tripped over my own feet trying to get to it before someone else snatched it up. It was only $5.00. I love to use old picnic baskets to store crackers, chips, bread and stuff in other rooms too like scrapbooking and crafts. This one is certainly useable as a picnic basket because it opens from the front and has a handmade wooden rack inside so you can put a pie or covered dish on the bottom and sit food or plates on the top. I use my picnic baskets to carry food to family functions and school events and everyone thinks I am so clever. Uh, that's what they are for.... When I checked out, my little lady friend, Hazel, that works there said she had just put that basket out and hoped that it would go home with someone special and she thought I fit that bill perfectly. Awww. The picture of the little girl is really on computer stationery. I just love the little girl - Wheeee! It was 50¢ for a pack of 100 sheets. The tray is from New Zealand and is made of inlaid woods. That was $1.00. The wild floral Mod canister is for my Vintage Cookery Swap that I am compliling. It was 25¢. I am doing a 1960's-1970's cookery swap because I cannot seem to part with any of my cool 1940's and 1950's stuff. I hope my partner likes all the cool things I have selected so far. The purse was in the "stuff it in a bag for $1.00" bin. It looks ritzy-titzy so I grabbed it for 30¢. The lining is cool too. It has odd straps making it hang off your forearm and not on your shoulder. I will research it and list it on ebay. Not pictured is Watermelon Potholder #31 which I scored for 25¢.


  1. Cool finds! That purse is unusual. I've never seen one with straps like that! The lining fabric is really cute. I need to get one of those site meter things. I've been meaning to now for a while but just haven't gotten around to it. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Anonymous4:18 PM

    Shara: You and your watermelon potholders. I will keep looking for unusual ones for you.

    I received the coupons today. I had the best time going through them. I made piles for my DD, mom and friends at work with the extras. Thank you so much. I will look for good ones for you too. Thank you so much. Libby

  3. Shara--thanks for stopping by my post today. Your sentinments made me feel better, I truly appreciate your kindness :) hugs.....

    On the thrift note, you get the best deals!!!! I'm so ready for the yard sales to begin again again to refuel my thrift tank! we do have thrift stores around here but none of them have deep discount bargains it seems. WAHH



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