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

There is a store in town that is chock full of goodies. Once a year they cut everything to half price, then 75%, then 90%, then they box up anything left and completely restock the entire store. I had been there about a month ago and it was the time of the year for them to shut down and restock. Today I happened to be in town, so I stopped by to see if they had reopened. They had a new line of scrapbooking items in so I stocked up on all sorts of goodies including massive amounts of papers, a few sheets of three dimensional stickers and a set of alphabet stamps.

Bu, when I turned the aisle and got a eyeball full of all of this fabulous enamelware, I swear, I almost had a coronary. This is heavy well made enamelware. The cups are big, big cups. I think they would be used more to hold utensils or even a small plant in the window. The Preserves Jars will hold a jar of jelly or, of course, preserves. I love the little piece that says "Enamel cookware" on it. It will be a great plaace to hide something! (Mom's secret stash of Dark Chocolate?) Many of these peices will go into my gift cupboard for swaps and little gifts. The ladle, serving spoon and slotted serving spoon are very heavy enamelware with the fabulous black splotches. The big blue cup with the lid will keep your drink hot and toasty. They had all sorts of colors and all sorts of sayings on the big cups. I swear, I am almost wishing I had bought more.

I love old enamelware, but I am afraid to really "use" it for fear it might have hidden rust or crud. My Mom gave me a bunch of blue and white enamelware and red and white enamelware for my birhtday. It is brand new stuff and came out of a camping catalog at fairly inexpensive prices. I love to use my enamelware and splatterware at functions and family events - everyone thinks it is really different. These serving pieces will match wonderfully.

Oh wait! Did I mention that everything in this locally-owned one-of-a-kind store is priced at the fabulously low price of....$1.00. More happy, happy, joy, joy.


  1. Anonymous10:49 PM

    OMG-I wanna go to that store-I was appalled to read your shopping story. I thought for sure it was a pricey country type store. More like an expensive Cracker Barrel LOL-I shouldda known. The lidded cups what a bargain, I am stunned and sure would like to sneak on down for their $75 % off days and would be in heaven for their 90%, I would faint for the treasure. GREAT finds!

  2. Anonymous7:35 PM

    That stuff is really neat. The spoons look like something cow collectors would love too.



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