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, May 11, 2007

Fabulous Friday Finds

I'm always on here saying, I found the best sale today. Well, today I really did find the BEST sale EVER. Oh my God. Everything was soooo me. When I walked into this big metal building, I saw things that I wanted everywhere and I didn't know which way to go first. I spotted a cool old tin panel planter so I went that way first. It was $2.25 (in the bottom photos). I used it to hold my purchases until I had more than I could carry (whoopsie) and made a pile. A big pile. In the end, I spent $19.85 which is just a fortune to me at a yard sale, but I go so much cool fabulous really old stuff and brand new items too.

The two round rose motif items in the back are big hat boxes with string handles. They still had tags on them for TJ Maxx for $12.00 each. I think they wee $1.25 each. They kept the tags, so I forget. (I will get organized, I will get organized). Love, love, love the old wooden spools in different sizes. Priced at a mere 10¢ each, my heart did a pitter patter on those. For my Santa collection - the set of four nesting dolls was only 10¢ as well. In the middle is a set of four wooden band boxes - new from TJ Maxx too - $2.25 for the set today. The shutters were 15¢ each and then I found a set of brass cabbage shaped door pulls (they're in the front) for 25¢ that I will add to the shutters. When I told the lady that idea, she said, "Wish I would have thought of that...". Oh yes, and the sugared fruit. So much of it. A lady had it all wrangled up iin her arms, and then I gues she decided against it, because on my third or forth trip around, I saw it all sitting there again. It was only about $1.75 for all of it.

Oh, and that Rabbit Topiary spoke to me. I tried to leave it there. I told myself I really didn't need it. Then I saw it was only 40¢. Damn. Hop into my arms little bunny. The red cut glass candle holders were 25¢ for the set. I can't tell if they are old or brand new. But, I like them - they will go into the gift cupboard. The Statue of Liberty Angel actually came from a different sale for 50¢ this morning. But, she really fits into the whole picture, I think.

Here's all that sugared fruit. Tons of it. The grapes are huge and fantastic. I'm not sure if it's worth listing on ebay or not. Maybe so since there is so much of it. Otherwise, it will probably be added to my Fall decor. But, I really should sell it. But, we all know how that usually ends up.....

A close up of the cool spools. 10¢ each. I still can't believe it. I have several old glass fishing net bobbers that I like to balance on the wooden spools. Sounds weird now that I am saying it. I'll have to post a photo. It really looks neat though.

Cute bunny topiary, damn you. That's a pillow covered with ladybugs that says, "A Tiime to Dance". Another mere 10¢ new with tags. Maybe an eventual swap item. (Don't look). The jakect thing is an Arkansas Razorback frame - new in box for $1.00. Another addition to the Razorback extravaganza birthday party for DH tommorrow. I'm going to run DS up to the University after school and take his photo on the new big copper pig fountain that they just installed for it.

I wish this was truly large enough to hold all my JUNK, but if it was, it would be as big as a dumpster. ha ha When I saw the JUNK - I knew I needed it. 75¢.

Here's a better photo of the ladybug pillow. Too cute. The "Gift of Love" figurine above it is from Dillards. It looked expensive so I grabbed it up for 25¢. I'll have to look it up too. Otherwise, into the gift cupboard for an upcoming wedding. Lord, I am cheap.

This is a brand new serving set fo salads and such. Love the ceramic corn on the cob handles. I collect dishes shaped like vegetables (yes, I know. What don't I collect?) These are from Target and were only 75¢. I will use these. I swear.

A less interesting picture, but I wanted to show the tin planter. Everything else is brand new in the package and was a steal. There's a Sunbeam Air Mover fan that was only 15¢, for new packages of Baseball card sleeves - 5¢ each - to make a goodie binder like I saw on Heidi's blog from her Pink & Green Swap, a Rubbermaid Paint Buddy for touch up painting - 25¢, (Don't read this Mumsie) a cool earring organizer for 10¢, a tester bottle of Lady Stetson for 15¢ for Mother's Day (okay, you can read again Mumsie), a new set of juggling balls for 25¢, a new fanny pack for DS to schlep around his Nintendo DS this summer for 15¢ a new cellphone case for my cellphone for 10¢ and last but not least - a GPS system for $2.50. The man said it works fine - still wrapped in bubble wrap. Seemed like a heck of a deal. I get updates for Geocaching in my area and have been wanting to add that to our weekend roadtrips. So, I am hoping this will help make that posible.
I am still amazed that people will have a big sale, advertise, work day and night and then price everything 10¢, 15¢, etc. I mean, thank goodness they do or I wouldn't score all this cool stuff. This lady kept telling me she was thrilled her things were going to a good home. Me too!


  1. Amazing, as usual! I don't even know where to begin! I love that planter and that cutie pie bunny topiary! How could you leave him there for 40¢? That would have been downright cruel. ;) I think my favorite is those spools! I have a few myself and would love to find more. They're such a great decorative item. I'd love to see a photo of how you use them!

    On the GPS--what brand is it? I can't believe they let it go for pennies! For geocaching you really don't need anything fancy, so hopefully it will work for you! Geocaching is really fun, and right up your (our!) treasure-hunting alley!

  2. Dang, you have had some of the best bargain "juju" lately.

    I collect the spools too. I only have 5 though.

    Due to my lastest car crisis,I will have to live vicariously through your bargain hunts until I get my savings built back up.

  3. Anonymous7:46 PM

    You really hit the mother load, didn't you? It looks like this will keep you busy for awhile trying to decide what to do with it all. Have fun!


  4. This was a good one! I LOVE those Santas! Seriously, are they wood or paper? LOVE THEM.

    And that figurine is a Willow Tree I think. My best friend gave me the engagement one for my wedding, someone had given her one for hers and she loved it. She also has the Willowtree nativity. I think you got a great deal on everything!

  5. That must have been the most amazing sale ever! I love your finds, those spools are awesome, and the santas so neat. I hope I get so luck this summer.


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