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, May 10, 2007

My Thrifty Finds This Week (So far)

This has been a busy week with all my PTSA activites. You would think I wouldn't have had time to go thrifting, but you were wrong! There's always time for thrifting! The school sent home a wishlist that included old tennis balls, so that was my primary reasoning (excuse) for thrifting. I did find one sad little tennis ball that the nice lady at the thrfit gave me for free. I just put a post on Freecycle, so we'll see if I can find any. They want over 100 so good luck to me!

I found one yard sale this morning and spent a total of $2.00. I got this neat old Dr. Pepper tray for 50¢. It s a reproduction from 1979, but I still ike it. That's a keeper.

This set of Ballonoff canisters for $1.00. These used to be a good seller on ebay, but who knows now. Still a good deal for a buck.

These sweet little fruit motif plates were 25¢ each. Not sure if I will sell them or hold for a swap (don't read this if you ever swap with me). They might wind up over the kitchen cabinet soffit.

After I paid for my items, I turned from the table to leave and suddenly I felt myself go airborn. I later found out that there was a cardboard box turned upside down in front of the table that they were using as a display area for about 20 tiny pairs of baby shoes. There was a big piece of strapping tape attached to the side of the box, which apparently stuck to the bottom of my shoe as I "tried" to walk away. I didn't actually fall, I just did this whole Jim Carrey looking act in their driveway. But, I didn't drop my finds. A true yardsaler! It took four of us to pick up the shoes that flew acorss the yard and match them back up into pairs. It was pretty embarrasing at the time, but now I think it must have been pretty comical.

This is a bad picture, but you just have to read the front of my new candy jar I picked up for 50¢ yesterday. It's an Ad for Suppositories. Yum! Candy? Suppositories? What's the difference?

I found these fun cup, bowl and plate sets for $2.00 each at the Salvation Army. I think I had one of these when I was little, because it rings a bell in my head. Or maybe I am just a ding-a-ling. They are still in the original boxes and in completely new condition.

I found this old desk at a yard sale last Saturday. It was only $5.00. It is very heavy cast iron and oak. I am going to attempt to strip it. There are several names and XX + XX's in a heart carved into it, and I think that adds so much character to it. It has the open shelf for books on the back and a spot for an inkwwell. The seat folds up too. It is a really a neat old desk. It had a pile of blankets on it and I don't think anyone realized it was for sale or it would have been sold already.

Hope you find a treasure this weekend! Happy Hunting!


  1. I've been looking for those cups and saucers since I saw them on another blog! Would you mind sharing the manufactures name so I can research. So cute. You did very well!

  2. Don't make me laugh when I have to go pee!!!!!

    The desk is super. Our local thrift would have had it at $50-$100.

  3. Anonymous7:41 PM

    You got some really unusual items. That desk is really neat and would make a great piece of furniture in your house.


  4. those cannisters are great. Are you going to sell them?

  5. We had those cannisters on my mom's counter when I was a kid.

    Like Rebecca, I am sure I have seen those cups on someone's blog, I just have no idea where.


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