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, June 08, 2007

Yard Saling? Today? Who? ME?

I believe I might have made a sort of a foolish statement like, "I won't be yard saling for awhile" the other day. Well, I went today. But, I didn't bring too much home and I've already found a place for it all. Sadly, it's all keepers for me and nothing to resell. (I spotted this sign at a sale today. I asked permission to take the picture, which, oddly, she didn't find strange at all.)

The loot:
The old Ball jar with Zinc Lid was $1.00. The white bowl in the back is enamel and has flowers around the edges. It was 50¢ and will someday hold flowers. The white boxy thing is wooden and looks like beadboard on the sides. It was 50¢ and is holding my stash of pens and notepads. The basket wagon thingy was a must have at 50¢, the matte white planter was $1.00 and is happily amongst my collection as is the too damn cute chicken that had to come home for a mere 25¢. (You remember that trophy, right?) The cake cutter was 50¢ and has a butterscotch bakelite handle. It has a little damage, so it went into the cabinet of old kitchen junk. The six little glass bottles came in the blue beaded votive candle box all for $1.00.
Here's a close up, albeit blurry, of the bottles. I won several of these in the old claw machines at the fair when I was a kid and I still have them. These are newer reproductions, but sitting beside my old ones, no one can tell which is new and which is old. Kind of like when I sit by the cheerleaders. Who's young? Who's not? No one can tell! ;o)

Why, yes that is a watermelon potholder. Thanks for noticing. Number 32 at my house and a mere 25¢. The handmade basket was 50¢ and the mass of glass in the middle is a bunch of dainty glass flowers that cost 25¢ as well. The shirt is for DS who has a thing for wearing fast food uniforms. This one is from Chuck E. Cheese and he was thrilled to spot it on the rack, to say the least. He has several fast food employee shirts that he wears proudly. Most kids aspire to be an astronaut or a policeman when they grow up. It has been his dream to work the Drive-thru at McDonald's his whole life. Aye-yi-yi. He also sometimes mentions that he would like to be a doctor. Whew.

This is my most favorite find of the day as well as my very best deal. Four, count 'em, four, boxes of vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments. Most have the white glittery snowy desings on them and they are all in perfect condition. (And might I add, strong little buggers as two of them rolled out of the back of the car and bounced across the driveway unscathed). I bought these at a yard sale that ended up being at the house of the Math Teacher that I had made copies for this past school year. I saw the ornaments, but didn't visibly say, "OH MY GOD! HOW MUCH? HOW MUCH???" After we talked a minute I asked how much for the ornaments in the box. She said, "A Quarter for the whole box." All righty then. When I got home and delved into the box, I discovered a pair of celluloid Santa Boots and a celluloid Santa that are old candy containers. There were also a few extra ornaments and the rubber reindeer. The ornaments are all still in the original boxes. I say they are keepers, but I am sure some will appear in swaps or gifts along the line.

So, this is how I "don't go yard saling" anymore. Not bad, eh? And more news - I'm headed back tomorrow. These sales were on the "Loop" which is a six mile long paved/dirt road with sales at every house. Today there was only 5 sales - tomoorw I was promised there will be about 25. Back I go.

On a slightly crafty note, I made this yesterday. In the last few weeks, I have found three different baby forks at the thrift. They are so cute and dainty, I had to pick them up, but didn't know quite what I would do with them. Yesterday I spotted a shadow box out in my crafting stuff that I had picked up for 50¢ last fall. I added in a piece of sweet fabric salvaged from a vintage napkin and wa-lah it's ART! The fork on the top is silver and has a daffodil on the handle. It is just too sweet.
Happy hunting!


  1. Love those Christmas ornaments! Why do I never EVER find them.

  2. Love the sign the lady had! :P

    Today one of the yard sale hosts got in an argument with a buyer over how much she paid originally for something. The buyer wanted to pay 50 cents, the seller wanted a dollar...she's like, each one in the set cost me 10 dollars, so I want at least a dollar for it. The seller spouts off as snottily as could be, no you didn't, you can get those anywhere. So the seller says, okay then you go get them somewhere else, not here!! LOL I had all I could do not to bust out!

    Anyway, looks like you made out like a bandit! (as always!)


  3. Drooling over the ornaments, of course! My other fave is the blue glass jar with zinc lid. I've only found one so far and I'm going crazy to find more!

    Love your cute little crafty project! I think it's just darling!

  4. Ooooh Shara, you scored big-time!!
    Love the zinc cover! Come see what I am making with them!
    The ornaments are to die for! WHAT A DEAL!
    You had a good day "not yard saling". Can't wait to see what you got the next day! Do share!

  5. Love, love, love the ornaments! I haven't seen any of those around here in quite awhile. I think the dealers get them before I even get out of bed!!
    Great finds this week for someone who isn't going saling anymore! : )
    My dd likes to wear those shirts too! She especially likes old bowling shirts. I find them once in awhile at thifts!
    And don't worry about him wanting to work the drive-thru at McDonalds. He COULD start working the drive thru and then end up owning the place! My niece wanted to be a "car parker" when she was his age. She's a nurse now! *lol*

  6. I always see things in your finds that I would have picked up myself. Great minds think alike!!!!


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