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 29, 2007

Is it Friday yet? Is Monday on the way? 'Cause my husband is driving me bananas. I am not used to him being home. Following me around. Going thrifting with him. Shopping at a Church Sale with him. Oh my Goodness, come oooooon Monday. It's not that we aren't getting along or anything, but I need my space!

We didn't go on our day trip this week after threats of floods and possible tornadoes were in the forecast. I had planned on having my yard sale this week, but decided to postpone it until Fall. And, it's a good thing, it either rained or sprinkled or was hotter than H E double toothpicks each day. It would have been a royal pain trying to move things in and out of the rain. And, I tend to be a bit, shall we say, er,cranky in the heat.

Yesterday we went to the Super Cheap Thrift Store. I had six big boxes of donations to leave. So, yea for me. Uh-oh, they had a $2.00 bag sale. Bad for me. I brought home three bags. Six boxes beats three bags, right? I'm still better off. I did get two gorgeous green glass hurricane candle holders with mercury glass bases. They are so very pretty. They aren't really anything that will go in my house, but I might gift them or sell them at my sale. They fit in a $2.00 bag along with a few other odds and ends including a tiny litle flip phone with a cord. It is about the size of a little pocket calculator, but it is a working phone. We need one with a cord so that when our power is out, we can still have a useable phone since all of ours are cordless. DH actually picked out a couple shirts and some shorts after I pointed at the clothes and said, "GO OVER THERE." Subtle, eh?

Today we went to a Church Sale. We got there after 11:00 and they had a ton of stuff. I can't imagine how much they must have had at 7:00! Nothing was priced and I nearly left but then they showed me the prices on a sign - tops 25¢, bottoms 50¢, dresses 75¢, household items 10¢, kitchen items 25¢, books 10¢, toys 10¢ and so on and so on. So, a cheap pair of shorts was 50¢ but then again, a brand new with tags pair of pants from Neimum Marcus priced $138.00 was also 50¢. So, it was all evenly and cheaply priced. They had a lot of older books that looked interesting. Since they were only 10¢ and I had the husband to carry them (see, he has a use), I bought 35 of them. I already checked most of them on Amazon and a lot of them will go back to the thrift store. But, a couple sell for a bit over $20.00 each. So, it was a good investment.

I got a nice red tablecloth and a nice green tablecloth - neither one is new or old, sort of in between. I also picked up a vintage fruit themed tablecloth that I thought was faded, but still useable. When I got it home, I realized it was folded with the backside out and the front is nice and bright. All three tablecloths were 50¢ each. I picked up several other odds and ends, but nothing stands out to me right now. (I am having camera battery issues or I would have posted pictures.)

Yesterday we stopped at the Salvation Army since it is right next door to DH's work and it was Payday. Yea! I bought a Fire King Mixing Bowl. It is bright orange fading into yellowish orange at the bottom. It was $3.00. As I was paying for it, a friend of mine that has a Flea Market booth walked in and dropped his jaw at my bowl. I don't think it is that valuable, but to find it at the Salvation Army was the key. They rarely ever have true old vintage stuff.

Hope everyone has a good weekend of thrifting and saling.

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to see the pics.

    I'm trying to come up w/some cheap things for me and DS to do while his friends are all gone. He decided he wants to go to Schlitterbahn water park. Gads, that will set me back a $100 for tickets and gas. Like I'm made out of money or something. Geesh!

    At least he still thinks I'm cool enough to hang with, right?


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