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.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Oooops. I did it again.

Saturday I went back to the "Loop" sales, but there was only one more sale than the day before, so that was a let down. I didn't get out there until after 1:00, so that might hve been part of the problem. I found some HUGE fundraising sales in town first. The first sale was a bust - lots of girls clothes and shoes and not much else plus the 5th and 6th grade girls had priced things too high in the first place. DS bought a Beanie Baby for 25¢ and we were on our way. The next sale was in the Tractor Supply Parking Lot and was a fundraiser for the Cub Scouts. It was one of the biggest sales I have ever seen! It was huge. A lady approached me and said it was a fundraiser and to just gather up what you want and make an offer. Well, I hate sales like that because I am cheap, but I don't want to look cheap or offend anyone. Then she said that they would name a price and if we didn't like it we could make an offer. So, that gave me a starting point to work with - then she said, "Trust me, it will be cheap." All righty then. So, I gathered up some items that I knew I wanted or I could use. I had a cardboard box full plus DS had an armload of things (including one of his items - a set of Medical Reference Books). They quoted a price of $4.00 for it all. All righty then - that's cheap - let's go around again I told DS. That time I gathered up a big cardboard box full of items, a Wal-Mart bag full and an entire set of 1950's Golden Book Encyclopedias and the total was $5.00. I filled the back of my car for $9.00. Yikes.

Pictured here are some of my favorites. A lot of the stuff had been donated buy a lady that had a sale last weekend that I had gone to and got a lot of good stuff. I didn't buy some things last weekend because they were priced higher than I wanted to pay. But, this time I got it all. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not...

The big blue thing in the corner is a very old retractable clothesline. I've never seen one of those at a sale before. I think I'm actually going to use it. The most interesting thing I found was a stack of pieces of cardbaord like large business cards that say "Thank you for your business" from a dry cleaners and they had a sample piece of silk hankie attached to the top so you can put it in your suit pocket and have a hankie showing. I think I got about 20 of those. It's funny when you've never seen an item before and then you get twenty at once. I could have sworn I took a picture of those, but I guess I didn't.

This is my favorite find - an old pink metal trivet with the ceramic tile - I am totally in the pink mood now, much to DH's chagrin.

And this, a vintage Paris Souvenir - totally not my taste, but I think it will do well on ebay.

We're off to Toys R Us again today. I mentioned the Aspalt Fuzion Scooter that DS bought last week for $69.99. Well, it ws in the Ad yesterday for $49.99 so we are going to get a Price Adjustment for the $20.00. I'm teaching that boy right!


  1. I'm with you, I hate when they don't price things but it looks like it worked out for you! Wow--what a haul for 9.00!

    I'm glad you are going for a price adjustment, that's a pretty big swing in pricepoints so well worth the trip.


  2. Great finds! I love that trivet.

  3. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Do I see a couple Griffith's spice jars peeking out? With the red tops? Those are pretty collectible.


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