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.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Fun Friday Finds

Friday morning DS and I got a late start. Sometimes the lure of a yard sale calls to me, but the nice cool air conditioning of the house keeps me here. We did go to two sales, but it was getting hotter and hotter by the minute (Remember a post or two ago when I whined about it being wet and cool? Well, now it is hot. And I hate it.) With only a few good yard sale purchases under my belt, I felt the need to hit the thrift too.
All of these items came from the thrift - Green Celluloid washboard, three glass baby doll nursers, a bottle brush, a small red celluloid dishpan, one yellow celluloid clothes hanger and 18 fantastic little wooden painted clothespins. It is all on top of an old heavy slate. The doll accesories were in two seperate baggies and priced at $2.00 each. The older man that runs the register at the thrift, often scoffs at the prices and rounds them down. He only charged me $2.00 for both baggies and then he knocked another 50¢ off the total to make it an even amount when we were done. The slate was in a different ocation in the thrit than the old doll accessories, but I feel that it came from the same home. Old toys, old school stuff, etc. It isn't a Hobby Lobby kinda chalkboard - it's a real slate with a wooden frame. The scratches show up in the picture much more than they do in reality.

Close up on the clothespins. They only measure a little over 2" tall. I have a set of old metal toy laundry wash tubs that I will most likely display with these items. I also have a little toy wooden ironing board and my old toy iron from when I was a kid. It actually plugs in and gets hot. What a toy! Can you imagine a toy like that now?

These items all came from the two sales. A large beaded necklace for 25¢, celluloid rose pin 25¢ and a fantastic old ledger for 25¢. The center bead on that necklace mesures over 5" around. I think I would tip over if I wore it. But, I loved the red and the patina of it. The celloulid pin is pretty awesome too - no chips or knicks. And I love, love, love old ledgers with old handwriting in them. I opened it at the yard sale and noticed the date of 12/22/1897 and knew I would have to pick it up and read it. I love to see what people bought back in the day. And it is facsinating to see what things cost. I have an old general store ledger with prices of 5¢ for Hershey Bars. Anyway, I got this one home and it is in Russian or Polish or some language that I cannot make heads or tails of - doh! Oh well, it's still fun. When I was little I fantasized about travelling back in time and going to Olsen Mercantile to shop. Little House on the Prairie - anyone, anyone? Oh, those huge jars of candy looked so yummy. And Laura would give Mr. Olsen a penny and walk out with a brown paper sack full of candy! Apparently, I have been a bargain hunter since the beginning.

Cloe-up of the pins. The green flower is enamel. The rose pin is really nice - I will research it and list it on ebay this Fall.

One of my favorite finds today. A cherry pie with a crow on top - he's even holding a cherry in his mouth! The pie is about the size of a real piece of pie. Very primitive and very me. DS's Cherokee name is Crow, so I am always looking for crow items. He was my $2.00 splurge.

It's interesting that all my purchases today from two sales and a thrift seem to have the same color scheme of red and green. I love it when that happens!

I also picked up an old architectural piece for $1.00. It is the top of a rounded window frame or an archway or really, I don't know. It measures about 5 feet across. It is wooden and white. It doesn't have any fancy molding or anything - just the curve. It looks like a huge "C" on it's side. I think it will fit in the soffit above my bay window in the living room just to add character. I'm also looking for a way to display all my old kitchen utensils and this might be an answer with cup hooks or something. It's a work in progress.

Thee is a big house here in town that the previous owner's had all fancied up with Victorian elements. Too many of them actually, the house was covered in gingerbread and shutters and had an ornate peeing (eew) cherub fountain, iron archways, picket fences, etc. This was right in the middle of a new housing addition with very new and modern houses and, although it was a nice house, it just never fit in very well. We drove by the other day and the new owners had bulldozed all the picket fence, iron work, etc. into a big pile beside the garage. I'd love to have some of that stuff in my garden. So, we keep driving by hoping it is at curbside. I really just need to get my nerve up and knock on the door and ask for it, right? But, will I? Oh, probably not. It is a shame they bulldozed it rather than trying to sell it or Freecycle it or just deliver it straight to my house. ha

Happy hunting everyone!


  1. Put your big girl panties on and KNOCK on that door. That is what Sue and Ki would do!!!

    Maybe the tenants are hoping someone(named Shara) will stop by and ask so they don't have to physically move it to the street.

  2. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Awesome finds! I *LOVE* that necklace! I used to wish I could go back in time to Laura Ingalls Wilder's time as well!

  3. I went back and it was gone! Iknew someone would beat me to it. Gotta get my kahunas up next time!

  4. Bah! I love love LOVE that gigantic RED neclace! So jealous!

  5. Cool stuff, Shara! That little crow is just darling. Do show us a picture of the big C thingie when you get it put up--it sounds really interesting.


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