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.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A Few More FInds

Here are a few more things I bought this weekend. 'Scuse the bad photos - I wasn't in the mood to stage some of them!

This tin featuring the Queen of England and Prince Philip. She is young! Very young, in fact. This was only 75¢. It might be sold someday, but for now it lives happily amongst my other tins. (How many tins do I own? Hundreds, if you must know).

These three items cost 10¢ a piece at two different sales. The pig and the teacher are hand painted from Italy. They are both banks. DS is pig crazy, so the pig is in his room. The teacher will go on ebay down the line. The tiny cup is just precious. Love the little pointy handle. It is Syracuse China and I assume from the late 1940's or so. I have seen pincushions made out of little cuties like this, but I doubt I will ever get that crafty. I like it just the way it is right now.

The next two items came from the same sale and were both 50¢ each. This lamp is a TV lamp and is very much ugli-full. Tack-key. But, when I paid for it, I changed my mind because I saw it through some else's eyes. The lady having the sale must have been in her late 70's or early 80's. When she saw that lamp, she put her hand on her heart and said, "I am so glad you are buying that lamp!" Then she went on to tell me that her boyfriend bought it for her in 1957 and brought it back from his summer trip to Pensacola Beach. But, after they broke up and she married her husband he wouldn't let her display it because it came from an old boyfriend. Bless her heart. You could see the memories in her eyes when she looked at that lamp. She told me it had been in her closet all these years and she sneaked a peak when she could. Mean old husband anyway!

This doll came from the same sale. She told me it had been in the same closet all these years too. "From a different boyfriend. But, I never told him!" she said as she motioned over her shoulder to her husband and winked at me. She was too funny!Does anyone know if this doll had a purpose or did it just sit on a bed? I think she will do well with the Shabby Gal stuff on ebay. She does however, have a slight problem with flashing her chest! Bad doll!

I found these today at the Salvation Army for 50¢ each. As my Mom is reading this, she is clutching her jaw saying these make her teeth hurt. I know she remembers drinking ice water out of those old aluminum tumblers at her Grandmohter's house when she was little. I remember those same glasses and that's why I liked these. They are sherbet cups or ice cream cups. I suspect they are reproductions, but I don't care. Vintage is as vintage does. I really must have a scoop of ice cream in the blue one as I recline on the pink glider. I must!

(Side Note: Are there any doctors or self medicators in the house? I have a terrible case of heat rash. It is red and sort of itchy. Not too itchy, but it is annoying me to death. Any home remedies out there? I'd rather not say where it is but, I will keep you ABREAST of the situation. Yee-Ouch.)


  1. I sent you an email on the rash issue.

    Gosh, didn't realize I would see Barbie boobage when I came to visit.

    Funny that your mother said those bowls make her teeth hurt, that was my instant thought. It's the same for me as fingernails on a chalkboard.

    Your ds has quite the variety of collections going. Let's see....M&M,beanies,pigs and what else? I have a ton of beanies so is there an elusive one he does NOT have? I will look in my stash. Email me on that one.

  2. Anonymous9:03 AM

    OMG, That LAMP, I woulda bought it for 50 cents to give the woman some joy...it looks like a GIFT exchange item for sure LOL. That dolly looks like a TP cover but perhaps it's just the photo? I love the biscuit tin-so kistchey, and the BANKS are tres manifique (to use my one year of French badly). No help for the heat rash...other than A/C.

  3. Anonymous6:54 PM

    I had heat rash one summer on my cheeks...no, the lower ones. I had fake leather car seats and wore nylon underwear. I switched to cotton and it helped. I remember how miserable I was. I don't know what others told you, but I know you need to keep it dry and stay as cool as possible. I'm not sure what to put on it. Good luck!

    The story about the elderly lady with the lamp should go in your book one day...sweet story.


  4. I think the doll is a bed doll. They were made to sit on a bed and be decorative. But she certainly doesn't seem to have any pride! Or maybe it's just that she doesn't have modesty.

    My late mother used to have heat rash in the same way that you have it. It seems like she wasn't able to find much relief and I think she finally used something like a dusting of corn meal, which did seem to help.

    I finally had time today to look at the wonderful recipe book that you included in the goodie box. It has some recipes that sound delicious! Although I will probably skip on the one that involved cooking a racoon, if you don't mind. But I'm going to get busy with quite a few of the other ones. And I loved seeing the ones from your son.

  5. Great finds!! And also, I've tagged you! Check my blog to see what I mean!

  6. That lamp--oh man, it's something else, isn't it? The story is sweet though, and that lady sounds like a pip!

    On the rash--I really like A&D ointment and have always used it on Maren's bum. It isn't as thick or as stinky as Desitin but it does the same thing. Maybe a dusting of cornstarch might help, just to keep things dry and less irritated? Hard to stay un-sweaty when it's over 100 outside!


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