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, September 28, 2007

Friday Finds

The Bean has been home sick the last couple days with allergies, drainage and subsequent stomach issues. We're trying Claritin-D and hoping that does the trick. So, since he was home sick today, what did I do? I made him go yard saling. It's not like he's dying! Now, before you think I'm a bad Mom, he had the options of me staying home, him staying home or him riding along. He chose to ride along. And then he had the options of staying in the car or looking around. He chose to look with me. And he shopped! He bought a Video Now Player with five discs and a bunch of attachments. I know he's been wanting one, but I refused to buy one because it only plays Video Now discs, etc. But, he bought it and got it all for $7.00. So, I guess that wasn't too bad. For the record, I paid and he owes me. We'll see how that goes....

Sale # 1 netted a great old seagrass basket and this fun old sock monkey for 50¢ total. I've had great luck selling old sock monkeys. I name them and give them life stories. I've already named this one "Terry" for the few minor tears and worn spots he has incurred over the years.

"Hi, I'm Terry"

Sale #2 had piles of things everywhere, tubs full, trailer loads and tarps covered in things. I'm a digger so I like sales like this one. I found a huge old rusty cow bell that weighs at least 4 lbs., 2 vintage JAPAN elves, a vintage santa, Coffee and Tea Kromex Canisters, Bag of old keys, Mr. Peanut Doll, Blue Fireking bowl, box w/ 4 handpainted glass eggs, a Razorback statue and a set of six metal trays with strawberries on them. Not a thing was priced, so I set it all down and asked, "How much?" First they picked up the trays and hemmed and hawed and decided on $5.00 for the set. I thought that was too much and politely declined. So, then I assummed that everything would go through individual scrutiny and then be priced accordingly. But the lady told me, "$1.00 for everything else." Yippee!

Lot's of goodies!

Old Mr. Peanut Doll

These vintage elves were cute enough, but when I sat them on the counter I found out they squesk when you bop them on the head. Too cute!

Sale #4 netted these two big vintage Brach's Valentine candy boxes. They are 14" tall. I have an idea for these that should be fun. They were 25¢ each. I also bought two vintage hankies - Valentine hearts and a Happy Birthday hankie for 25¢ each.


No sales on Saturday for us. We are going to a Powwow. It is in a beautiful place. I'm sure I will have lots of beautiful photos to share on Sunday. If you've never experienced a powwow, it is a beautiful thing.


  1. Anonymous7:15 PM

    First, I don't see anything wrong with the Bean going with you. Piddling around at sales and riding in the car is no different than hanging around the house.

    Secondly, I can't believe you got all of that for $1. Wow! Also, I love your sock monkey. My dad had one when he was a little boy and I think they are so cute. Give Terry a hug for me!

    Have fun tomorrow at your Powwow. Can't wait to see your pictures. Hope the Bean feels better too.


  2. Does the cowbell have its ringer?

    I am "the cowbell ringing mom" at the football games. Other's have followed suit, but I got em started. I warn people around me that don't normally sit by me that I am L-O-U-D and P-R-O-U-D. I could clear the stadium with that big old bell. I might just have to go to the feed store and see if I can wrangle one up. Hehe!

  3. You do find some great stuff!!!!!! I especially love all the vintage items, what eye candy IM jealous!!

    P.S Im Patty from the blog swap, my blog is Colored Sprinkles.

    I am adding you to my list of blogs I lurk around:)
    I like yours!!!


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