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.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

More Stuff

I love Thursday Sales. There's usually only one or two, but they are usually sales with lots of things. I went to two this morning at 8:00 am and I was the only one shopping at both. I felt relaxed and able to browse without worrying that a treasure was being found by someone else!

Here's the small stuff:

Buttons were in the old Band-Aid tin: 50¢ Love it when I get a cool old tin plus whatever for cheap.

Two vintage crocheted pot holders - 25¢ for both. Swap bound, shhhh.

White milk glass spice jars - $1.00 (I actually got 14 of them for the $1.00) I saw on freshvintage where she had repurposed three of these old spice jars into glitter holders. I don't think I would have given them a second look if not for that blog post. They don't have lids - but the seller told me that Nexium lids fit. Hmmmmm.....

Box of Zinc jar lids w/ glass inserts - $1.00 - A stellar find, if I do say so myself. I frequently see one zinc lid at sales for $2.00-$3.00 each. I spotted this box in a box of junk (real actual JUNK) that hadn't been priced yet so I asked how much. I expected a higher price, but she said 50¢. I gave her a dollar because she had already had trouble changing my $20.00 bill and I didn't want to take her quarters too. On a side note, I now have 18 $1.00 bills....

Promise Portions Cards - Gift. The sale where I got the spice jars was around the corner from me. I know the older couple from them having sales and them coming to my sales. When she saw me, she said she had a gift for me and she gave me the Promise Portions Card set - they are little qutoes and bible phrases. I know it's from the 1950's or so. I thought it was sweet that she gave them to me, gave me a hug and gave me a blesing too. It's so nice to know nice people!

Here's the zinc lids - eight of them! Six are shiny and completely unused. I use my old blue Mason jars for rice, beans, pasta, etc. so I am glad to have nice shiny new hygenic lids for them now. I'll use my old crusty ones for display jars only.

Two vintage aprons - one with chicken scratch and a vintge Christmas apron. $1.00 each.

I am sooo in love with this stool/chair. I will have to get rid of something in the house to make room for it, but it is worth it. On the bottom it has the paint chip colors so you can get the actual paint to retouch it. As if! Love that chippy, shabby look. Oh, it probably has lead paint, but I don't plan on licking it anytime soon. In this photos it's a chair.

Lift the top and wah-lah, it's a step stool. Fab-O. A mere $7.00 brought this lovely home with me. Remember in the last post how I hemmed and hawed trying to justify my Halloween purchase (which cost $9.00 by the way, the Math got a bit askew in that last post). Well, I whipped $7.00 out Pront-O for this stool. Not a second of hesitation. I've seen similar old beat up stools in the flea market for $$$$$.

I bought a little baggie of papers for 50¢. It has a newspaper clipping about S.O. Hillman of Beaumont, TX in 1955 - he had just bought the Studebaker dealership in town. I also have his busines cards, Shriner's cards, Freemasonary cards and various other personal items. I think this will sell to either a Studebaker collector or a Freemason collector.

Another baggie of items. These are old Boy Scout patches and pins. I have quiet a collection of vintage Boy and Girl Scout items that I plan to list soon. I'm always picking up pins and patches to add to the lot. These were 25¢.

We made a quick trip to the Salvation Army yesterday. I found this Imperial planter with leaf design and the Vera scarf for $1.00 each. I'm not a Vera collector, but I was pretty stoked to find one at the Salvation Army. They think they know what every this is, so I take great relish in finding something "valuable" per say that they missed. One of the added thrills to thrifting.


I went to the PTSA meeting on Tuesday night. I heard them ask for a Volunteer to head the 5th/6th grade dance committee. Someone raised their hand to accept it and I looked to see who it was. It was me. What was I thinking? Actually, I would rather do the dance than the hostessing stuff. I will do both this year and only one next year. It doesn't have to be a dance, per say. It can be a dance, game night, a carnival or anything that I can think of that would be fun for families. I have a $1,000.00 budget and am excited to get some ideas going. Does anyone have any fun ideas other than what I have mentioned? I have decided to poll the kids and give them options and let them vote. Even if I do a game night or dance, I will come up with a theme for it too. I put on some pretty unique kid's parties (and quite inexpensively, I might add) and everyone always comments on them, so I think I can do this up right. *Crossing fingers* Let me know if you have any fun ideas!


  1. Okay, as always I'm pea green with envy and thrilled for you! What amazing finds, Shara! How cool to find the zinc lids in the box like that! WOW. The red & white stool is AMAZING. Seriously.

    I saw on someone's blog where she took old milk glass bottles like yours and used a rub-on on the front with someone's initial. I don't know if you've used rub-ons before but you'll find tons of them in the scrapbooking section at Hobby Lobby. She just used a black rub-on with a letter and then tied a ribbon around the top and it was really pretty! If I can find it again, I'll email it to you.

    PS--you'll be great for the dance committee! I know you'll come up with something fun. keep us updated! I think you might be like me in that I'd rather throw a party than go to one. :)

  2. Shara, you find the neatest things! I love the Imperial planter, the zinc lids and the step stool/chair! Wonderful finds.

  3. Anonymous7:55 PM

    You found some really neat, different things. The next time you go to a PTSA meeting, you need to take someone to hold your hand down and keep whispering "Say no!".

    We don't have Thursday sales here and not many Friday ones. I'm always up early those mornings; I wish we had sales then.


  4. okay seriously, that is the best haul that i have seen in a long time. i'm *super* jealous. and why haven't i found your blog before?

    well i'm witchy elizabeth and i'm super excited that you participating in our halloween swap :)

    i'll have the questionnaire out to you in the next couple of days :)

  5. I'm glad my blog post inspired you to get those little jars. I can't believe you got 14 for a buck! And that step stool! I think the reason that I love your blog so much is because we have the same exact taste!

  6. Bowing once again!!!!

  7. All I can say is... WOW!! Great finds!
    LOVE that stool!
    Such a fun, entertaining blog for sure!
    I make pin cushions using those zinc lids... what a great deal SHara! SOOO jealous!


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