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, February 09, 2008

Yard Sales Are HERE!

Here's the loot from my quick stop yesterday at the Moving Sale and the more lengthy trip back this morning to that same sale. I don't have prices for most of the items. Most of it wasn't priced, so she just made it up as she went. Luckily I know her and she gave me cheap prices, so I felt free to hunt and gather. I paid $20.00 total and I'm not even including pictures of a lot of educational hardback books, five tins full of Lego's, a Washington Redskin football helmet for the Breadman, a bunch of scrapbooking stuff, a bag of ten Pez dispensers and lots of other items too.
I hope you didn't take any wooden nickles since my last post. I bought an old mayonaisse jar full of Wooden Nickles for $1.00. I believe I mentioned 117 below, but in actuality, there are 132. Look for these in any swaps or RAOK boxes from me.
A montage of items - chalkware bunny of wheels, two copper Rooster coasters (I think), a set of composite Indian S&P's dated 1947 and four Black Americana people.
I pad $4.00 (it was marked for 42 pieces of woodworking items plus the moulding above. The moulding fits together to make square frames - a little whitewashing and it will be all shabby and cool looking. Not sure where all the things below will appear and transform, but I know I paid $3.50 for ONE of those rosettes once. So, I got a deal, for sure.
And more stuff....
Another montage of items - small cast iron frame, two small glasses of mystery origin, handpainted baby face from Italy, two miniature English tea tins, scrimshaw heart, pottery pitcher by an artist that I have several pieces by, four worry dolls, a rusty old doorknob and vintage a cup and saucer from Hawaii. The old white framewas 25¢ and I rather like how my treasures look important in it. I may be using this a lot in the future.
I picked up this sweet little hanky with lambs on it when we first got there. As I was leaving, I looked back through the pile of hankies and asked how much that first one was in case I decided to get a couple more. She said, "Oh just take all that stuf for 50¢." Well, okey-dokey.
In that "stuff" was five more vintage hankies. The one with red bells on it has the sticker from Switzerland on the corner.
Three handmade doileys - the four part one is actually one piece. I like the one on the left - it has hearts on it. The one on the right is actually crocheted out of a brown thread. It looks like it's been burned in that photo!
This set of three embroidered little table runners was in there as well. Love the teeny little flowers.
A set of long gloves and three collars to attach to a cardigan.
This old apron is decorated with floursack material. Now that I see the picture, I realize there is no way to keep the bib part over your head. Hmmmmm...
Anyhoo, the fabics is so sweet. Love the pink with the teddy bears and toys.
This apron was 25¢.
And, lastly this apron. It is starched and ironed within an inch of it's life. It has two mother of pearl buttons on the backside.
Inside the apron was this "CURTIS" tag stapled to the edge. That happens to be the Breadman's name. So, I found that to be an added plus.
Speaking of the Devil, literally. He is sick. And The Ban is sick. I am assumming my time is coming. I am trying to be a good wife and Mother, but I am also staying away from them. Ick. I don't have time to be sick.


  1. GOOD GRAB on those hankies (and everything else for that matter!!) - I've been having good luck (nothing I'll retire on, but...) selling Lots of hankies on e-bay. Sometimes they are hard to part with though 8-).

  2. That big pile of wood stuff is great! It will definitely come in handy one of these days, I'm sure. I LOVE that floursack apron! I bet it was pinned to the dress at the top of the bib, since there are no ties. I have an apron like that, and you can actually see the pin holes in the fabric still! I love the design of that apron with the diamonds at the bottom. Very cool!
    I'm so jealous that you're having yard sales already! I checked Craigslist Friday night and there are sales listed but most are quite far away. Two more months to go, {sigh}!

  3. You got some good stuff! The wood pieces will be fun to play with. Need ideas? I can send you a website for inspiration.

  4. Woo-HOO, great junk-going, Gal! That apron was a special deal, but I'm loving it all!

  5. Wow! you did well! The Thrifty Goodness must have been with us all as Mandi and I found some fun stuff, too, this weekend.

    I can't WAIT to see what you do with those red pains of glass.

    Thanks again for my surprise!!


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