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, March 19, 2008

Water,Water Everywhere

It has been raining here. Ground washing, flooding the streets rain. Our street was closed yesterday and no one could leave the neighborhood. That was fine for us as The Bean and I were safe at home, but The Breadman was out and about delivering that bread to the hungry folks. Luckily, the city worked on the creeks and culverts and got the water flowing again and the street opened once again before his arrival.

You might remember these photos from last summer. It has rained so much that this entire water wheel is completely underwater. The water is up to the second story windows. It is such a fabulous place - I do hope it isn't damaged beyond repair.

This bridge runs by the Mill. The water is within a foot of the bottom of the bridge now. On the news they showed people walking across it! I can barely stand to walk across it on a good day as it shakes and shimmies. Add a gazillion gallons of rain and I am not crosing that death trap.

Despite the wetness, my Yard Sale will go on as scheduled. The rain has stopped now, but the yard is muddy. I will throw everything on the driveway and up on tables and let the diggin' begin. I thought I would have a small sale, but it's going to be a humdinger. I hope to make money, of course, or I wouldn't even bother. But I really hope to just get rid of a ton of stuff. I priced everything, (and cheap too) but I plan on wheelin' and dealin' on Saturday and having a bag sale to boot. I want it gone, baby, gone. It has made me happy to get rid of so many things and see corners of the garage I haven't seen in years!

For instance - I found a bunch of boxes of Easter decorations that I hadn't seen in seven years. (Pathetic, huh?) I was so excited to go through the boxes, but you know what? I ended up seling everything except one large cool bunny and a handful of small vintagey things. I have diferent tastes now than I did years ago. Back then, all I could afford were cheap "Made in Ch*na" decorations and they look cheap to me now. Now I prefer my cheap thrift store/yard sale vintage goodies. Most of my thrift store goodies cost less than the cheapy items that I had, but are worth more and more very year! (As if I would sell any of them!!!)

So, out with the new and in with the old.

Or something like that.....

Wish me luck!

PS. The doll parts sold and I have interested people on the aprons, but everything else is still available.


  1. Well I hope this is the last of the rain for you at least for a little while so your yard can dry up. Good luck with your big sale!

  2. Yardsaling on Easter Weekend... I LIKE IT!! I wish some people around here would follow your lead! Hmmm... it may have less to do with the Holiday, and more to do with our 35deg weather... GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SALE!!

  3. good luck with the sale!!! Yes I have noticed how my tastes change through the years too!!!!

  4. Good luck with the yard sale! Wish I could come, not that I need mroe stuff LOL. STAY DRY.


  5. I wish I lived close to you! Or closer, I should say. Good luck with your sale. We had the same storm through here, but the worst part of it missed us. I think we got about 4" of rain in my neck of the woods.

  6. Anonymous7:39 PM

    We have been watching about all the rain some areas are getting. I too hope that the mill is OK; it is so pretty.

    Hope your yard sale goes well. It is amazing how much junk we all have. Every year I think that I do not have anything to sell at my mom's neighborhood ys, but I end up with several tables full. I also enjoy the selling and being with people too. Good luck!


  7. Anonymous8:14 PM

    HOPE the rain, rain goes away... and stays away til you need it.

    I can't imagine that type of flooding, we have been lucky here. I never recall it being bad...I complain about our muddy driveway lol.

    Hope you day 2 YS is great also!

    Chrisx4 ;-)

  8. Hope the sale went well and that you're all staying safe and dry. :)


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