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, April 11, 2008

Friday Junk FInds

This morning was a beautiful day - finally dry, but pretty windy and cool. That's my idea of a good yard sale day. I hate the hot days!

The first sale on my list was at an old farm equipment and tractor repair store that was going out of business after about 60 years. I wasn't really in the market for a combine or a hay baler or any other equipment, but I suspected they might have some old chippy rusty Junk in the midst. And, they did!

This old cabinet was only $5.00. For that price, I just had to get it. I really don't have anywhere to put it, but I thought it had a great amount of potential. I am going to clean it up and see how it looks. If that doesn't do it for me, a coat of white paint and a little sanding will have it good as new old. On top is an old red metal tray from a toolbox, an old white chippy metal box and a really cool old wooden tool caddy. All three of those things were $1.00 each.
The cabinet opens and has these shelves inside. On the top there is a row of old screw eyes and handwritten above each one is a label - "Tractor", "Barn", etc. I just love old touches like that to let me know what it was used for "back in the day". I am imagining our bedroom TV on top of it and all my old quilts inside it.

I went to a sale at a high school that was held inside the indoor practice facility. It was dark and dreary inside and even though I knew we were walking on AstroTurf, I felt like I was in some old dark basement with green shag carpeting. I think this must have been a huge sale at 7:00 when the doors opened, but there was mostly clothes and books by the time I got there.
I did spot these thermoses (or Thermice as I said on YSQ) scattered along two tables and gathered them up. They were priced $2.00 each, but I got them for 50¢ each.I do have the lids/cups for them, but like the look of them without. Two of them even have cork stoppers. I bought them to resell, but I am really loving the graphics and colors of them. This might be one of those "keep for awhile, then sell" deals.
I went to a sale at the house where the lady had recently passed away. She was a seamstress and had tons of patterns, trims and other sewing things. Her daughter really wanted to sell me these things because she could tell that I appreciated them. I ended up just picking up a few packs of rick rack and three rolls of sateen ribbon. Those rolls of ribbon have 120 feet on each roll and have never been used. And, check out that HUGE red rick rack. Have you ever seen anything like that? It is nearly 2" wide. She sold me everything above for $1.00.
And, the Ya-hoooooo find of the day. Another Tree Turner. This one is an Evergleam to go with the Evergleam trees. I spotted it under a table at the tractor place sale and it was priced 75¢. Can you believe it? It is gold with gold glittery accents. Gaudy! When I got home I plugged it in to see if it revolves and guess what? It plays music too! Holy Moley! It plays "Jingle Bells" and you can turn the music off and on. I looked it up on ebay and one just sold for $75.00. It was silver an mine is gold. But, in the words of The Bean, "Gold is worth money these days". So,who knows? Now I can keep the one I bought a few weeks ago guilt-free and sell this one.

I actually do have a few things listed on ebay this week. I hadn't listed since last November and was practically embarrassed that I hadn't had anything on since. Hopefully, I am on the right track and will get more and more listed. Wish me luck!


  1. I went through a huge hiatus from listing too. It's so easy to fall off the horse! I have SO much stuff I'd like to list and it all just overwhelms me so my new goal is to write one listing per day. That makes it seem so much more manageable! Now, I will fully admit that I haven't been doing that this week but I'm going to try to do one tomorrow. I swear. LOL Just do it a little at a time! I love the Edith purse you have up right now. :)

  2. Those 'thermi' were worth the header photo alone!!!

  3. Yea, the thermoses look great in the header.

  4. Anonymous2:36 PM

    that rick-rack is totally wack!

    you HAVE to make something with it, maybe something oversized, so it gives you that big/little sensation!

  5. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Woohoo! Love the tree stand and that little cabinet has a bright future once its cleaned up. Will you paint it? It looks like it would make a good storage unit for cds or dvds ??

  6. such great deals! It makes me want to go out on the hunt! How lucky you were with the tree turner.

  7. As always, what a load of great junk! :) And I love your new Thermice banner. ;)


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