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 25, 2008

Let's Tie One On

An apron, that is. (Although the idea of really "tying one on" has sounded appealing. (Can you say, Stressed out?) So, some thrifting was necessary today.

I am participating in the Vintage Apron Swap at Mama and Jack's . I have a ton of aprons that I originally bought for resell, but a few of them won my heart over. I had such a Hodge Podge of them, that I decided to think of a theme or color scheme of the ones I wanted to keep.

The first theme to evolve was BLUE. I particularly like the blue ones that are made of soft old flour sack or feed sack material. These are hanging in my bathroom, which may seem a bit unorthodox, but I had a spot for them, so that's where they landed. And the walls in the bathroom are blue. So, it worked out. There is another on hanging on it's own hook to the left that has a rather dignified lady on it wearing a long skirt. But, lift up her skirt and you will be her matching undies! Dignified? Not. Funny? Oh, yeah!
The second theme came to me today - GINGHAM. I had a blue gingham one hanging with the blue ones in the bathroom and a red gingham one int he kitchen and a purple gingham one in the "to sell bag". But, today at the thrift I spotted the green gingham apron and thus, a new theme was found.
I also bought this funny apron today for $1.00. Can you read the pockets?
"Don't kiss me now, I'm too busy."
Pretty funny!

I also bought this pretty pink apron today. They were all $1.00 each. I left a few behind at the thrift, but I promise I bought they best ones. One of the thrift ladies came and admired them and told me how much she loved them and was happy to see my buying them. At that point I only had the pink apron and the Kiss Me apron in my hand. Then she spotted me later with the green one and was happy that I had gotten it too. I also got the Betty Crocker's Parties for Children book for $1.00 which is totally vintage and rather comical itself. The old wire letter basket was 25¢. Just this morning I was on a new blog and they had propped up a wire basket just like this and used binder clips to put a photo in the center. I made a mental note to look for wire letter baskets, and I kid you not, not more than an hour later, I had one.

Mental note: Keep eye out for Hundred Dollar Bills.

It's worth a shot, right?

I only found one yard sale today, but it netted me these cool old chippy shabby white table legs. Not sure what they will become or where they will be repurposed, but at $5.00 for the set of four, I grabbed them. I also got the silver tidbit up in the previous photo for 75¢. It was completely black when I found it. I like a bit of patina, but it was completely gross. Now it's shined up with a bit of patina still on it holding some blue robins eggs.

You might remember my cake plate that I bought after Easter. It was just a cake plate with no cover and, although I loved it, I was dreading trying to use it the first time and figuring out how to cover the darn cake up to keep it fresh. Oh, sure, I could eat the whole thing in one sitting....

Anyway, last weekend, I found a cake cover lid at a yard sale for 50¢. The man that sold it to me was astonished that I would want it since it was only the top. He had almost thrown it out. Lucky for me, he didn't! It's a perfect fit. And, because my cabinets are too full to store it and I am trying to enjoy what I own, I incorporated it into my bookshelf and it now houses one of my favorite chickens and some more eggs.

Tomorrow is a huge outside noisy as hell sports themed festival for kids that is expected to have nearly 20,000 children in attendance. Plus me and The Bean and The Daddy. And all the parents of those 20,000 childen.
Where's the Migraine Excedrin?

I may really need to "tie one on" after tomorrow.


  1. Love the aprons! I feel like the only person who never finds these things at the thrift! lol. Gotta keep looking I guess. Atleast it gives me a reason to go, right? I also need a lid for my cake plate. I've got the same one you do but it's tucked away in the cabinent. I keep watching the yellow and pink ones at Walmart, but they still have them clearanced at $13. Thanks for the blogger help, I'll try it next time!

  2. I like the gingham grouping best. Linda T. has a bunch of gingham chicken scratch aprons hanging in her craft room and it's so cute! I see gingham aprons quite often around here in thrifts and such.

    Earlier today I went upstairs and picked out a pink apron to wear for my baby shower hostessing duties tomorrow. :)

  3. I only have two aprons, one is green gingham and the other a sweet friend sent me...thanks Shara.

    I bought 3 chair legs(don't know where the 4th went)and the lady had written something funny on ALL of her tags. This one said "great set of legs." I will probably leave the tags on.

    I take Execdrin migraine too.

  4. BE CAREFUL!! Glass / China cakeplates work best with clear plastic covers! Though they don't look nearly as nice as the glass, they don't chip each other when the top is set on the plate. I had always used a plastic with my MacKenzie-Childs cake stand, now that I have my chrome stand I finally can use a glass top. I'm not sure that I like it though... it is SO HEAVY, and more difficult for snatching goodies quietly!

  5. love the apron collection, they look pretty displayed that way!


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