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, May 09, 2008

Junkreating Is For The Birds

The Bean and I went into town today to watch 150 bicyclists start on a Stage Race. They went by nose to nose, wheel to wheel in about seven seconds. Later in the day, five hours later to be exact, they were coming back into town, one by one. Traffic was a nightmare. We were trying to get to Beakman Live! and we were trying to go a mere three blocks and it took me 35 minutes to get there. I am not complaining about the race, but the Arts Center shouldn't have scheduled an event on the night of this huge race. Complaint over.

Since we were out today, and there were yard sales, of course, I stopped. Left empty handed and most. They looked like barf on a tarp - magazines, old baskets, baby clothes, grungy plush toys. No thank you. I did manage to find one treasure for me, and two things for resell for a grand total of $2.50.

Can you believe I found another Hid. E. Ous Safety Pin bakset today for $1.00?

Can you beleive I found 2? I've neer seen one anywhere, now I have three in 24 hours. I'll throw them all on in one lot and see what happens.

I got this stained glass Tiffany-ish lampshade for 50¢. The lady that sold it to me wished me "Good Luck" finding a lamp to fit it. I told her my plan for it and her face fell, like, "Why didn't I think of that?". I got out of there quick before she took my fifty cents back.

My plan?

A birdbath. Or a bird feeder. I am going to plug the hole with sealant and fill it with water or birdseed. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a taller stand, but until then, the terra cotta base is from a pile of yard debris that someone threw out on a grasy cul de sac around the corner. Pretty classy birdbath for 50¢, eh? And, it matches my gazing ball perfectly! I looove it.

I'm always pretty pleased with myself when I buy junk and come home and use it immediately. No putting it in the garage until another day or until I figure out what to do with it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a great Mother's day!


  1. Oh my goodness! You do come up with the greatest ideas!!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!


  2. Anonymous6:12 PM

    I love the birdbath! I wish I could think quickly and on my feet when I'm at sales .. to see something like this and think birdbath! Hmmmm. I am going to have to work on it.

  3. Trade ya my 'Summer Squash' for your 'Tiffany' 8-) NICE!

  4. That is one gorgeous and inexpensive bird bath! You are very clever!

  5. How clever!!! :) You know people are totally going to copy that, right? I love it. :)

  6. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Shara that is ANOTHER great idea!! You are certainly talented in thinking of out of the box ideas and making them totally awesome!!
    Happy belated Mom's day!! :)


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