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.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thrift Thursday

We had a Family Fun Day yesterday. We visited a museum, went to the most heavenly smelling place I have ever visited - a bakery home to a cake decorator we saw featured on The Food Network, stopped at a thrift store that I have been going to for about 25 years (!), ate at our beloved Taco Tico (!!) and fed a pack of starving (or so they thought) geese at the park. My photos are being put on a disc, so I will share our day with you this weekend.

Until then, here are my thrifty finds from yesterday:

I love the heart shaped pockets on this apron. It's quite sweet. I think it will be gifted along the way to a certain someone. The thrift had recently implemented a new pricing system using the plastic tags that you normally attach a paper tag to - the plastic tags are colored and each color is a different price. The Super Cheap Thrift uses this pricing method too, but the colors were all different at this thrift. White tags were $1.00 and clear tags were $7.00 and I couldn't tell if the tags on these aprons were white or clear, so I asked and found they were white - so they were $1.00. (I wouldn't have paid $7.00, but I am guessing you already knew that). I left a few in the back, and now I am wishing I would have bought all of them.

Another sweet apron for $1.00. These are old fabrics and they are stain-free and in great condition. I'll probably gift this one too or add it to a swap along the way.

This 1957 Better Homes and Garden Book was $1.00. It is from 1957. I have the Decorating Book already, so I will list them this Fall. (Really, I will, I promise!)

And, lastly, the thing I felt "calling" to me at the thrift. I told the boys there was white pottery waiting for me in there, I just had to find it. And, I did. I found the first one, then a few shelves down, I found it's mate. And, they were only 25¢ each. These do have a slight gloss to the glaze, and I really prefer the matte finish. But, when you see white pottery and it is calling to you, you have to grab it! Some people prefer the gloss, so I might round up all my glossy pieces and sell them someday. Or, I might not. That's my prerogative!


  1. great finds as usual! I can't fathom dragging 3 kids to the thrift, so may be awhile until I get to go again:(

  2. I have that same Garden book! Are you an apron collector?

  3. Wooohoooo! Aprons in the thrift is always a good day.


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