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 12, 2008

Thrift / Trash Picking Thursday*

*Title courtesy of Heidi. Seems we had a similar day today.

The Bean and I were headed to a Church Sale this morning when I spotted something sitting at curbside that made me do a donut in the street. The lady that lives in the house where I found this often just sits things at the end of her driveway when she doesn't want them anymore. Just a thing or two at a time and no FREE sign or anything. It just sits there until someone takes it. And, it'susually me. (Man, I hope she just isn't trying to decorate the end of her driveway!)

Today I spotted this:

It's a cast iron candle holder with a huge glass hurricane sitting inside. Since it is made of cast iron, it is heavy as all get-out and in great shape. It is also very tall - about 24" tall. The glass hurricane is in perfect condition too. It's perfect. It's just not me. So, I did this with the base: Remember the 50¢ Tiffany lampshade that I made into a birdfeeder? I knew I would find a base for it one of these days. And, I did find one. Literally. And the glass hurricane?

Now its a big bell jar. I've had my eye out for another cloche for one of my pieces of pottery. And now I have it. For free. Love it!

As for the Church Sale, I spent $10.00. The Bean got six brand new cool skater shirts for 50¢ each, $65.00 worth of new books for a total of $1.35 and three brand new Beanie Babies. I'd say he has quite the stellar day. (I know Beanie Babies are not worth anything, but he likes collecting them and it gives him something to shop for at sales. $1.00 is the most we ever pay for them, usually more towards 10¢-50¢ each. This year, someone had donated at least 300 brand new Beanie Babies and they were selling them for $1.00 each. Last year on the last day of the sale, stuffed animals were 5¢ each. So, guess where we will be Saturday morning.)

What did I get? Not a lot, but I did run into one of my very best friends that I haven't seen in years and we gabbed for an entire hour inside the sale BEFORE I even shopped. Oh, it took restraint, but it was worth it to see my friend again.

Set of two monkey mugs - 10¢ each. Why? Why not?

A 25¢ vintage Razorback plaque for DH for Father's Day Gift because I am generous like that. My purchases where in the Houndstooth Clothing bag. Houndstooth was founded by an old High School classmate of mine. In fact, when he was just getting the company started, he saw some paperwork that I was doing for our class reunion and he said he could use someone organized like me to help run his company. But, he couldn't offer me health insurance, so I declined. He's a zillionaire now. Sigh. However, he did end up marrying the gal he did hire, so it worked out. For them.

A silly vintage vinyl Santa with jingle bells. Not sure what his original intention was - but he looked cute and was 10¢. I also bought a Gold Leo Ward Bird for 25¢, but I forgot to put him in this photo. And a set of funny vintage Santa coaters in a plastic sleigh., but I forgot to photograph them. Seems I am a tad forgetful today.

And, my cutie-pie item of the day. A sweet vintage apron with an embroidered bird and flowers. It was only 10¢ and very, very cute. But, it isn't blue or gingham and those are my apron collectiong guidelines. But! It has ric-rac and I am the ric-rac QUEEN. So, may I keep it anyway, pretty please?

Tomorrow another A/C man comes to give us an estimate. Monday we are having our house appraised. I am soo tired of strangers in my house. I suspect I am getting quite the reputation in the neighborhood what with all the A/C guys and Plumbers as of late. I just might outshine Crazy Carl the daily lawnmowing guy with my daily visits from strange men in trucks antics. "I got a Rep-U-tation!"

*Ten extra credit points if you know what movie that line is from!


  1. That birdbath is just perfect! I love how the two pieces look together--like they were meant for each other!

  2. 10 cents for that adorable apron! What a steal!

  3. Brilliant deals. Been reading your blog and wish we had cheap thrift shops and trash pickings over here (UK). I liberated a lovely plant pot from next doors skip once and thought I'd done well LOL.

    Sharie x

  4. Anonymous7:12 PM

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  5. Anonymous7:13 PM

    Yay for the monkey mugs! Kristin

  6. Anonymous3:16 PM

    Your blog is so creative and I enjoy your humor. I check your blog every few days to see what you're up to. Yvonne from Indiana

  7. Love your site and that cute apron. I can't believe the cost. You really find some great bargains. Saw your site on Mama and Jack. Come visit me. I'm trying to be more interesting,


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