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.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Quick! Hurry!

I had to make a mad dash to the gorcery store for a few odds and ends to finish up our Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. And, since the Super Cheap Thrift Store is open on Saturdays and it is right up the street (well,okay, about seven miles away), I decided to make a quick thrift run. Wouldn't YOU?

And, I think I did pretty well for a mad hurried dash! I spent a total of $4.00 on everything.
Two more vintage Empire Santa Blow Molds. I seriously don't know why I buy these. I have about ten now.
A sweet vintage JAPAN angel tree topper complete with pipe cleaner arms and golden tinsel.

The Angel Tree topper, a fun vintage candle and a small hard plastic Angel Blow Mold.

Vintage Santa and Mrs. Claus - I think they are supposed to be dancing. What sort of dance would they do? The Cha-Cha-Slide? The Hustle?

A vintage Dakin Dream Pet reindeer. I sold a vintage dream pet many moons ago for $50.00 or so. I bet I couldn't do that anymore.

A funny felt mouse. He was stuffed inside a hideous furry stocking, but I decided to pull him out. I think someone made the stocking and put the already made mouse inside. He's a cutie!

And, lastly, not Christmas at all, but for my other absolute favorite holday Easter - a sweet vintge bunny stuffed with sawdust. He was in the FREE bin at the check out. Love him!


  1. Wow! I'd like to shop at your thrift store. You find such cute treasures there. What a nice photo of you at age 16!!!

  2. Well for 4 dollars, it looks like you hit the jackpot!

  3. As for Santa and Mrs. Claus... I think Santa has other things in mind than dancing - by the looks of his belt!! (all though, maybe THAT is what you meant by the 'Cha-Cha-Slide'!!!!!

    Your Blow Mold army is enlisting in fierce numbers!! Mine is dropping like flies... have sold 4 in the past few weeks!!

    Good Grabs!

  4. I love all of your finds, but I must say the free bunny is my favorite!~~~XXOO, Beth

  5. Hey Shara...just catching up on your last few posts! Great finds! I love that little mouse!! : P
    Um, I'm a child of the 70's and I do not remember Dynamite magazine. Hmmmm...
    Oh, I did not know you had scorpions in AR! And such large ones!
    Love the pictures of Bean! He's such a card! LOL!
    Take care!

  6. Thanks for trip down memory lane! I have a whole collection of dream pets. I told my kids they were the original beanie babies (although they were filled with sawdust!) I think the little Santa and Mrs. Claus dancing might have been from a floral arrangement. I the Dynomite magazine--how could I have forgotten those. I'm with you sister--Jimmy was dreamy!

  7. Your super cheap thrift is so awesome, I wish miss having a good thrift to go to:(

  8. Your thrift store has the best things! Plus those prices are just crazy. Wish they were that low where I live.


  9. wow! These are cute...they had a whole bag full at my thrift shop of those reindeer stuffed animals for 2 bucks...


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