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, February 07, 2009


I was super excited to see this ad on Craigslist last night for this morning:

Everyone is invited to a HUGE yard sale hosted by Estate ***** on 2-7-08. Hours are 8 am to sellout! Every item imaginable has been combined from several households for this event! Prices are super low! Great for bargain hunters! Expect to find: All sizes of clothes for only $1 each! All books are only a quarter! 15" computer monitor with cables for only $5! Kitchen appliances only used once! $2 each! Lots of stuff that is brand new and still in the box! No reasonable offer is refused! Estate ****** is a family business that specializes in hosting yard sales. We take care of advertising, set-up, pricing, sales, customer service, and clean up! There are no upfront costs! All you have to do is gather up items that you no longer need! If you have been thinking about having a yard sale, stop by this Saturday and see what we can do for you!

So, I got ready this morning and went. And, it sucked, The sale consisted of three tables in the driveway priced 25¢, 50¢ and $1.00 each plus five tubs of clothes. That was it. No books, no computer monitors, no kitchen appliances, nothing new in the box, etc. Nothing that was advertised was even there! I was really expecting a TON of stuff. But, alas, it was not a good sale.

I did manage to put my nose to the grindstone and find a few items.
I spent $1.00 on two Woolrich sweaters which are felting in the washer and were not photographed. I also found nine little metal molds, (which I already own about fifty of...), a piece of orange pottery for The Bean's collection and a Gurley Halloween candle for a total of 75¢. On my last walk through, I found the best item and really think it alone was worth the trip.

A vintage Japan Paper lantern for 25¢. Love those colors and the flowery graphics. I have miniature Japanese paper lanterns that I hang on my vintage Christmas tree, so this might go near it next year. It is just so sweet!

I suppose the best part is that there actually was a yard sale today, so that means they are on the way..........


  1. We've decided that the braggier the ad (or sign) for a sale, the worse the sale will be. My husband says they will turn out to have "two bald tires and a candle stub" and he's usually right, so now we call these TBTCS sales!

  2. Yes, I too will avoid those long winded descriptions. I find the shorter they are the better they area.

  3. oooh... there must be an EBOR of this sale in your future - for as bad as this one was, think of how good it's 'opposite' will be 8-)!!!


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