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, May 16, 2009

Junk, Junk, Glorious Junk

Today, I thought it was going to rain. It did rain this morning, but by 10:00 it had cleared up but it was still cool and breezy. I thought I might see if anyone had set up sales later because of the rain. And, to my delight, there were a lot of sales getting a late start. Which meant I got the 7:00 am stuff at 11:00 am! I wish every Saturday could be that way!!!!

Now, I warn you. This first photo is a doozy. I got all artsy with my junk. Much to the wonder of most of my neighbors. "What's she doin' with all that JUNK? Takin' pitchers?" *I don't really live in Hillbilly-ville.*

My finds for the day. I wish I could just leave this set up and enjoy it like this. It looks fun this way! Where to start - the blue painted chair was 25¢. I know! It is a bit bright for my decor, but I put it in the backyard by my mantle and hung a flag over it.
I'll add a rusty bucket of red flowers and instant Americana. Mother Nature will weather it to pure perfection in no time. She weathered last year's chair right to the garbage dump.

The 25¢ chair, an old squirrel feeder for 25¢ and a fabulous old rusty tool box for $1.00. When I asked about the toolbox, no one at the sale had ever seen it before even though it was sitting at the edge of their driveway. Maybe someone set it out to load something? Or where they just forgetful? Either way, I scored it for $1.00. It is in front of the bay window awaiting some red geraniums.

A nice old doughbowl. I've always wanted a doughbowl for displaying things on the coffee table. It was $5.00 which is really a good deal, but it took me quite awhile to decide to pay $5.00 for it. That is on the high end of my spectrum! Now, that thing to the right, is, I am sure, some sort of mortar mixer or grout tool or something. But, you have to admit - it looks like a giant potato masher. Even the old man that sold it to me referred it to as "his giant tater smasher." *Again, I really do not live in hillbilly-ville.* I'm thinking of hanging it on a the wall as sort of a picture hanger and sitting a vintage cookbook on it. Ideas are still in the works...(It was $1.00). Above it, although it isn't in the photo, is a great old 25¢ frame that needs a coat of white paint.

Shall we discuss the cabinet now? I got it at the sale with the giant tater smasher. I saw it and basically ran to it, hopping over an Exersaucer and an old treadmill.

It is rusty, crusty, shabby, chippy and every other glorious word in my vocabulary. I have cleaned it up a bit since I took this photo. Just to get the actual dirt off of it. Not that awesome patina.
It is so me. I adore it. It was only $5.00. The Breadman (he's still on vacation) was with me and was surprised that it was still there late in the day at that price. That is because I see beauty in old junk and it truly looked like old junk sitting at the edge of the yard. But, you can see in the first photo - it has an awesome green color inside with shelves and all sort of hooks here and there. It will go in the living room full of my holiday collectibles. *Bought myself a lot of stuff today, didn't I?*

Shelf #1: An old candy jar with a string of colored Indian Corn inside, some vintage Christmas items, an old blue glass Noxema jar, an occupied JAPAN bird and a sweet girl with a parasol planter. Total for everything: $3.35.

Shelf #2: Two pieces of pottery for my collection, a great old book, four glass knife rests (from Pukesburg Sweden), a Russ Gardening figurine, a honking cast iron button, rusty carpenter's box, a Boyds Bear and a chippy old metal lightswitch box. Total: $4.45.
Shelf #3: A Hull vase for 50¢, gingham paper tablecloth, old rusty sprinkler, amber Blenko vase, fox string holder and a miniature thermos bottle. Total: $1.50. Now, before you get too excited about that Hullvase - it has been broken and reglued in two places. But if you place it just right on a certain shelf and hold your head to the left a bit - it looks like new! You can't tell can you? Neither can I. I would never be able to afford a perfect one anyway. I forgot to photgraph Shelf #4: A fishing reel pencil sharpener and a cast iron apple. Total: $1.30.
Two cool old Sunshine Biscuit tins for 50¢ each. Destined for swaps or ebay - I'm not sure yet.

I couldn't believe the luck I had today! It makes up for the lack of junk on our trip. We hit several thrifts and a huge road side yard sale and I only bought two things! A huge red handled biscuit cutter and that Garage Sale license plate. The Bean found it and told me, "You have GOT to get this!" So, I did. But, it will not go on the car.
I'll be back on my next post with a giveaway that I won and a surprise box full of goodies that I received from a blog reader. A male blog reader! A male firefighter blog reader! Ladies, did you know guys read our junking blogs? And, this guy did an awesome job sending me things that I love! Stay tuned....


  1. Good lord, that fabbo chair for 25 cents? You win!

  2. Forget the chair. I Cannot believe you bought that pottery for 50 cents. That is my favorite type of pottery, but I have precious little of it because of the million dollar price tags.

    BTW, I vote for no paint on the frame. It would look great in my hallway just like it is. :-)

  3. WOW, you hit the jack pot! It is all so FAB!!!!! Love the hull vase and I would have done the same thing! I vote for no paint on the frame too:) MY fav thing is the girlie statue, and if you are going to sell it let me know because it would be adorable on baby girls nearly empty shelf. I can't wait to have a really good junking day, went to three sales yesterday and only got one thing, it is a lovely huge vintage rose picture, I love it, but it wasn't super cheap!

  4. WOW is all I can say. You got some really great deals! Your area seems to sell things for so little $, wish it was that way here! I had a good Saturday too, wish they could all be like this

  5. WOW!!
    Just looking at all of your GREAT finds, I got my 'stuff' fix for the week!! THANK YOU (since I was tied down to MY sale, and didn't get to a single one!).
    Good to have you back from vacation - looks like you had a LOT of fun - but am looking forward to more stories (skeevy?!) and photos!!

  6. Wow! You did great this weekend! I love the chair and the cabinet. Your photos are great also! As always, thanks for sharing your wonderful finds with us.

  7. Wow, Shara! Great finds...and cool photos! I'm with you...leave it all right there...all the items look great together. So...you know my address...I'll give it all a good home!! LOL *elaine*

  8. Fun stuff! I stopped at a few yard sales myself and got some good deals. They will be posted on Thursday, so come by!

  9. Dang girl, you found some fantastic junk! I LOVE that blue chair, even that bright color!

  10. Wow! 50 cents for a Hull vase? That's got to be one of the best deals ever! Call me crazy, but I would have been giddy over the old Noxema jar!

  11. Wow! that was alot of goodies...you really did score. I am partial to the Hull vase. I scored two in mint condition for $5 each quite a few years ago at probably one of the best estate sales I had ever been to. They had taken boxes from the attic and lined them up in the backyard. The family didn't even go thru them first - alot of them were wedding gifts that the elderly couple had never used and had been wrapped up for years. Can you imagine? I didn't hit any sales this weekend - so glad I could tag along with you via your blog!

  12. You did very well, fabulous finds! I love the cupboard, and the giant masher!

  13. Wowza!!! Ding, ding, ding, I think we have a winner!!! You got the best deals on some fabulous stuff. I love, love, love your little Americana vignette out in your yard. And 25 cents for that blue chair? I'm like you, I hate spending more than a few bucks for something, unless I totally have fallen head over heels in love. I giggled through your entire post. I loved it!

  14. Just look at all your junk! You scored big time on all of that. I see you are into the really rustic stuff & you found it. Loved your description of Hillbilly-ville. Thanks for joining the party.

  15. Is that dough bowl old? Usually they are dark. I just saw one at a flea market for $75 so you did great!

  16. Ok I wanna come shopping at your house.I want the gumball jar,garage sale sign and that bisuit cutter!
    Dh would say why another biscuit cutter? I have some and don't make homemade biscuits,lol,(not since pillsbury came out with frozen ones).
    I think they are pretty though.Good job!

  17. Wow that looks like a busy day! I'm jealous! I've been watching Craigs list for garage sale announcements- wish me luck that I can find a quarter of the stuff you made out with!

  18. Love the license plate and the 25 cent chari


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