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.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Friday Finds - Redwork, Hangers and Old Photos

Friday morning I tried to hit a few sales before the really bad heat set in and made me completely miserable. I only ended up going to two sales because the heat was just about to melt me. The Bean, who is quite easy going and up for anything, sat in the car in front of the A/C and wouldn't even get out of the car at the second sale. I actually found that quite funny because he usually follows me and take things from me and tries to help me. But, it was just to hot for him. (He got a haircut later that day and that is helping him stay cooler now.)

The first sale netted a HUGE glass topped patio table for a mere $5.00. Our current patio set is tiny, so this one will be great. It has six sides, so my six white motel chairs will fit it perfectly. The Breadman and The Bean had to go pick it up later that evening, but luckily, The B.M. didn't mind. He's pretty good about my bargains. We saw a table yesterday at Big Lots for $150.00 that wasn't as big as my yard sale find. (I went in search of Martha Stewart $2.00 stuff at Big Lots and SCORED. Yeah!)

I went to the thrift and the two sales about ended up buying a only few things things - but in bulk!

A group of really cool old photos for 50¢ each. The one on the upper left is a military photo - I need to research it - it is in the original folder with an insignia on it. I believe it is from the Civil War.
Some great old wooden hangers. 25¢ each - I like to hang my vintage clothes, aprons and tablecloths on these when I take photos for ebay. One of them is a hotel hanger from the Flamingo in Las Vegas - so that one will go on ebay.

I'm not really sure what this is - it is backed with a vintage floral fabric and says VEILS on the front in Redwork. I think it might have been use to cover up boxes or a pile of veils - I really don't know. Any ideas? Deep down I have a fear that it is from a funeral home. Oh, no, pleeeease, no.
As I was digging in the linens looking for tablecloths, I came across several pieces of Redwork embroidery. A lady working at the thrift brought out a cart full of old embroidery pieces and told me that one lady had made them all. Everything was priced either $1.00 or 50¢. She told me that there was so much (five trash bags full) that they were throwing it in the 3/$1.00 bin. So, I hightailed it to the bin!
These are pillow covers - I think. I seem to have bought a lot of stuff that I don't really know what it is, didn't I? Each piece of Redwork is on a flat piece of starched white material - some have ruffled edges. I think they were placed on top of the pillows.
I think this one is funny because the "G" looks like a "C" - "Cood Morning!" I was just excited to find a lot of Redwork in one place.
This is a Redwork table runner. The same motif is on each end.
I found this little vintage baby outfit mixed in with the Redwork in the bin. I had to rescue it - isn't it sweet?????
And, my favorite finds - one in the bin and one on the shelf for $1.00. Two card table tablecloths.
I'd never seen card table tablecloths before. And, if it wouldn't have had the embroidered card motif, I don't think I would have known what they were for sure. Love that little Gypsy looking girl playing cards.
The second one had the Ace's on each corner. It has a stain, so it made it to the bin. The red ties are to tie it to the corner of the table legs.
This is the edging on the Gypsy girl cloth. I don't have a clue how to play Bridge, but I am thinking a Bridge party might be in order!
I'll supply the sandwiches - you bring dessert!

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  1. Whoa Nelly--what great scores! I would venture to guess that military picture is more along the lines of WWI rather than Civil War since the quality of the photo is much better than the 1860's images we see. But what a beautiful lot--those usually sell for at least 10x more in antique stores. The redwork is new to me but I will be on the lookout for it--I love it.

  2. Great finds as usual, love all the red work! The Gypsy girl is my favorite and I would name may daughter Gypsy Rose if chad didn't hate it!!!!!! Can you email me your address, I found a treasure for you the other day:) Nothing big, so don't get to excited!!

  3. What a great score on the redwork! I've been hoping to find some, and especially pillowcases. I would actually haul out the card table and learn to play bridge if I found one of those tablecloths! So cute!

  4. Love the redwork! Awesome finds!!


  5. Love the photos, love the wooden hangers & love the redwork. Great finds!

  6. Wouldn't all the redwork be pretty pieced into a quilt? Great finds

  7. Nice redwork stuff. I know that Manuela at Pleasures of Homemaking collects that too. Funny how we all look for different stuff.

  8. LOVE love love the pictures!!! Great finds!

  9. Wow, you found some really neat stuff.

  10. I have a card table cloth too. I'll have to dig it up. You got two at once! Amazing.

  11. Wow you found some wonderful things! I love the old photos. There is just something about the history that comes along with them….I find myself making up their life stories in my head when I come across one. I was in a little antique store a few weeks ago and they wanted $1-$3 for one photo! Lest just say I left the store photo free!

  12. Wow what finds ! I can't believe how pictures get away from their families...kinda sad...but so neat to look at. I love the redwork - I am hoping that Veils is a last name .....
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  13. Great finds, Shara! Love the redwork pieces...you scored despite the heat! It's sad when these old photos end up at the thrift shop, but not as sad as them ending up at the landfill. At least they've been rescued and will be appreciated...Have a great week! *elaine*

  14. So. Let's see... Your finds for the week have a definite theme... clear plastic 'foo-foo' plates, cards, pedestal cake plate, shot glasses, tablecloth - You HAVE to learn how to play Bridge now, just to use all your accessories for weekly afternoon parties!!!!!!!!! I'll be there!

  15. love the hangers!!

  16. You find the best stuff! Send me some good thrifty jou-jou. I haven't found a darn thing lately!

    Did I tell you my husband wants to go to Arkansas to eat BBQ?? LOL Is it really that good there?


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