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, July 23, 2009

The Big Tent Sale

I made it to the Super Cheap Thrift this morning, just as the Tent Sale was starting. The ladies on Tuesday had told me that they had a big storage unit full of things they needed to get rid of, so they needed to have a tent sale to clear it out. But, what they actually did was take a bunch of stuff out of the thrift and put it in the tent sale. Now they have room inside the store for the stuff from the storage building. So, there wasn't much in the tent sale that I hadn't already seen in the thrift. I did manage to buy 56 items which would have been a total of $14.00, but they only charged me $8.00. So, even on Super Cheap 25¢ day, the Super Cheap Thrift was even cheaper! I got a big stack of books, some new paintbrushes and some other less than exciting (yet useful) purchases that I didn't photograph. The Bean found a 29 book set on Crime and Punishment (He has a love of all things Forensic) plus six other books. So, that counted for 35 of my 56 items. And, to think, he didn't even want to go today.

I got that set of orange clippers on the right today. I love my collection of rainbow colored clippers on my potting bench. I moved that red thing on the left to take a picture and there was a big from under there and it scared the bajeezus out of me.

Two weird vintage Halloween masks. When The Breadman came home, he found me and The Bean wearing them as we did dishes. Boo! I should have taken photos of them being modeled.

A roll of orange and black ribbon, six rolls of orange and black crepe paper streamers and a not that old, but not that new either, Jack-O-Lantern. It will be Halloween before we know it!
Two cute vintage Santas. It will be Christmas before we know it!
A planter that looks like a log with moss. It's newer, but I liked the look of it. I already planted my Christmas Cactus in it. I may attach a few spun cotton toadstools on it for fun.
Three old half bushel baskets. I remember actually going to the fruit stand to buy apples and bringing them home in one of these. I use these for everything from bringing things in from the garden, to holding projects, to my Christmas card to.......you name it.
A photograph of a cute little round faced girl that would fit in my family perfectly fine. I fear she took a tumble off that table seconds after the flash went off. She is thisclose to the edge!
A sweet vintage bone china Mother tea cup and saucer. I am not a tea cup or a flowery person, but I do have a small collection of Mother things that that I display at Mother's Day. At 25¢, it will be right at home with my other Mother treasures.
A vintage planter. Love that pink inside. I picked a bunch of Zinnias from my yard and made an arrangement in it. I even used one of my vintage flower frogs. I love actually using some of my finds.


  1. Shara scores again, folks! You got some neat stuff...and the price certainly cannot be beaten! I wanna see the zinnias in the pot...AND you & the Bean in the masks...next post maybe?? LOL Have a great weekend *elaine* {ps thanks for the sweet comment on my blog the other day...made me smile :o}

  2. Is your Zinnia pot a Shawnee? Nice. FUN Halloween stuff!! Fall is coming 8-)

  3. Love your vintage planter!

  4. I love hearing your thrifting stories and you always manage to find nice things.

  5. I wish I could have seen the zinnias in that cute pink pot, and a picture of you and The Bean in those masks! I am NOT ready for Fall! It's been so unseasonably cool this summer, and I'm lovin' it!


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