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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rainy Yucky Tuesday Finds

The finds weren't yucky, the weather was yucky. It was in the mid 60's this morning and absolutely pouring rain. And, we really need the rain. Bu, today was the big TENT SALE at the Super Cheap Thrift. I was torn. What should I do - should I go or stay home? I wasn't sure if TENT SALE was really a real tent sale or just a gimmick to clear out the store. If it was to be in a tent, they couldn't possibly be having it due to the rain. Or could they? Even if the sale was cancelled, the store was still open..... So, you guessed it - I went to see what was going on. The TENT SALE was postponed until Thursday because of the rain. I did find out that it is the contents of an entire storage unit that will be under a tent and everything will be 25¢ each. So, I get to do it all over again on Thursday. Except EARLIER! I found this old book in the FREE bin outside the door. It's not in the best condition on the outside, but the inside is pristine.
I adore old children's books and the bright clean illustrations. Poor Tommy wants to receive a phone call, but they are never for him....

This fabulous old coaster set was 25¢. I knew it was old and cheap, so I just threw them in my bag.
It wasn't until I got home that I realized that each one has a different view of NYC on it. Love the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. These will go in my Patriotic decoration box for next year.
A boxed set of matches for a Bridge or Canasta Party. Each box of matches looks like a deck of cards. I seem to be on a run of playing cards, Bridge items and other card themed items as of late. These were only 25¢ and I thought they were fun.
The Bean bought this nice hand painted watercolor for 25¢. He likes Asian themed items and seems to pick them up now and again. He loves dragons, so that is why things like this catch his eye. More often than not, there is a dragon in there somewhere.

I picked this creamer up about ten times before I decided to buy it. I try to steer clear of creamers and dishes. But,t his one was heavy and nice and had that cool vintage heft to t, so I caved. I persuaded myself that it would look good in my pottery collection. When I took the sticker off the bottom (25¢) I saw that it as a Russel Wright - no wonder I liked it
This footed tidbit is unusual. I love that old pattern, which escapes me at the minute.
It was only 50¢, which I thought was quite a deal. I haven't looked it up, but I'm sure it will end up on ebay.
Last item - this silly plate that reads, "I am the Master of this House. Whatever my Wife says shall be done." I have a collection of these plates. All bought at thrifts and yard sales for no more than 50¢ each.

Wanna see them?

You said it, Toots!
Yes, Breadman, that's the way it works.
I don't have an apartment, but it fits the collection. I sold the "God Bless Our Crappy Trailer" plate and I still miss it!
And I am darn pleased to order some pizza!
Or Chinese. I'm not picky.
I hear ya, Sister.

Now this next one is a bit different than the rest. A bit raunchy...

I bought this one at the Estate Sale of one of our friends that everyone called Granny. She loved a raunchy joke. So, his is my memory of her.

Tomorrow we are off to see the Prince - we can't wait!


  1. You find the neatest things! Enjoy the movie, we saw it Sunday. One word of advice - if you buy drinks at the theater don't get the large one! It's a long movie.

  2. Those little plates are cute and that sale Thursday sounds like fun

  3. those are great I have the one that says that we will do as we darm please!!

  4. Something to look forward to on Thursday!! That's always GOOD! ...and WHEN is our Canasta game?

  5. I love the NYC coasters and the telephone book! And the plates are cute, too. We're still waiting for rain here in Northern Virginia.


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