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, August 25, 2009

Junked Out

Today I found myself completely "junked out". With all the auction stuff, the sorting, the deciding what to keep, what to toss, what to sell, what to donate - really, it was a big headache. Oh, I had fun. But, it was a job sorting it all out. But, it is sorted, tossed, on ebay and donated. I took the donations to The SCT today. I wasn't in the junking mood, but it would have been crazy not to go in and just look, right? I did find a couple good items. Photos of those at the end.I bid $1.00 on a box lot that contained the Scrabble game. I was happy to find the vintage checkers, vintage Dragon Dominoes and the wee deck of children's playing cards with the tax stamp intact in the box when I got home. Worth the dollar.

This what I kept in the huge Christmas pile I got for $1.00. A few old Shiny Brite picks, a Santa Claus light bulb, an old snow dome, a couple wooden Japan ornaments, a bunch of old plastic holly picks and a bunch of old Christmas light bulbs. (I want to make a Christmas light wreath this year). It is all sitting on a roll of 1960's Skiing Santa wrapping paper. Worth the dollar? Still not sure. The keepers were worth the buck, but it was a ton of work sorting through all the rest. Eh gads.

I kept this guy too. He is a card holder, I think. He has a big pocket on the front and back. He's not completely my style, but cute enough to keep for a bit.

Found this purse at the bottom of one box lot. The fruit is stuffed so it is three dimensional. Kind of cute. Etsy bound.
This linen tablecloth was still in it's original plastic bag with tags. I put it with my tablecloth collection, but it sort of sticks out. All my other ones are white with colorful graphics. This one is natural linen - so it has an organic look to it. I think I will list it rather than keeping it. It is very pretty - just not me.

I accidentally bought a big box of sheets and towels. Oops. As I was sorting them into "donate" and "toss", I found a couple keepers. Love that chicken cloth -all hand appliqued. The crochet work is really fine on that other cloth. That is a Betty Jane Flour Sack under it all.

I didn't really even realize that I had this until it was all sorted out. I threw it in the keep pile just because it was vintage and like new. I knew there was a "certain" market for hot water bottles. But, I had not ever delved into selling them before. Since this on is like new, still attached to the inside of the box and in really great condition, I listed it. One very similar to it recently sold for nearly $300.00. I don't expect to get anything near that. But, heck it would be nice!
The Christmas Carolers were in the Christmas pile. I threw them in the donate pile, but thought I would share a photo first. These are very old heavy Coca-Cola bottles (filled with sand (then slipped into a sock) and then decorated. Crafts of the past.......is this what The Bean will think of my vintage ornament encrusted wreaths in twenty years?????

My thrift finds for today:

A sweet vintage handbag with colorful tassels.
A sweet vintage pink handbag. These are really nice - like new.
That's it - just two things. And, both for sale. I'm so proud of myself!


  1. i ADORE that pink bag! What a great couple of finds! Iput your package in the mail yesterday...enjoy!

  2. As fun as it all is, it does get a bit overwhelming at times!! Several bloggers have mentioned recently about 'nasty crafts of the past'... and Yes, it has crossed my mind that we are makers of future 'nasty crafts of the past'!

  3. Am I missing something here? Who exactly is the "certain" market that pays $300 for a water bottle? Seriously?!

  4. I love the auction game finds. Fabulous. I haven't been to an auction all summer, and am missing them!

  5. Can't wait to see what the water bottle goes for! Maybe it'll be another Hawaii picture deal! You got some fun stuff Shara!

  6. I love the whole auction story in your previous post! One of these days I WILL go to one. That water bottle brought back "fond" memories. My parents always kept the house so cold in the winter, that I would go to bed every night with a hot water bottle on my feet! And no, I will not buy it from you for $300!

  7. I'm like Vanessa, who/what is the "certain" market for hot water bottles? Love the pink purse.

  8. Note to Vanessa and AngelMc (and any others......) "Certain" people are really, really "into" enemas. 'Nough said.....right??? ;)

  9. AAAGRRHHHH...Shara! The water bottle & your explanation almost made me drop my mornin' coffee on the keyboard...$300??!!! Nuff said....going on to better stuff... the Christmas..the games! I have the same checkers, love the graphics. Great buys...you did good, lady. and the river find was a really good one, great pics. *elaine*

  10. Ohhh! Loving those finds, esp that Santa:)


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