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, September 17, 2009

Get Your Game On

With Halloween a bit too far away for decorating just yet and the vintage birthday display down, I found myself with a bare corner sans any happy vintage cheer. Well, we can't have that, now can we?

I've had a good Run this summer picking up vintage games and cards. I just had them in a big stack in my office, but decided to put them out to enjoy for a bit.
All the old boxes are so happy and colorful.

I saved this old game board a few years ago out of a box of things that had water damage. But, the game board survived. Tiddle Tac Toe sounds like fun, doesn't it?

A big jar full of poker chips, dice, chess pieces, checkers and dominoes sits in the middle of this shelf. My Dad brought me the teeny Hearts game one day from a yard sale. He goes yard saling a lot, but ever, ever buy anything. I was surprised he actually saw this tiny box of old cards.
The clown face goes in the Tiddly Wink box above it. More game pieces in a jar. A wee deck of cards, old Monopoly money and wooden game pieces. I love that BINGO box. So cute.

I love these old metal airplanes. I can see these being dangerous in the hands of bunch of rambunctious boys.

Metal Zephyr's - these go with the game board on the top shelf. When I picked up that box of multicolored chips, I thought I would use them in crafts. but, I really love them all in the box. So many colors.

I found the giant checkers at a sale last week. I knew they were perfect to use in my display to build things up and for height. They did work, but you can't even see a single on of them!

So, this should fill up my decorating void until it's time to pull out my glittery Halloween goodness. Cooooome on October!


  1. cute stuff...loving the games. I have a bunch of old game boards that I collected thinking I would do something with them - someday....just need the right project. surprise - surprise - I have the same bingo box.

  2. October will be here soon enough, and I, like you, can hardly wait to get out my decorations!

    What a lovely selection of old games you have! i have a few, but they are tucked away in the cabinet..not sure what to do with them!

  3. Oooo, Shara....can I come to your house 'n play TiddleTacToe? And then you can come to my house and we can play Moksha-Patamu...{Chutes and Ladders, from India} I have no pieces for that, but with your jar and mine, I'm sure we can come up with something!!! We can have a play date...sound like fun? :o} btw...my giveback ends Saturday night...check it out if you get a minute. Happy Friday *elaine*

  4. I love that display. Love, love, love it. Especially the airplanes.

  5. I love it when other people just can't have an open spot in the house. It just DEMANDS to be filled! You did a great job with all those neat old games. PS--my word verification word is "barma"--is that karma for drinkers??

  6. Oh Shara, I love, love this collection! This is good enough to keep putting back up after every holiday! Now can you please share the directions for a game of "Flinch"? How exactly is THAT played? Sounds scary and possibly painful....

  7. You really have a lot of old game pieces! They look great. I like those little airplanes. too.

  8. You really have a lot of old game pieces! They look great. I like those little airplanes. too.

  9. I love all the graphics on the games, are the little metal airplanes and zephrs game pieces? They're great, I like them all lined up in a row!


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