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.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Nifty Thrifty Friday Finds

I haven't been doing much thrifting this week. I started working in the garage this past weekend and I gathered up an entire carload of stuff to donate to the Super Cheap Thrift. When I went on Tuesday to donate it, the store was closed. And, you know what? I wasn't even sad about it. It felt good to leave a carload behind and come home empty handed. Thursday I saw an ad for an Estate Sale that promised craft supplies, holiday items and primitives, so I decided to make a quick run. But, all I saw was a sewing kit, a few Dollar Store Christmas tchotchkes and an old primitive box but not much more to warrant the ad. Pooey anyway. I did find a few things:

Two old yardsticks from the 1950's in great aqua and green colors for 50¢ each.

A wee teeny ship for 25¢. I collect miniatures and The Bean collects ships. Not sure who will inherit the ship.

This is an Elk antler from Alaska turned into a toothpick holder. Not usually my style, but it is just the right size for my miniature pottery collection. And, I know it isn't pottery, but I have a few pieces of "pottery" made from wood and stone, so why not an elk antler?

A butterfly made from slices of walnut shells for 25¢. Quirky, right?

A great old black file box with a DEBIT label for $1.00. Perfect for my medical bills.....ha ha. This weekend there is a huge craft fair up the road that sees about 100,000 people come through. This is in a town of only 3,000. This is the town where I love to go yard saling and home to The Super Cheap Thrift. Because of all of the traffic, there will be tons of sales up and down the highway. I do like to go to these, but I noticed last year that the prices are about double what I usually see. All because of the crowds and traffic. So, not sure if I will find anything good or not. I went out today to hit the few that had already set up. Here is today's small haul:An old Arkansas Razorback purse, an old box of staples, a metal tin of Scotch tape, a biscuit jar with cookies on it and a fun metal coffee can all for $1.00. The Indian weaving and Stone carved Indian were $1.00 each at another sale. The green pottery vase was 75¢ at one sale and the picnic basket was 25¢ at a big barn sale.

I spotted the picnic basket in the back of a horse trailer at the sale. I asked if it was for sale and the lady said I could look at it. As we were getting it out, another lady at the sale said, "Does she want to buy that?" "Yes" "She can have it for a quarter!" I knew that was a good deal, but then she went on to explain that she had put her foot through the back of it earlier and she was just sick about it. It really wasn't that bad - the woven part just broke a bit in the back about 3" across. I will store felt in it, so it will be fine. That's my second picnic basket in two weeks.....can my coveted red Redman basket be far behind?????? *Crossed fingers*

This old coffee can was full of nails at a sale. After the guy having the sale turned out to be super nice and was giving me super cheap prices, I asked if I could buy the can without the nails. He said, I could dump it out and just take the can. But, I gave him a quarter since everything I had picked up so far had been a quarter. I love the monkeys and the big pink elephant on it.

I was trying to date this purse when I reached into the pocket and pulled out two ticket stubs from a 1970 Razorback Football game. That answered my question! Those Razorback tickets only cost $6.00 a seat for the same section where The Breadman spends over $100.00 a seat per game now. But, we won't go there.....not tonight anyway. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend. Enjoy it!


  1. Great haul! You wouldn't want to sell that purse, would you? My daughter adores older Razorback stuff and she has taken everything I have. :-) I would love to get her a purse but living in Kentucky now sort of makes it hard. WPS! Football starts today!

  2. love the tiny little ship, super cute! The picnic basket is fab too!

  3. First I have to leave a comment about the last post...
    I haven't ever seen Coconut M&M's, let alone, a Big Ass Bag...you crack me UP!!! Sorry. I'll have to pass on that one as I don't like coconut...however the peanut butter filled ones are Very Good!
    Always fun to stop over and seen your buys...and how brave to clean out the garage and donate things...I may be doing that next week after my garage sale...
    Deb :)

  4. Great finds. I love the Razorbacks bag. It's always interesting to see "regional" thrifting going on.

  5. Is it the apple festival this weekend? I forget what festival is down in Prairie Grove... I used to go when I was a kid.

    I didn't realize there were lots of sales that set up down there, too bad I'm already back in Chicago! I like your Razorback bag, I have a few vinyl bags like that but none with collegiate logos. :)


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