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 10, 2009

Thursday's Thrifty Find

Isn't it funny how one little find can make you so happy?
On my third walk around the thrift store I noticed a table full of fall decorations. The volunteer lady was just putting things out. Sadly, I recognized a large number of the items as being things I had donated earlier this Spring. I took a closer look anyway and I spotted a cardboard box at the back of the table with 50¢ written on it. I could see the edge of something that looked old peeking out. (You know what I mean, don't you? Can't you just tell something is old and vintage by the sight of it?)

Inside the box was this great old vintage Thanksgiving turkey standee. In fact, there were two of them! Each one measures about 10" tall. I love the colors and the graphics. There is one round red bead on his eye that doesn't show up in the scan. It is marked Norcross New York on the back. I have lots of holiday decorations, but I would say that my vintage Thanksgiving collection is the smallest of all my holiday decors. So, welcome to my house Mr. Tom Turkey! I actually have room for you!


  1. OOOhhhh...Gobble, gobble! What a great find! I have a special place in my heart for Thanksgiving decorations, as I was born on Thanksgiving eve. Am always on the lookout for vintage turkeys, but they are not that easy to find. Your 2 standees are fabulous! Have a great Friday *elaine*

  2. Good find. Vintage Thanksgiving is not the easiest to find. Fifty cents well spent!

  3. It's funny to read Elaine's comment... I too, was born during the Thanksgiving Holiday, but, unlike Elaine, I've always kind of held a grudge against the 'holiday'. I'm not into turkey or the 'trimmings' - especially for my Birthday meal! I was never in school for my b-day = no treats to hand out. Always had to have my bday 'friends' party on a different day... The darned Holiday just plain 'stole' MY Day!! (said in a spoiled, pouty little kid voice!). I am getting slightly better about it, just as long as I get to stay in my jammies ALL morning and watch the Macy's parade! Speaking of which, have you seen that the USPS has Macy's parade stamps out???!
    PS. Enjoy your 'turkey' - I definitely won't fight you for it ;)


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