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, October 20, 2009

Pottery & Pie

Saturday I was in the car about to back up to head towards the Super Cheap Thrift, when The Breadman pulled in the driveway with the new dryer. So, instead of a bit of thrift therapy, I had to get out of the car and start unloading it. That, compiled with the cleaning I accomplished this weekend (that resulted in a carload of donations), meant that a trip to the Super Cheap Thrift was definitely on my plate today.
The thrift was packed full of new things, but I recognized a lot of them from my previous donations. I picked up several things thinking, "I have one like these at home. No, wait, I donated it. And this is it! Put it down and walk away!" As usual, I managed to find a few things.

A funny old figurine from JAPAN priced 19¢ on the bottom. I paid 25¢. That's not bad inflation for about 50 years. I thought her face was a cute when I picked her up. Then, when I got her home, I analyzed it a bit. Cute angel girl holding a book with a lamb and they are on a ....sled? Not sure. She's still cute though.

This blue glass dish is marked FireKing and Oven Proof. I can't imagine putting anything like this in the oven though. The pretty blue color caught my eye but the FireKing name sold it. It was only 50¢.

This piece of pottery was $1.00. It is tall - about 10 inches tall and heavy. It has a shiny glaze, which I normally don't find attractive. But, I kept looking at it every time I passed by. I finally picked it up and saw this:

Red Wing! My first piece of Red Wing. I keep all my pottery in one big cabinet, so I try to keep it all pastel and matte finish. But, this one is different, so there goes that idea out the window. But, it was Red Wing and it was a dollar, so it is mine.
This afternoon, I made an Apple Pie. I always thought making a pie was this magical thing that only Grandma's could do. But, then I found out that it really isn't that hard. I'm still amazed when I make a pie that looks like an actual pie! And, even better - it tastes like an apple pie!


  1. MMmmmMMM...Redwing AND apple pie? Wonderful! happy Wednesday *elaine*

  2. I was just looking at fireking delphite stuff on ebay this past week. Man, it is pricey stuff. Nice score there. (Man, my code word is resesesc, I challenge you to type that three times fast.)

  3. Relieved to know I'm not the only one who almost buys back my donations. I don't think I've done it yet, but there have been some close calls.

  4. I'm coming over for some of that Yummy looking apple PIE!!!
    Love your new finds and I think you should look up the Red Wing...you may be surprised about it.
    I dropped of a box of stuff yesterday also and just got a few things..nothing exciting.
    Deb :)


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