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.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thank You Junking Gods

Oh, Dear Junking Gods,

Thank you for this beautiful sunshine-y day after weekend after weekend of rain, cold and gloom. Thank you for the beautiful trees and the blue sky. Thank you for having the Golf Course Community Wide Garage Sales today. Thank you for letting me go to almost twenty yard sales and the Super Cheap Thrift, all in one day. Thank you for letting everything be affordable and thank you for that sweet little lottery win last weekend to pad my garage sale-ing pocket. Thank you for the ladies that were as nice to me when I spent 45¢ as when I spent $10.00. Thank you to the lady that cut $3.50 off a price when I asked to buy all of something. I know she was tired of hagglers (as represented by the lady at the last sale practically screaming, "NO, I will NOT take $3.00 for those boots. They are $5.00. They cost $50.00 and he wore them one time. They are FIVE DOLLARS!" Me thinks she might have needed a nap.) but she still cut me a deal.

Thank you for allowing my travel buddy to find a new Playstation Game, a framed piece of art with his name written in Japanese, a VooDoo Doll kit and a Game boy Game all in his price range. It does so make for a happy yard sale-ing day when everyone is a happy camper.

Thank you again, Dear Junking Gods. I appreciate you. You can bring on Winter now. I have fulfilled my yearn to Junk, one last time. (Although there is a nifty estate Sale next weekend, so I am not completely done!)
Junker Extraordinaire

P.S. I won't mention the lady with the dreadlocks that swooped in behind me as I dug in the linen box and scooped up a sweet vintage strawberry tablecloth for 50¢. I am a bit sick over that one since I was actually digging in the box as she reached over me to get it. That is not good yard sale etiquette in my book. But, I will let it go........*sniff*.
A "Cyclopedia" of Knowledge - everything from cookery to memory skills, a vintage magazine all in Japanese and two old POGO Books, (Whom I have never heard of and the lady having the sale was quite offended to hear. The books are from 1954- when my MOM was ten years old. So, I have never heard of POGO. Sorry lady.) $1.00 for all the books.
A book that I had to buy just for the title alone. *Snicker*
A wee hen on a nest and a wee basket. Itty. Bitty. 35¢ total.

An old Beechnut Gum box for $1.00, a West Germany tin for 50¢, sweet birdie figurine for 50¢, bakelite steak fork/knife thingamabob I'm a vegetarian, bear with me...) for 50¢, a wee rubber chicken for 25¢ and a vintage deer pin for 50¢.
The tin is also a bank. I have several West Germany tins, but I've never seen one like this.
Halloween Goods - two cute glittery vintage inspired boxes (50¢ each) , a huge crow (10¢) and a glittery Scaredy Cat box ($1.00).
A nice heavy old rabbit. He is over a foot tall and deeevine. Love him! He was 75¢ at the Super Cheap Thrift.
1964 Miller Studio horses for 50¢ each. Etsy bound.
An old primitive ladder for $2.00. I'm thinking tablecloths or aprons would look good on it.
A vintage aqua ball pitcher for 35¢. It's plastic - hard to tell in the photo.

One of my two favorite finds of the day - an old Ford 1¢ Gumball Machine. One just like it just sold on ebay for $145.00! That would be a big old Woohoo. Except I am going to keep it. I only paid $10.00 for it and it is sooooo cool. Besides, it will only get more valuable, right? The Bean can sell it someday.
*Note to self - buy gumballs.
And, my other favorite find of the day?
BIG Printers Blocks. BIG ones. I usually see these for $3.00 and up. These were 50¢ each (which is good....), but she let me have them all for $10.00. I should sell them, but they are so me. I will put them on a shelf, use them in pottery or an old locker basket. I love them.
Thank you Junking Gods!


  1. Hey, my hubs LOVES Pogo...let me know if you don't want to keep those!

  2. OOOH! Glad you scored one of 'those days' that we all dream of!! (But hey, I got to paint birds...)

  3. LynnW9:54 PM

    The dreadlock woman that snatched away the strawberry linen from you is playing Bad Karma Roulette. It will catch up with her. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but soon...

    That black crow you found is so cool!

  4. Pogo was so good because there was alot of social commentary in it in the guise of a "funny"--but it's not surprising that you hadn't heard of it since it's really really old. If the books are in half-way decent condition, you should be able to get your money back and then some if you decide to sell them (or gift them to The Queen . . .). That steak fork brings back all kinds of memories--my dad bbq'd with one just like it. Sigh.

  5. Anonymous9:29 AM

    Beautiful blog and treasures.The 'red' book cracked me up!

  6. You hit the jackpot on the Ford gumball machine!

    Dang, you've got good thrift stores and yard sales in your neck of the woods. I'm super jealous! ;)

  7. Wow, 20 yard sales... you almost bested me (one day I hit over 40 though to be fair it was a neighborhood sale).

    Great finds... I love the gumball machine, those horse plaques and the printer's blocks. I just spent WAY too much money yesterday at my neighborhood rummage sale & an estate sale but it's nice to have a blowout every once in a while isn't it? :)

  8. Wow you are my hero..you are very very good..and the garage sale gods were indeed good to you..now I have to know, what is the boner book about?

  9. You found a bunch of great things! I'd probably fall over if I ever find any printer blocks!

  10. PocketChange7:10 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you found! Especially love the gumball machine, the printers blocks, the tin/bank, and the books. That should hold you a while, but isn't it great that the thrift stores are open all winter even when yard sales aren't?

  11. Wow, so many great treasures. Too bad about the vintage tablecloth, though :(

  12. Wonderful finds! And I'm so happy that you share the prices - it makes me even happier to see what bargains you got!


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