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, November 21, 2009

Happy Camper

I am one happy camper. The vintage Christmas items are trickling out into the thrifts. Yippee! I hit two thrifts this week and went directly to the Christmas items.
Even though my true love in all things vintage, I do have a few other items that will leap into my shopping bag. I collect Santa's made from other things. Huh? Case in point - a Santa made from a wee gourd and a very sweet Santa hand carved from a twig. A big bag of vintage tinsel garland for 50¢, a red metal star for 50¢ and two spun cotton birds for 10¢ each.

A lovely triple indented ornament, a dainty beaded ornament and a non vintage Flag ornament all for 10¢ each.
An army of wee tiny vintage angels for 50¢. I am seriously in love with these girls.

The six vintage reindeer picks, the bottle brush tree and the gaudy gold sparkly poinsettia all came in a misc. bag. The glass candleholders full of holly and glittery tree topper are Etsy Bound. I couldn't believe I found another ticky tacky plastic Santa in his sleigh. Two this year so far!
Sometimes, I am amazed at what I find when I go thrifting. For instance, I found these reindeer picks on Wednesday at one thrift.

And the Santa's sleigh today at a different thrift in a completely different town. But, they are almost exactly alike. It must be thrifting karma, right?
My only non Christmas find - a very, very old and very fragile beaded bag. This was in the Christmas stuff, and I almost tossed it to the side, but I gave it another look. It has tons of teeny glass beads and it is all hand sewn. It is really sweet and I am glad that I found so it can be appreciated.
So, what have you found lately?


  1. All I have eyes for right now is vintage Christmas! I don't even look at anything else! And I cannot stop buying the tacky plastic stuff. It's going to look like Christmas circa 1970 here! Great pic of those angels too!
    Happy Sunday!

  2. Woohoo! Love vintage Christmas! I went to an auction last night and got a basket of vintage ornaments, linens and a sewing basket filled with buttons! I am a happy girl!

    The green bag might not say Merry Christmas, but the color is Christmas perfect!

  3. I stopped in at a Goodwill far away from my usual stomping grounds last week and found some vintage Austrian made Shiny Brite ornaments. They were supposed to go on Etsy.... but I think they're going to stay here instead.

    Nice finds - I like the Santa carved from a twig!

  4. Ack! I love those angels! And I love that they were only 50 cents! Not much in the way of vintage Christmas in my thrift though I did find a cute red flocked reindeer but he may not be vintage. He is cute though. :)

  5. I'm very jealous not only of your finds, but of their prices. All the thrifts around here are full of crappy new stuff and are highly overpriced. I did find a few goodies this weekend in the way of vintage (60s and 70s) children's books. They cost me 50 cents a piece.

  6. we went to a jumble sale yesterday and I got so much great stufff! vintage christmas, chenille bedspread, vintage clothing, crazy sweaters and some goodies for the boy!

  7. Those are seriously cute angels. I'm hitting the thrifts twice a week when I can - the Christmas stuff is just trickling out a little bit at a time, it seems, and I have to be the first to see it!

  8. oh wow! your finds are incredible...and the prices? i can't believe it...our thrift stores here are rarely priced that low:) i love the little angels...



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