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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring, The Thrifts Are Overflowing

I keep waiting for the thrifting dry spell to hit, but so far, it's raining finds. I'm not complaining, although The Breadman should. The house is getting full. But, as long as I continue to find sweet deals that I can either work into the house or sell, they will be coming home with me.

Yesterday I went to the Salvation Army for the first time in about two months. when I walked in, it was a completely different store. Entirely rearranged and different. They now have a vintage corner, but it is reasonably priced. I expected things to be double what they used to be, but some were actually less. I even found a vintage item, which is completely unheard of at the Salvation Army.

I spotted this sweet little toy tin litho high chair across the room, but I almost didn't even look at the price. In the past, this would have been $25.00. But, it was only $5.00! I got a lot of comments on it as I schleped it around the store. It wound up being my only purchase, but it was a good one. Lovin' that sweet puppy!

Today I went to another thrift that has recently undergone some drastic changes. This is the thrift that I always referred to as the $8.00 Store". Everything was always eight dollars. Jeans? Eight dollars. Vase? Eight dollars. Cheap figurine from Dollar General? Eight dollars. *Sigh. I rarely ever went there because of the crazy eight dollar pricing structure. But, the old manger is GONE and everything is different. Cheaper by far and cool stuff everywhere.

Case in point - This great old jar with handpainted cherries for $1.00. The jar is vintage, but the cherries are most likely a Donna Dewberry inspired project. Normally, I would scrub off any paint, but I am loving the cherries. I think a bunch of my old tin cookie cutters will be perfect in it.

This sweet Japan jewelry box is also a music box. It is wound too tightly to work, but I have had good luck repairing those in the past. If I get it working (and even if I don't) I will put it on Etsy. It is really sweet.A 50¢ Goodie Bag netted a bunch of junk to be re-donated. But, it also netted a wee teeny knitted doiley, a Washington DC Souvenir tray and a wee souvenir replica of the Washington Capitol. I like kitchy Washington DC souvenirs in my 4th of July decorations.
I spotted these teeny little crocheted watermelon slice earrings for 50¢ on the way to check out. I won't be wearing them, but for the owner of almost 60 different crocheted watermelon potholders, don't you think I just had to buy them?!?

And now...THE FIND OF THE DAY. A quilt. And not just any quilt. A baby quilt. A cute baby quilt for $5.00. Here you see it unwashed as I found it.

It's pretty darned cute with it's minty green and white squares. Yes, it's a cutie. It couldn't be any cuter.
Oooooooor could it? Ker-pow! Look at the back! Embroidered animals is all sorts of cute ways.

May I present, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. All dressed up and no where to go.

Baby Bunny off to fish.
A Scottie dog girl with a flower for Mama.

Cute Mr. Elephant (although I just took a second look at this, and he looks a bit lewd....)

And a cute little hat wearin' bear.

I am in an absolute state of euphoria waiting for the thrifts to roll out the Christmas items. I can dig through fifteen thousand ornaments, but if I am lucky to find one indented ornament or one precious spun cotton head Santa, then it was completely worth it.

*Leilani of Thriftaholic guessed that I paid 50¢ for all those glorious cupcake pics. Leilani lives in Chicago, but she's from right here where I live and visits the very same thrifts that I do when she is home at the holidays. Small world, right?


  1. Oh how I miss living in the midwest for this very reason. The best stuff can be found at those thrift shops. what treasures you have found. Sea Witch

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  3. Love the quilt! Can you believe somebody actually let that leave their house? I have talked people into taking quilts back inside at yard sales. I would expect their great granmother to haunt them if they sold the quilt she hand stitched 100 years ago for just $5!

  4. Excellent quilt. The pattern is tumbling blocks, in case you were curious.

  5. Great finds as always. My Mom had that exact sweet cabin jewelry/music box, in fact I think it's still in my Dad's house. I was with her when she bought it at Montgomery Wards in the late 60's because we both thought it was so cute.
    Love the quilt too - especially the little Scottie dog in a dress!

  6. yay thanks for the link, I'm really excited about winning as I NEVER win anything (this is why I don't gamble/buy lottery tickets). I've been on the lookout for vintage christmas for you... going to 2 estate sales tomorrow so let's hope for the best!

    Did you go to the Fayetteville Salvation Army? It had been several years since I went in there but the last time I popped in I did find a fun '50s atomic yellow ashtray.

  7. the quilt and the high chair are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM!

  8. Lordy! You must be livin' right. So many goodies!

  9. high chair and the jar are adorable! The earrings are too fun!!


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