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.

Friday, January 01, 2010

After Christmas Sales - Glittery Finds

Since my Christmas decorations are all primarily randomly thrifted vintage treasures, I really never go look at the Christmas items at the stores. Not until they start marking things down, anyway!

So, today, when I heard that Target and Wal-Mart were 75% off, I went to do some shopping. I usually try to only buy useful things. Trash bags with snowflakes on them, napkins with Christmas trees, Ziplocs with penguins, cinnamon scented candles, etc. I try to avoid much in the way of decorations. But sometimes I see something and I DIE!
Like THIS...I squealed! I yippeed! I yahooed! Into the cart it went.
Then I spotted this one! Double Squeal! Yippee! Yahoo! Into the cart with it's buddy.
Fabulous, aren't they? There were $20.00 each, so I got them for $5.00 each. And, as true to my taste, no one else seemed to be giving them a second look. I think they are deee -vine! I plan on going back when everything is 90% off. If they still have more - at $1.99 - you know I will have to buy them! What will I do with them? Who knows!
I also bought a slew of bottle brush trees in all sizes for 25¢ each and a huge variety of glittery ornaments for 25¢.

Next summer, when it is 100 degrees, I am going to crank up the A/C and get my Christmas craft ON!


  1. Oh so cute! Where were the churches? WalMart or Target? I want one if they still have some....so cute and so THRIFTY!

  2. I hit Target the other day at 50% off and scored some stuff - saw the vintage church, but wasn't cheap enuf for me. You did some good shopping at 75% off! I love it when it hits 90%...then I'm really digging thru the shelves.

  3. Those are great churches! The prices after the holidays can be amazing. I need to check some more sales myself before it's all over.

  4. Ok - you suck! LOL! Kidding of course, but those are awesome! Which store were those from? I dont remember seeing anything like them!

  5. I saw the churches at Target the other day--my store still had lots of them even at 75% off. I didn't buy, but I did get a pair of the glittery trees that matched them, but those were only 50% off--they were all gone at 75% off. LOVE that pink church!

  6. I saw those churches at Target and almost picked up the pink one, but there were a lot of them, so I will try for 90% ! LOL They also had a blue one and a three house white one. Me and Laurie, we think alike! Wal Mart was 75% off today, scored some ggod stuff! Loved this post!

  7. Oh, I forgot....I WANT THOSE TREES! I got 4 of them at Walmart....but they were almost all gone :( Good score there too! LOL

  8. The glittery houses are at Target - sorry I got confusing! GO GET 'EM!

  9. I didn't see anyhing pretty like that in our 75% rack at Target:( Sniff

  10. I saw these at Target, too, and thought they were pretty great. Good work, Shara!

  11. When I finally got to my Target, the only houses left were the displays. A clerk helped me unplug them and said they were 50% off, but when I got to the check-out, the checker said NO SALE! Since they were displays they had to "go back to the warehouse." What!? I could have strangled him!


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