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.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Recent Thrifty Finds

I've been thrifting a bit lately, but I only find on or two thing each trip. So, I've been waiting until I had enough to post.
This cool old metal bin was only $2.25.  That is my GIANT Flubbalicious cat in it and he still has room.  It is huge!  Not sure what I will do with it yet.  But, for $2.25, it was a steal!
Sweet little birdie for 10¢ at on thrift.
Sweet little birdie at another thrift for 25¢.
A cute couple, don't you think?
Another picnic basket - this one smaller - big enough for a little lunch.  It was $2.50 and houses my crepe paper and crepe streamers.
Another handmade whistle for my collection - a hillbilly man. 
You blow into the top of his head to make the whistle work
Three real eggs with the design painted on to them for 10¢ each.
A HUGE beautiful tablecloth for $4.00.  It is big enough for a banquet table.  Absolutely huge and beautiful. 
A Wilton three dimensional Cake Pan.  I'd like to think I have the baking abilities to actually use it, but it will most likely go in my Etsy Shop instead.

I also bought an old wooden spinning wheel lamp and a very, very heavy solid brass desk lamp - each bound for my Etsy shop.

So, not much, but it's something. 

What have you found lately?


  1. Oh such great finds (again!). I love the little birdies and they look sweet together. I think your flubbalicious cat is wonderful and the big metal bin is cool too! Glad you found another 'whistle' for your collection (I will always laugh after my guess of a bong on your last whistle). Looks like a pretty good weekend.

  2. Love the blue tulip tablecloth, and the birdie couple found in 2 different thrifts!

  3. That naughty birdie boy just told the birdie girl a dirty birdie joke and she's blushing (but she still thought it was funny). I LOVE your cat!!!

  4. Ooh, gorgeous tablecloth!

  5. That's a pretty fabulous tablecloth and a pretty fabulous flubbalicious feline.

  6. Love, love, love the birds! You do find the best thrift stores!

  7. Sigh . . . no thrifting for the broken legged I'm afraid. Though my Mom hit the Treasure Sale for me and found some crafty supplies and a few small vintage things. I'll share on my blog soon.

    Is that white basket an Elfa drawer maybe? It looks like my giant bottom drawers in my Elfa closet system (from Container Store.) :)

  8. I was going to tell you the same thing Rebecca did. It is indeed a basket for a shelving system, perhaps not the expensive ELFA, but maybe an IKEA knockoff.

    Not sure what the heck is going on with blogroll, but it is NOT giving me updates on YOUR blog. :(

  9. Love it ALL- but especially the birds!
    And the kitty cat is pretty cute, too.

  10. Oh, those birdies! Loving them!


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