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.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Thrift Finds, A Happy Find and an Actual Find

My thrift finds lately have not been plentiful, or really, that great.  I went to the Super Cheap Thrift twice last week and to two other thrifts on Saturday.  The Bean, the Breadman and my Grandmother are all sick.  So, being the good Mother and Wife I am, I got the skeedaddle out of here!  Now, I did go to take my Grandmother cough drops (thank heavens we had the option of putting her in a Rehab hospital in the same tiny town as the Super Cheap Thrift!) and get The Breadman some soup and a milkshake for The Bean.  Is it my fault that the car drove clear to the other side of town to hit some thrifts along the way?  I think not. 

So, what did I get?  Toys and pink stuff.  And something I've always wanted, but never had.  I'll save that one for last.

Old puzzles with neat old boxes.  Etsy Stuff.

An old number puzzle game that is so complicated that no one in my house can make heads or tails out of the darn thing.

A sad little doll. 
Turn her over...

A happy little doll!

A silly old metal toy tool box for 75% off $1.50.  So...36¢?  It now houses my Exact-O knife. 

Pink stuff - A Capidimonte Perfume Atomizer.  Ebay/Etsy bound.

A pink teeny planter.  Etsy bound.

A vintage baby blanket.  It has the images drawn on with embroidery paint.  I may embroider it, I'm not sure.  I seem to have a new love of vintage baby quilts.  It was only $1.00, so home, it came.

When I pulled into Sonic to get The Bean a milkshake (See?  I am a good Mother!), I spotted this giant #8 laying by the street.  I ordered the milkshake and thought about that big old number 8 while I sat there.  I have a huge fear of "being spotted' junking.  But, I really wanted that #8!  So, after I got his milkshake, I pulled into a parking spot, opened my door and grabbed it.  Only one lady spotted me and she was about to fall out of her window trying to see what I found in the street.  I doubt her enthusiasm over the big #8 would not have been half as giddy as mine.  In case you are wondering - Sonic doesn't use numbers this big, so it must have come down the street from a gas station.  I was born in August, so I can justify owning a giant number 8!  (CD shown for scale and for the fact that Nick Jonas is a cutie patootie!)

What have I always wanted and never found at a thrift?  It's not vintage.  But, it's COOL!

A Galileo Thermometer - a 25" tall one to be exact.  I got it for $6.75 and once I had it in my hot little hands, I was the Belle of The Thrift Store.  Everyone wanted that bad boy.  But, it was mine.  *Insert maniacal laugh* I found one on-line for $79.00 exactly like it.  A good find, indeed!

I have such a desire to *******dig******* in some J-U-N-K!  How about Y-O-U????


  1. Oh I love to dig in some junk. You got some great buys and love the #8! So cool!!!

  2. Hope everyone is healthy soon...at least you are doing a good job of avoiding all those germs! Loving that 8...I have a double set of gas station numbers 0-9 - I use them on birthdays to announce the ages of my kids outside...the neighbors always know how old the kids are!

  3. Laurie7:15 AM

    I was looking for that Redman basket at the end...

    But the thermometer is cool, too!

    I haven't hit too many sales lately, too snowy and icky...and the ones I've been to have been $ store junk...nothing real exciting...

    Looking forward to more in the near future!!

  4. ...believe it or not, I haven't been to a Junk Store in 10 days!!!! I kinda went through detox during vacation, and now I'm scared to step foot in one - Yeh, right... just haven't had time!! FUN FIND on that #8!

  5. Oh, we like our galileo too!

    Too bad that wasn't a number 7. I need a number 7. Clearly. LOL

  6. I thought there was going to be a big ol' red picnic basket at the end too! Great finds, especially the 8. And I've found that a Shamrock Shake from McD's cures everything!

  7. What a great bunch of finds! I love stuff that has those little flowers (the planter) and it's hard to find them without broken petals. I've been meaning to get my hubby one of those Galileo things but then if I do, he'll just say, "Why did you get me that?" BECAUSE I THOUGHT MAYBE YOU'D LIKE IT? Duh. I wish I could have a Shamrock Shake but they are just tooooo fattening and there's no way around that.

  8. I'm a Leo, too. Love the 8!

  9. We love your thrift finds! We love all things vintage (esp. 1940s-1950s)...And of course you HAVE to have a number 8 if your Birthday is in August...We hope you are having a wonderful day!!

    Laura & Michele

  10. I have that same thermometer. I had no idea it was worth anything. I once saw one in a thrift store but I didn't buy it since I already had one. Darn!

  11. I have an august birthday also not sure what I would do with a eight but will wait to see what you do.
    So glad you are healthy dosen't it feel good to just get out when everyone is sick?


I love my comments. I'd love to respond to everyone, but if you don't have an email address tied to your ID, please sign your name so I will know who you are! It makes it nice to know who is saying what. Now, leave a comment! Please? ;o)

I Can See You!

Look at my Visitors!

Fellow Junk Followers