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, April 30, 2010

Friday Finds

I have certainly made up for my recent lack of thrifting the past few months.  This week has been a Gravy Train of fun stuff! 

My Grandmother called last night to ask me to find her a walker.  I see walkers at every thrift and yard sale, don't you?  So, this morning I headed out on a mission - to find a walker.  A Church Rummage Sale, two yard sales and two thrift stores later - not walker.  Seriously!   I even went to the Hospital Thrift which generally has a ton of old medical supplies in the corner.  NONE!  I finally had to go buy one for $90.00, which was a bit over my guesstimate of $5.00.  Whoops.  I know that I will find seven of them tomorrow.  Of course

Since I was out being Grandam's good little soldier, I took the opportunity to shop a bit too.  First on the docket was a Church Rummage Sale.  Forgive the dark-ish photos.  But, as soon as I got home, the skies opened and the rain poured down outside. 
A neat old Fotofolio photo album, an 1885 Bible Dictionary, a 1950's copy of Winnie the Pooh (it's so sweet), a slew of old Little Golden and Whitman tales books and a Bible Game.  I think it's interesting you can find old vintage Church-y things at Church sales.
Vintage Bert and Ernie puppets.  I still have my Ernie from my childhood.  I was excited to find the pair together.  Not only because of my childhood attachment to Bert and Ernie, but this didn't hurt!
The old black book is the transcript from the Memorial Service held at the House Of Representatives in 1933 for a Representative that died.  It just look interesting, so I grabbed it.  In side it I found a sweet vintage Mother's Day Card and a Snow White paper doll.  I love hidden finds.  The little green rolling pin hanger is already hanging in my kitchen and the crocheted potholder and dishrag (?) are in my collection too.  I already had a set of the fruit coasters headed to my Etsy Shop, so now I can double it up. 
I got six of these lovely napkins.  They are quite clever - fold them in different quarters and you have four different sets of napkins.  They will match several of my tablecloths this way.  Love them!

Speaking of tablecloths, this long red and white gingham cloth picnic tablecloth was still in the package. I've packed it away in my picnic basket (the one I actually use for picnics...) for our next trip to the park.
I always buy these old metal cookie cutters.  Do you?  They were in two separate bags for a total of 75¢.  I didn't even bother to look at them at that price.  I already have at least one of all of them, but I will just add them to my giant glass jar anyway.  I do have a soft spot for those little Scottie Dogs, though.  An added bonus at the bottom of the bag was a nice set of Wilton Cake Decorating Tips.  (I have been dropping hints to The Breadman for years that I want a complete set of Wilton Decorating Tips.)

I hope your weekend brings you some junk, stuff, treasures or booty. 

Booty as in Junk

Shame on you!


  1. Shara, great finds! I love your old books. I wish I still had MY old Bert and Ernie muppets!

  2. Good Junk! Love the napkins!!!

  3. Great finds. I was watching the weather and saw a story about all the tornados that Arkansas got today. Hope all is well.

  4. Melissa6:08 AM

    I love your new look! Looks like you had a good hunt!

  5. Hope you're safe and dry ~ not in danger from the terrible storms hitting your area!

    Like the pretties you found!

  6. I love your books and that set of napkins best, but everything is cool!

  7. Hey... take 'Booty' however you prefer!! ;-)

    NICE Finds... as always!

  8. Shara, Have you ever found a Golden Book receipe book? A client of mine wants one that she remembers from childhood and I have never found one, but maybe if I put it out into the world....someone might find one!!


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