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.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Stressed Out + Thrifting = Bad Purchases

I really needed to go thrifting today.  I needed to do something for me.  Something to clear my head for a minute.  I found a couple yard sales to pacify my needs.  And, I made some purchases.  But, now that I am home......what was I thinking?
A crapload of wooden train tracks and buildings.  I don't know anything about trains, but it was a good deal and I thought I could sell it.  (Cat butt, not included)
Lots of Thomas the tank and his Tanky buddies.  Again, I don't know a thing about them, but I bought 'em.
Crocheted toast, cookie and pretzel.  Why did I buy these again? 
Could someone remind me?
A crocheted spool of thread, a glass paperweight and a mini ME book that tells the story of my life "SNAP PUT OF IT!"

Okay, hold on to your hats.  We are entering the HOLY CRAP section of today's post.
ARGH!  When I spotted him, I thought, "Oh, he's OLD, he's handmade!  He has a rubber face!  He is made of felt.  He's Cheap!"
When the Bean spotted him, he shuddered and said, "What's up with the Creepy Clown?"
How can he be Creepy?  He's wearing candy pants for heavens sake!
He's wearing big pink tennies! 
Crap!  He is creepy!

Oh well, I am sure my next yard sale will muster up piles of vintage tablecloths, boxes of Shiny Brites and a treasure trove of pottery. 



  1. Oh my creepy scary clown. I thought the crocheted pretzel was scary, but the clown....scarylicious. Of course I would have bought it. I can't wait for lawnsales to begin. I won't see the first sales for another month. Very sad.

  2. Well that clown is scary! I hate clowns. They remind me of serial murderers who hide behind makeup.

    Put him out on Halloween.


  3. LOL! At least you have your humor! My goodness you make me laugh. With you of course! I bet you can sell that train set. BTW, I got my swap package today. Amazing stuff! Thanks so much for your work at organizing it all. What a treat!

  4. Carolyn3:09 AM

    Are you going to list the train set on Etsy? Do you post to Australia?

  5. Thomas the Train sets are expensive so I'm sure you got a good deal on those and can resell them. But I'm not so sure about all the other stuff. The clown is supper creepy. Sometimes I find myself buying stupid stuff at yardsales too. I'm not sure what it is about seeing all the strange stuff out there that makes you want to buy something with no purpose.

  6. The wooden stuff is a mix of brands I think (hard to tell without holding it). The stuff with the white pegs is usually IKEA stuff. The stuff with the round brown pegs is old thomas. The stuff with no pegs is usually thomas. The roundabout (circle thing) is missing it's important bit in the middle. It looks like there is one "destination", that farm (?) building. (Not sure what that one is, we don't have it or the red thing next to it.)

    The trains don't go with that track. They go with blue plastic track. It looks like 4 of them are missing the battery covers. (Which really makes those four worthless. Too frustrating for small fries. Too dangerous, etc.)

  7. Shara! That's the clown from Poltergeist! Get rid of him before a giant tree comes through the Bean's window and nabs him! And yes, we ALL have days when we buy and then do the "holy crap, what was I thinking" slow dance.

  8. I think you had better put that clown out in the garage from now on, because he looks like precisely the type of doll that COMES ALIVE at night! Eeeeeeeeeek!

  9. Haha! I like the "cat butt not included"! I have so many photos of those too! But please, get rid of that creepy clown. I am having nightmares just thinking about it.

  10. OK, the clown is kind of creepy! You might have scored with the Thomas Train stuff, I don't know how it is now but it used to be fairly popular. As to the crocheted pot holders, I know why you bought them - so I could see them and be inspired! My sister collects those and I'm always looking for another crochet project.

  11. I woudn't be able to sleep in the same house as that clown! He is very, VERY creepy!

  12. check to see if those thomas toys are frum the UK. those used to be worth more miney.

    my holy grail of yardsaling would be to find marilyn monroe's missing black book. for a quarter. but might be hard to do since i live in mississippi, a long way from california!

    that clown could only be creepier if he came to life in the middle of the night!

  13. He is pretty creepy! We all have days like that!

  14. Okay, I have to agree that the clown is creepy, but the candy fabric is AWESOME.

  15. Anonymous9:31 PM

    It's funny how different people's tastes are - I mean, if I found wooden train tracks, that would have been a jackpot for me! My brother had a small set when he was a kid, but you always wanted more pieces. They're an amazing low-tech toy.

    That clown would fit right in on Livejournal's thrifthorror community...

  16. Your son made me laugh... cuz I too think most clowns look sorta creepy. Just saying... :)

  17. PocketChange9:27 PM

    Oh, Shara, that creepy clown SO would NOT have come home with me! I've seen a creepy clown at a thrift store I visit for about three weeks now - each time I keep hoping he's gone, but he looks at me when I go there with that silly grin..........YIKES! Send yours to the clown pasture! You don't know what he does at night!


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