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 23, 2010

Thrifting Math

I have a type of math that I use when I am thrifting.  I'm sure that no one else in the world uses this form of Math.  Except maybe my fellow thrifters.
I found this McCoy Dutch Shoe at Goodwill today for $4.00.  I normally only pay $1.00 or $2.00 for pottery.  But, I liked the yellow color and that pink flower.  Still.....$4.00.  I'll have to think about it.
Then I found this sweet white vase with the transfer flowers.  It was $1.50. 
 Hmmm, that is 50¢ less than my high standard of $2.00. 
Then I found this wee little blue pitcher for 50¢.  Hey!  That's  a whole $1.50 less than my $2.00 standard.

So, $4.00 plus $1.50 leaves me 50¢ plus 50¢ leaves me $1.50 so......
$6.00 for all three. 

Yes!  Two dollars each. 

Just what I wanted to pay! 

You do this kind of Math, don't you?


  1. Oh absolutely! If I find something I like but it's too much I can do some creative math.

  2. I do that too. I figure if one thing is high and one is dirt cheap it all averages out.

  3. Yep - totally works for me!

  4. I know I have said in my posts that creative minds and being good in math don't work together. However I do use creative math, just like you did. Works for me every time.

  5. ha ha! perfect math!! cute finds too!!

  6. That's CRAZY! I do the same exact thing!If it all evens out in the end, I'm good!(Love the dutch shoe, it was way worth it!(

  7. I think I have a higher threshold than you do. If I saw that McCoy Dutch shoe planter for FOUR DOLLARS I would've bought it in an instant, no math required! It's from the 50's, is actually a wall pocket and books for 7x what you paid! My antique mall landlady would DIE to have that (she collects wall pockets).

  8. I think your math makes perfect sense,

  9. I probably would have added up the same way, but McCoy? Come on! It's worth every penny of $4 - but I'm glad you "did the math" anyway!

  10. Yes, and if you sell even one of those things for $6, then the rest were all free! Glad to see we all do the same kind of math.

  11. Yes, I do - how did you know? I never even thought about it!


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