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, May 24, 2010

Weekend Junkin'

Saturday I headed out looking for a yard sale or two (or nineteen).  I found a bunch, but I only stopped at a couple.  I've never done my best at Saturday sales.  Too many diehard yard salers out at the break of dawn searching for treasures and too many people with a card table 'o baby crap and Tupperware calling it a Yard Sale for Saturday's to pan out for me.  But, it was a beautiful day to be out, sales or not. 

I finally happened upon what appeared from the road to be a huge sale in the parking lot of the very Church were the old Breadman and I tied the proverbial knot.  Once I actually got to the sale, it was Eh.  Lots of clothes and some manly looking construction stuff.  It turned out that I knew the man running the sale.  "Oh, Shara is here! She's got lots of money!" he said.  Ha.  Much to his disappointment, I only spent 50¢. 

I did find one treasure in the mix:

I usually find these canisters with burn marks, missing the lids, cracked or completely faded.  This coffee canister is perfect.  I have it sitting on my counter holding my Hershey's Almond Kisses and if you tell anyone at my house about those Kisses, you are no longer my friend.  ;o)

I was on the way back home, when I spotted some junk out in a field.  Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel.  Brakes.  I'm there.  The Bean scored some Playstation games for $1.00 each and a Bocce set for $5.00.  I got excited when I saw the Bocce Set, I keep hoping to find a Croquet set and thought I have finally found it.  I was disappointed at first that it was not a croquet set, but decided that we needed a Bocce Set too.  Now that all the summer re-runs have started, we spend a lot of time in the backyard playing games. 

I found two things on the $1.00 tables.
A sweet old Chocolate tin.  A bit worse for the wear, but it still has a lot of charm. 

It was well worth a buck, I thought.  Hey!  It's a chocolate tin.  Another hiding place for Hershey's kisses!  Shhh!

I was also surprised to find this tiny old JAPAN porcelain tea cup sitting on the $1.00 table.  I never, ever buy tea cups and I rarely ever buy souvenirs.  But, this tea cup is special - this is Old Main at the University of Arkansas campus, only two miles from my house.
See?  Cool, right?

So, that's it, only three things.  But, three sweet, happy things.  Sometimes I bring home a carload and I am happy.  Other times, I only find a few things, but they make me just as happy.

I hope you found some treasures this weekend.  And some Kisses.  Chocolate or otherwise!

*I had to buy storage space to make this post.  I wondered when I would run out out space.  Good news!  I bought enough for 10,000 photos in the next year.  Yeehaw!


  1. Oh good we would miss you and your photos! I like your finds, sometimes you get a lot sometimes not much. Still I'm happy with any find that makes me smile. I will never tell where you hid your chocolates!

  2. love love love the coffee container! eeek i didnt know one could run out of space yikes! I didn't find anything fab, I was selling some fab stuff at a vintage flea though:)

  3. Your Kisses secret is safe with me. I've got a little chocolate stashed away myself. Cool stuff! I did find some things over the weekend, too.
    I think my Grandma grew up in Fayetteville. So - yes - VERY cool!

  4. What fun finds...I really like the tim! The sales around here have been a bust...too much baby stuff!

  5. Fun finds! And keep looking for that croquet set. My Mom picked one up at a thrift store about 4 years ago and now there is a yearly tournament (set to take place this coming Sunday!) for a new game called "Extreme Croquet." Basically the boys make up their own rules which include knocking balls out from under cars pool cue style and wearing a grass skirt and coconut bra when you get knocked out of bounds. Needless to say, hours of entertainment for the spectators. ;)

  6. Love that teacup - Old Main at U. of Arkansas looks something like Old Main at U. of Colorado where my DS attends, and that is my favorite building on campus.

    Your chocolate stash secret is safe with me!


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