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.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

For Erin

Erin from Toronto Yard Saler asked me to show where I always take all my photos of my finds.  So, here you go, Erin!
I take most of my photos inside this old cabinet that I scored for $5.00 last year.  I adore it.  I think it's funny when someone sees it and suggests I paint it.  Lordy!  I love the chippy shabby worn rusty look of it!  ( found all that cool stuff on one Saturday morning - possible one of my best junkin' days ever!)
Here is sits on my front porch with a few newly acquired things around it - the child's pink broom was picked out of the trash up the street and the old wire basket came from a garage sale. 
I got this fern for Mother's Day.  This is the first year in 15 years that I have been able to have a fern on the porch.  Normally the sun comes straight in and made it too hot.  But, our trees and the trees across the street are huge now so we have indirect sunlight that isn't bad.
I can't believe I am putting this on the blog - my junk.  Odds and ends that I don't know what to do with or haven't found a spot for.  Hidden away in the bottom of the cabinet. 
I keep the top two shelves empty just for my photos.  The light is good and the shelves are just the right size for most of the things that I bring home.  There are hooks on the top of the shelf and on the sides.  I also use the hook on the inside of the door a lot.
Here is the outside of the cabinet.  Delicious, isn't it?

Sometimes things won't fit in or on the cabinet, so I have to make do with another place.  The privacy fence usually works.  I bought these old metal floral sconces yesterday at a garage sale.  The lady having the sale was super nice and even gave me and the Bean a free ice cold Cream Soda.

Oh yes, there are two.  A pair.  A set.  They are pretty great, don't you think?  I really like them, but I don't have a place for them.  They do look pretty fab just hanging on the fence.  But, I think they deserve a place inside. 

So, there you have it, Erin  My cabinet, my fence, my messy little secrets.  Now you know it all!

*Erin likes to go yard saling and thrifting on her BIKE!  I could never drag home half the crap I do on a bicycle!  (I'm not saying that woulnd't be a bad thing!)


  1. I finally figured out that I can take much better pictures outside! That cabinet is chip-tastic!

  2. I love those sconces. yard saling on a bike huh. well it would take me all day to get to one sale as my sales are miles away. and I would lose weight and I wouldn't buy half the stuff I do. Ok the weight thing would be good.

  3. Anonymous7:20 PM

    I'm with you on the bicycle thing. Can you imagine riding home with that cabinet strapped to the back? LOL

  4. Oooh! Lovely old shabby treasure cabinet!

    Those sconces are TDF! I might nees to hand some of my finds on my fence!

  5. Thanks so much, Shara! You provided such quick service to my humble request - and so many pictures! I love the cupboard. You're right, leave it as it is. It has so much character.

    I always love looking at your blog - and reading your stories.

    All the best,

  6. I like the light I get taking photos outside but I do take a lot of mine inside on a table by the window. Love that cabinet and it's wonderful just the way it is.


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