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, July 23, 2010

Friday's Finds

Today was another scorcher.  I thought about skipping the sales, but you know me better than that!  I went anyway and forged on - heatstroke or not - JUNK was to be had!

I found three sales on one street.  I parked at the end of the block and walked the block up to the cul-de-sac and back.  Of course, since I had so far to walk and it was a thousand degrees, I found a lot of good stuff at the sale the farthest away. 

All the loot.  I only had smalls until the slat sale of the day where I bought the small milking stool, the tall old metal stool and the rusty thing in the center.
My first purchase of the day (at the end of the cul-de-sac) was this picnic basket.  It's beginning to be a sickness, I tell you, me and these picnic baskets.  I sat in the living room and counted how many picnic baskets I could see.  Would you believe I could see a total of 15 picnic baskets between the living room and kitchen?  Crazy, huh?  Also pictured is a really nice and very old letter box, two Enesco Swan planters, one lonely signed Quilt Block (a lady had already bought the rest - &^%#% -  but missed this one) and a single Cow Salt Shaker. 

Loved this old milking stool - not sure how anyone could actually sit on it and maintain any sort of balance or dignity. 

I don't even know what this old metal chippy things is or was, but it was cool looking and only $1.00, so I snagged it.  I will throw it in the booth and see what happens. 

A sweet little creamer, vintage Arkansas Razorback pocket hankies (I do really well selling vintage Razorback items),  a lovely cherry plate and a nice book of Native American Art.
I love old games and especially old word games.  I've never seen this game - love the unusual letter cards and the fun puppy/cat graphic.

Vintage box of Crayons, two old rusty stars and two fun old chalk rabbits.

I must have had the Breadman on my mind when I grabbed these.  Ha.  The box at the bottom is 1000 cellophane frill picks.  Did I need 1,000 of those?  Well, no, but for 50¢, I had to grab them.

Lastly, all these vintage bags of weaving loom loops headed for my Etsy Store. 

Unless we decide to get crafty and sell these instead....
Yea, probably not.

Hope you find some good junk this weekend.  I think I'll be taking tomorrow off , but there are two big fundraiser sales side by side up the street and I have zero willpower.  The darn heat just about wipes me out.  But those bargains call to me.....Shara....Shara....Shara......


  1. Oh Shara you got some great finds!! So cool. I think that creamer is Blue Ridge Pottery. The rusty metal thing looks like a heater cover...just guessing. I love those great old picnic baskets and I want one! It is so hot I skipped today but maybe tomorrow I might venture out.

  2. where in the world do you store all of your fabulous finds, shara?!? i love the stars and chalkware rabbits especially:)


  3. Laurie12:03 AM

    The creamer looks like Blue Ridge/Southern Potteries. I am becoming an expert...lol...

    Love the stuff!

  4. I think the red thing is part of an old camp stove type thing. (Cannot remember the proper name for the life of me, you sat them over a hot burner to make an oven) They had a glass door. I used to have one, but it's long sold.

    I just started Jack on pot holder making using one of those looms. It keeps him busy. LOL

  5. Good junk. Totally worth the heat stroke. :)

  6. Great finds as usual. Thanks for braving the heat so those of us who are weenies and stayed indoors can live vicariously with your finds! I especially like those rabbits, would love to find a few little guys like that for our garden.

  7. You always find so much wonderful vintage stuff. I'd love to hop in an old pickup truck with you one day and see you in action.
    I think we need to make you a t-shirt that says: "Picnic baskets are like potato chips - you can't just have one."


    P.S. Sorry about hurting your eyes with the man hammocks, but I'm glad you got a laugh out of it.

  8. The stools are cute but I like the bunnies best!!! Well, except maybe for that stylish kitty!

  9. Anonymous7:04 AM

    oohh, those old crayons...how awesome. makes me feel th eneed to got out there and hunt the cul de sacs more often. Hope the booth is working well for you. Haven't heard in a while?


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