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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Reason I Got Out of Bed Today

The Bean and I went out today for a last day of Hurrah before we crack down on the old Homeschoolin'.  Lunch out in an actual restaurant - not a sandwich in the car in between stops and then a trip to Walmart just to look at stuff, not to buy groceries.  Of course, I managed to squeeze in a wee little trip to a thrift along the way. 

I found these very long skinny candles that are supposed to go in flower arrangements. 
To Etsy they will go!
Then I found this sweet old rawhide lampshade for a song. 

A peck fruit basket full of velvety millinery fruit.
Etsy or keep?  Half and half?
This old hand painted plate is absolutely wonderful.  Click on it to read the little poem - spelling errors and all.  What time and patience it must have taken to paint all that!  It's signed and has Bavaria on the back.  A bit of research and it will go to Etsy or ebay.
A very sweet old musical jewelry box.  It played fine at the store, but now the music box goes SPROING when you wind it.  ;o(  Still a cute box!

A very large yellow safety pin and bead basket.  I have several more of these that I have had on Etsy and in the Flea Market Booth and they never sold.  So, why I picked up this one....I still do not know.   Maybe I will list them as a LOT and see what happens.

A neat old wooden handle jump rope in the Bargain Bin.
I spotted this box on the way to pay - hidden behind a stack of puzzles. 
This was the reason I got out of bed this morning.
NINE decks of vintage child's card games with the most divine graphics ever. I haven't even looked at every single one of them yet.  I like to save boxes of surprises for while we watch TV at night.  I can't wait to dig through them.  Check out Gay Dog on the top row.  And the monkey!  And the bunny!  And the!  And the!  And the!  Oh.My.Word.  I'll scan a few for another post.  These, my friends, are keepers. 


  1. I would have gotten out of bed for the lamp shade alone!

  2. Love the children's cards. I used a set to make gifts for my bridge club. I used cute scrapbook paper and frames from Dollartree. Turned out precious. Good luck to Bean in the upcoming school year. I feel a bond with you....my husband was a Breadman for years!! Love your blog!

  3. I go ga=ga over great vintage graphics too. Love the cards and the fruit. Don't give up on an item in your booth just because it hasn't sold. Move things around a bit and sometimes something that's been there a while will jump out to someone who's walked past it a dozen times before. I've learned to never say something won't sell. Sometimes, it seems like as soon as I lose patience with something and put it with the slow-sellers o the bottom shelves, it sells the next day. The randomness is part of the fun!

  4. The graphics on those cards are awesome... I especially like the monkeys!

  5. Oh I love all of those vintage cards. My blog post today is on vintage playing cards too!!

  6. I agree with Heidi Ann the lamp shade alone would get me. I have been working a lot so I have to have to get my fix with my sweet blogs thanks.

  7. uh! I had all those cards as a kid! They are precious! Please post some more pics of them! Gay Dog! I LOVED him in his jaunty little hat. Such memories.
    ps I didn't realize you homeschooled...me TOO!


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