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, September 13, 2010

Weekend Loot

I finally drug out all my junk from the weekend and took photos of it.  Thank goodness for that freebie table from the abandoned house next door that is still sitting in my driveway.  I can just schlep it out and snap away.  Who cares what the neighbors think? 
Before I get to the loot, here's my girl all glittered up.  I just love her (and I'm happy most of you do too!).

The title of this photo is, "The thing I bought that I thought was neat until I realized what it actually was and then I didn't think it was neat as I did before."  Catchy, huh?  I found this at the Senior Center where everything is 25¢ to 50¢.  This scrapbook was only a quarter, it was pink and it was dated 1963, so it was a no brainer.  But, when I got home to look at it, I saw it was actually a catalog of vintage 1963 Christmas Cards, but all the cards had been torn out.  Boo.  I'm disappointed that the cards are gone, but I didn't know they should have been in there in the first place, so I am getting over it.  Sort of.
Toy department:  A HEXED Puzzle, complete in the box, The Newlywed Game and a small celluloid Pluto marionette.  I bought the Pluto at a yard sale at a pristine well kept home where a very elderly couple lived.  The garage was full of things.  When I got there, a lady walking out to pay was carrying a Fisher Price Pig pull toy form the 1950's with a 25¢ price tag on it.  I was sick that I missed that.  But, then I found the Pluto for 25¢ and thought that made up for it.  I wish I would have found that sale earlier in the day.  I bet they had killer old stuff.    And, I bet it was all 25¢.
Baby Department:  An old wooden baby crib toy, a celluloid rattle and a Irmi clown toy.

Pottery Department:  75¢ total for both.  Love the green one - sell the brown one.
From the 10¢ table at the Pluto sale.....Five glass insulators (I like to put them on my fenceposts), two bisque dogs, a wee plastic basket and a fantastic Rooster/Chicken Cake topper set.  Not sure exactly what holiday those would be appropriate for, but cute!

This weekend, I found something for every holiday except Halloween.  Which is odd since that is the next holiday.  You would think that stuff would be showing up at sales.  I managed to find every other holiday.
"Be My Valentine" Hankie - stack of six hankies at the Senior Center - 25¢.

Two bedraggled forlorn mohair bunnies with wooden carrots.  Scrounged from a box of Christmas lights in a shed at the auction yesterday.  25¢ for the pair.
Two vintage Mother's Day framed prints - 30¢ each from the Pluto sale.
4th of July:  A copy of the Declaration of Independence (I actually bought six of them for 10¢ each) and a house that lights up and has a light show in the back.  It really looks good in the dark and will be a great addition to my Patriotic Decor.  It killed me to buy something "new", but I liked it anyway.
Thanksgiving:  One huge turkey (A Gurley, I think, I hope)  for 10¢ from the Pluto sale and a wee one from the Estate Sale on Sunday - thrown in for FREE.

Christmas:  Three vintage tins - actually I got six in a box for 50¢ total.  I shook one and heard it rattle, so I took a chance that I might find a treasure inside. 
I didn't find all this in the tin.  Just the tiny ornaments on the card (and the loose ones too) and the ornament hanger box.  The rest of the ornaments were from the Senior Center - 75¢ for a bag full - most of which were plain ones destined for a "Shiny Brite" wreath until someone.....*cough* Breadman *cough* knocked them off the shelf and shattered them all.  Bad Breadman!  The bell is a Swiss Music Box (from the Senior Center for a quarter) and sounds quite lovely.
The green cookie cutter in the middle was a freebie at the Estate Sale too.  I know it was free and it is tiny, but it presents a real problem for me.  I just cleaned out my vast collection of cookie cutters last week and I only kept one of each shape in silver and copper.  All the rest (nearly 100) went to the Flea Market (where I consistently sell cookie cutters).  So, now I find out there are colored cookie cutters?  Oh my!  I thought I had one of my collections under control.  Then again, since this is the very first colored cookie cutter I have ever seen, I suppose it isn't a real problem.  (Watch - I'll find a gallon bag of them at the next sale....).

So, what did you find this weekend?


  1. I have seen and may actually have some that are pink aluminum. I have no idea where they would be in my house as I am incapable of making cookies turn out to be anything other then hockey pucks. ;) If I find them I will email you and get your address. Have to help feed your collection. ;)

  2. There are colored cookie cutters, especially green to match my green utensils, Oh my. I want one. Now I will be on the lookout. thanks.

  3. Oh girl! What an amazing haul. I normally don't bring home anything "new" either, but that patriotic house would have been a no brainer for me too. The party girl looks amazing in her sparkly hat! I still can't get over her. I think she's one of my most favorites of other people's finds!

  4. You had a great weekend! Lots of goodies and it is also nice to the the Party Girl with her sparkly hat!

  5. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Hey Stranger! I have to say that the rooster/hen cake toppers are supper cute! I think you should make an anniversary cake and use them to top that! I also think that you could find some way to make a cute something or other out of the pink box/book that the catalog was in. Love all of your finds! I didn't get anything this weekend! BUT I hope to hit a communtiy sale coming up so wish me luck!!!!
    Le Anne
    aka Yardsale Princess

  6. I love all your loot!! Love, love, love the lamp!! She is so cute! I also noticed that we collect many of the same things...milk glass, picnic baskets, aprons, vintage linens to name a few! Love the shiny ornaments!!

  7. I love your lamp it looks so much better all sparkley.
    the insulators cand be used as hose guards in the garden so when you are using the hole dosen't mow down your flowers.

  8. Lawsey Bee girl, you find the bestest stuff EVER!!


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