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, October 04, 2010

Digging in Boxes

This weekend there were 400,000 motorcycles in the town to the East and 45,000 people visiting the Apple Festival in a town to the West, so there were tons of yard sales along the highway in between.  I tried to pick and choose carefully, because I am still in STUFF Overload.  But, how can you just drive by yards with a million boxes lined up?  YOU CAN'T!  I had to stop and dig in a few of those boxes!

Lots of Shiny Brite's - all plain, but with a nice patina for making wreaths. 
A dee-vine old candy tin in purple and two purple aprons (a gingham to keep, a paisley to sell).

Two floursacks in a brighter pattern that I am accustomed to seeing. 
 The two aprons and the two floursacks cost a total of 25¢.  Score!

A red clay pottery pig for The Bean's pig collection, a wee pottery vase for my collection, a vintage Turkey Planter to go with my rafter of turkeys (Google it!), a vintage restaurant napkin holder (have you seen those used as photo frames?) and a big Lazy Susan to use in the Booth. 

Three toasdstool canisters.  The big one is missing it's lid, so I will call that one a planter or a Utensil Holder.  For some reason, I sell a lot of toadstool items in my Booth, so I always buy them.  I paid 75¢ total for the entire set, so I can't go wrong.

 I bought this sweet little vintage squirrel planter to resell, but...well you can guess.  It's too cute to sell!  I have an Autumn display of acorns and squirrels right now, so this fits right in.  (I have cropped all of these photos over and over, but they are still showing up in their regular size.)

 I stopped at a tent sale and found this Ransburg Pottery Teapot on a table for $5.00.  The lady having the sale told me it was $2.00, so I picked it up.
 Then I spotted this Ransburg Mixing Bowl in a box under a table.  It had a $7.00 sticker and a $5.00 sticker, but the lady told  me that it was $2.00 too. 
 Then, I found this covered casserole marked $12.00 in a different box.  The lady didn't say anything, so I didn't pick it up.  When I was paying for the other two items, I decided to ask about it and she said I could have it for $2.00 too.  I really love this stuff, but I just do not have room for it.  So, to the Booth, it will go.  *weep*
 It's pretty, isn't it?

And now, a personal whine.  The Breadman had his first week of vacation planned in May, but only got two days before they had to call him back to work due to an Emergency.  So, starting yesterday, he is getting a full week of vacation, plus the days he missed in May.  All at onceEleven days totalGive me the strength to accept the things I cannot change....  As if having him underfoot for eleven day straight isn't enough.......he is SICK.  I cannot handle a sick husband at home for eleven days.  I know he will get better eventually, but Holy Schmazoley, until he does get better........Give me strength......

***Don't forget to read the post under this one.  Tell me three things you thrift for........


  1. I haven't seen Ransburg pottery, it is very pretty! Love the squirrel I would have to keep him also.

  2. Oh. My. God. That Ransburg is FABULOUS!!!!! I collect it, and those pieces in green are a rare find. I mostly have the tins and canisters, but I do have a few of the pottery pieces. I am GREEN with envy!!!!!

  3. I was so excited that I commented without even finishing reading your whole post! So - you're selling it?
    I know that I can't afford to buy it, but I am wondering how much you'll be asking for them.
    Not that I even know whether you would ship, anyway, even if I could.

  4. I've never seen the Ransburg pottery, only the canisters and stuff. Cool! I love the green color. And that little squirrel is darling. :)

    So, I'm guessing lots of get-out-of-the-house trips for you over the next 11 days, right? ;)

  5. Bless your heart. My Hubby is on vacation this week too. I KNOW exactly what you are going through.
    Love, love, love that pottery.And green is my favorite color.


  6. pray for me, my husband retires next summer.

  7. just wondering how much you would charge to send me the three pottery pieces. My sister collects them, and the green is amazing...


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