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, November 15, 2010

Weekend Finds

It is finally feeling like fall in NW Arkansas. When I read the blogs of my Northern friends, I see them outside in coats and the trees are completely bare.  But, it has been in the high 70's and low 80's here forever.  The Bean is still in shorts, the A/C is running and we still cook out a lot.  But, this week, the temperatures started dropping and we had a frost.  Yippee.  That means pretty leaves. 
It's just gorgeous here.  Fall is truly my absolute time of the year and I am happy that we are getting to enjoy it for a few days before Winter kicks in.  The Christmas Lighting parade is Saturday.  It would be nice to wear a jacket to the parade this year.  (The Duggar's are the Parade Marshall's - I am so there!)

Even though it has been warm, I have noticed that there aren't many yard sales lately.  Only a couple here and there.  I stopped at two yard sales this weekend and made a trip out to the Super Cheap Thrift.  (I don't hold a grudge...).  All the thrifts keep telling me that they have "soooooo much Christmas stuff", "we don't know where we will put it all", blah, blah, blah.  But, I keep going to dig in it, and there's just not much out there.  I did realize that although I am ready to dig in the Christmas stuff, it is still a long way away, so they will get it out.....eventually.  I'm just ready NOW! 

Just a few finds this weekend.  This cute old Fisher Price bus will go to the Booth.  I have about fifteen vintage Fisher Price toys in my booth right now.  I am hoping to strike a nostalgic note on a few shoppers for Christmas this year. 
Three giant pink plastic Poinsettia's.  They were 25¢ for all three, so I had to grab them.  They are borderline fabulous/tacky.  I vote fabulous.  :D
A nice basket - heavy and well made like a Longaberger, but only marked with a B.
Any ideas, oh helpful friends? 
This was my one and only purchase from one sale.  I scored him in the 10¢ box.  He is a 1970 weeble sort of Santa with chimes in his tummy.  I lurve him.
And my favorite find at the SCT - a vintage embroidered baby bib for 25¢.  It is just too sweet for words. 
So, did you find any treasures this weekend? 


  1. FABULOUS!!! At least that's my vote on those pink finds. I have that Santa. Don't you just love the tinkling noise he makes when he moves?!!Have a great day. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I didn't go out this weekend other than to grab a meal at the pub, but last week I did score a really awesome 1970's granite/alabaster owl, another cute vintage cardigan, pair of dressy designer jeans and some old Christmas ornaments. Not too bad for a quick nip into town, eh?

  3. What an absolutely precious baby bib! I have never seen another like it.

  4. You found some awesome stuff! Love the baby bib!! Also the weebles Santa is too cute. I only went out Friday and found a couple of items. I like the basket but don't know the maker.


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