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, December 14, 2010

Babies, Thrift Scores and A Negative

Yesterday, I spent the day with these two precious baby girls.  The "little girl" I used to babysit, had these delightful twin girls in May and they are now 6 months old.  I could not rest until I got my hands on those babies.  And, they did not disappoint.  That's Kennedy on the left - she is strong..  She wants to stand up on your legs, must have something in her hands at all times and desires to eat your necklace, earrings, buttons and fingers because they look simply delicious. I brought them a book with babies in it and she grabbed the book, forced it to her face and had a baby make out session with the baby in the book.  She was a real go getter and cracked me up.  On the other spectrum, is Maci, on the left.  She is calm and mellow.  She sits quietly and watches everything, drinking it all in.  She watches Kennedy with much fascination like, "Holy cow, Sis, chill!"  She was content to sit on my lap, or lay on the couch and just absorb her surroundings.  When they got in their walkers to play, Maci played quietly with one toy while Kennedy hopped and jumped and hollered and spun around in circles.  When she finally got her self adjusted to be able to see her sister, she found her to be quite comical.  She laughed great big resounding belly laughs at her for the longest time.  Too which Maci just looked at her like, "What?"  I think Maci is in for a big job in her life - keeping an eye on Kennedy and keeping her out of mischief and trouble.  Maci is the logical thinker.  Kennedy is the partier.  My "little girl" is in for quite a ride with these two!

After we left the babies, we proceeded to Krispy Kreme for our annual Donut fix.  Delish!  Then on to a favorite thrift store that is about 30 miles away, so I rarely ever get to go there.  It is usually chock full of vintage goodness and run by elderly women.  The way thrifts were meant to be, I say!  I had hopes of finding a tall Santa Blowmold for my porch.  I'm wanting about a four foot tall one, and I can sense there is one out there - I just need to find it.  Any hopes of finding one at this particular thrift were squashed when I saw the house next door.  I kid you not, they must have had two hundred blowmolds in their yard.  I didn't not get any photos of it because the people were in the yard puting out even more decorations!  I believe they are the official Blow Mold buyers of that thrift. 

Having said, that - I actually did get two Santa Blowmolds, but they are of the tabletop variety like the ones I already have on my porch.  More is better, I always say!

I also found these two Dansk teak Mid Century Peppermills for $1.50 each. 
They will be going on ebay tonight and should be pretty well.  They were a happy accidental find.

Lat night I received my very first negative on ebay - an unjustified negative.  I knew it was a bad transaction from the start.  She bought a $3.00 magazine on October 20th. but did not pay until October 25th.  I mailed it the next day on the 26th.  On the 27th, she filed a complaint with ebay saying that "I have been waiting forever for this magazine".  Ebay said it was too early to file a complaint, so I should contact her.  I did, told her that it had been mailed Priority and should be there in the next day or so.  I asked that she contact me if it didn't arrive by that time.  I never heard back, so I foolishly assumed that it had arrived.  Two months have now passed, not a word from her and BAM she leaves me a Negative..."Took forever to receive item".  I seriously think she has my auction confused with another auction.  I have sold items worth hundreds of dollars without a hitch.  But, this $3.00 auction really sucked.  I only charged Media Rate, then discovered that it didn't qualify, so I upped it to Priority (at my cost - it was my fault).  So, I lost $3.25 for shipping, lost ebay fees, lost PayPal fees and got a Negative.  Sheesh.  What a deal!

But, even that cannot take away from the day with those babies!!!
Kennedy:  Party Girl

Maci:  Future Valedictorian
(If anyone knows how I can get myself a couple of these babies, please let me know!)


  1. that stinks about the ebay transaction! I had someone try to open a case against me because it took me one extra day to ship out the item! Some people out there are sooo rude!

  2. annabel521:06 PM

    Chin up, because the ebayer is a troublemaker. I had one also. She bought a $10 license plate. Didn't pay for a long time and after several conversations she finally said she didn't want "the thing". OK why didn't you tell me that like six weeks ago, geesh. Then she left me negative feedback! Come on give me a break.
    Did you respond to the feedback? It gives you a little space to explain what happened.( Something like late pay, prompt mailing not my fault). Too bad she dosen't know what a great ebayer you really are.

  3. 'Tis the season - I had a negative while off Cookie Baking - also for no good reason... not my first, but my first in many years - bah humbug - all over a $9.99 item - go figure... gotta love it.

    Them babies is lovely (and even lovelier is their 'return policy' ;-) tee, hee)

  4. Honestly, it is always that way. I end up doing more unpaid work for my small hardly an fee clients than I do for the big ones. It just makes me shake my head and wonder why. Take a deep breath, and then blow it off and hope for some good karma.

  5. aww don't sweat it. Have you checked this buyer's feedback left for others. My friend had a similar situation who when she looked had left identicle feedback for tons of sellers for months. I think this buyer thought it was fun to do this or something.

  6. Did you go to Helping Hands? If so, i juts love that place. The perfect place for vintage goodness and mostly priced just right!

    the Ebay thing...what a joke. I agree with a few other folks...it is the 99cent transactions that you seem to work the hardest on. Can you try and dispute the feedback?

  7. Cute babies we are still in a holding pattern waiting for my first grand baby any day now.
    So what did you get at the thrift???

  8. Those babies are the cutest and I love how you described them! Looks like you got a few good items at the thrift. As for the Ebay person, I agree with everyone else, leave an explanation on the transaction. There are just some jerks out there.

  9. Ummm, Shara, if you don't know how babies are gotten, this is not the kind of blog where we can tell you!


  10. I wrote a blog post about all the trouble I've had with evilbay recently. Bad sellers/bad buyers both at once. I'm now being stalked by a buyer who constantly changes their registered name to bid on my auctions not pay and is still emailing me.
    Don't forget to leave a reply to her statement.That way other people will know you are dealing with a nutter

  11. I want to eat those cute little babies up!! Forget that nasty nellie on Ebay and squeeze a baby one extra time! ;) I had gotten away from ebay for a while and then gave it another try recently...then I remembered IMMEDIATELY why I stopped selling on there. People are a pain in the butt!!!!


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