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.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Pottery

When I decorated for Halloween I took down most of my regular decor in the living room.  When I decorated for Christmas - I took it all down.  Now that the Christmas is all put away, the regular stuff is working it's way back into the living room.  But, I have decided that I must love it or it cannot return.  The first collection to pare down was the pottery.  When I first began collecting pottery, I only wanted vintage Matte White pieces, so that is all I bought.  Then a pale pink pot snuck in, then an aqua pitcher, a yellow vase and so on and so forth.  I sorted through it all and only kept the pieces that I love or at least I love the color of the piece.  I kept the rest of it, in case I get a bigger cabinet someday, because I really do love it all.

 I love it now - but some days I think it might look a little Easter-y.  Lots of pastels in that cabinet!
 I dream of finding a huge chippy white corner cabinet to hold all my pottery.  But, until the thrift Gods bring me one at an affordable price, this old bookshelf from my college apartment will have to do.  :(
 Nearly every piece of pottery I own cost less than $2.00.  All found at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. 
 I've been gifted a few too and those are extra special.  That huge yellow pottery bowl is marked USA on the bottom.  It weighs a ton.  I filled it full of my marble eggs.
 Perhaps that is why it seems a bit Easter-y some days.  The eggs have actually been in a box in the garage for a few years.  It's nice to see them again.
Every time I find a folding ruler, I think to myself, "You need to sell this one".  But, it ends up fitting right in with the rest, so I've never sold a single one.  I've never paid more than $1.00 for one, so I guess it's okay to keep them.
The top shelf is still a work in progress.  That wire aviary thing - I don't know what to do with it - I might put all the wooden spools in it to make room for some more pottery.  I might put some of the white pottery in it.  I might fill it full of my vintage glass fishing floats.  I can't decide.  I bought that huge wooden bowl at a sale this summer for $5.00.  It is made of Olive Wood and it was made in Bethlehem.  The lady said she bought it on her honeymoon in 1950.  It has a bunch of writing on the back, in chalk, all in a different language - Hebrew, I assume.  It's really interesting, but I haven't taken the time to research it yet.

So, what have you done new with your old stuff this year?


  1. I am so wanting to get everything put away and then start fresh on bringing in collections that I enjoy. So that is my goal. By the way I love the Easter look of all that gorgeous pottery! My biggest collection is in green and lives on the screened porch.

  2. Awesome pottery finds.Did you make the button bouquets?I must have the winter blues.I am sick of most everything I have and want to sell all of it.

  3. Wow - what a collection. You can see how taking your time to build up an assortment of related things can pay off in the long haul.
    Happy New Year!

  4. It's nice to see all the pretty colors! It's so drab and gray and snowy here!
    Isn't it fun to have such a great collection and know that you got it all for great prices!?!? I love that about a lot of my stuff.


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