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, March 22, 2011

Got a Light?

Today I heard my name being called....Shara......Shara....come to the Salvation Army.......  So, what could I do?  I went to the Salvation Army.  I had packages to deliver to the Post Office, books to donate at the Library and donations to take to a thrift, so why not donate to the SA?  (Although I hate donating there, no one helps you or thanks you, but as soon as you walk away they are on it like a pack of dogs rooting through it.  I do not care for the people that they have accepting donations, so they keeps me from donating there very often).

But, I digress.  When I hear my name being called to a certain thrift, I know I must go.  So, I went. 

I walked that store all around three times, but all I could find was this sweet tiny JAPAN bunny for 50¢.  Surely I did not just use $5.00 worth of gas to buy a 50¢ bunny??????

So, I walked the store one more time.  I took a second look into the locked "Vintage" cabinet.  I rarely look there because everything is so ding dang expensive.  Like a 1960's Barbie for $74.50 and a beat up tin for $15.00.  But, becasue I was still hearing my name, I went to look again.

And, then I saw something that was completely not my usual sort of find.  But, something I had just read about earlier in the month on this blog.

I was pretty sure it was like the one on the blog, but just in case I pulled out my cellphone and pretended to be texting, but I was really on ebay looking up the lantern.  I found one that had sold for $138.00, so I announced to The Bean I was buying it. 
That's when he said, "Which one?"
"Which one? I asked "What do you mean which one?"
"Which..........one?" he said as he motioned in the cabinet and I realized that there were TWO of the lanterns in there!  Paydirt!

There was a little sign in front of one that said "Lantern $29.50", but just today it was dated and reduced to $15.00.  I decided $30.00 for both of them was a great deal and a sure fire money maker, so I was going to get them.  I went to get the clerk to open the cabinet so I could get them.  She grabbed the little sign that went with it and carried it all to the register.  But, even though there was a $15.00 sticker on each lantern, she only charged me $15.00 total.  "It's for the set," she said.  Who am I to argue?  What a deal!

My stepfather is lantern crazy.  He loves lanterns and oil lamps.  He knows them frontwards and backwards.  I, on the other hand, am afraid that it will blow up the house if I attempt to light it.  So, I am going to ask him to help me make sure they are in good working order so I can sell them.  He cannot talk me out of them!  A good daughter would give them to him.  But a smart daughter will sell them for $$$.  :)

Wish me luck!


  1. Wow I can't believe you found 2 of those lanterns! And for only $15 for the two of them. I'm glad I am not the only one that hears the 'thrifting voice'... I always heed its call too as it always means I'll find good treasures (hrm maybe it's thrifter's intuition?)

  2. Wow.... I'm sure a "Sister on the Fly" would love those for her vintage camper. And a Set no less.

    Glad you listened to the Voice.


  3. Hmmmm... better go check Dad's camping supplies!

  4. Shara I am so glad someone else hears the 'voice' and knows that something is there for us to find! Wow on the lanterns and what a great price. Sell them!!! hugs, Linda

  5. Woo-hooo! Awesome find, and be sure to post on YSQ when you list them so we can watch your auctions! I love that blog you linked, too--it's new to me. Lots of great info!

  6. Shara-How'd you do on those Sear camping lamps? Hopefully well! ...Dude @http://www.moneyinthegarage.com/


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