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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

There's Gold at the End of the Rainbow

...and pink and red and orange and lilac and yellow and gold and green and lime and blue and indigo and silver and brown and...and......and.....more on that later.

I went to a Rummage sale today.  A real honest to goodness RUMMAGE SALE!  It was advertised as a "Crafters Dream" in an old trucking company office packed to the gills, room after room of STUFF.  I'm there!

The first item I found was this fantastic chippy old cabinet. I lurve this thing. I should sell it. I should, really I should. But, I ain't a goin' to!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is about three feet tall and heavy as heck.
The boys already took the broken glass out of the door.  I hated it that the glass was broken, but had it not been broken, I doubt I would have scored this little jewel for the $12.00 I did pay.  Love it!  I am going to put a piece of screen in the window and fill it with all sorts of vintage goodness. 
This sweet birdie trellis was $2.00.  I have a wild grapevine planted there and it will take the trellis over before long.

This 1970's decoupaged purse caught my eye, but initially only because I really needed something to hold all the little stuff I was carrying around.  So, I grabbed it to use as a shopping basket.
 But, then I took a better look at it and decided it was pretty cute, so I bought it.  It will be sold somewhere, someway, someday. :D
An old bag of Easter Confetti, meant to be used in Cascarones, which are confetti filled Easter Eggs that are broken over people's heads (ouch), a vintage Chicky pencil sharpener and an old wooden Easter noisemaker.
A fun old German wooden puppet (I have three now...uh-oh...another collection...) resting on a bed of a few of the thirty handmade doilies that I bought for a total of $5.00.
There are some beautiful doilies and tons of pretty pieces of handmade lace in those thirty pieces.  When I asked how much they were, the lady quoted me $5.00 for the pile, so I didn't even look through them.  Once I got them home and sorted, they are some of the most well done pieces I have ever seen.  Also an old jar of buttons with a hand beaded jar lid and three bone folders.  I have been trying to find a bone folder forever.  Now, I have three!  :)

Okay, now here's where it gets a little crazy.  As the ad said, there were a ton of craft supplies - mostly scrapbooking supplies.  I bought a bunch of envelopes, blank cards, envelope templates, Dresden, stickers and some other things mixed in amongst all the punches, ink pads, embossing powders, etc.  I don't do scrapbooking, and nothing was priced, so I didn't ask about much of it.  But, that's when I spotted the........glitter.  Loads of glitter.
Freaking tons of beautiful glitter.  It is Art Glitter by Beverly Trombley.  I didn't know it was fancy pants glitter.  I just knew it was pretty and there was a metric ton of it.  Each of those containers holds 12oz. and they are all about half full.  I thought I would see how much they were and pick out a few if they weren't too expensive.  The girl shrugged and said, "I've been selling them for 50¢ a box."  Great Googley Moogley!  And then, I heard myself say, "How about if I bought it ALL?"  (Thinking in my head, "What am I going to do with all that glitter?")  So, she came around and counted it all up - there were 54 containers so that would be $27.00.  "How about $20.00 for it all?"  "I'll take it!" 
In the big empty truck depot, it did look like a lot of glitter, but when I got it in my house - holey mackeral, that is a lot of glitter!  I figured I could just glitter for the rest of my life on that $20.00 investment.   But, I decided to look it up and see how much it costs to order from the website.  I looked up the Opaque Black Superfine glitter and discovered that 4 oz. costs $34.50 and I have 8 oz.!  I have $69.00 worth of black glitter........times 54.  That is over three thousand dollars worth of glitter.  Which is completely absurb - who on earth owns three thousand dollars worth of glitter?  The answer, apparently, is me, me, me! 

I do not need three thousand dollars worth of glitter, so I will be putting it into one ounce bags and making groupings for Etsy.  My hands, my face and my house will be sparkly for weeks! 

"Glitter on the mattress,

Glitter on the highway,

Glitter on the front porch,

Glitter on the hallway......"

*Name that tune........(They actually had this album at the sale and I didn't buy it.  I realize now that was an Epic fail on my part considering all that fabulous glitter I drug home!)


  1. Love Shack - B52s.

    I would have bought all that glitter too. What a steal!!!!

  2. 'GLITTER'
    sounds like a 'Stage' name 8~)

    You doing a little something else on the side for extra cash that you haven't been telling us about??!

    "GLITTER on the mattress,
    GLITTER on the highway,
    GLITTER on the front porch,
    GLITTER on the hallway......"

    THE 'Love Shack' !!

  3. Be still my glitter beating heart.Why doesn't this happen to me she said while looking at her recently glittered butterflies which she just put on the porch as part of the spring "decor".You are one lucky, sparkly girl.And I would have $3000 worth of glitter if I had $3000 to spare.I'd glitter the entire world if it would stop long enough.

  4. WOW! What GREAT finds!!! You always seem to have the BEST luck at finding all of the great treasures!!

  5. holy crap, that is A LOT of glitter! I used to buy that kind at rubber stamp shows, so I know how pricey it is! And it is just the most beautifully sparkly, too--way better than Martha Stewart glitter, IMHO. Amazing find!

    The cabinet is darling too!

  6. I'm with Heidi. Holy crap, indeed. Great find!

  7. Huge Score on the glitter! Whoo Hooo! Love that white cabinet and it would be living at my home if I found it also. hugs, Linda

  8. remember the line in "sex and the city"- "so this is what $500 worth of glitter looks like?" referring to a large floral arrangement.

    now we know what $3K of glitter looks like!

  9. Holy Cow!!
    Why can't I find stuff like that?
    Can I come live in your town, because they just don't have fantastic finds like that here.
    Tell you family not to stay in one place too long or they may become glittery!!;)

  10. Love Shack by the B52's! One of my favorite songs, I always have to turn the radio up loud and sing along.
    Great deal on all the glitter. I don't scrapbook, but I have bought glitter before for assorted projects and it can be pricey.
    I love the picnic basket purse!

  11. Dang...glitter..glitter...glitter! What a find girl!

  12. To quote the famous Rainman "She's very sparkly!' I am having serious glitter envy!! Great find. Hope some is in your etsy shop soon. I'll buy!

  13. Oh my glitter! Jackpot! But man that is some pricy stuff. Is it glass?


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