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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Stuff I Brought Home This Week

I hit a few thrifts and a couple yard sales this week despite vowing to declutter my office.  I did donate more than I brought home and what I brought home wasn't that much AND most of it is for resale.  Whew. 
I always show my vintage finds, but sometime I find good NEW stuff that makes me happy.  This week I got a SlapChop, a new in the box Calaphon Commercial Baking Sheet $3.00 and the Williams and Sonoma Alphabet Cookie Cutters for $3.50.  Retail value:  $78.95 according to Amazon.com.  Thrifting Value:  $7.75.

This is a really bad photo - but BIG NEWS:  I bought my first piece of Pyrex.  But, I won't be keeping it.  Any of you Pyrex lovers know the name of it?  It's in perfect condition.

I chose a super bad time to take photos - right when the sun was in front of me.  Maybe you can enlarge it and see it better?  Sorry.  Anyway, there is a Stone Critter Eagle, miniature oil painting, assorted miniature brass items and the darnedest cutest pair of doll sized Crocs.

Soap Powder box - No lid, but it's still cute.

Sweet old German Jewelry box - the music movement works.

This is my favorite find and my only true "keeper" - an 1899 copy of "Water Babies" for 50¢.

The color plates are fabulous.  I adore the feel of very old books - imaging all the hands that read it, the joy it brought to people, the pride they felt in owning a book.  This is just the sweetest book.

Next weekend I will be in KS, so no yard sales for me...unless I can manage to veer the car into a few there.  We are having a big family reunion and one of the events is a "Picker's Event" in which we will all go out thrifting trying to find the best deal.  There will be a money prize involved.....so WISH ME LUCK!


  1. If you do not win that Picker's prize, I will possibly faint with shock. :D

  2. I with Heidi if you don't win I will be in shock.

  3. I don't know the name of that Pyrex piece (which I'm sure is just the beginning for you), but Google the words "pyrex love" - that's the name of a great site with all kinds of helpful reference information. Unless you come by your junking skills genetically, I think you've got next weekend's competition wrapped up.

  4. where in kansas?
    if you're near kansas city, i can tell you lots of great thrift shops to hit!

  5. The Water Babies book is adorable. That Pyrex round casserole is in the "Horizon Blue" pattern.

  6. Where do you find the W-S cookie cutters on Amazon? I have a set also I'd love to sell but I can't find it listed.


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