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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Missed It By Thismuch

Yesterday I noticed a yard sale that was located two miles from my house, started on Wednesday and started at 5:30 in the afternoon.  What a no brainer!

They had a list of unusual things and since it was super close and late in the day ( I am not an early morning yard saler) I decided to go.  The main reason I wanted to go and hopefully be first in line was this jewel in the rough:

This old Hoosier cabinet was listed in the ad for $25.00.  I honestly thought it was a mistake since these are usually priced much higher even though they are often in states of disrepair. 

I got to the sale at 5:10 and there was already one person in the garage shopping around.  I didn't see the cabinet, so I asked the man running the sale about it.  He looked at me and asked if I was from a certain neighboring town.  I said no that I lived close by.  "Oh," he said.  "Someone already emailed to say they would be here and they wanted it."


I really wanted that old cabinet!

I never, ever thought about emailing about it though.  Never!  Darn it!

He did take my number and he said if they didn't show up tonight, the cabinet was mine. 

But, I know they came for it - who wouldn't?!?!?!!? 

I know it had issues - but it would have been perfect on my front porch to hold all my gardening and outdoor junk.

So close!

Oh well.  I did buy one super cool thing there for $5.00, but I haven't taken a photo yet.  I have thrifted three things this week that I have yet to photograph - I will leave you with a tease until I show them.  Shells, tea and Popsicles.  Curious yet?


  1. awww what a shame you missed it!Hurry up with the next photos, I'm dying to see what else you got :)

  2. sorry you missed the hoosier but would love to see your other finds.

  3. Oh, just think what a PITA it would have been getting it home... all that flaking paint all over your vehicle to clean up afterwards... leftover spiders crawling around & making webbs inside your vehicle... then the WORK when you got it home... lugging it around, getting it cleaned to your satisfaction... leveled out... the grime... the scum... the critters you would have had to evict... - you DIDN't REALLY NEED that headache and hassle in all of the HEAT!!
    There, does that help ease the ((pain)) just a 'tiny' bit?? No? Well, I tried!
    Next time!

  4. ouch...it hurts to miss a cool find...but sveltestuff has a point...all that lugging and cleaning and scrapping and paint stripping and...nah still hurts a bit when you miss a goodie! Hurry & show us what didn't get away! That'll make it all better :} *e*

  5. It was retro fitted with a sink! Genius...next time say..."oh that was me that called!" just kidding...smiles..Renee


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