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, August 11, 2011

Estate Sale

Tomorrow the shoe is on the other foot - we will be the ones having the sale - not going to the sale.  I am nervous as a cat about it.  I have seen people be SO rude at sales.  At my MIL's sale, the people were just awful - "Where's the gold?"  "Where are the antiques?" "Where is the glassware?"  Uh, poor people die too, ya know?  When we got there, the people were lined up down the driveway.  As we walked up to unlock the door, the first lady in line shoved The Breadman and said, "HEY! I am first in line."  He dangled the keys in her face and said, "Then you might want me to open the door -huh?"  We really should have thrown her off the property!

Everybody needs a life sized knight....right?  I actually already had an email about him. 

So much jewelry - not particularly vintage and not the good stuff - just lots of costume jewelry and lots of QVC Cubic stuff. 

Anyway, we are ready for this sale to start and end.  I have touched every single item in that house a thousand times.  It is all just stuff to me now, although I think my Mom and Uncle might feel differently once stuff starts walking out the door.  Me too, actually.  Who knows.

Here's the website with all the photos:  Estate Sale.

Wish us luck!


  1. Having your own sale is nerve wracking! I would much rather go to them! Good luck!

  2. Crossing my fingers that people are nice and you sell it all!!

  3. Hope you have a successful sale - will be thinking about you.

  4. Anonymous2:46 PM

    Good luck, Shara! You will do fine and make lots of $$$$!~~~XXOO, Beth

  5. Hope you make lots of dough and hope you have enough family there to handle everything without too much stress.Don't let the rude ones bother you, their Momma didn't raise them right!

  6. Wishing you much luck and great success with this sale. People can be so rude but I hope none of those types are there at your sale.

  7. Good Luck for Great sales!! I went through all that in May when I did an estate sale for my grandparents. It does just become "stuff" by the time it is all set up and ready to go.

    Hopefully you won't have people stealing stuff like I did...grrr!

  8. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, Shara and hoping everything goes OK. We did the same thing you did - brought all the good stuff to my sisters and then had the sale. Since my Mom had been in the nursing home they had a lien against her so we had some pressure on us to make some money. Thankfully it all worked out and I know it will for you all, too.

  9. Good luck, and thanks for the link to your photos, which of course I looked through. Cannot believe you aren't keeping the mannequin - think of the table that could be!

  10. Shara,
    If those wall hanging, yarn things don't sell email me. I will find the other blog that I read that she was looking for those. Before you toss or donate them I will hook you up with her and maybe you both can work a deal.

  11. if you have any kirk's folly, let me know. i once found a piece for .25! i was happy until they told me they had about 40 of them when they started! if you have any diamonique bling left, you should ebay it!

  12. If you have any nasty customers, here is what I do...speak to them calmly and slowly as if they are bratty children. The other customers get a kick out of it!

  13. I hope your sale is a great one -- I think it's very brave of you to have one. People can be so rude and seem to forget that it's all just STUFF! I once saw a customer almost knock over the elderly lady opening the door to let everyone in -- he didn't even stop to apologize or help her keep her balance.

  14. I hope it went well! I hate going to estate sales simply because there are so many memories attached to the items. It makes me feel really creepy.


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