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, August 30, 2011

It Only Took a Minute

Today was one of those days where I needed to do this and I had to do that.  We needed bread (yes, I am married to The Breadman, but we NEVER have bread in the house) and lettuce and cat food and Doritoes (you can need Doritoes, can't you?).  I had packages to mail at the Post Office.  We needed to find something to eat.  And we had to find a book that was released today for The Bean.  He is a bookworm - loves his books.  A new book in one of his series came out today and he had planned out exactly how many pages he could read each day of the last book so that he would finish it today and be able to start the new one today too.  So, we had to find it TODAY

So, we headed out to the Post Office, Sonic, the Bank, Wal-Mart and Target.  We left later than we should have and we really needed to get home.  So, time was of the essence.  We didn't have time for one more thing.  So, that obviously explains why I drove the car straight to Goodwill, right?  Something was calling to me inside there......

Before what I show you what it was - I must talk about how weird it was to find things that we had recently donated in there from my Grandmother's house.  I have looked at those items so many times, moved them from here to here, priced them, moved them again, boxed them up and donated them - I thought surely things were gone forever.  But, no.  I saw silverware, a teddy bear, some dishes, a lamp and a few other things.  I'm used to seeing things that I have donated at the thrift, it's just that I really thought that stuff was GONE when it left my hands for the last time.

But, enough about that.  What was calling to me?  Oh, my.  It's good.
Absolutely adorable porcelain babies from Japan. 

 Dated 1960 on the bottom (no pun intended).
 Possibly one of the cutest things I have ever, ever thrifted.
Priced at $2.50 each, but today was Green Tag day and they had green tags - so $2.50 for the pair. 

Love, love, love these babies. 

And, that, my friends, is why you must always make time to stop at the thrift. :)

*We did find the book.  All is well in Beanland.

**The photos are wonky because the flash quit working on my trusty camera.  I have a new fancy PINK Cannon coming this week and I cannot wait!  Happy late birthday to meeeeeeeeeee.


  1. my mom had a set of those babies. bought in 1959 and 1960, 1 for my brother's birth and 1 for my sister's birth. They are adorable!

  2. great catch shara! the babies look to be in close to mint condition, but even if they were not, how could you pass by those sweet baby bottoms?? :o} *e*

  3. These are just TOO CUTE!!!

  4. I know when I hear the 'stop' at the thrift whispered in my ear I heed it. Most of those times I have found a treasure. You sure did...those are adorable! Oh, and so glad the bean got his book! hugs, Linda

  5. At least the major chain thrifts rotate stuff out that was donated locally, but the local thrifts can't do that and more than once I've picked up something I loved only to remember I'd donated it to them! The figurines are darling. And speaking of chains, you managed to hit ALL of them in one day, sister!!!

  6. What a cute set of babies! We can't go pass a thrift store without stopping,even if we are strapped for time!

    Have a great day,
    Laura and Michele

  7. Being the mother of a bookworm myself, I am glad that you were able to find the Bean his book. (My bookworm is in college now, to become a librarian so I guess all the reading paid off). I'm so glad that he reads so much.
    Those babies are so cute! I think I had some that were similar, or maybe my mother did, when I was very young. They look like they are perfect, good find!


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