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, September 20, 2011

Junk I Drug Home

I've been to several thrifts lately, but really haven't found much at any of them.  I usually always pick up a thing or two, but not a major haul or a really awesome find lately.  Now that it is cooling down, the yard sales should really pickup around here so I am dreaming of one good digger sale before the 2011 yard sale season ends.  Someone asked about my 2011 Wish list over there in the sidebar - I have not found a single thing on it yet.  I still have hopes, though!

Here are my recent finds, some to sell, some to keep.  The usual, of course.

A fun old tray in blue - I have several old trays, but most of mine are in reds.  I like the *pop* of blue.

These old bubble bath bottles were in the FREE sale I blogged about last week.  I thought they might be Soakies, but I think they are just old Avon bottles.  I'll stick them in the booth and see what happens.
A Fenton Shoe.  Now, don't hate me, but I just don't "get" glass.  I don't especially like it or appreciate it, but I know many people do like it and appreciate it - (Ottermom, Vintage Christine and Buckaroo that I can think of off the top of my head....).  Since the Fenton Company ceased operations recently, I have been looking for pieces of Fenton.  This pink shoe was my first find.  To the booth it will go.
An old set of JAPAN salt and pepper shakers  - dogs on high heels.  Weird, but for 25¢, I'll throw them in the booth too.
I heard the Super Cheap Thrift calling me today and I had a feeling I might find some pottery.  I did end up finding these two pieces, but they aren't the cool vintage things I was dreaming about.  The little one will go with my other miniature pieces of pottery and the planter will go on my shelves with the rest of my beloved pottery.  I thought it  was white, but next to my white pottery it looks blue and next to my blue pottery it looks lavender and by the pink pottery it looks white, so I honestly have no idea what color it really is, so I will just find a spot where it looks pretty and tuck it in there.

This old LeGrue's Creamery crock was one of the few vintage items I spotted at the thrift yesterday.  I have a small assortment of vintage advertising crocks so it will go with them.   

I did find this old stoneware fish at the SCT today.  It looks shinier (is that word?) in the photo than it really looks in person.  The pastel colors fit right in with my pottery, but I am afraid to add in a stirped piefce for fear that I will need to start collecting striped pottery too!  Yikes!
This item really intrigued me.  It is a very old wood slab handpainted with Native Americans in their canoe.  It will require a lot of research which may lead nowhere, but that's half the fun of finding something unique.  It may end up being nothing, but then again, who knows?
A fun set of Kokeshi Dolls.  Destined for ebay, if and when sales EVER pick up on there.....
Four old letter baskets.  I love these and pick them up whenever I find them.  I have a whole stack of them, but I never actually use them.  What is wrong with me?  Hello, I am a compulsive letter tray hoarder. :)

A huge bag full of old swirly Poker Chips.  They aren't Bakelite, but they do have that lovely old patina and swirl of colors in them.  I have a thing for Poker Chips too.  Hello, I am a compulsive Poker Chip Hoarder too.

And, last a nice old soft bristle brush from a FREE pile.  Such a sweet old soft brush.  I still can't believe that I like things like old brushes and letter holders and poker chips.  I remember when I used to order from catalogs and think new shiny things were pretty.  Now I like old junk. 

****Come back next time and I will be giving away something pretty neat that I think everyone would enjoy.


  1. I think those are some pretty good finds! I can almost smell the bubble bath from those Avon bottles! It brings back memories.

  2. You find some interesting junk Shara! That wood piece with the canoe is very intesting. I'd love to know what you find out about it.

  3. I'm disappointed...
    no 'fishbowl' shots of any of your finds!!

  4. There is a thrift store I go to that has a stack of about 25 of those wire baskets all for $1.00 a piece. I see them everytime I go, carrying one or two of them around for awhile and then put them back. I can not start hoarding them!

  5. It's ok that you don't "get" glass - it means that there is more for me! (just kidding). You are right, it will sell since they are closing up shop.
    I really like the fish, the colors are very pretty.

  6. FENTON FENTON FENTON! And I get mentioned...woooooo hoooooo!

    Love the shoe...did you see the lamp I found?

  7. I have two metal boxes similar to the ones you collect. Mine are a bit larger. I made them into utensil holders. You can check my idea out at my blog: sushikaydesigns.blogspot.com


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