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, November 16, 2011

On the Thrifting Front

I never think I've been thrifting much during the week, but apparently I do manage to get out more than I realized!  I'm still on the hunt for some fixtures and things for the booth, so I have been looking at thrifts. 

I did find this nifty homemade cabinet for $2.00.  I think it is for spools of thread on the sides and patterns on the shelves.  I pulled out all the metal eye pokers and just have the cabinet with shelves left.  I will use if for my packets of marquee letters - two packets should fit on each shelf perfectly. 

As I was looking around the thrift, I heard four women looking at something on row behind me.  "Oh, this is old!"  "It is so neat!'  "What could we use it for?"  Do you think I could put it in my kitchen and store things in it?"  "I will have to think about it and come back for it"  (Rookie thrifting mistake....if you see it, love it and can afford it - BUY IT!)

As soon as I heard them walk away...I pounced. I honestly don't even know what the darn thing is but I just had to buy it.  It weighs a TON.  I had to have tow guys with a dolley get it to the check out and to the car for me.  It is about two feet deep, all steel and super cool.

I do think it has been painted at some point, which I hate, but it is still an interesting piece.

(Please ignore the odd items such as a Christmas wreath, pumpkin pitcher and giant Charlie Brown - I am still booth pricing...)
The four matching drawers and the huge one at the bottom go all the way to the back so they are nearly two feet long.  The middle drawer pulls out and down so it will hold books or ledgers.  I am leaning towards thinking it is a bankers desk or something along those lines.  What do you think it is?  It cost $12.00, which is crazy cheap, but you know me - I had just won $10.00 on a $1.00 scratch-off so I feel like I only paid $2.00 for it too.  I'll end up selling it somewhere once I figure out what it is.  Anyway, I'd love to hear what you might think it is!

I found the pink Simtex tablecloth at the Super Cheap Thrift for $1.00 and the green floral one for $2.00 today.  The tag on the pink one said, "Just like Grandma's...$1.00"  Cute, huh?

I spotted this sweet little card table tablecloth today for $1.00.  It has those handsewn cherries in all four corners.  This isn't my usual kind of tablecloth, but it is really, really, really growing on me. 

Here's another strange item.  This little cradle says "Cradle of Ohio".  Whaddya think that means?

I Googled "Cradle of Ohio", but I'm still not sure what this cradle actually has to do with it.  It has the name Marianne painted on the back too.  It was only 50¢ and I enjoy researching weird things so this was right up my alley.
This little guy spoke to me - he said, "Take me home, Miss!"  He is a little Inuit carved Mountie from Canada.  He resembles a Cupie Doll, but he's a Mountie. 

Tomorrow is stay home and clean up this darn house day.  Friday is wait in line for two hours for the first showing of "Breaking Dawn".  Saturday is our first Christmas Parade (can you believe it?) and Sunday is our Thanksgiving Dinner with my family.  Whew.  I am tired already!  Good thing I don't have much to do for a while except decorate for Christmas.  HA!  The hardest work all year long since I have SO MUCH STUFF!! But, I love it, so it shall be done!


  1. That's the second one of those drawers that I've seen on blogs this week!!!

  2. I would guess some kind of safe deposit box from a bank - it's pretty cool! Good luck with all that decorating ...

  3. And a great thrifting front it is.Wow - I love those drawers. Thank goodness they walked away!

  4. I would agree with Barbara's comment it certainly would appear to be for a bank vault in the 1900's. Nice find.

  5. LOVE the drawers and tablecloths!!!

  6. I love those drawers and it looks like something from a post office to me but whatever it is, it is cool!! Love those tablecloths. Have a great fun weekend. hugs, Linda

  7. Anonymous1:31 AM

    Not that I have any positive idea as to what the heavy metal storage box thingy is- but it looks sorta like maybe a military or bank (just because of the weight of it) Steel Addressograph cabinet.

    I LOVE it though-GREAT find!

    Danelle (http://ourwolvesden.blogspot.com/)


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