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, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve Thrifting SCORES

The day before Thanksgiving is no day to go shopping.  Well, for groceries anyway.  It is, apparently a VERY good day to go to Goodwill!  On my quest to find more ornaments for wreaths and some garland to decorate the booth, I headed straight to the Christmas section. I didn't find any ornaments or garland, but oh, did I find some goodies!

The little vintage "Days To Christmas" Countdown mailbox is sweet and will go to the booth.
A German Baker smoker.  Oh, how I love these smokers.  I have a few so I was happy to add this to my collection.  Note:  He is a BREADMAN.

I was really happy to find this sweet St. Lucy.  I don't thik she is old, but she is well done with a paper mache face, glass German glitter and spun cotton candles.  She is really special.
The only non-Christmas items I bought.  I found two brand new boxes of Mr. Sketch Scented Markers.  I remembered these from when I was a kid and I didn't think they made them anymore.  I was going to resell them, apparently they do still make them and they aren't worth much. I suppose now I can re-live my childhood by sniffing markers.  (I always thought teaching kids to sniff markers was a terrible thing!)

When I first walked up to the Christmas area, I was scanning the shelf looking at every.single.item ('cause you just don't know what might be behind that Dollar General Made in China Angel with the lopsided eyes) when I spotted......

An Annalee Christmas Mouse! 
As I grabbed her and threw her in my basket, I noticed...

A SECOND Annalee Christmas Mouse. 
Ack! Ack!
As I grabbed her and threw her in my basket, I noticed...
A THIRD Annalee Christmas Mouse.
Ack! Ack! Ack!
As I grabbed her and threw her in my basket, I noticed...
A FOURTH Annalee Christmas Mouse.
Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!
As I grabbed her and threw her in my basket, I noticed...
 A FIFTH Annalee Christmas Mouse.
Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!
FIVE vintage 1971 Annalee Mobiltee Dolls. 
(Blogger simply will not let me edit this photo...) 

I know not everyone shares my love of these guys, but I adore them.  To find FIVE at once, well, that was pretty darned exciting.  I did remember to look at the price after I put them in my basket (just in case someone was nuts and priced them ten bucks or something).  I was very happy to see the magic price of $1.00 on the bottom of their itty bity feet. 


  1. I can't believe you found FIVE of those mice at one time! What a fun score for you!

    I think I'm going to get up early...and head to the thrift store! LOL They're opening at 8 am and doing 50% off. I was in on Wednesday and noticed a few things I'd like to pick up so I might hop over and see if they're still available--I figure my chances are good since they were closed today. Nothing special, just a few things I think I can put in my Etsy shop. I'm staying far away from the other stores! I love a deal but BF has ZERO appeal to me!

  2. I love all your finds. You are so lucky! I still have some 20 year old scented markers and the smell is still going strong. Have fun with your sniffing - but don't inhale too hard!

  3. Oh, SO HAPPY for you!!!! Finds like those are what keeps us going 8-)!

  4. Love your mice! How cute and only $1 each? I guess these are keepers huh?
    hugs, Linda

  5. I hadn't thought of those markers in years, my daughter had them - then I saw a pic on Pinterest and now here on your blog - funny how things like that happen....

  6. Wow! What a score on the Annalee mice! I seldom find any treasures at my Goodwill, but I keep looking at least once a week, just in case.


  7. You really did SCORE!! Good for you! I am always so jealous of what you find at your thrifts and Goodwill! Ours here where I live always seem to be filled with new garage sale/dollar store leftovers and not so much vintage! Thanks for sharing!! I remember those markers too, but hadn't thought of them for years! :)

  8. I am so happy for you finding all the mice at one time - you hit the mother lode!! And the breadman smoker was meant for you, too - so cute. I swear Shara, you find the best stuff!

  9. Are you kidding me?? 5 dollars for 5 annalee dolls??I am GREEN with jealousy!!! OMG!!


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