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.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Week in Junk 3/18 Edition

This week I handled a lot of junk, but most of it was stuff that I already own.  I am slowly moving out of my original Flea Market Booth.  Yesterday I brought home a rather ugly brown wooden shelf that was okay for that booth,but needs a coat of paint to be worthy for the other booth.l  It's all a bit confusing, I and will be more than happy to only have one booth.  Well, I might end up with two, but at least they will both be in one location.  Anyway, I digress as usual!  I pulled out the things that I wanted to donate - new Beanie Babies, a bunch of Troll Baby dolls that I bought a while back and some other new-ish things that don't belong in an all-vintage booth.  

In the booth across from mine, there has been an old oak Mission Rocker crammed in the corner with junk on it for the longest time.  It was $80.00 but it has slowly been marked down until yesterday it was $19.00.  It has been recovered with a 1990's Southwestern fabric which needs to be removed.  The bones of the chair are good and it is old.  Really old.  It has real metal rusty springs, burlap covering, old ticking tying the stuffing to the springs and whatnot.  It has age to it.  I can't find any markings on it.  I wish I could say that I have found a Stickley, but I know it is just a want to be and not a real one.  Nonetheless, I think I can price it at about $150.00 and resell it.  *Since I wrote this, I took off the covering and found pine needle and wood shaving stuffing.  It is super duper old.  

There is another booth that recently set up and she puts out Ziploc bags full of random things and prices them at $1.50 to $2.50 a bag.  I like baggies of stuff - you never know what you might find in there.  Most of today's goodies came from that booth.

First up though, a Goodwill find.  I was checking out and behind the counter thy have a mixture of items that are priced nice to put out on the floor or too fragile to handle.  Normally things are priced too high back there - like the two Confetti bowls I spotted earlier in the week - one for $25.00, another for $35.00.  On this occassion, I saw a doll and decided to ask to see her.
She is an old composition doll and has some issues, but she is ding-dang sweet in my book.  

She has an open mouth and sleepy eyes.  She has a squeaker in her back too.  She was $10.00 and I debated, but I had a ten dollar bill in my hand that I had just gotten as change, so I just handed it back to the guy and kept the doll.  A s I was walking to the car, carrying her like a baby, a lady came running over and wanted to look at her.  She looked her over carefully and asked me how much she cost.  When I told her, she said, "She was worth every.single. penny."  I already knew that, but getting validation from a stranger made me feel better about buying her.  I need to research her and get her listed before I get attached to her.  That, will not be easy.  :)

So, about those baggies of goodies.  This particular day there were five baggies full of Easter things.  And, from what I could see - it all appeared to be Vintage.  So, I scooped up all five bags for a total of $7.00.  Let's see what I got:
There were some things that were "Eh" at best.  But sometimes even "Eh" has its rewards.  That blue bunny is cut out of Styrofoam, but it has one perfect Mercury Glass bead for an eye.
 Then it started to get better.  Vintage tiny Easter Baskets.  I remember getting tiny ones like this at Easter when I was a kid.
A bevy of bonnets - both in straw form and flocked.  
I don't often think of candles when I think of Easter, but this little beaded candle has a bit of charm with the tiny plastic bunny sitting beside it.
 Flocked chickie love birds.  In pink!
Flocked bunny with eggs and a flocked chick popping out of an egg.
Handmade Mister and Miss Bunny.
Real eggs with tiny seed bead decorations.  And flowers.  And vintage trim.

Now we get to the GOOD stuff!  Gorgeous blue eggs with vintage Millinery flowers. 

A real egg cut out with the tiniest most adorablest (yes, that is too a word!)- Spun Cotton Chick.  And a blue velvet ribbon!  

Chenille stem bunny.  Chenille stem COVERED bunny.  Holding Millinery flowers.  
Let's have another look at that guy.  That took a lot of time to make.  Either you will love his vintage cuteness or you will find him tacky.  I think we all know how I feel about him.

And now, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy.....The Pizza of Resistance....

Ack!  That is all.  Just Ack!

Vintage Easter Sweetness.  


So!  What did you find?


  1. LOVE the chenille bunny! That had to have taken forever.

    LOVE LOVE the pink glittery pot with pink millinery flowers!

    The styrofoam bunny with glass eye--is the Easter version of the green styrofoam trees I posted last week. Apparently it was a popular craft/decor item? Weird.

    I just can't get on the scary old doll wagon. I'm afraid they will come alive and kill me in my sleep! Are you going to keep or sell the one you found?

  2. you got your self some kind of Easter haul:) I love the flowers and the blue eggs. I think the bunny is growing on me.
    It will be intersting to see how much you get for the doll.
    great haul as aways,

  3. WOW~the chair, the doll and all that Easter goodness...what a great week you had! Love the pink birds so much. hugs, Linda

  4. The Easter stuff just kept getting better and better as you went!

  5. Just found your blog via My Favorite Finds - I'm your newest follower and hope you'll pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. I love all your "cuteness"!! That red toy phone is outstanding! I love vintage tablecloths. Just learning the ropes at My Favorite Find, but finding it fun and interesting so far.
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  6. First the Christmas stuff and now the Easter stuff - I just can't stand it!

    Love what you got! Is it all going to the booth?


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