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, April 04, 2012


Yes, I did spend $74.00 at Goodwill.  That is a record for me (and for most of you, I bet).  First I bought a nice vintage doll
She's an older Walker Doll.  But, what I adored about her is her handmade gingham dress, tiny crocheted sweater and matching hat.  I can't believe the time someone took to make all those things.  She was only $3.00.  I also bought a wooden set of nine pins, which is a tabletop blowing game, for us to play.  That was only $2.00.  And, The Bean scored a Marshmallow Shooter, which was $2.00.  

When I went up to pay for those three thins, I spotted a massive amount of vintage Boy Scout items in the glass case.  I have sold a fair amount of older BS items for pretty good money, so I took a closer look at it.  I ended up buying tow gallon size baggies stuffed full for $15.00 each plus an Order of the arrow beret, a bunch of Kerchief slides, belt buckles and pins to round it out to $74.00 for everything.  

I have 42 of the items listed on ebay tonight.  Still lots to sort through and list.  
Here's the link if you want to see if I do okay or suck. Boy Scout Auctions
Let's hope I don't suck!

*Those paper eggs in the last post are cool - glad you guys  liked them.  They aren't marked Germany, so I think they are Japan.  Not as old as the Germany ones, but still old enough to be vintage and cool in my book.  They have that same paper lining as the Germany ones.  I was so happy they were affordable because I do not think I could have left them behind!  Although, there is one old German one in another booth for $48.00.  I have had NO problem leaving that one behind!  


  1. I too hit an all time high at a thrift store. I was at the Salvation Army and found quite a few vintage things, a floral wool blanket, a chalkboard, cool book ends and a few other things and then I spotted a Dyson vacuum for $25.00. I already own a Dyson but thought it would be nice to have one upstairs and one downstairs so I bought it.
    Usually I find zilch there. You never know what you are going to find! It was a good day at the Salvation Army!

  2. Shara, I am always amazed at what you find - these should do well for you - I'll be watching! Love the doll!

  3. Oh vintage Boy Scout items should do very well! I think you found some pretty awesome stuff!! Love that doll! hugs, Linda

  4. Great score! Hope you make a killing! Isn't it fun finding the means to support our "habits?" :)

  5. Looks like you have easily doubled your money, so it was a GOOD BUY


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