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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Week in Junk 4/23

Usually on Sundays I take out all the junk I have bought over the past week and take photos of it for the Week in Junk post.  That didn't happen this Sunday because I saw an ad on Craigslist:  We are opening up the house and shop and selling everything. Furniture, curio cabinets, arts & craft supplies, tons of fabric and sewing supplies, tools, safe, office equipment, kitchen supplies, and collectibles. Sunday starting at 8 am. Don't miss this one! Moving after 36 years and there is a lot of stuff. The sale was only about five miles from me, so I decided to make a very quick run to it before I came back home and cleaned house and helped the boys mow the yard.  That quick run turned into four hours of digging in JUNK!  

I started at the house where each room was packed with little stuff - miniatures, craft supplies, books, sewing supplies, holiday stuff - just stuff, stuff, stuff.  Nothing was priced and that always leaves me wondering.  Cheap or expensive or who knows?  There was another lady shopping and she told me that she had been there yesterday and earlier today too.  I asked her how the prices were and she said, "Good.  Just gather it up and it will be one price -like $5.00 for a huge box full."  Okay, that made me feel better.  I was glad to have talked to her, although I wish I wouldn't have seen the literally hundreds of new in the package vintage miniatures she had under her arm in a big box.  

The lady that had lived in the house was a crafter and she had several flea market booths and she specialized in smalls.  Oh-Uh.  That's me in a nutshell!  As I looked around, I noticed that everything was in Ziplocs bags.  In the things I brought home, I threw away over 100 Ziploc bags.  I was looking in each Ziploc bag to see if it was worth buying, but then I decided if I saw one thing that I liked, the whole bag went in my box.  Actually, not a box, but a huge Rubbermaid tub that I quickly filled up.  I got hundreds of new vintage packages of RicRac.  More RicRac than I can ever use.  Ricrack in every color of the rainbow.  Miles of it.  I sorted out the lave and trims that I don't want and they will go to Goodwill.  

As I was paying for my first round, they told me that there was a big shop building down the hill and everything in it was FREE.  I suppose you can see my short legs running to the car to drive down to the shop, can't you?  When I heard "shop" I assumed it was going to be tools and man stuff.  Wrong!  It was all her crafts and holiday things.  It was a mess, people had been digging and throwing htings like crazy.  Things had been stored in there for 36 years so there was all sorts of things from old to new.  There had been mice at one point so there were nests of shredded paper and I saw one of the gnarliest spiders I have EVER seen - HUGE!  Having said all that, you would think that I ran away.  But, Nooooooooo.  Mice and spiders do not scare me when it comes to FREE vintage goodies!  I was selective in what I took, but I took a lot!  I found tons of vintage Christmas including Shiny Brites in big boxes that I have never seen, blue aluminum Evergleam branches, Mercury glass and aluminum ball garland, tree toppers, angels and so, so much more.  I have one big cardboard box over-brimming with vintage Christmas.  

I haven't had time to take any photos except these few quickies:

This McCoy vase is beautiful.  It is about 18" tall and weighs a ton.  I know it is an very expensive vase.  Sadly, this one has a chunk out of the lip on the back.  But, you can't see it from this side, so for $1.00 - it was good enough for me.  I won't tell, if you won't tell.

It is the real McCoy!  For a buck!

This pretty piece of art pottery was in my hands when a man spotted it and took it out of my hands.  It was funny, I could tell he liked it, but he wasn't trying to take it.  He just wanted to touch it.  I can relate.  He even took it outside into the sun to try and make out the makers mark.  When he brought it in, he told me to "hold on to that one."  I paid $1.00.

I paid $3.00 for all of these books including a Betty Crocker Cooky Book.  I love reading price guides - not that I believe the prices, but I learn a lot about things that way.  I'm looking forward to the Kitchen Collectibles and Roseville Pottery books.

Here is one very blurry iphone shot of a box of miscellaneous - Christmas, sewing, beads, old jewelry, vintage glitter, and lots of other things. 

Better photos will come - eventually!  I got to the sale at noon and it is 11:00 now and I have been dealing with all if it pretty much all that time.  I am sort of SICK of it all right now.  But, tomorrow is a NEW DAY!


  1. ........excuse me while I go wipe the drool from my keyboard and de-fog my screen.................


  2. That was one lucky place for you! Love the McCoy vase and can't wait to see more of your finds. I'm amazed at what was free!!! Wow is right! Hugs, Linda

  3. Omigosh - how do you do it, girl?
    It's like there's a vibe in the universe that attracts you to free vintage goodies.
    Awesome stuff!

  4. Hold on there Bob-a-Louie! Good Will? You have girlfriends for that and we buy..ric-rack!!! Show n tell!


  5. Oh....oh....I think I am going to faint...at least I would have if it had been me at the sale.
    Some folks just don't get the craft thing and they think that craft supplies are just junk...gasp
    GREAT HAUL...can't wait to see more pics.
    You lucky dog, you.

  6. I dream of those kind of sales! I love the McCoy Vase even if it is chipped. I bought one several years ago for $1 that had a chip but I use it all the time, it's still beautiful!

  7. Great finds I want to see more.

  8. What a haul! Oh my, oh my I wish those kinds of sales would pop up around here more often! Can't wait to see pictures of everything.

  9. What a great haul!!! I can't wait to see more pictures!!!


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