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, April 29, 2012

The Week in Junk 4/30/12

(I still haven't found the camera cord, but I bought a new adapter for the Memory Card so I am ready to go again.  Whew!)

  The Week in Junk - it was a BIG WEEK!  In my last post I said I was junked out and going to take a break.  Well, you know me.....that lasted all of three days before I stopped at a sale and bought these:
Four folding rulers.  I have been wanting to try some crafts with them, which involve cutting them into pieces, but haven't had the nerve to cut up one of my good old vintage ones.  So, maybe I will give it a try with a new one.  I am so weird.
There is a lady in town that has a sale a few times a year.  Her prices are kinda pricey for a yard sale, but I always go because she usually has interesting things.  I am still kicking myself for not buying an old metal doll crib last year for $15.00.  It was adorable!  I got this adorable very vintage baby quilt for $5.00.  I think baby quilts are one of my favorite collections.  (Yeah, sure - I have a favorite collection!)
I got these things at a Boy Scout Fundraiser - They said $3.50, but I gave them $5.00.  A funny old sock monkey, small hand carved wooden animals, a cutlery box, some frames for repurposing, a Longaberger basket (which was too dirty to save and I trashed it already), a vintage Science School book and a few other smalls.  
I am not a fabric person - not in the very least - BUT, these little bits of fabric were just too darn cute to leave behind.  And, believe it or not, I've already used some of them in a little makeover!
I also got this never used vintage Checkerboard Cake pan set.  I think we might try to make The Breadman's birthday cake next week in it.  

The day I dug in all that stuff in the shop that was free, there was another lady in there digging with me.  She said that she had been there the day before and since 8:30 that morning digging.  She would cram her SUV full, take it all home, then come back for more.  Over and over again.  Fast forward to Thursday morning when I stopped at a yard sale up the street from my house.  As Iooked at the hings, I thought, this looks like stuff I should like - craft supplies, holiday stuff, older stuff.  It looked like things I should like, but they were just off a bit.  That's when I looked up to see who was having the sale - it was the lady that was loading up at the freebie sale.  She drug it all home, priced it and had a yard sale with it all within four days.  Now, that is organized.  I overheard her telling another lady how she had spent hours in an hold barn digging for these treasures and how hot she was and how hard she had worked.  So, I thought I would blow some wind up her skirt and I said, "I was right here beside you digging along!"  She looked at me and said, "Oh, you were, weren't you?"
Believe it or not, I did buy a few things from her.  Looks like she beat me to a couple of goodies!  Check out that HUGE Glitter.  I mean, it is a big bottle, but the actual glitter is HUGE!  Not to mention the sweet chalkware bluebird, the four tubes of old glitter and those bells.  I would have gleaned them if I saw them first.  I do have a small problem with her just taking everything she got her hands on and reselling it.  I mean, it's really fine, but I couldn't do it.  Most of what I took I am keeping or I will use to make things which I might end up selling - like my Kitschmas Wreaths.  I'm not judging her - I just don't think I would have taken everything only to resell it ALL a couple of days later. 

So, that's a lot of junk already.  But, here goes the FREEBIES I gleaned from the Digger Sale.  Luckily, most everything is small!
Vintage chalk box, vintage glitter, sweet baby bib and the Spun head Angel are my favorites.
Is "Toter" a word?
Lots of vintage craft supplies.  

 Vintage pipe cleaners still in their original package.
A straw flower maker and lots of Swistraw for making those flowers.
Chenille bees and butterflies, millinery flowers and fruit.
A dancing anthromorphic carrot pin.  I think I shall wear him every day from now on.  He will be the official Junking mascot of monkeybox.  
In the depths of junk, I found this old name tag from the lady that owned all these things.  I have a little bulletin board in my office with reminders of the people that once owned the things I treasure.  Elwanda's name tag will go there to remind me of her and her love of all things crafty and all things vintage.

I bought a huge tote (or is that TOTER?) of rickrack, lace and ribbon.
I ended up with miles of loose rickrack.
And 175 new packages of rickrack.  I also have about as much in items that I don't want.  I will be offering that up in my next post if anyone is interested in it.  There is a ton!

So, what did you find and how did I do?


  1. No junk this week you are the queen ot all that.

  2. No junk this week you are the queen ot all that.

  3. That's a new one - buying to resell at your own yard sale! I couldn't do it either and being close by is even worse!

  4. Remember when we were little girls and before we played make-believe we always used to change our names to something we liked better? Well, I want to be Elwanda today!

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  6. Now that's some fast organizing there. There are some FUN FINDS, and my hand was up last week for that rick-rack! Paper craft garnishes; maybe I'll have to make a MonkeyBox banner for you with it!


  7. I think that is the first time I've ever seen pipe cleaners packaged as actual "pipe" cleaners.

    What a great bunch of goodies.

  8. that quilt is super duper sweet.

    I need you to speak to me about hosting the blog on a dot com instead of on blogger. Purty please?

  9. No shopping this weekend! I have mixed feelings about the lady taking all that free stuff and then selling it. Oh well, glad you found a few things you liked there also.

  10. Jealous with a capital J. I love the Pop Goes the Weasel record (?) and that Swiss Straw. Wishing I knew an Elwanda....

  11. Oh, I do want to know if you are getting rid of rick rack!

  12. OH, kinda gives me the 'craft shutters'... better you than me on THAT OVERLOAD ~ but I KNOW that kind of Goodness will be in HIGH DEMAND!! Good Haul Miss Shara!


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