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.

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Day Today

This morning I saw there were a lot of sales right in my area so I took an hour to go hit as many as I could.  Here's the rundown....

Sale #1 - Sign on the corner said, "Sale" with an arrow.  When I got to the dead end street there was a house with no cars at all.  There was a guy sitting on the porch wearing a wife beater, backwards hat, smoking a cigarette and no shoes on.  The sign on the door said, "STUFF INSIDE".  Since you are reading this, you can see that I did not go in and I am still alive.  Whew.  

Sale #2 - Followed the signs with the brightly colored balloons tied to them all the way down a street, across an intersection, turned right then down another street to see more signs with brightly colored balloons in front of a house that was completely void of cars, junk or people.  Not sure what happened, but couldn't they have taken down the sign?

Sale #3 - Spotted old lady handwriting on a sign.  You know, the old shaky YARD SALE with an arrow.  My favorite!  Pulled up and spotted two older ladies sitting on the porch with boxes surrounding them.  Old lady boxes - woohoo!  Went up on the porch only to discover jeans, sweatshirts, old man shirts and three pieces of very bad home project pottery pieces.  I fussed over the dog a bit to pacify them and hightailed it out of there.

Sale #4 - Followed the signs to discover boxes, racks and things galore!  Finally!  I got out of the car and attempted to step up on the curb when their killer attack Chihuahua came running at me and went BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK at me.  Only he really barked at me about five hundred times and then the owner said, from the porch in a voice slightly above a whisper, "hush" to the dog.  The dog responded BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK, so I got back in the car and took off.  This day was not looking good.

Sale #5 - I followed signs farther than I should have but I was desperate!  This sale had tables full of Pharmaceutical items out for sale.  I used to be able to sell a lot of that stuff, but I don't know if any of it is worth anything anymore.  I spotted a no touch soap dispenser in the sealed box for 50¢, so that became my first buy of the day.  I've been wanting one of these for the kitchen for when I am handling chicken.  

Sale #6 - There is a lady that has a few sales a year that I LOVE going to when I know she is having one.  I happened by her corner and saw her signs.  FINALLY!  A good sale.  When I got there she said, "I was hoping you would have come yesterday.  We had a LOT then."  Boohoo.  She never has anything very valuable at her sales, but she always has lots of little stuff and big grab bags full of oddities.  I can spend $10.00 and bring home bags of stuff.  She has several booths, so she really is just selling off the extras she gets in box lots at auctions.  But, I still find good stuff there. 
I did manage to find $3.75 worth of 25¢ items.  Plus, she sold me a huge planter full of Hens and Chicks for $3.00 when I asked if she knew where I could buy some.  All was not lost!

I called The Bean to tell him I was on the way home in about ten minutes.

But~!  I spotted....

Sale #7 - These people buy storage units and always have a mix of items.  Today I spotted a bunch of old racing trophies with cool cars on them from the 1970's.  There were about ten in the box and after much hemming and hawing, they decided that $50.00 would be a good price.  Do you think I bought them? 

OH, hell to the NO! :)

I picked up The Bean and we did our running around for he day.  When we got home, we discovered a HUGE box of Shari's Berries on the porch.  I took it in the house and opened it to read the card and the box was ALIVE with ANTS.  They went everywhere.  They were in the cardboard, the Styrofoam cooler, the ice packs, the packaging, and crawling all over the beautiful strawberries.  I have such a hatred of ants in the first place, then to see them all over those gorgeous strawberries, well, I went a little nuts.  Then I spotted the ants crawling down my cabinets.  Noooooooooo!  I threw them in the driveway.  I was upset - the UPS man should have set them up on the table by the door.  He should have left them with a neighbor.  He shouldn't have left them two inches from the landscaping on concrete in the sun, no less.  I decided to call Shari's Berries and tell them what happened.  My goodness - the lady that answered was SO NICE.  He was freaked out about the ants.  "I hate BUGS!" she said.  She filed a complaint with UPS and is sending me a replacement order next week on a day that I will be home all day.  I still can't believe how very nice she was - thank goodness!

I got all the ants cleaned up and out of the kitchen.  Threw out the strawberries and decided to go through my yard sale purchases.  I picked up the cardboard flat of 25¢ items and the end of the box popped open and everything hit the ground.  Five things broke.  This was turning out to be a great day.

I opened the soap dispenser to get it working.  The box was sealed, but the packet of soap had turned very brown, burst and adhered to the dispenser resulting in a disgusting mess and a brown stained dispenser.  In to the trash went the whole contraption.

My one last thing was to take the watermelon salt and pepper shakers out of the box.  While doing that, I proceeded to dump about a pound of pepper in my lap.  Come ON!  One dust busting and five sneezes later, I had that mess cleaned up.

I'm kind of glad that there is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow.  I don't think I can handle another day of saling like today.  

Have you ever just had a generally rotten day?


  1. ...OH BUMMER!!
    Sounds like an E.B.O.R. of 'REALLY' good things to come in the near future (Mother's Day Festivities?!!?) Hope you have a Happy 8-)!

  2. Why does your day sound so much like some of my days. I have broken more things lately. Good thing I do not spend much on my finds, but still it does make you mad.
    I only went to two sales in the neighborhood this morning. I did manage to find a "C" for my intitial pin collection. woo Hoo only a few letters left to find.
    Happy Mothers Day to you. Enjoy your day.

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  4. There are no garage sales around here that are worth going to. And when you finally see an ad labeled "Estate Sale" and you go there and it's being held in a single-wide trailer at the end of a dirt road, that's pretty pathetic. I'm finding good deals on eBay right now, anyway. Your day sounded bad, but it was hilarious to read about it!

  5. Oh, hell to the no! That is so funny! You have just given me my new go-to phrase! Oh well, as far as the sales...you generally have such luck that would make anyone (like me) jealous! So, I'm sure you are just having a momentary blip in your garage sale-ing mojo!

  6. Last Saturday I went to about 10 yard sales and spent 50 cents, today I went to just as many and spent 25 cents.

    I sympathize on your day - I want to find something good at a sale.....

  7. Oh Shara, with each sentence I kept thinking, "This is where things turn around and she finds something awesome." Only to find, no...it keeps getting worse! I sure hope you have all that bad luck behind you!

  8. I'm pretty sure all your bad luck yard sale karma was used up today, so you should have a great summer! Enjoy!

  9. Good grief, what a day you had and what are people thinking with the sales you tried to go to?

    I believe your bad day is over and this week will definitely be better!

  10. Shara that was just a bad day all around! No where to go but up! Hugs, Linda


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