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, May 14, 2012

The Week in Junk 5/14

Hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day.  For reasons I cannot explain, I got a slingshot for Mother's day.  Apparently, I saw one at the store and commented, "That would be fun" and that stuck in The Breadman's head.  I am fairly certain I also pointed out some cute tops, new shoes, jewelry, a birdbath, a concrete bench, a new vacuum and a Marx dollhouse on Craigslist.  Yet, somehow, the slingshot was what he remembered.  He better watch his backside when I take that thing out in the yard.  Just sayin'.  

Since I blogged about my non existent yard sale finds on Friday, I suppose you can guess that this post will be short and sweet.
I love the colors of these old trivets from Washington DC.  They have foil highlights, so it was hard to get a good photo.  I'm going to put them with my Patriotic things, but the pastels are not going to be easy to mix in with my Red, White and Blues.  They were 50¢ each at Goodwill.
A sweet old sawdust stuffed kitty, deck of Hearts cards with cute graphics, A Missing Link Puzzle and a beat up old Buddy L Truck.  I love that bright aqua color on the truck, but it is pretty beat up.  I'm going to have to think of a way to make it useful - like glue a bottle brush tree on it or something.  That Missing Link Puzzle was popular around the time of the Rubik's Cube (the 1st time - in the 80's!).  It was the only puzzle I could do every time.  I never could figure out that *&%# Rubik's cube.  $1.75 for everything shown.
An old metal money box from a yard sale for 50¢ and a heavier than heck book about surgery from the 1940's.  Lord have mercy, the tools they used back then - it will give you the heebie jeebies for sure!   The Bean likes medical things, so he has been looking through it.  He still talks about doing Forensics when he gets older.  I *really* hope he decides to go in the other direction of his interests - a Pastry Chef.  Mom can ask "What did you do at work today?" when he is a Pastry Chef.  Mom canNOT ask "What did you do at work today?" when he does Forensics.  *Creepsville*.

A few fun finds that outweigh the crappy stuff I found while I was out looking.  What did you find?


  1. I had the missing link too! That brings back some memories.

  2. I like the trivets and the metal box is pretty cool. I understand about the sling shot....Men! Hugs, Linda


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