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, June 18, 2012

The Week In Junk: June 18

I didn't think I was going to have a Week in Junk post this week.  I did go junking, but nearly all of it went straight to the booth.  I had thought that I wouldn't bother blogging about hings that are going straight to the resell pile, but heck, if I did that - I might not have many posts anymore!  And, we can't have that!  :)

Friday I went to as many sales as The Bean would tolerate (two) and to Goodwill.  He's a good sport, but it is really starting to get hot and he hates the heat as much as I do.  So, I see our yard sale time coming to and end soon.  Besides, we usually hit sales on the way to go somewhere and neither of us wants to arrive all sweaty and gross.

An assortment of frames - $3.00 for all.  Brightly colored frames sell like crazy at the Flea Market.  I had sworn them off because I don't want to sell what everyone else sells.  But, then I realized that no one sells vintage colored frames, so I am painting these all soft pink, Jadeite Green, Aqua and white.  We'll see.

An usual piece of Haegar pottery - I've never seen one like it.  I've told myself no more white pottery unless it's different and unique.  Whew!  This one fits the bill.  It is a keeper.  The Head of Christ drawing caught my eye because it reminds me of a piece of artwork by my Uncle.
This is the one by my Uncle who is a very well known and respected artist that I have never mentioned.  because his daughter likes to find pieces of his artwork and swoop on the owner and try to take them away from them as part of her inheritence.  So, I can't mention names.....  Anyway, the one I purchased at Goodwill is signed and dated and is by Lars-Birge Sponberg and is worthy of some research.  

A nice old globe, a sweet Samsonite train case, a carnival chalkware cat  and an old folding ruler.  That traincase was the filthiest thing I have ever seen.  It had this brown greasy residue on every inch of the surface.  but, I took a chance on it because I knew that the surface could handle a scrubbing.  I sprayed it with bleach spray and let it sit them scrubbed it with an SOS pad.  It looks great now!  I'm never afraid of a little work if it will net some cash.  Cleaning things I already own - meh, not so much.  :D

And lastly, an item I impulse bought on Etsy the other day.

The biggest spun cotton toadstool EVER.  It fills up my entire hand.  
Go here to get one for yourself.  
Now, what to DO with it???

What did you pick, buy or find this week?


  1. Well I am glad you shared your finds with us. Love the vintage train case. I think my Mom had one like that when I was young! I had red Samsonite luggage when I graduated from High School. Love the cute toadstool!! hugs, Linda

  2. I had another dud of a weekend. I feel like I'm losing my shopping mojo. I love that train case. Glad you were able to clean it up.


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