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 25, 2012

Weekend Junk

I kind of blew having a Week in Junk post since I already posted about that turtle quilt and my other finds.  Friday morning I read Craigslist and discovered that there were four sales on the street behind me.  So, I jumped in the car all ugly with no makeup or anything and went on a treasure hunt.  The first sale had a lot of older stuff, but most of it had gotten absolutely drenched on Thursday when we had an unexpected downpour (which we needed oh, so badly but it was so fast and heavy that it did not help at all).  I was digging in a box of Christmas stuff and about two thirds of the way down, I hit water.  Ick.  I did manage to scoop out a nice big old Santa Boot planter which I have already packed away without photographing.  On to a tub full of craft supplies and it was full of water too.  I dug out three half pint quilted Kerr jars full of old plastic faceted beads and quit digging.  There were other things I would have liked, but they were soggy.  

I did happen upon one huge tub chock full of older greeting cards.  They were dry - all the way to the bottom.  I saw some cute older kid's Valentine's and some sweet Easter cards, so I asked how much they were.  They told me that thew were 10¢ each.  I thought about how damn hot I was and the sweat was dripping off my nose and how I would have to squat or sit on the hot concrete to look through them and I decided that was just not an option.  So, I asked, "How much for all of them?"  And they said, quite quickly, "$3.00."  SOLD!  They 8 year old daughter had gotten in trouble the night before so her punishment was to do whatever needed to be done at the yard sale.  So, they made her take all those cards out of the tub and put them in a big bag for me - she was sweating and sitting on the hot concrete and well, didn't I just feel like a big old meanie.  I tried to help her, but the Mom said "NO! She is learning a lesson." No, she was about to have a heatstroke, I thought.
Sunday I sorted those greeting cards and there were 482 cards with envelopes.    That's $48.20 at their 10¢ price, not to mention the regular prices on the cards.  The bulk of them were valentine's and from the 70's and 80's.  I kept a lot of them - over one hundred, but I am taking the rest of them to Goodwill later today.  Still, a good deal at $3.00.
The only thing I bought at the other three sales was a pillow a lot like this one.  Except the one I bought is a big white square with yellow trim and far, far, far more creepy than this one.  It was only 25¢ and I do enjoy having one piece of vintage kitschy crap-ola in the booth to attract attention.  I sold my CREEPY CLOWN so I need something else to fill the void.  I bet she sells too.  

Stopped in Goodwill later and only bought this old Catalin/Bakelite poker chip and playing card rack.  It will go on ebay later this Fall.

And, you found __________________?


  1. Nothing over the weekend but I did stop in Value Village today and find an New 'orphan' Salt shaker....it will be shared sometime soon! Hugs, Linda

  2. I'm probably not going to have time to thrift until next week when I'm on vacation. Then, I'm going to thrift as much as I can.

  3. I don't often see old cards but I sure like it when I do!

  4. Not much one piece of pottery.
    but you did well as usual

  5. For $20, I found a solid maple twin bed from the 40's or 50's probably (the 40 yo woman told me it belonged to her grandparents). I plan to sand it down, repaint it and give it to my 5 yo son.

  6. I found a bunch of TI speak and whatever for 25cents each and they work. Also got a silver tea pot spout strainer from the 3/99c toy bin at GW.
    Love all of those cards. It had to be fun going through all of them.
    "good eye"

  7. I know what you mean about those sudden quick rains. They just end up making things more humid and sticky when they're over. I'm so tired of summer heat already! No finds for me this weekend. I've got a bit too much kicking around right now, so I'm taking it easy on the sales for a few weeks, unless one of my "can't miss" sales is scheduled.


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