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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

But They Don't Fall Down

I haven't done my Week in Junk posts lately.  Oh, don't you fret - I've still been junking!  I just have been taking the bulk of it to the Flea Market instead of dragging it home.  This morning, on the way to work at the Flea Market, I stopped by the Super Cheap Thrift for about fifteen minutes and managed to pick up a few treasures.  Since I am at the Flea Market all day, I have time to price anything I buy that morning and put it out right then instead of bringing it home and waiting a week to put it out.  I can't believe I hadn't figured that out before today.

Today I only brought home three things.  This stacking glass jar with three separate jars.  I bought it for the booth, but I decided it just had too many possibilities for displaying things at home.  

I was very happy to find the flower brooch.  I have a collection of these, but I bet I haven't found one in a couple of years.  I love that this one is red, white and blue.  I never wear them, but Hazel has been known to sport one.  

That watermelon potholder.  Well, you know about those and how I have to rescue them.  The thing is about this particular one is that is is bright, bright garish ORANGE.  I mean "Don't shoot me in the woods, I am not a deer" orange.  Not sure why anyone decided to make a bright orange watermelon.  But, since the rule is, I must save all Watermelon potholders, here it is.  I will have to bury it in the bottom of the basket.  :)

I bought this great old University of Arkansas Catalogue at Goodwill earlier this week.  It's from 1905 and interesting to read.  

Look here - a year's tuition - $50.00.  That was a lot of money back then.  But, what a drop in the bucket that is now!  I think I will put this on ebay later in the year.    

Yesterday I drove across town to pick up something that I bought on our local Facebook Yard Sale page.  Something a woman of my age really needs.  Really!
A vintage toy truck and camper.  Isn't it fabulous?  I love it even though I have no use for it.
The camper folds down flat.  It is missing a boat and some furniture, but I don't mind.  It's a Weebles set made for Romper Room in the 1960's.  I'm not a fan of Weebles and I don't remember Romper Room all that well so none of that matters much to me.  But, oh how I love this silly toy!  I think it will sit under my Christmas Tree with my tin dollhouse.  'Cause that's how I roll.

Have you bought anything silly, frivolous and unnecessary lately that you LOVE?


  1. Well I love it so I guess we are both a little nutty! Hugs, Diane

  2. Oh cute! The toy truck and camper are darling!
    Erica :)

  3. Oh how I wish the price for college was that low. Two kids in college this year...that $50 tuition would have been awesome!

  4. Girl, I am the QUEEN of buying silly crap I do not need. Have you not seen the giant troll, hairy wooden monkey-thing, giant stuffed ant or the sad little Monchichi that I brought home just coz I felt sorry for them?

  5. 50.00 for college oh how I wish it cost my husband and I 100,000 to educate my daughter just a few short years ago. The camper is fun for sure.I love the pin.

  6. I guess if I can buy a Uke (or 2...) you can buy a camper and truck ;-).... because YOU ARE THE WATERMELON QUEEN (even if there are imposter Princess out there wandering around!!)

  7. Directly dropping off junk - that is a really good idea. I love that camper, and I'm glad you didn't drop it off. It's a keeper for sure.

  8. Oh you got a treasure in the car/camper!! Under the Christmas tree is perfect. Love that glass jar also. Now for the 'orange' watermelon, I know you must save them all and I'm glad you do, but yes bury that one in the bottom of the pile. Funny thing...I NEVER see these when I thrift, you must have them all!!! Hugs, Linda

  9. I tried to post a comment, but it wouldn't take. So, if you get two you know why.
    The tuition is amazing. My daughter just started her 2nd year at our local community college and I can only wish that $50 would cover her.

  10. I love your truck and camper too! Also, if you decide to sell that U of A cataloug let me know since my son goes there!

  11. I love your truck and camper too! Also, if you decide to sell that U of A cataloug let me know since my son goes there!

  12. Shara, If you decide to sell your little camper set, I would love to but It. That is the cutest thing ever. Seriously, message me.



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