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, August 24, 2012


Today I  had an old fashioned day full of adventures and junking.  It was so fun!  I swear, this was such a hot, hot summer that we had barely ventured out of the house to anywhere that wasn't practically refrigerated.  I can't even remember the last yard sale I went to - it's just been too hot.  Today it was still in the 80's, but that is way better than 109!  With the prospect of fall on the way, I am ready to get OUTSIDE and do some yard salin'!

First stop today was the Doctor's Museum about fifteen miles from here.  I have been wanting to go to the museum for quite awhile, but had never gotten there.  Today was the day to go because they were having a RUMMAGE SALE.  So, I could do some junking and visit the museum.  Perfect!

 This is the museum - it was the hospital as well as the living quarters from the city doctor.  They lived in the side with the porch.  The waiting room was in part on the left.

This was the hospital part.  Inside was a ladies ward, a men's ward, a Nursery and a Nursing Home ward.  Since the doctor and his wife lived in the same building, he was always on call.  The whole Museum is set up with lots of very interesting old medical equipment including an Iron Lung.  Plus the household part is setup with all the original furniture that belonged to the Doctor.  
I wanted to take a ton of photos, but this is the only one I took.  Since they were having the Rummage Sale, the Museum wasn't open as normal.  But, when I asked about it, one of the volunteers took us over for a one on one guided tour and I felt weird taking a lot of pictures.  One of the hallways had six of the glass cabinets on each wall and they were all chock full of salt and pepper sets.  The Doctor's wife had collected them for years.  

So, here's the really interesting part about the Museum.  Back in the early 1990's - my Mom and Step father actually lived in this house.  And, it was all set up with the same furniture that was in there now.  They had just gotten married and they were both divorced and came with very little in the way of household items.   The Breadman and I would go out and spend  the weekends.  We ate at the table that is set up in the dining room.  We watched TV sitting on their couch.  We used the dishes in the china cabinet.  I have taken a bath in the clawfoot tub in the bathroom.  I may or may not have had s-e-x in the bed that is on display in the bedroom.  (Can you believe that I just said that?  But, honestly, I did and there it was on display and OH MY!  I think there should be a plaque or something......).  Anyway.....They only lived on the household side, but they had access to the whole hospital.  My Mom folded the laundry on the Gynecologist table.  Late at night, we would go over and look in boxes and find the salt and pepper shakers and old medical tools and things.  It was really an unusual and fun time.  They only lived there about a year before they bought their house.

So, that's enough about my sultry past.  On to the junk!  Everything pictured came from either the Rummage Sale or Goodwill today.

 A Trifari Jewelry box from Goodwill and a baggie of jewelry.  
The jewelry was in the FREE box at the Museum.  That little circle in the middle is a 14K Child's Bracelet.  I thought it was a broken hoop earring and nearly threw it away.  I've never seen such a tiny bangle!  Hazel is currently wearing it.  :)
I bought two baby quilts for my collection.  

Two clocks for the booth.  I think they both have that mid century modern vibe that everyone likes so much. The spoke-y one folds up flat.  $1.50 for both.

Two glittery Christmas houses to be sold at Christmas in the booth.  $1.00 for both.

A melted popcorn Jack-o-Lantern for the booth. 75¢

A sweet tin egg for my collection. 10¢.

A vintage metal Coleman jug for the booth.  $1.00.

A big pot for the porch.  It's all swirly green and pretty.  $1.00.

Vintage Mr. Potato Head parts (the kind where you use a real potato) for 10¢ and a Hawaiian doll from the FREE box.

A handmade basket for my hoard of baskets.  $1.00.

So happy to find a PROBE game.  I make packets of words using these cards and they sell like crazy!  I sell them for 50¢ a letter and got the entire game for $1.00.

Most likely my favorite find of the day.  And most likely yours too.....

Twenty two pieces of PINK honeycomb.  Ack!  Gorgeous old honeycomb.  Love those giant fans in the back.  And the bells!  And the balls!  PINK! PINK! PINK!  

I'm almost afraid to tell you that they were in the FREE box.  


After our junking was complete, we had one more adventure.  

 This Bur Oak tree in our city park (which is mere feet from our house) was recently declared the largest Burr Oak tree in the state.  So, we had to go visit it.  Can you see The Bean behind it?  It is a monster of a tree.
It was an eighty foot canopy.  Here I was standing on the farthest side and he was standing on the other.  Huge!

It's a beaut!  I'm glad that it is in our park and not anywhere in danger of being knocked down for a McDonald's or a Dollar General.  They already cut down so many huge beautiful trees to build those things.  So glad that this one will be protected and safe.  We have to save our trees. 

After we looked at the tree, we went swimming in the creek.

Or not.  We really need some rain!

Tomorrow we have an 80% chance of the aforementioned RAIN, so we are hoping it POURS!  

Hope you find some junk or go on an adventure or better yet...BOTH!


  1. Ok lets see I think my 1st favorite the little houses and then 2nd those pink tissue Bells I love those! Hugs, Diane

  2. So... when I f.i.n.a.l.l.y. visit Arkansas, am I going to find little signs all over that say 'SHARA %@#$%^ HERE' ? because, as amusing as it would be, it is REALLY TMI! ~I'm sure The Bean would agree with me ;)

  3. fun post I have not junked in some time maybe today is the day.

  4. Oh my gosh, you KILL me with the s-e-x! Shara, I adore you. It is now my life's mission to get together with you somehow, someplace, because do you know how much fun we would have together? Seriously.

    I have a teeny tiny gold baby bracelet just like the one you found. I never put it on Maren when she was a baby because I was terrified I'd lose it!

  5. I can't believe what fabulous stuff you found! Love and adore the pink tissue bells and fans! I think my favorite might be the tiny gold bracelet...so sweet!! Of course those clocks are calling my name also. Love the stories about the old hospital! Happy Day for sure. Hugs, Linda

  6. Shara, how are you grouping the probe cards? Small plstic jewelery bags? How do say what the word is inside? And how much are you charging?? LOVE this idea for the booth! Sonya

  7. I swear I am going to make a road trip to your part of Arkansas some time - you found some great stuff and the house story was fun!

  8. I enjoyed this post - the story about the museum is so funny! I recognized the Probe cards right away. I had that game when I was younger. Cool Mr. Potato Head parts. I have an ad of that game when they used the real potato.

  9. S-E-X....uhm...T-M-I! :-)

    Seriously, though, how did your Mom and Step-Dad come to end up in that house? That would be a story in itself.

  10. Hi Shara, I think the spoke-y clock is actually quite valuable. Mid Century stuff is pretty popular right now, so you might want to ebay it. Heck, I would buy it from you, it's quite eames -ish and cool!
    love your blog!

  11. Good stuff AND a shocking revelation!

  12. Omigosh, you are too funny! Sounds like that doctor's house was a good karma place for you - You "scored" there when you were younger, and then "scored" with some great FREE junk there this time.


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