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.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The Week in Junk 8/6/12

I already posted about most of my finds in my last post.  But, Saturday I found myself in the direction of the Super Cheap Thrift and had to pop in for a look around.

Playthings were on the docket today, it seems.  A wee little high chair that I really MUST sell (as a grown woman, I already own four toy high chairs and I have no little girls, nieces or grand daughters.)  A wonderful older Fisher Price Rattle Ball or Popcorn Popper.  I love the wear on the yellow handle.  That toy has been played with and enjoyed for many a child.  The doll I am still researching.  She looks like and feels like my very own Baby Tender Love doll from my childhood.  But, she has a string in the back of her head and when pulled not only does it look like her neck is breaking, but she is supposed to talk.  Sadly, the voice box is sprung and she doesn't talk like she should.  She's still quite sweet and life like.  If you've ever held a Baby Tender Love, you know what I mean.  

In the back whatyou see is a spoon rack.  I have had a spoon rack on my thrifting wishlist for quite a while now.  Whenever I mention what I want one for - that person goes out and finds a spoon rack almost immediately.  But, I have never seen one anywhere since I started longing for one.  I don't collect spoons.  I wanted it for my vintage handkerchiefs.  

I want to plaint it white and distress it.  Then I will go through my collection and carefully choose which hankies I want to display.  Until then, I crammed them all in here very hastily just so I could see that I DID IT!  It actually works perfectly!  I think you could almost put two in each slot if you have a lot of them.  One of my Facebook followers deemed me "Genius" for this idea (Thanks Barbara), but it wasn't my idea.  I saw it on a blog long ago and it stuck in my head.  

Now, if I could just find that darn metal laundry basket on my list!  :)


  1. Congratulations on finding the spoon rack - your hankies even just stuck in quickly look lovely!

    Good luck with the doll - she is sweet looking.

  2. I had a talking Baby Tender Love when I was little. She had a big pink bow around the pull string. She's probably from the late 60s.

  3. Is she a Chatty Cathy? I can't tell you how envious I was of the girls in elementary school who had one. (Thus, I don't know exactly what they looked like. I could only dream.)

  4. I love vintage toys! You found some great ones. Congrats on getting a spoon rack and what a great idea for hankies. Now of course I'm on the look out for one! Hugs, Linda

  5. Genius is right! What a great idea for displaying hankies. Now I'm going to be on the look out too.


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