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.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Week in Junk - Better Late Than Never

I haven't done my Week in Junk post lately.  It seems that I haven't found much and what I do find goes straight to the booth from the thrift and never enters my house.  That, my friends, is a good thing!

*Before I write this post, I must tell you that I went to the Optometrist today and had my eyes dilated   That was at 2:20 this afternoon and just now at almost 11:00 I can finally see.  What a long day it has been!  I decided that surely I could take some pictures for this post with my giant dilated pupils.  But, after seeing these photos, I think I was wrong!  They looked blurry to me when I was taking them, but I just now see that they really ARE blurry.  Sorry.....

I found these three green glass vases for 25¢ each at the SCT yesterday.  I see these a lot, but I never pick them up.  But, for some reason, seeing all three lined up, well, they just appealed to me.  I will put them in the booth for a few dollars each.  

This silly yarn witch will go to the booth and mostly likely NOT sell and be forced to come back home and live in my Halloween Rubbermaid tub.  

This little elf is well made and cute, but that styrofoam ball head has got to go.  I'll have to make him a new one.

This wee crocheted bunny reminds me of the new Japanese characters.  
I'll put him in the booth too.

I saw these two Department 56 rabbits at Goodwill last week.  I don't need anymore bunnies and my Easter tubs are chock full, so I left them behind.  But, I kept thinking about them.  Today I went back and they were still there.  They were priced $2.00 each, but for some reason the lady only charged me 50¢ each.  

Here's why I like them - each one is three pieces - the middle part is an egg that has the vest decoration on it.  You can put them in jaunty poses since they top half and bottom half rotate on the egg.  Although I almost always prefer vintage, I do like Dept. 56 items and the lie that are vintage inspired.

I bought a big basket full of these giant pine cones today.  That is a Qt. Mason Jar beside it.  Each one is about a foot tall.  They are awesome and I have no idea what to do with them, but I bought them anyway.

This sweet little Annalee was a happy surprise in the Goodwill bins waiting on the floor to be put out.  They don't mind if you dig in the bins, so I dig in those bad boys.  I thought her apple pie motif was timely what with all my apple picking and apple baking lately. I don't have many non seasonal Annalee's.  

This My Child Doll was at my Flea Market for $2.00.  When I saw her, somewhere in the wayback of my mind I remembered that people collect them.  Some on ebay have gone for $150.00 and up.  This one is a green eyed blonde and in good condition, so we will see what happens.  My Child Doll on ebay if you are curious.

I bought this gorgeous Hermes 3000 typewriter from someone on our local Facebook YS page.  This typewriter has a huge following and is highly sought after.  So, I took a chance and spent $50.00 on it.  I had just sold something for $45.00 on the same site, so I basically flipped that money.  Wish me luck - I never spend that much on anything to resell.  *Gulp!

And, finally, the perfect thrifted item.  The reason I go thrifting and what I hope to find.  A small piece of vintage pottery in the loveliest shade of seafoam green.  It's only about three inches tall and has the heft and coolness to the touch that only true vintage pottery has when you hold it.  Plus, it was only 25¢, which just makes me even happier!  I can always sqeeeeze one more tiny piece of pottery on the shelves.  

This weekend is typically another stellar weekend for yard sales since there is a big Apple Festival in a neighboring town.  But, the weather for this weekend is truly heinous - it will be 85 tomorrow and drop to a HIGH of 45 on Saturday.  It's never that cold her until close to Thanksgiving.  I can handle the cold, I LOVE cold, but it is supposed to spit rain and be generally icky all weekend.  BOO!  I need a fun weekend with good junk and some delicious cider.  Yes, I DO!  


  1. I love the typewriter! It is beautiful!

  2. I think your little crocheted bunny is supposed to be Miffy.

    I still have my My Child doll! I loved her soft velvety skin. Much more cuddly than a Cabbage Patch doll.

  3. You do find such an interesting assortment of items!! I love that last vase! hugs, Linda

  4. I've never actually seen or heard of the My Child dolls. I hope she sells well for you.
    The crochet bunny is an amigurumi. That's the style of stuffed animal it is, not the bunny's name!


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