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, November 02, 2012

Junk from Dad

My Dad likes to go to yard sales.  But, he rarely ever buys anything for himself or anything at all for that matter.  Occasionally he will pick up something for me and bring it to me.  He knew about my love of picnic baskets, so he started picking those up for me.  But, they would end up being newer ones with the plastic cups in the lid and matching plates inside.  They were nice and great for a picnic, but not really what I collect.  He isn't computer savvy and has never seen the blog, so he didn't have much to go on.  I appreciate him trying though. 

Earlier this week he called to tell me that his neighbor was putting some things out in his yard to sell.  It was on a Monday, so it wasn't really a yard sale.  He was just seeing if anyone would stop and buy something for a little pocket money and fun.  My Dad referred to it as "old junk".  That got me curious.  So, he went back for a second look and gave me a call.  He said he bought a star, a fan and a set of scales for me.  Then last night he called back to say he had picked up a picnic basket and an old milk can.

Today he came to visit and delivered the goods.  

The milk can is brass - marked BUHL Detroit.  I did a little research and found out that it is a brass milk can from Buhl Dairy in Detroit Michigan and is intended for the railroad.  The set of American Family Scales is in great condition.  The old metal blade fan is in great shape and has even been rewired so it's actually useable!  The giant red star is awesome.  It's not old, but I have one of these hanging above my bay window and have been wanting one for the back of the house too.  And, that picnic basket!  Well, that's a Redmon and precisely the ones I LOVE.  

I think he's learning!  He did GOOD!


  1. Shoot, he did great! He'll be bringing you pottery and Shiny Brites next. ;)

  2. Shoot, he did great! He'll be bringing you pottery and Shiny Brites next. ;)

  3. Give that man a hug and a kiss - he read your mind! Wonderful junk!

  4. Whoo Hoo for Dad! He found you some fabulous stuff and a great picnic basket!

  5. Wow, you might have to teach him to be a picker for you. Great stuff

  6. He did amazingly well!

    Yay to your dad! :)

  7. proud of picker dad. Maybe he is developing his "Shara eye" for cool junk.

  8. Great to have a personal shopper!

  9. I'd say he appreciates his 'little girl' for all she did for him while he was in the hospital!!
    ...and who says you can't teach 'an old dog' new tricks? (No offense to Dad intended!)

  10. I love those old fans! I use them all over the house in decorating and for actual use!


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