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.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

One More Piece of Pottery

It's almost that time of the year.  Time to box up the pottery collection until January.  I wrap each piece up, cull out any that don't speak to me anymore and pack it all away in the garage.  Once upon a time, I only had matte white pottery.  And, I still really like matte white pottery.  But, piece by piece, pastel pottery started finding it's way into my collection.  Now, I have more pastel than white!

I found this nice piece of Abingdon Pottery at Goodwill yesterday for only $3.00..  It's my first piece of Abingdon Pottery.  It's a lovely pink, but I'm not completely sold on the whole clipper ship theme.  I'll pack it away with the rest of it and when I rediscover it in January, I will decide if it's a keeper or not.  I must say, clipper ship or not, any piece of pink pottery is pretty much a keeper in my book.

My pottery display might make you cringe.  It's packed in there pretty solid and nothing can get hurt.  If I find a piece of pottery that I can afford, then it is coming home with me and I will find a spot for it in here somewhere.  So far, so good.

I'm in love with this shelf and all the pastel pieces.  The globe lights up although I rarely remember to plug it in.  That's a giant dough bowl in the back.  It's Olivewood from Jerusalem.  That giant green McCoy vase in the center has a chunk out of the back.  But, you can't see it, only I know about it and it was only 50¢, so there it sits.  

More pastels and some white mixed in.  I never used to like figural pieces, but I seem to have picked up a few recently.  I found that one purple piece this year.  I still can't believe I had never found a piece of purple pottery.  
The aqua log nd birds is one of my favorites - plucked from the shelves at The Super Cheap Thrift for a mere twenty five cents.  My collection of folding rulers lives in that big white planter for now.  I finally sold a star I made from one so I made another one.  Two down, twenty to go.  :)  As if I could ever let them ALL go!  I LOVe tht weird pink one on the left.  It's crazy shaped.  
That pretty green planter up front is a newish find too.  It has that cold feeling and heft in your hand of good old pottery.  I miss all my pottery while it is packed up.  I'm always happy to have it out on display again.  I love for a lovely old cabinet to put it all in, but the right one hasn't come to me yet.  Until then, I bet I can squeeze in a few more pieces.  :)

While it's gone, the turkeys will come out and then SANTA takes over.  Bring it ON!  

Are you ready?


  1. Your 'lonely' shelf makes me smile 8-) !
    Imagine a houseful of those shelves!!
    It's a bad... bad... thing!!
    Living Room = 'Gold Tweed' and 'Mauve Agate';Dining Room = 'Orange Flame', 'Lime Green' and 'Purple'; Kitchen = 'Red'; Computer Rm = 'Ebony', 'Green Agate'; Guest Room = 'White'; etc..., etc...

  2. I love your display! I have a really hard time leaving reasonably priced pottery behind. I too can always find a place for it. I repurpose a lot of it in my bathrooms to hold q-tips and cotton balls. It looks so much prettier than using anything else. I have only ever found one piece of purple so I am guessing it's pretty rare?

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. I'm ready! I am glad you gave us another look at the pottery before it goes away until January. I found a piece of pink pottery while here in TX. I too don't think I've met a piece of pottery that doesn't at least make me think about taking it home! hugs, Linda

  4. I love the clipper ship on the pink one. It's unique! I, too, am a sucker for pottery (especially the ones from 1930-40's). I have many of it packed away, but a lot it lives in a china cabinet with other old junk I love too much!
    I'm glad you shared it too!

  5. I have never seen one like that! I love your pottery collection so bright a cheery!


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