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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Things I Have Thrifted (But Not Recently)

Before my Mom was moved to the new Rehab, she was in a location .3 miles from Goodwill and .5 miles from another HUGE thrift store.  Some days her husband would be there (my step-father) so I would kill a little time on my way to see her so they could have more time together before I butted in.  I bought a large amount of stuff over that month or so.  But, nearly all of it went to the booth.  Since I am no longer working at the Flea Market, I have to not only pay my rent but also the 10% commission.  I have been very lucky in the past to get every penny I made, so I have to make sure I cover my rent and commission PLUS bring home a nice amount of money.  So, I have been taking lots of stuff out there.  My car is fully loaded to go again but I have bronchitis, strep throat and what they thought was Pink Eye, so I am home bound for another few days.   (Could someone bring us some produce, bread and eggs, please?)  I kid.  Kind of.  The fridge is bare....

(So, I digress as usual which is sort of what this blog is all about.  Maybe I should subtitle it "But, I Digress".)

Oh wait, I did it again.  

Thrifting was what I was supposed to talk about today, so here we go.

I found this great old vintage bed tray at the HUGE thrift.  It's Shabby Chic and really cool.  I have a vintage minty green bed tray that folds up and I use it every single night for reading magazines, pricing flea market items and making crafts.  This white one is really nice, so I hope it well sell quickly.  I have upped my prices just a tad.  Not too much, but I thought I would try. I can always mark things down, but I can never ask for more, right?  What would you think this should be priced?  Be honest...!

This basket on wheels is really, really awesome.  I bought it at the same thrift as the bed tray.  It would make such a good junkin' basket.  It has more personality than those old metal ones people use.  (I have two of those too, hmmmm.)  The basket itself is about three feet tall and the handle makes it about four feet tall.  I'm torn about it as I really love it, but I think I should sell it.  I've never used it, but then again, I really haven't had the opportunity to use it yet either.  I'm going to put it in the booth with a nice price on it and use it for display.  Maybe no one will buy it and I can keep it, right?  But, if it sells, that will be okay too, I suppose.  Go ahead and shoot me with what price you think it would be at your favorite store.  

Great Google Moogley!  My lovely readers have discovered that this basket costs about $200.00.  So, as I am so known to do - it's back in my garage with a DO NOT SELL sticker on it.  I think I will keep it since I only paid $12.99 for it!  Now, what to do with it....THINK WOMAN...THINK! :D

I haven't been to the Super Cheap Thrift in months and I am ITCHING to go.  I just know that treasures await me there.  I've never mentioned where the SCT is, but local thrifter Lara at Pretty Quirky, found my secret store!  And, she found cool stuff.  I'm happy to share, but leave some goodies for me, okay? :D 


  1. Good grief girl, bronchitis, strep throat and pink eye! I swear it is this crazy weather - last weekend here high of 30, today high of 65. I hope you are on the mend soon!

    I think I'd put $20 - $25 on your bed tray. You're so right on starting a little high and then if it doesn't go lower it.

    I'm at a loss for the basket shopping cart - i love it, too and don't know if I could sell it. It looks like it should be in Paris!

  2. Yikes you have really been through it lately! I hope you are on the mend for sure! Love the bed tray but no idea of the price you should ask. The shopping cart is amazing so I would want to keep it of course, but sell it for a lot I say!!!
    Get Well Soon! If I lived close by I would bring you food!
    hugs, Linda

  3. Anonymous11:29 AM

    depends on the sturdiness of the cart i'd say but a new one ain't cheap


    very cool blog

  4. So sorry you are ill. This seems to be a bad year for lots of illness. Please feel better soon! I don't know how to price your items, but both are great! That basket on wheels WOULD be great for flea markets and such! Even small market trips. I really like it! I'd keep it! I can even see it with a huge pot of flowers by the front door. Cool.

  5. Geez, but I hope you get better soon. I had a bout with pinkeye last Spring. I was helping with a college Early Childhood class and one of the students picked it up at a daycare she worked at. Ack! Depending on which spot I ended up putting them, I would go in the 15 to 25 range on both of them. That basket is awesome!

  6. I had $10-$15 on the tray and of course I think you should KEEP the cart, but I know you too well that if the price is right you would sell it. I say $50 on the cart.

  7. Anonymous4:38 PM

    I hope you feel better soon, I love both items! The bed tray is a fantastic design.

  8. I found it by accident, I swear! If it makes you feel any better, I won't ever get to shop there - the odds of me making it during their odd business hours are very low. I LOVE the basket on wheels. Can't wait to hear what you do with it. Your finds make me so optimistic about shopping in this area!


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