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, March 20, 2013

All By Myself

Wednesday is errand day at my house.  The Breadman is off so we usually go grocery shopping, pay bills and do whatever we need to do.  But yesterday I decided to do all that stuff a day early.  That left today a clean slate.  I suggested that they boys stay home and watch the nine hour movie "The Hobbit".  Okay, it's really only three hours, but I simply do not have time or the willpower to sit through a three hour movie in one sitting.  I've read the book and I know the movie is good, but I am just not into it right now.  So, the boys stayed home to watch that and I decided to hit as many thrifts as I could before I went to see my Mom for the afternoon.

Now, in theory this sounds like a great plan.  In actuality, it was kind of a waste of gas.  But, I enjoyed myself and I did end up scoring a few good deals at my very last stop.

First stop was a thrift that used to be in a huge location then they relocated to a much smaller location.  I went once and found it to be not great, so I hadn't gone back.  I decided to give it another shot today, but it still wasn't that good.  I did find a nice soldered pendant like I like to wear for $2.00.  They also had a grocery cart full of new calendars from Barnes and Noble.  I got The Bean a Hunger Games calendar and I got a 365 Cake calendar.  A different cake for every day of the year.  Great Googley Moogley.  Just what I need to look at every single day.  CAKE!

On to my second stop - a big thrift - giant in fact.  It used to be a furniture store.  It is packed to the gills, but I honestly could not find one thing in there worth buying.  Not even things that were overpriced or cracked or anything - nothing was my style or stuff I like to resell.  On my way to the door, I walked up the kitchen aisle one more time and spotted one small thing that at least made the stop worth it.

Okay, so it didn't really make the stop worth it.  But at least I didn't leave empty handed.  That's a no no!  This little piece of stoneware/restaurant are is marked United States Army.  I'm not sure what it is - I thought it was a little creamer, but it doesn't have a spout.  Or a handle.  Maybe a toothpick holder?  Or a mini spittoon?  Or a cotton ball holder.  I kid.  Except maybe about the toothpick holder.  

Third stop and I was out of time.  This had to be the place to find something.  This was the Goodwill across the town where I usually leave empty handed.  

I spotted this rocks glass on the shelf in the glass section.  I thought it was colorful and would be good booth fodder.

Especially since there were ten of them.  

Then I picked one up and saw the name Georges Briard and knew I had found something good.  I'll put them in the booth this summer with my Patriotic/BBQ summer display and see what happens.  That mid century stuff is hot, so hopefully I'll get a bite on them.  I'd put them on ebay, but the idea of packing and shipping ten glass items is just not appealing to me.
I also found this giant tray with raspberries on it.  You can see how big it is behind those rocks glasses.

I like the raspberries.  I don't think I've ever seen anything with raspberries as a motif before.  

See where the store marked it with an old Garvey marker?  $1.29.  Poor placement for the price as far as aesthetics   But, I think it adds to the vintage charm.  

So, that's it.  Just a couple of things and all destined to resell.  Still it was nice to get out by myself and take my time poking around in stuff.  There are a few sales in the paper for this weekend, but there is also a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice and regular rain coming.  So, I don't see any of those sales actually happening.  But, soon!  I just know it!


  1. Love the red, white and blue glasses, they should sell for sure! I know my finds have been few and far between lately.
    hugs, Linda

  2. Loving the tray! Lots of great finds, and I now where you're coming from. Sometimes its nice just be by youself and thrift.

  3. Yay on the Briard glasses! Can't wait to hear how you do with those. I scored 8 Briard Christmas plates at my thrift's 75% off sale in January because they were stuck under a pile of Avon junk. I hope to sell them this fall.

    Glad you had fun. I have had almost no time to myself lately for thrifting so have been doing little 15 minute sprees on the way home from work once in awhile.

  4. Love your finds. I can't believe you found something good at that (not-so) Goodwill. I still haven't had that kind of luck there. Did you hit any sales this weekend? I confess I slept late on Saturday because it was so gloomy out.


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