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.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Even MORE Junk!

I hit a few thrifts this week and  I went to TWO yard sales on Friday.  They weren't anything to write home about, but TWO is TWICE as many as last week, so maybe FOUR next, then EIGHT, then woo-hoo!  Today I went to a Church Rummage sale that ended up being mostly clothing.

I bought this Ottoman for $2.00 at a yard sale on Friday.    It's pretty big - I guess it's more of a footstool than an Ottoman, but you could sit on it to put your shoes on.  It's a groovy swirl of red and black leathery stuff.  *Since I took this photo, I cleaned it, polished it up, put stain on the legs, took it to the booth and SOLD IT!

Now, the next thing I bought might very well make you delete this blog forever.  You might think, well, Shara has officially lost it.  And, the truth is, I very well may have lost it.  But, sometimes you see something and it intrigues you, so you better buy it, right?  So, what did I buy?

Peepholes.  Yes, you read that right.  Peepholes - like you stick in door so you can see out. Ninety of them to be precise.  The box said, $1.00 each or all for $5.00.  Seeing as how there are 90 of them, I think that is a good deal.  They are kind of like teeny telescopes when you hold them up to your eye.  I'm thinking I might mess around and fashion necklaces out of them and other "junk".  I'm sure the scrap value of the brass alone is far more than $5.00.
I've always said that you can put anything in an old blue jar and it looks great.  
Ninety peepholes are no exception!
*If you have any ideas for these, let me know!

I also went to Goodwill Friday.
Someone had cleaned out Grandma's game closet.  I got all these games for $3.50.  I'm keeping the old LOTTO game and the game pieces from Boggle and Triple Yahtzee.  The other two went to the booth.  
I also found this sweet piece of pottery in a lovely blue for $1.00.  
Surely you have guessed that it is a KEEPER!

My best deal of the day was at the other Goodwill across town on Wednesday.  This new Goodwill has only been open maybe four months or so.  I have only been a handful of times, but I have never bought anything there. Wednesday I was about to leave empty handed when I spied a set of 1937 My Book House books on the shelf.  They were color coded to be full price, so I thought they would be $2.00 each.  That was a tad more than I really had to spend that day.  So, I left them on the shelf and started to leave.  

Then I started thinking that Children's books are only $1.00.  Maybe I could persuade the checker that they were children's books.  I mean they technically are for kids, but they are antiques with color plates.  No one in their right mind would willingly hand one of these over to a kid to read alone.  They are more of a "Let Mom hold it while you look at it" sort of set of books.
So, I carried the big heavy stack of books all the way to the front of the store.  I set them down and selectively opened this book entitled, "In the Nursery" since it featured mostly Nursery Rhymes and big color plate photos (I'm shameless, I know) and said, "Are these Children's books?"  The lady at the register flipped through it and said, "Looks like it to me".  In my head, I am jumping up and down because I just got them down form $2.00 each to $1.00 each.  Yippee!  Then she said, " So, Children's books are fifty cents each and you have twelve, so that's six dollars."  Good gravy, I went form $24.00 to $12.00 to $6.00 in about five minutes.
They are absolutely gorgeous old books with lovely stories and color plates.  And, even though they have a good resell value, this might very well by my first official "For when I am a Grandma" purchase.  

Lord,  I have to sit down after even saying that.  


  1. We have mymother's set of these. She let me read them as a kid. I was always intrigued by the illustrations. Now my daughter loves them. And no, I don't hold them for her. Have at it and enjoy!

  2. As usual your savy shopping got you some great junk. Jewelry sounds good for the peep holes - how about printing some words and adhering it around the brass part to add a little something to them - bling somewhere, too? They sort of remind me of the bullet casings that people are making into necklaces.

    If you put it up to your eye can you see through it? of course you could always sell them as they are, too! Here's some new ones that sell for $9 each!! http://tinyurl.com/aj6abgv

  3. You found some neat games!! We still play Boggle and Triple Yahtzee..

  4. A-mazing finds, Shara! I especially lithe peepholes. I would put a bunch in a tall garden gate...creepy and unique at the same time! Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  5. A-mazing finds, Shara! I especially lithe peepholes. I would put a bunch in a tall garden gate...creepy and unique at the same time! Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  6. Shara....JACKPOT!@! gorgeous books and what a score! Oh and yes save for when the 'grandma' becomes a reality! Oh and of course I LUV that piece of pottery!!!!
    hugs, Linda

  7. Ninety peep holes has got to be one of the most interesting finds that you have reported. Wow! I tend to be attracted to the oddball finds and you can't get more oddball than that! Good job. I look forward to seeing what you do with them.

  8. TOTALLY would have bought everything you did. How did you find such great stuff on Friday? If you see a burgundy SUV lurking at the edge of your driveway next Friday morning, don't be alarmed...that will just be me, ready to tail you on your morning junking run.

  9. great finds as always I have no idea what to do with peep holes. we are a long way off from yard sale season we are still up to our ankles in snow.
    loved the foot stool

  10. Is that fan vase Camark? It sure is pretty. I would have bought the peepholes too. Fun finds!


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