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.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Week in Junk: Bunny Shoes, Free Stuff and a Curb Find

I was hoping to find another sale at the same house I went to last week, but there wasn't one.  Crossing my fingers for next weekend, though!  She said she would have another one within the month, so I am rat holing all extra monkey for that day.  It was that good!  I vowed not to go to any sales until then.  But, I did end up going to a couple of thrifts and a few yard sales this week.  I can't be expected to go cold turkey, now can I?

I always think I will take photos of each days finds, but it ends up being more interesting to mix it up and make little vignettes with my junk.

An toolbox*, chrome serving tray*, white tablecloth, four old bake King loaf pans, two bottle brush trees, a crystal decanter, five old fishing tins, a small Craftsman toolbox tin and a set of gold Monopoly pieces.  *The wooden toolbox was blue and had COUNTRY written on it.  A quick coat of paint and it is current again.  *The chrome tray got a coat of Chalkboard paint and now it is a menu board.  I still need to glue a Scrabble tile holder to the bottom for a chalk holder.  (That black in the background is my kitchen door which I painted in chalkboard paint in 2002 WAY before chalkboard paint was cool.  Thank you very much. :) )

I stopped at a sale and they had row after row of old tackle boxes full of lures and fishing items.  I was looking  at the old tins just because I had never seen fishing tins before.  The man asked me if I was a fisherwoman and I told him that I just liked old tins and I had never seen fishing tins.  He walked over to the tackle boxes and started dumping out the contents and handing me the tins.  "Take them" he said.  "No one wants the tins."  There were lots of different ones, but I didn't want to be greedy, so he picked out the three round ones and I picked out the two small ones.  The small ones are about an inch long.  

The small Craftsman tool box tin is just right for my business cards.

Saturday I went to a Boy Scout sale where they handed you a bag and you could fill it up for $5.00 or pay the prices marked.  The only thing that I could find was a pile of old white honeycomb bells.  Twenty two of them, in fact.  They were 25¢ each, so it only made sense to put them in a bag.  And, since I had room left, I grabbed the white tablecloth in the first photo, a Boyds Bear tree topper (which I already put away), the green wooden toolbox from the first photo and a few more things.
 This vintage card game was at Goodwill.  Love the box and the cards inside are fun too.
This is a tiny model kit for a Viking Ship.  The box is quite small and is fun in it's own right.  

Now, this doesn't look like anything I would buy, does it?  This metal candle holder was at the Boy Scout Sale for $1.00.  It reminded me of those great old floral chandeliers.  I'm hoping to think of a way to re-purpose it. Any ideas?  I love the Hydrangeas.  

I stuffed all this in the $5.00 bag too.  I think I can use the papers and corrugated cardboard to make tags or signs.  Each pack is marked $4.00 and that is just crazy. 

 Vintage baby shoes that look like bunnies.  
My personal favorite find and the only real keeper of the week. 

I went to a sale Saturday (and all I bought was an arsenal of Nerf guns for The Bean.  $110.00 retail for $7.00.).  Across the street from that sale I spotted this table sitting bear the curb.  Not close enough to the curb to scream FREE, but close enough to look a cast-off.  I drove by it once, twice, three times.  Later that afternoon I made a Redbox run and drove by it twice.  Sunday night at 9:00 pm, I stood up and said, "Let's go see about that table!'  So, my junking companion and I headed out to see if it was still there.  It was!  And, this time it was truly at the curb.  With a trash can sitting beside it.  
It's white and all chippy and just totally the sort of thing I LOVE.  

I'm sure I could sell it for a pretty penny and fairly quickly.  But, sometimes, you just have to keep the best stuff for yourself.  Especially when it was FREE.  A special thanks to The Bean for jumping out of the car and loading it into the back of the car.  When we got it home, he looked at it for the longest time and I was just waiting for him to say, "Why did you want that old thing?"  But, you know what he said?  "Why would anyone throw this out?  It's perfect!"  I sure do love that junking buddy of mine.

**I've started replying to the comments that you leave me.  But, I don't know if you see those comments.  Do you?

***Thanks for all the ideas and help with my Market selling adventure.  I am writing everything down and making lots of lists.  Keep the ideas coming.  You can always email me at monkeybox@juno.com.  


  1. More great stuff and I love the free table! Your junkin partner is the best helper! I only found two scrabble K's in my stash, but they are yours if you want them. I don't usually go back and see replies under comments I leave on blogs, so I would miss a reply :( I'll email you later.


  2. Shara,
    I too love homemade tables and furniture almost more than anything! Isn't it great to have a son who likes to junk? My son will go book scouting with me and I get to keep them, all I have to do is buy him lunch ... and he likes the same kinds of ethnic foods as I do...Sigh! He's moved to New York City now though...oh, how I'd love to go thrifting with you!

  3. We use trays with chalk paint like that for room signs at YesterNook. The owner named each room after a relative of hers. I wrote about it for the store blog. That table is awesome. I have a hard time getting my head around just throwing something like that out. At least donate it to a thrift so someone can get some benefit. You know? I also cannot believe that it just sat there all day waiting for you. It was meant to be.

  4. A friend and I are having a yard sale in a few weeks, after decluttering our homes. We also keep finding free stuff at neighborhood curbs to sell at the sale. So far, two 1950s vintage dining chairs (which painted white), an easel/chalkboard and..yesterday my friend knocked on the door, all out of breath. She'd spotted something five blocks from here but her car didn't have room for it. So she walked here with a very large Adirondack chair! Free stuff really feels like treasure.
    Your table is a definite keeper.

  5. I had to go back to the previous entry to see if your replies show, and they do. Wonder if there is a way to be notified if you reply to someone's comment.

    1. why yes, I just answered my own question. Just under this box to the right is a "subscribe by email". If it gets to be too much, you can always unsub.

  6. Lots of NEAT fun stuff! I really like those tin fishing boxes, you always set up the best vignettes of things!

  7. Way to go on that table!!! Love it! And the bunnie shoes...too cute!
    Erica :)

  8. I love that table and I love that you drove past it a zillion times before you picked it up. I do that all the time. I'm nervous that it's really not FREE and that someone will come running out and yell at me for stealing something.

  9. He's right--that table is perfect! Possibly more than perfect, because it was FREE!

  10. Awesome finds and I just want to say that I hope my kids are as cute and sweet as The Bean when they are his age. Need to write you a letter but have been moving ALL WEEK -- who chooses to move over an entire weeks' time, I ask you? Stupid me. Will write soon.

  11. Freudian slip? saving your monkeys? hehe.


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