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, June 15, 2013

Weekend Finds: June 15th

So, like I mentioned in my last post where I featured the craziest thing I ever bought - six identical yet different colored handmade gingham shirts - I happened on a sale that I didn't even plan on going to and ended up finding some really cool stuff.  The Bean and I were headed to Sam's Club and I had no intention of going to any sales.  But, when I saw the yard chock full of tables piled with stuff, I knew I was going.  I could tell it was old stuff from the road.  I just didn't know what kind of old stuff or what the pries were going to be, but I knew I was stopping!  I stopped so quickly, in fact, that I forgot to put the car in park.  I was looking at something on a table and I heard the lady having the sale say, "Your car is moving."  She said it so laid back and slow that it took me a minute to realize she was talking to ME.  Luckily, The Bean was in the passenger seat so he turned the key off to stop it just as I go there to hit the brakes.  Whoopsie.  Perhaps I need one of those "This car stops at all garage sale" bumper stickers.  Except mine will say, "This car sorta stops at all garage sales."

Finds at the sale:  A set of two very old suitcases in really, really nice condition for $5.00, a giant Graniteware lid for FREE and a lovely vintage tablecloth like I love.  When I put the tablecloth down with my finds, I said that there wasn't a price on it.  The older lady told me it was a dollar and that was good for me.  Then a guy chimed in that his Mom had hand sewn that with her own hands (There is an extra strip of white on each side to make it fit their table).  So, the lady said, "Well, since she MADE it, you can have it for ($5.00?  $10.00??? What???)...a DIME."  Oh, how love logic like that - it's old and handmade?  Well, then that's junk.  New from Walmart - that's high dollar!
A sweet little fat pottery pot in the loveliest shade of green filled with old Dominoes.

Two chalkware cats and a toothpicker.

Par of spaghetti poodles, an old baby plaything and a bar tool with a bakelite handle.

A little girl's dress made out of feedsacks.  Pretty plain and not very cheery feedsacks, but feedsacks nonetheless.

An owl bank.  You just stick a quarter in his eye.  Weird, right?

I actually bought an entire Cub Scout uniform, but I took all these things off to wash it.  

The Bean found all these old unused patches for me.  

These too.

He also found this old box that said, Face Bag" on it.  So, he opened it and discovered this thing of nightmares.  It's a hot water bottle for your face.  I actually have it upside down int he photo.  I only figured that out,when I put it on my actual face and I couldn't breathe.  Doh!  It actually goes over your forehead and cheeks.  I really can't imagine why you would want to use this.  I know there are latex "fans" out there, I wonder if they might like this oddity?

This cool old hanger had a bunch of scarves on it.  I asked if it was for sale and after considerable consideration, it was decided that yes it was and that it would be fifty cents.  Alrighty.

My favorite find is this neat handmade wooden dollhouse.  

  It's kind of simple and primitive.  
I want to put it on my front porch, but until then, it's in the side yard on the old table I made out of The Bean's old basketball backboard.
I spotted two old quilts on a trailer.  I asked how much for the "blankets" (bad, I know) and they told me $2.00 each.  

Sold!  I love good old well made useable quilts.  I appreciate the handiwork and the time it took to gather the materials and actually make the quilt.  

They won't win an award for being fancy or for being beautiful.  
But they will keep us warm next winter and be appreciated.

An unexpected sale brought unexpected treasures.  

Did you find anything good this weekend?


  1. Love your finds!! I am falling in love with those silly poodles, can you believe it? Not another collection. That hot water bottle for the face is scary looking! You do finds the coolest things.


  2. sales were dismal. I bought a NIB ceiling fan/light kit and a hand vac for my stairs. Nothing vintage or cute to speak of. 3 weekends is a row that sales were pffffft. Even the thrift stores have been lack luster double pfffft.

  3. Great finds! I got a couple quilts this weekend too!

  4. Not quite understanding the logic of $5 to a dime either..but hey, it worked in your favor!

  5. I am off topic, but just wanted to say after a day of hunting I refound your blog. I have you saved on my iPhone as an icon, and when I have time I tap it and check to see if you have any new posts, but you weren't there on Saturday......it was like your site was hijacked. I tapped it and it started to take me to you and then would switch. I googled your blog and still couldn't get there. Later I googled again, found something that I thought could be you, but with a different URL, yet it did turn out to be you. I can't be the only one who lost you after reading you for a couple of years (I usually don't comment). I thought I would give you an FYI in case you realize you have lost some readers, you would know why.

    1. Hi Sandra - I'm glad you found me. My domain got bought out from under me! I thought my blog was gone, but I found it and I am happy that you did too! Thanks for taking the time to let me know you did!

  6. Well, I loved everything but when I got to that dollhouse I might have blacked out a little bit. A little Jealous-Jellyfish over here. Super finds. I love that you stopped so quickly you forgot to put the car in park. I did that when Justin and I were taking a load over to the new house -- the driveway is on an incline and the car started rolling downhill, right towards the neighbor's front door. I actually got behind the car and tried to stop it with my hands! Then ran around to the driver's side, threw myself in, and got to the brake in the nick of time. That would have been an AWESOME way to meet our new neighbors. Anyhoo, I digress -- wonderful finds this weekend!

  7. We are so on the same page right now! lol
    I'm loving vintage quilts that I can actually use! Their weight and cozy-ness is just the best!
    Great finds...the doll house is fab!
    Erica :)


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