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.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Oh, Baby.

Monday was the first day of school in the area.  Since we home school and don't start until after Labor Day, we have a tradition of going somewhere and doing something fun while all the other "suckers" go to school. We couldn't think of anything really different to do, so we decided to visit a new HUGE Goodwill about 25 miles away.  It is in a really swanky part of town and there is LOTS of money and big houses and people with money in the area.  So, I was hoping to score a ton of good stuff.  but, you know what?  Rich folks donated the same crap as regular folks.  This store had a huge clothing area, and I suspect that thee were deals to be found,  But, I don't ever look at the clothes.   I searched that store top to bottom, looked on every single shelf, dug under things and in bins and in the end I only found ONE thing to buy.  

A vintage baby planter for $1.00.

I learned a long time ago that these vintage planters really never sell, so I never buy them.  But there is a strange thing with these big eyed ones in Japan.  A few have sold for hundreds of dollars on ebay.  I'm not saying that this is one of them, (but I wish it would be!) but it does have BIG EYES, so maybe....

After we left that thrift, we drove through the historical part of town and then stopped at a thrift that I really like, but since is is about 30 miles from me, I rarely get there.  They always have a good selection of items and they have good prices.  It's kind of hidden away on a side street so the locals know about it, but it's not a place that just anyone would drive by and stop.  Since my last visit, they had rearranged, opened a new room and the prices had gone up a bit.  But, overall, it's still a great thrift store.  Having said, that, I only found two things this time.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I found a vintage counter top candy bar rack where they had five rolls of 25¢ Walmart Christmas ribbon displayed.  It didn't have a price tag on it, but it also did not have a NFS tag on it.  I looked at it about a million times and tried to get the attention of some of the "helpers" as they call them, but no one ever noticed me.  Finally I took a photo of it and asked the lady at the check out if if was for sale.  "Oh, well, I don't think so - we are using it to hold RIBBON."  I would have paid more for that rack than they will make stuffing it full of ribbon.  Oh well.  I will remember it fondly.  *Sniff*

Okay, so where was I?

Oh yes, remember when I said I never buy baby planters?  Remember?  All the way back up there^?

Yea, well, I bought one there too.  Not one in years and then two in one day.  But, golly, this one is PINK and it has a vintage scale on it and a BASKET.  A PINK BASKET.  Seriously!  And, it was only 75¢.  You can't go wrong with anything that has all that going for it!
 They are both really sweet and a bit different that the usual baby planter I see.  Besides, I had a really bad case of Empty Hand Syndrome and had to find something to buy.

The only other thing I found made me so very happy.  A lovely vintage tablecloth.  Still my number one mostest favoritest thing to find when I am thrifting.
This particular one is gorgeous.  

Bright vivid colors.

 Red and yellow flowers.  
And only $3.00.  

Not a bad five dollar thrifting day.  


(Not you guys, those kids in school already)


  1. Happy your hands didn't come home empty. I know how frustrating that can be, especially when you had to make some effort to get there! I have never seen a planter with a scale like that - too cute.

  2. Empty Hand Syndrome? You've finally diagnosed my thrifting ailment!

    I'm with you on the baby planters not being worth much but I've never seen anything like that scale. And it's PINK!! I would have bought it too.


  3. I'm drooling over that beautiful tablecloth!

  4. I have bought some baby planters and I don't know why...lol, but they just grabbed me. I love that table cloth...gorgeous colors. Enjoy your last days of summer!


  5. Oh my gosh that pink planter is beyond adorable. I would have a hard time parting with it. Love the tablecloth. Glad it was a nice day, at least, for a drive, because I hate it when I drive that far and only find a few things...although, I would say in this trip's case the QUALITY of your items wins over the QUANTITY.


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