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.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Why yes, I will

Why yes, I will take all those old Mardi Gras beads for $1.00, thank you.
*Old Mardi Gras beads are actually six long beautiful strands of Mercury Glass beaded garland. Hands down, one of my favorite things to find.  Made one very hot very sweaty rummage sale very worth it. 


  1. NOT going to ask if you procured them in the usual Mardi Gras fashion... TMI!! ;-)
    (They would have been well worth it though!)

  2. What they don't know won't hurt them. Right? I need someone to teach me what mercury glass is and what it looks like. Yes, I'm a bad junker boy.

  3. Last year, I bought an old basket full of mercury glass beads. When I went to pay for them, the guy goes "Ah...Mardi Gras beads!" then gave me a really creepy look. I'm pretty sure he wanted me to flash him. I pad him my dollar and ran away.



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