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.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Barn Sale: The Goods

I was pretty busy during the Barn Sale so I never really got a good look around at any of the booths except the four in my immediate line of vision.  Going into Lara's booth was fun because I recognized many of her items from her blog.  It was kind of like seeing pictures online of a museum and then going there and seeing them in person.  

On the first day during set up, the event organizer, Amy stopped by my booth and handed me a couple items she had found along her junking route that she thought I might like.  How nice is that?

A vintage Easter chick candy container and a Chocolate Covered Cherry box!  
I love them both - I haven't added a Cherry box to my collection in a long time.

To the left of my booth was Laurie.  Her booth is Junque Rethunk.  She spotted a packet of letter cards in my stash that said JUNQUE, so she bought them from me for $2.00.  A few minutes later I was nosing around in her booth and spotted a couple boxes of school chalk for $1.00 a box.  So, I handed her $2.00 back and we were even.  
It makes the best *clink* when it rattles in the box.  
Her son was loving on some old Transformer McDonald toys that I had, so I gave him one of each.  And, even though she didn't have to - she gave me a green gingham chicken scratch apron for my collection.  

On the last load of the wet cold rainy trip, Laurie also gave me this great old crate that she had made into a shelf.  She saw that I used old crates in my booth so she thought I might like it.  Plus, her truck was SO FULL that she wasn't entirely sure that she could even get her son in the truck to go home.  But, she was right, I do love it!  See that word QUEEN?  Awesome!
Lara had put these chalkware babies on her blog quite some time ago and I was smitten with them at first site.  Every time she shows an updated photo of her booth, I play eye spy until I spot those babies.  So, here we are at the Barn Sale and what appears in a wee little school chair thisclose to my booth but those babies!  Ack.  And they sat there all day Friday and all day Saturday.  And as we started to pack up  I knew I had to buy those babies.  But, Lara being the super sweet person she is, thrust them into my hands.  They are just seriously adorable.  

Okay, I swear this love fest between me and Lara is coming to an end - she raves about me and makes me blush, I rave about her and make her blush.  And I am sure all of YOU guys are sick of us.  But, before I stop gushing, I have one more thing to show you.  And, it's a killer.  

On the sidebar over there --------> I have my Thrifting Wishlist.  That is a list of my DREAM items I want to find.  Not even that I need any of them.  I just want to FIND them and OWN them for a minute.  One of those items is a child sized grocery cart.  Not a toy one.  Not a plastic one.  Not a cutesy one.  But an actual metal grocery cart from a grocery store meant for a child to use.  A couple weeks ago, Lara emailed me that she had found a child sized grocery store.  At one of my thrifts!  For $5.00!  Good golly! 

She used it as a display for the sale and it was completely adorable.  After the sale - she GAVE IT TO ME!!!!

Can you believe that it is even PINK?  Someone must have painted it.  You can see the orange handle peeking out underneath the pink.  Good golly, it is cute. Now, do I need at child sized grocery store at my ripe old age?  Uh, no.  Do I FREAKING ADORE it?  Uh, yes.  I have a million ideas for it, but haven't settled on one yet.   I gave her that basket of old baseballs I had in my booth and a big tub of Tinker Toys for her babies.  But, I KNOW I got the best end of this deal!  Thank you so much Lara! 

So, that is the story of the Barn Sale, start to finish and how I brought home a bunch of treasures without spending a dime.  End of story!  Thanks everyone!


  1. You've set the new standard for shopping without shopping! :-) Cool stuff. I bet Hazel would like to ride in the pink cart, except that she'll have to stand in the back.

  2. Oh how I have enjoyed reading about this great adventure!

  3. I think sales like this are so great and the 'love fest' is so much fun! You both love to give something to someone you know will love and enjoy it! Now that pink child's grocery cart is amazing! Love everything you got but the cart...sigh....dream!! I think this was a great time for you even with the rain!!


  4. So glad the show went well after all your prep and hard work. (and shame on the rain for not holding off a bit longer)
    I always return with goodies after a sale too..either gifts or my own shopping and part of the fun of doing a show!

  5. I am SO HAPPY that you took those babies home. I have no where to put them and I couldn't bring myself to put them in the Goodwill pile. You will give them a good home. As far as the cart...that is something that actually belonged to you -- fate got mixed up and let me get to the thrift store before you. I was just righting one of the universe's wrongs. I LOVE the baseballs I got from you -- They are going to go in the kids' room as soon as I find the right dresser/shelf combo in there and the Tinker Toys are a big hit. When one of the kids grows up to be an architect, I will have you to thank for it!

  6. YAYYY!! I'm glad you finally got a kiddie grocery cart!!! I know you've been looking for a while! Glad the barn sale went well!!!


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