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, October 03, 2013

The Day I Got a Big Head

I went out to the booth today to return the things I had stolen for the Barn Sale - vintage toys, jewelry, Ephemera, Scrabble Words and a few other odds and ends.  I knew I would be stopping at the Super Cheap Thrift along the way, but I didn't count on seeing a lot of yard sales today.  I think I stopped at six, which is a lot for a Thursday.  
The red shelf says GO HOGS GO on it.  That will be just a distant memory soon.  I will paint it white with chalkboard sides so I can write sale messages on it in the booth.

I love these old fruit boxes.  This one was full of old tools, but I managed to buy it without the tools.  

Cover your kids eyes!  How often do you thrift something that says "son of a b*tch" on it, right?

Small pottery vase with flowers - has a tiny marking on it and I am going to have to find the loupe to read it.  Matte white Haeger vase, small pewter vessel and a strange little tin doo bopper.  I don't know what it is, but it was ten cents, so I bought it.  
I was really happy about that small Haeger vase until I read the bottom - Made for Restoration Hardware!  Whaaaat?  It's new?  Not sure how I feel about that.  Hmmm.  It's still a nice piece of pottery and it feels old.  

Sweet vintage floral piece of china for ten cents and a little trick or treater kid for ten cents.  He isn't old, but he's cute and cute wins!  

An old strainer and an old kitchen thing, a red Lusterware silverware drawer, a very patriotic Thermos, a vintage book signed by the Author and a pair of tin snips.  I have been thinking I need some tin snips, but they are expensive.  These cost 25¢.

A tin full of wooden chess pieces and some old letter tiles, a piece of golden pottery and two spools of twine that someone worked awfully hard to make.  I have a few of these old carved wooden twine holders.  People used to be so resourceful.  Now, not so much.  

A lovely piece of jadeite green pottery (it was a pottery kind of day), an old sprinler, someone's school woodshop project shelf and just the sweetest Chinese Outfit.  It is darling.  I found it in the Halloween stuff and had to rescue it - it's not a costume, it's authentic. 

Three old baby dolls in their original dresses.  (Hide your eyes Eddie).
 The one on the left and in the middle are the oldest.  The one on the right has, uh, uh, well.......a pee hole.  Yes,  I said it.  Sorry.
I think this one is sweet.

A vintage Beistle honeycomb spider and skeleton.

*BTW, this is my crazy neighbor's fence and he swears he is replacing it.  It's missing pickets and green as all get out.  I wish he would.  

A very old handmade wire trellis.  This will hold flashcards at the booth eventually.

So, here's where you will immediately think, "That girl has LOST her mind!"

Are you ready?

A GIANT paper mache head.  Handmade and very well done.  HUGE.  Bigger than HUGE.  Crazy big!  I thought it was a puppet head, but the top is open, so, that can't be it.  It was only $5.00, so I bought it.  So far I have banged on the front window and held it up nearly causing The Bean to have a heart attack, so I guess it's been worth the five bucks already.  

I think there is a slight chance I was desperate to buy something today.  



  1. great finds as always I have an old sprinkler I use to put my bracelets on it works great.

  2. Okay, first off, that doll is not, I repeat, not sweet. It is creepy. Take a look at those eyes again. Why do you think they're so big? To suck your immortal soul out, that's why!

    That head, on the other hand, is awesome. I think you should take it to shows and sales with you and hang it in your booth to attract attention. He also needs a name.

  3. What a haul and the prices there never cease to amaze me! Can't wait to see what you do with your big head.

  4. I think you should ride around town with that head attached to your passenger seat, or hold it up at the drive through window. I used to do that with my male mannequin head.

  5. Wow! You're the winner! So much goodness! :) Where is your booth... I don't think I asked you at Farm Fresh. I want to get a few goodies I didn't get there. :)

  6. Hey, that looks just like my sprinkler, hardly any paint left, it gets workout every summer!

  7. Great finds! That head is hysterical! I can imagine it scared the be-jeebers out of your son.


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