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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Recently Thrifted

Things I have recently thrifted yet failed to blog about:
Sweet bride and groom by Lori Mitchell.  They appear to be very collectible.  I will put on ebay.

Vintage Christmas plucked from the 10¢ bin at the Salvation Army - all in  a big old basket from "The Attic" for $4.00.
Hard plastic blow mold mouse for $1.99.  One sold today for $31.00.  I bought him to sell.  But, he's growing one me.....

Vintage Noel set.  I spotted that vintage package a mile away.  99¢ and it was a done deal.

But, when i got it home - there was only a N and an E - and an extra E - so NEE?  

And this one napkin ring, which really was worth the 99¢ to me.  So cute.  

A Putney Basket.  Because I am a basket hoarder.  This one will go on the porch with fresh greenery for Christmas.  

A Christmas tablecloth.  I have really sworn off vintage Christmas tablecloths, but this one had a different feel to it.  It was made in West Germany.

This nice big flocked deer was sitting on top of a god awful plasticky holly flower arrangement when I found it.  It wasn't marked, so the clerks came up with the princely sum of 25¢ for it.  When I got home and thought about it, I think it might have been part of that aforementioned arrangement.  The arrangement - ick.  The deer.  <3 p="">
A whimsical signed hand carved Santa.  I saw some similar at the craft fair for $38.00.  e was 99¢.

A few more vintage ornaments all in blue.   I mostly bought it for the pointed ones, but they are all old and pretty.

I forgot to blog about a lot of these things because I put them on Instagram when I bought them.  I didn't really "get" Instagram until recently, but now I really love it.  Hey - you should follow me there!  Instagram


  1. "Nee?" Too funny! I bought a flocked deer just like yours at a thrift last year. It had hot glue remnants on the bottom so maybe it sat on some floral arrangement too.

  2. Maybe it's ENE or EEN? That napkin ring kind of looks like an O, so you have OENE or NEOE or ENOE! Maybe you could break bits off of the extra E and turn it into an L, use the napkin ring, then have your own funky sorta-vintage free-art NOEL. Or LEON. Or ONLE.

  3. as always good deals. I do think it is funny they had nee in that box.

  4. Lots of goodies here! I'm seeing more and more of those napkin rings and they are just to darn cute. I'm hoping thursday flys by this week so i can bust out my shiny brights!

  5. These are some great finds. I haven't gotten around to Instagram so far and clearly need to check it out!

  6. Nice, nice, nice finds!


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