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, December 23, 2013

One Last Thrift Run (Again)

Oops, I did it again.  I hit the thrift ONE MORE TIME.  I swear, it is an actual medical sickness.  As long as I KNOW there might be something vintage Christmas in there - I MUST GO.  I had to go buy groceries today, so I needed a little thrift therapy to get me through it.  I chose the Salvation Army due to it's distance away from any other retail shopping and crowds.  I was rewarded with a CHRISTMAS 75% OFF sign in the window.  Yes!  I found many things being used as displays and as decorations, but I asked if it was for sale and was given a "yes" and a price most times of $3.00.  But, that made it 75¢ in the end, so no sweat. After the clerk rang it all up he asked me to guess my total.  I told him I only had $10.00, so I hoped it was about that.  It was $10.20.  (I had some change).  When I paid, the man at the counter asked me if I was happy and I said yes.  He said, "That's what I love about working here - making people happy!"  After I left, I met a lady for a quick special order I did and she handed me $10.00.  So, I was out 20¢ for everything.  

The photos are pure crap.  Bad lighting, bad camera.  My New Year's Resolution for the blog is BETTER PHOTOS!

Until then -

I did pretty well in the Kitsch department today.  Almost all of this will be resold next year.  Noma three candle thingy, felt boot you put a jar in for candy canes. an old flocked boot candy container, big burlap sack with a kitschy snowman on it, handful of old candy canes, a pair of Santa slippers and one Santa Slipper ornament.

The Santa head - well, now that is something alright.  The kind of "well, isn't that something" that you say when you say an ugly baby.  There is a cord under his beard and when you pull it, music plays.  Thank you lord for not making his eyes rotate or something as similar scary.

The little Santa slippers were in the glass case of the Antique Corner.  I have been eyeballing them for about a month, but they were $5.00.  I am way to cheap for THAT!  But, that made them $1.25 today and that was an okay price for me.  

The stockings.  I had about a dozen of those knitted stockings in my booth and they all sold.  So, I am trying to find more for next year.  My luck they won't sell at all next year, but you never know.  The felt "Merry Christmas" stocking is a keeper for me.  

This is the tag on the inside.  Kay Kadel - Designer in Felt.  Ooo-la-la.
A few sequined ornaments, a three candle light ornament, a hot air balloon ornament, an old roll of wreath ribbon from my Dime Store decor display and a fun cardboard sleigh with Dresden decorations.  

An old Christmas tree candle and a Santa face mug.  I don't think either are really, really old  but they aren't new either.  

Snowman salt and pepper shaker set, pine cone pick, old bells and a neat of red buckle that was in a big jar of weird red and green miscellaneous junk.  Most of it went in the trash, but the buckle was a keeper.  (The whole jar cost 25¢ - so I took a chance on it).

This Merry Christmas banner is made of pressed tin and I LOVE it.  It was stapled to an Dollar Store village scene.  I asked if it was for sale and once again, I was told $3.00 which made it 75¢.  I want to incorporate it into the porch next year with the Santa blowmolds.  

Here's the funny snowman on the burlap bag.  I thought about cutting him out,but the sack is kind of useful for storage.

Yesterday I went to Lara's house for her wonderful twin's birthday party.  Her house is lovely, her twins are fabulous, her family is SO nice, she gave me an Annalee mouse and bought me a delicious salad to eat and we had Birthday cake with loads of Buttercreme icing on it - it was just a nice afternoon.  When I left she asked where I was going and I told her the Dollar Tree and Walgreen's.  She said, "A thrift store?  You are going to a thrift store, aren't you?"  So, because she MADE ME - I went to Goodwill.  (As if I wouldn't have gone anyway!)  

Pickings were slim, but I did find this tin with handles - its an odd shape since it's not very deep. The other tin is either a recipe box or a Christmas Card list tin.
The big tin has all these different Christmas icons on it.  

Now that I see the design on the tin, I suppose it might be a recipe tin and not a Christmas card list tin. I saw the red and green and just assumed it was Christmas.  Anyway, it's cute, so whatever it is, it is.

I also found a Lee Ward ornament kit for 50¢.  I looked it up and saw that it sells for about $35.00, so I listed it last night and it had a bid almost immediately.  Choo Choo Train Ornament.  So, thank you Lara.  I owe you!

When I walked into the Grocery store - this met me:

Are YOU ready?


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  2. I'm sure you are tired of hearing you always find such good stuff but it's TRUE! Love the antique corner santa slippers and the merry banner. Fun for you to go to the birthday party for the twins. And to have a good friend in Lara live so close.

    I am not ready but I am getting there. My thoughts are that Christmas could come every other year and I wouldn't be ready any sooner! Nobody's coming til 3 tomorrow afternoon. They will do Christmas at their own houses and then descend on us. My oldest has to work tomorrow night at 6 so we have to work around her schedule.

    It should be interesting with the 2 year old this year. The other day she told my husband that everything pink at her house is hers!

  3. Shh, don't tell, but I am seriously considering dragging my kids with me and making one last thrift store run today! I might be crazy. Or maybe I will wait until Thursday and leave them home. Hmmm...

  4. Well, I thought I was done with the Christmas thrifting until reading this post. Thanks, Shara!


  5. I would be careful not to be alone in the dark with that one santa. I think his eyes might roll at night! He sort of reminds me of that Chuckie doll. I never saw the movie but the wrinkles in Santas forehead resemble Chuckies ;)

  6. I'm trying to make a last thrift run, but the thrifts aren't cooperating. The three thrifts here I know are all church run and two are closed. Went to the other one yesterday and didn't find anything. I think you are in the thrift magic corner of Arkansas! I think we'll stop at a couple on the way home, but that will be after Christmas,so it won't count. Keith's mother did give me a nice set of vintage Christmas dishes she got from someone, so I'm not totally empty-handed. I't actually bits and pieces of several sets, but it's all really pretty. I'm already thinking up ways to set up a Christmas table display for next year. Happy Jolly Merry Ho Ho to you!

  7. Couldn't stay away huh? The designer in felt stocking...
    Merry Christmas!

  8. That little cardboard sleigh is adorable! Good for you for taking the time to enjoy what you love to do at Christmas time and don't sweat the "are you ready". Trust me, everything that "really" need to get done, will. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  9. I did the 75% off holiday Thrift run yesterday too. Spent $5.34, got a couple of older felt stockings (one pink, one purple) for Etsy, will sell for someone that wants to embellish them. Original 1980's Care Bears Christmas cards, a Christmas quilt pattern, an ornament needlework kit and a couple of books to sell on Amazon. Merry Christmas to all of you!

  10. I enjoyed your last minute thrift runs! I never seem to be there when they are having sales! I have enjoyed every post you have done this year. Keep up the good work. Wishing you, the Breadman and the Bean a very very Merry Christmas!

  11. GREAT stuff! I am especially loving the pressed tin banner (that is FABULOUS) and the thin tin. I don't understand how you find such great stuff at that MLK thrift store -- seems like you never walk out empty handed as I do 90% of the time. You have the thrifting lucky, missy. We LOVED having you at the party -- thank so much for coming.


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