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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Block Street Party

This Sunday I will be selling at the Block Street Block Party.  Block Street is the street that connects the world famous Dickson Street with the Square.  They close down the whole street all day for a big Block Party.  There will be 80 vendors, food trucks and vendors, live music and apparently, mass quantities of beer in the Beer Gardens.  One of the ladies that has a booth at my Flea Market has sold there the last few years with a friend of hers.  This year, they raised the price which made it prohibitive for them to do alone.  So, there are five of us that are going in together as one group.  I will be taking my feedsack pendants, game piece jewelry, pocket telescopes, Upcycled Book Cover clipboards, Ball jar cups with the vintage labels, colored paper straws, Razorback Prize ribbons and a few other things.  Everything I am taking will fit on a card table with a shelf on it plus the space under the table.  The other ladies have a mix of crocheted items, girl's clothes, painted furniture and papercrafts, so none of us will be competing with each other.  We all have booths at the Flea Market, so we are promoting that as well.
It's been in the 40's and raining for the past two day so I was forced to do my set up in the living room.  

Thanks to those great old spinner racks I picked up at that estate sale, some cleverly designed business cards (if I do say so myself) and some very precisely measured and found cellophane sleeves - all my things have one cohesive look and I think it makes me look like I actually know what I am doing.  Which I don't, of course.  But, if you go looking like a pro, you will be seen as a pro.  I hope!  
I did package up most of the necklaces, but I left out all of these so people can feel them and even try them on.  I have struggled with a way to package my feedsack pendants so that they look professional and would be good for gifts but also so people can feel them and touch them. So, some in packages, some without.  This is all good for the Block Street Party and the Barn Sale, but the loose ones will have to be re-packaged before I can put them in the booth.  They might go one Etsy - that would make the most sense.  Or MAYBE I will sell them all and be DONE.  Yea, that's the ticket.  :D

I'm taking my sweet beloved shopping cart that Lara gifted me.  
I'll put in all my upcycled Book Cover clipboards in it for display.  I use mine for my shopping list, so it seemed like a natural fit.  Until some little hooligan decides to push it down the hill - Wheeeeeee!  Not!
 I made a whole bunch of new ones with old milk caps and Bingo markers on the clips.  I like them a lot.  So much that I kept the one on the bottom left.  

The vintage label Ball Jar mugs are going too.
I put them on the bottom for the set up, but will put them on top if it's not windy that day.

I put all the vintage game piece things in the berry baskets.  Painted the fronts with chalkboard paint so I can write what is in them.  I have little clip-on chalkboards that I write the price on then clip them on the baskets. 

I think the end result will look good and be cohesive.  Maybe I'll sell one thing, maybe I'll sell a hundred things.  I will be glad to get one more sale under my belt so I can get ready for the Barn Sale.  

When I took this photo I saw the toadstools that I made out of Jello molds up on that shelf.  I totally forgot about them!  Must work into display.......:)

How's that???

I'll be back with photos of the actual event.  *Fingers crossed!

Hope the sun is shining at your house!


  1. Collllllllllllld up here too. LOVE those toadstools, pinned so maybe I can remember when Vday rolls around again.

  2. Good luck..can't wait to see photos of your spot and hear how it goes!

  3. we get warm ok warm for us and then it cools off we are in a warm day right now. I hope you have great sales let us know.

  4. best wishes for a great show (and beautiful weather)!! everything looks very professional and tempting ;-)

  5. You don't just look like a pro....you are one. The display looks fantastic very well put together.
    Hope you have great sales.

  6. It looks great! I bet you do look professional!! :)

  7. I would def be shopping in your booth. Good luck

  8. Good luck on your sales although I don't think you will need any luck. It looks tempting.

  9. Good luck at your sale! I would definitely buy one of those mason jar cups. They are so cute. My favorite thing though are those dang mushrooms. I have tons of those molds. Now I just need to find the motivation :-)


  10. Hi there! I love your sweet story at the top and that lovely picture of your grandparents. First time visiting your sweet blog, I found you through Pinterest with the cute mushroom Jello molds!! :) Those are so sweet! Wishing you a lovely day! Would love if you stopped by my blog sometime! :) xo Holly

  11. NICE!!!
    You are going to kick some SERIOUS BUTT!!
    Love! Love! Love! those Shrooms!! Pinning away ;-)
    GOOD LUCK - report back - got it?!!!

  12. Ahhh! I'd like one of everything please! Love the clipboards and the little mushrooms are awesome too. You're sure to kick butt!
    And the cart...OH MY STARS!!!

  13. Good Luck!!! Hope you sell it all and have a FUN day!!!

  14. You have some really good stuff there! Here's hoping you do well! Just don't be drinking up all your profits while you're there :)

  15. It all looks great and wishing you good luck!!

  16. I can testify that it looked AMAZING and PROFESSIONAL and WONDERFUL. Seriously, your displays were the best ones there, aside from the crochet tent, of course. You amaze me!!!


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