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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

She's Officially Lost It

I have been home since last Friday working on things for the BIG SALE.  I have been hunting, gathering, pricing and working on displays.  I have donated things and taken a load to the booth.  Lots of things going OUT.  (You know where this is going, right?)  Today I had to go get bottled water and food for the weekend so I HAD to hit the thrift!  Woohoo!  It's a sickness, I tell you!

What is odd about my finds today is that they are SO not my usual kind of things!

Case in point:  A vintage GAS MASK bag.  Can you believe I bought that?  It has a really long strap on it and I have been wanting some sort of cool crossbody bag to use when I go out junking.  So, I'm toying with the idea of actually using it.  Add some old tags and keys to it, maybe something slightly girly like a piece of vintage material on the top.  I don't' know.  Maybe I have officially gone over the edge.  

Next inline:  A vintage Pyrex 2500mg Flask.  It's a doozy - HUGE!  I thought chemistry and lab items were all collectible right now, but I'm not so sure.  

Here are the markings on the flask.  (As well as my fingerprint enlarge five gazillion percent!)  Some more research is needed....
I also bought this metal box with a built in combination lock.  The Bean cracked the code starting at 000 and it was 431, so it took him a bit.  :)  The box is a Policy Box from an insurance company to keep your policy in.  But, you guessed that when I said, "Policy box" didn't you?  

So, those are three very industrial manly things that I thrifted today!  Lest you think I have lost my cutie pie touch...

Vintage baby cup with a sweet rattle handle for the baby collection and a handmade gingham puppy.  Both scored for 25¢ each since they had reached the end of the color coded line at the thrift.  Next stop?  DUMPSTER!  So, I rescued them.  I would have bought that cup weeks ago at cull price if I had spotted it then.  It's TOO CUTE!  

Tomorrow I load the car, Thursday is set up, Friday is Early Shopper event, Saturday is event and tear down.  Sunday is sleep until noon, take Tylenol and count my money day!  :D

*Thanks for all the well wishes and bearing with me as I do these sales.  I'ts a learning curve, but I am loving it!


  1. As a person who has two actual gas mask stored in her art room, waiting for inspiration, I can totally relate!

  2. If you decide to not use that gas mask bag, I will absolutely buy it from you when I am home in August!

  3. Now if you had bought an actual gas mask and were planning to wear it when you went junking, then I would think you lost it!

  4. You HAVE entered over to MY dark side ;-)
    you will 'knock them out' in that bag ((ha, ha))

  5. I really like that bag it has a very hip vibe to it.

  6. I passed up some lab glass at the flea last weekend, even though it was super, duper cheap. I have never looked at the resale prices, but there is a bit of a skeeve factor for me. I will buy from dealers I know (who will tell me where it came from), but not from random people. The meth head factor is just way too high. :/ Having said that, that one has an interesting shape.

  7. I think the flask is a Pyrex® low form culture flask. They are 230 dollars new for a 2500 ml. There are a couple of them listed on ebay.

  8. Science glass is popular in Halloween displays here abouts. But Nancy's comment about the cost would have made me drop my dentures if I had any. I had no idea. My daughter would definitely use the bag too.

  9. I would SO use that vintage gas mask bag as a junkin' bag. Maybe add a feminine pattern material as a liner (so you don't tear the bag, if you load it down).

  10. I think the flask is awesome! It's huge and makes a statement in a way that smaller ones just wouldn't. I would sell that for sure. I swear it's the type of thing you'd see in a spread in Country Living! The gas mask bag is cool too and I love your idea to girly it up--that sucker needs some lace and sparkles, stat! Very funky and cool--you can totally pull it off!

  11. I think you should funk it up and make that into a bag...definitely would be a second look bag!

  12. Your flask is too cool. There's a guy at Springfield flea market that has chemistry things and I swear he'd probably have $45 on that one. I picture it in someone's dark gray living room on the Restoration Hardware coffee table. I think your new shopping bag is great. Funky, yet fun. Just like you :)

  13. shab up that bag and bring out your inner hippy chick.

  14. Reading the other comments, it sounds like either we are headed to Armageddon or there is some sort of gas mask chic movement happening. Either way, you're all set. Have a great time this weekend! Can't wait to hear how it all went.

  15. I would buy the Pyrex flask for sure! Being a mega Pyrex junkie but the shipping scares me!

  16. Sending kudos to the Bean for having the patience to crack the code on that lockbox! Hope you have a wonderful sale weekend. I'll be tapping my foot impatiently waiting to see your wrap-up report!

  17. You forgot, "Sunday at 12:01 PM report on blog fun stories of how the sale went." Good luck!


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