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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pitiful Purchases

Last week I didn't go to any sales, and this weekend I only went to one.  The weather is just hot and sticky and none of the ads look very promising.  Actually, I did go to two sales yesterday, but one was laid out really weird and I got claustrophobic and left.  I have some weird experiences lately, don't I?

I spotted one old badly made sign which usually means a good sale, so I hobbled up the long gravel driveway to the old shop building.  There was a lot of stuff, but mostly junk.  Bad junk.  The man running it was nice enough but he talked and talked and talked.  "That's a dollar, that's five dollars, make a pile, it's all gottta go" and on and on.  I like it when people are friendly, but there comes a point when you just want them to BE QUIET so you can shop.

I scrounged around and made a sad little pile of stuff and spent $6.00.  I got two big wooden bead Christmas garlands too that I already cut apart so they aren't in the photo.

These hand thrown pottery face mugs used to sell pretty well on ebay, but I don't know if they still do.  I don't think anything sells on ebay right now.  My auctions have tanked and the ones that DO sell - well, "I'll pay you next week".  I don't understand why you can "buy" something on ebay and not have to pay for it immediately.  

I love the old red tool organizer.  It was pretty gross when I found it.  The keys were all on a round key ring, then they rings were all hooked together and it was a big smelly wound-up mess.  But, you know me - I got them all apart and sorted out.  I sell those giant pencils in the booth whenever I find them - I guess they don't really make those as souvenirs anymore.  The two bank bags are unique - little denim bags complete with belt loops and pockets on the back.  

I went to the booth to straighten up and get ready for our "Christmas in July" sale after that sad sale.  There is a booth in the flea market that is ran by the Animal Shelter.  All the items are donated, the rent is free plus there is a donation bucket on the counter for them, so they do pretty well.  I think that's great.  Since their items are donated, they sell them cheap.  So I always take a look.  I don't always find something, but this time I did!

Sweet Royal Copely planter with a sweet bird on it.  

 And a second Royal Copely with a bird on it.  So sweet.  

I've been collecting matte white and pastel colored pottery for years.  
But, lately I have been more drawn to the shiny sweet pieces like these.  
 And this.
 And this.
 And this.  
You know what that means.
Uh oh.  
*Now that I see them all together I see they all have bird too.  


  1. I have that second bird dish that you found. It sits on my dresser and holds my rings. Isn't it cute?!

    I always like to talk to people but when I am on a junk mission, I want to be left alone!


  2. Those Royal Copely birdies are decidedly NOT pitiful. Great scores and I am loving your new accidental collection! I have collected the shiny old birds for years.

  3. Love all the pottery pieces and love all the birds also! A new collection???

  4. If you can't have a big score, then at least find interesting stuff. That's my motto. I'd say you did just that. Any day that you're not completely empty-handed is a good one.

  5. Well, the "cardinal" rule is that three makes a collection, so I think you've got good start there. Love the girl with birds vase! The head mug is a little creepy.

  6. all if found this weekend were books,books and more books. But paying $25 for 300 books for my mom,sister and nieces to read, HELL YEAH.

  7. I have the same little pink dish with bird. Actually I have quite a few birds. I would say you've got a great start to a sweet collection. Good score!

  8. Good score on the copley pieces. You have a good eye.

  9. I think the pieces with the birds are so sweet!

  10. Officially a 'Collection' of Bird stuff now! *Smiles*

    Dawn... The Bohemian


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