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, September 08, 2014

The Week in Junk: A Curbside Find & More

Thanks for all the b-day wishes for The Bean.  We had a nice few days celebrating - our rule is that if there is still cake in the house - it's still your birthday.  The good news is we still have cake  - so PARTY ON!  

When it was my birthday, all I asked for was a day of thrifting at a few different thrift stores.  Today was the day I got my day out.  There is one thrift that is a good long drive and way out where there is nothing else, so you purposely have to go to it.  Today we went to it and it had a big CLOSED sign on the door.  I thought it was just closed today, but then we could see in and the store was EMPTY.  Insert really sad face ----->here.  :(  So, we drove all the way back across to town to a huge thrift store that is in a MALL.  Weird, right?  When I was checking out, I asked if they knew what had happened to the other thrift and they told me that it had moved, but they didn't know where to exactly.  A customer piped up and said, "Oh, it's just right up the road form the old store.  You can't miss it!"  I thanked her and decided to go all the way back there since it was the reason I had come to that town in the first place.  So, back we drove - across town, over the tracks, down the road, past the old thrift, on and on and on, past a horse field, across the tracks and on and on.  Hey guess what? Apparently you CAN MISS IT LADY.  I gave up, circled back and headed back out of town.  About five streets over and five miles up the road I see a sigh that says THRIFT, so I pull in because I am excited to find a new to me thrift.  When I get in and read the sign  - it is the thrift I was looking for all day long.  I don't know WHAT that lady was talking about.  Anyway, in the end, the new thrift isn't anything like the old one, so I guess I won't be worried about hitting it anymore.  :(  I hate it when a good little old lady thrift is no more.  

I hit three thrifts in all and this was my haul.  Not much greatness there, huh?  I even questioned myself when I picked up that scary-ass Santa.  Aiiiieeee!  Everything is for the booth or The Junk ranch except the crafting stuffing beads, the big nesting doll (she's empty, but I have some that will fit in her) and the pile of magnets in the front.  Those are good quality heavy duty magnets.  I have been buying  a lot of magnets at Hobby Lobby lately, so to find a nice big bag of good magnets to repurpose for 50¢ made me happy.  I am amassing a huge hoard of those old wooden embroidery hoops.  I know I will think of a good re-use for them soon.  They are getting hard to find.  Mostly because they are all at my house.  HAHAHAHAHA!

Saturday we popped into Goodwill after The Beans birthday dinner at the restaurant next door.  I got two huge boxes of manila folders to use to make flash cards and this piece of porcelain.  It's totally not me.  TOTALLY.  But, there was just something about it, compiled with at magical $1.00 tag, that made me buy it.  

Going backwards here - on the way out to run errands on Wednesday, I spotted this old work table sitting curbside up the street.  I hit the brakes and The Bean and The Breadman rolled out of the car on cue and loaded it up.  A quick drop-off back at home and we were on the way again!  I want to paint it white, make the top chalkboard, and make a skirt out of vintage fabric around the edge of it to hide the underneath.  I think it would make a great checkout table for my Vintage Markets.  Until then, it makes a handy worktable in the driveway when I pull out all my Vintage Christmas to sort it in the 85 degree sun.  Not that I did that.......or did I?


  1. Glad you got to have your play day. I know what you mean about a thrift moving. When my beloved VOA moved they "cleaned up" and it took a while for them to accumulate enough junk to make it fun again.
    Still loving your larger font and still have not taken the time to fix it on my own blog but I sure need to. Your blog is a joy to behold!

  2. Well at least you know that your not missing much.

  3. So not only are you hoarding all of the Lustro Ware silverware trays, now you are stashing all of the embroidery hoops too?! What is wrong with you, Shara!! :-)

    Love the table idea. It will be a really cute addition to your booths. But be warned, someone like me will come along and try and buy it.


  4. Glad you got to buy some stuff there at least. Not sure I would have picked up that Santa though. Let's just say he looks so much better with clothes on.

    I saw a cute craft where a girl made a pumpkin out of a hoop. I think she put fabric (duh) in it and then some straw or rafia as the stem out the top part where they screw together. It was really cute, but I didn't pin it, so it's forever just in my mind, but it was cute.

  5. I also hate when a good cheap thrift changes..oh well. You found some pretty good stuff but the curbside table is my fav!!!

  6. I tried to comment earlier, but my computer ate it! Anyway, I would have stopped for that table too. I'm sorry your thrift changed, but at least you now know that it is moved instead of closed.

  7. That Santa is kinda creepy! Where are his clothes?!?!

  8. That table is fantastic. Be sure to share if you do any alterations to it. Sorting Christmas in 85 degree heat. That's dedication.

  9. That table is really cool. That Santa? Not so much. He looks like creepy flasher Santa. I love that you've got the boys trained to roll out of the car and load up whatever you stop for. Keith is getting to the point where he sees sales and stuff before I do.

  10. I think your table idea is super! It is great you found it for free. That just makes it that much better!


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