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, September 23, 2014

The Week in Junk & A New Booth

Lara and I set up the new booth this morning.  It's really just wall shelves, so we are limited in what we can bring in and display.  But, that's okay with me - you have to go up a little flight of stairs, inside down some more steps, walk waaay down the building, turn left then go to the end of the wall, then turn right and you are there.  Easy peasy, right?  :)  There's even an upstairs that I didn't go into today.  I can't imagine schleping furniture upstairs or downstairs.  So, I'm happy taking in only things that I can carry in a bag.

It's a tight spot, so taking photos is tricky.  But, here's the jest of it.  Lara makes such sweet adorable signs and prints!  I took a lot of vintage Razorback stuff since this booth is blocks from campus and the football stadium.  The Razorbacks are in a winning streak, so I thought this would be the best time to SELL THAT STUFF.   

  It's funny, we didn't really know how much space we had or what would fit, but when we put it in  - it all went together and it all fit without being crowded or junky.
HEY there's Lara's big roll 'o string.  I saw it and pulled it at the last minute.  I'd be the first person wanting to buy that!  I brought Bert and Ernie - do you think they will sell to some nostalgic twenty something?  I hope!  Lara went back about an hour after we left and there was a lady in our spot looking at every single thing.  So, obviously, we have declared ourselves an OVERNIGHT SENSATION!  :)

So, this weekend, I went to a handful of sales - I went to one sale three times.  It was right around the corner from me and they were dirt cheap, very nice people and bring more things out over the two days.  I stopped at a couple more and a couple thrifts too.  I honestly don't remember where I got a lot of these things at this point.  :)

I got all these little pumpkins at the sale around the corner (SATC).  They are new, but they look like little vintage blowmold pumpkins.  I got a bag of 51 of them in a big bag for a quarter.  I told you they were cheap!  I think I might give them to kids at the Junk Ranch.  I really like this photo though.  I think I will use it on my next round of postcards.

This is from Goodwill.  It's kind of weird and kind of cool.  Someone on Instagram suggested adding hooks to hold a leash and that is a great idea!

I got this painting at the SATC. I bought it, four books, two bottles of glitter and a couple other things and they charged me a dollar.  Then, they came out to the car as I was loading up and tried to give me back a quarter for overcharging me.  Crazy nice people.  This painting has a thick raised relief.  I thought it was a fake Mexican print but I bought it for the frame.  But, I did a little research and found out that the artist was a pharmacist that loved to paint.  He invented this new kind of paint that make the thick raised design.  Cool, huh?  It's on ebay, so we will see.  

I found new clippers for the porch!  The orange ones on the far right.  I love this collection all neat and organized - and out of the house!  

This was my happiest find of the weekend - two great old wooden ladders.  $5.00 for the tall one, $3.00 for the small one.  I'm going to use these at the Junk Ranch with shelves to hold all the vintage Christmas.  It is going to be awesome!  

A sweet vintage puzzle, a Miles Bornes Game (they always sell in my booth), a board game called "Land of Cotton": which I mistakenly thought would be Americana (Oh I wish I was in the Land of Cotton...) But it is really and truly, a board game for budding young Cotton Growers. Whatev.  The owl is a new phone case to use with my PayPal reader.  It won't fit in my phone with the Otterbox on it.  

A nice stack of old books for ephemera packets, yearbooks for yearbook magnets and an old music book for sheet music rolls.  Please take note of the book on top.  :)

On old oak desk tray, one tulip bookend, the heaviest Bundt pan EVER, a piece of purple pottery (only my second ever) and a bag of money.  Because, well, its a BAG OF MONEY.  

I wonder why purple is so hard to find?  Or rather, lilac or lavender, I guess.  Anyway, I am not a purple person per say, but I love this color in pottery.  It really *pops* in the old collection.  (I thought this would be the piece that brought the shelves down, but fingers crossed, it's still good!).

Old apple peeler, a tea ball in the original package, old loaf pan and.......
......an alligator head.  OH MY GOD.  This is SO not like me to buy.  It's creepy, but I thought The Bean might like it.  He didn't so , it's on ebay too.  I gotta get it out of the house.  :(

A couple of single shakers and a couple old icing tools.  I have a hoard of those darn things, but I just cannot leave them.  I know I will think of a use for them someday.  Just like the Jello molds I was hoarding!  

And lastly, an apron made out of an old feedsack.  Not the pretty flowery feedsacks, but an actual feed sack.  Not everything can me adorable, can it? 

In case you are wondering, the pottery, the single shakers, the loaf pan, the icing tools,the clippers and the ladders are all I am keeping.   Everything else is for one of the many places I sell JUNK.  

The countdown is on for The Junk Ranch, but I am almost ready.  I will take time out to attend Bikes, Blues and BBQ this weekend because I am ALL about motorcycles and meat.  (Not - but it's fun anyway!)  Hope you have a good junk hunting week.  Thanks for hanging on til the end - I do seem to ramble on here.  Would you be surprised to know that I am not really a big talker?  


  1. Wow you found some great deals. The booth is looking good. I love that pic of the pumpkins!

  2. great deals as always and who has 51 pumpkin heads but you? and the store.

  3. I love seeing how you display things in your booth. I'm sure you are going to do very well this weekend.

  4. What a great idea. Making your own postcards.

  5. Wow, you have been one busy junker! Nice finds and good luck with the new mall space.

  6. You find the best things! And your space looks good--I'd shop it. I'm wondering about the signs--they were made my your friend? Are they available online anywhere? Etsy? My daughter is a writer and I think the one that says "write drunk, edit sober" is hilarious. If you get a chance, please let me know if there's someway to buy one. Thanks! my email address is kimm2817@yahoo.com or I'll check back here.

  7. I'm guessing the Land of Cotton game never made it to Candyland popularity... Happy to see you and Lara are teaming up. I can only imagine the comedy that ensues with the two of you. ;-)

  8. I have a single piece of lavender pottery. It's a tulip shaped planter and Maddie used to have it in her room. Now that I think about it, I haven't seen it in a while...

    Glad to see you found another venue to get rid of all your junk. Better get busy buying more, especially because of your self declared "overnight success" status.


  9. I have never had a piece of lavender or purple pottery. I love it! Lots of great stuff.

  10. Love the teeny pumpkins! And that is a too cute photo of them. I was on second floor when I was in YesterNook. That was no fun and really did limit the amount and type of furniture I could take in. The Peddlers Mall is also on second floor, but thank goodness there is an elevator.

  11. Good junk! Love the pottery and the pumpkins.

  12. Anonymous7:48 AM

    Is that an Ovenex loaf pan? That is all I own for bread and cookie sheets, they bake beautifully. I wouldn't own a piece of Teflon if you paid me!


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