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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Weekend in Junk: 'Round the Block

I only found a few things this weekend.  But, I only went around the block twice and I was only gone fifteen minutes, so that's not bad!  This morning I scored a glass candy dish and an old Ball jar with a different type of glass lid, but I didn't get those photographed.  Besides, clear glass isn't the easiest to photograph, now is it?

Yesterday I happened on a little scrawly handwritten Yard Sale sign around the corner.  It took me a not a Little Old Lady Sale, but a Little Old MAN Sale.  That was a first.  When I saw the sort of things I was just sick that I hadn't made it there earlier in the day.  I bet I missed a slew of old stuff.  *sniff*  :D

The first thing I found were the old glasses and he told those were 50¢ for all five.  That's when I knew I had to dig in all the boxes and look for anything I could find because it was going to be CHEAP.  And, it was.  The old plastic lunchbox wasn't much, but that great old plaid Thermos was lurking inside.  The roadrunner is hand-carved and kind of neat.

The pottery is just ghastly, I KNOW.  I don't even know what those things are - teddy bears?  I don't know.  But, it's old and marked JAPAN, so maybe it will sell.  It's not my thing, that's for sure.  

This clock is old and marked JAPAN too.  That purple thing is a ball of yarn.  Hopefully it will appeal to someone too.  

This is the thing that made me wonder what I had missed.  It is a full sized fully embroidered coverlet.  It is just beautiful.  It has a pink fabric edging and embroidery all along the sides and edges.  He only charged me 50¢ for it.  It is fantastic.  It has a few rusty stains that I think I can soak out.  *fingers crossed*  I don't have a bed for it, but I really like it.  Such artistry.

Tomorrow is "Mock Set-Up Day:" in the driveway for the Junk Ranch.  Otherwise known as the day the neighbors think I am cray-cray.  I'm excited to drag it all out and see just what I do and don't have.  I have been hunting, gathering pricing and making for a month.  When I finish a project, I squirrel it out in the garage and kind of forget about it.  I might be in for some surprises!  :)


  1. What I may have missed is the type of thing that keeps me awake at night. It's a sickness, I know....


  2. Love that coverlet! I always hate to think about 'what I missed'. good luck with the mock set up!

  3. The coverlette is such a SCORE and especially at that price. Hard to imagine the hours that went in to making it!

  4. I'm a crocheted and a cat lover. So I love that clock! Good luck with the mock setup day

  5. A little old lady (or little old man) sign ....always makes me do a double take and high tail it over to the sale. Those are often the best kind.

  6. What a great deal on that coverlet. Sorry you didn't come across him earlier but what you did find rocks.

  7. When my community has its yearly rummage sale, I almost go into a tizzy, worrying about where is the best place to start and whether I will miss out on something good at one spot cuz I started at another spot.......I just comfort myself by saying it was not meant to be, if I miss out. Regarding your pottery piece.......I vote teddy bears, with no doubt in my mind.

  8. I'm a big believer in mock-set-up day, paired with take-photos-so-I-don't-forget hour. All of it makes packing and setting up so much easier. In theory. Have a great time at Junk Ranch!


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