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, October 11, 2014

The Week in Junk: Saturday Finds

About a month ago I stopped by the Super Cheap Thrift and noticed a sign on the door, "Effective August 16, Sr. Hours will be 9-11:30.  They had been open until 2:00 on Saturdays so I usually went there after I had hit some sales.  (I also thought at Sr. was a strange abbreviation for Saturday.)  Today I was able to get there about 11:15, so I made a mad dash into the store.  I was looking around like a crazy person waiting for them to announce the store was closing, but they never did.  I finally asked what time they close and they told me, "same as always  - 2:00".  So I slowed down and did my usual look at everything twice and then I checked out.  I asked about that sign and was told that had something to so with Senior help at the office next door.  Sr. Hours.  Dammit.  I had missed a MONTH at the Super Cheap Thrift!!!!

My first find was this old metal First Aid Kit.  I recently one of these for $20.00 at the booth.  I didn't even look inside when I bought it.  

When I got home, I found all these vintage medical supplies.  

The Photo Log is a baby photo album with the sweetest graphics.  A small Federal milkglass bowl, "Grandpa" mug and a vintage Brach's Candy jar.  I have a small collection of these.  

In the back ground is a big piece of vintage oilcloth.  I have NEVER EVER found vintage oilcoth. EVER.  But, Friday night, I had a dream that I bought.......OILCLOTH.  Now, if that isn't weird, I don't know what IS weird.  

Well, this is weird too.
A PINK COW with Rhinestone eyes.  
All these beautiful old books were under a table and priced 10¢ each.  Each one has either Myrtle Hanson or Esther Hanson written on the inside cover.  I didn't even look at the titles, I just shoved them all in my bag.  Why am I so enamored of other peoples belongings?  

I stopped at one garage sale whee I bought myself a new purse for $2.00 and they gave me this Ozarks ashtray.  The purse was priced $4.00 and I was willing to pay that - I had the $4.00 in my hand.  But the lady looked at it and said, "Oh that is ridiculous.  Is $2.00 okay?"  

A quick stop at Goodwill procured the vintage Christmas bell - pull the clapper and it plays a song.  We have  - I think....six of these?  I hang them in the bay window.  (God help the person that pulls them ALL AT ONCE.)  The pie plate is from England and has a recipe for "Yum YUM Pie" and the postal scales have a pound mailing for $1.30.  Other wise known as THE GOOD OLD DAYS.  

I don't have the whole story on this yet - but for some reason:
Olympian Shaun White (The Flying Tomato) was at the Flea Market today.  I can see that he might be the type to hit flea markets looking for vintage skateboards.  But, in Fayetteville Arkansas?  Curious, but cool!


  1. That Brach's candy jar stirred up some faint but good memories. I think I remember loving them as a kid because the candy looked so awesome in them - colorful jewel toned candy wrappers!

  2. PHEW! for a moment I thought that they were having 'SR PRICE DISCOUNT' during that time period, and they tried to give it to you (ha,ha,ha!!) Kind of like those AARP cards I'm always getting in the mail (grrrrrr..)

  3. JT at the Walmart meeting and Shaun White at the flea market? Is Fayetteville turning into a mini Hollywood?


  4. I am so accustomed to buying other people's stuff that I walked in to a "real" store the other day and was startled to see people with carts full of NEW home decor. It was weird - lol!

  5. I love the old books. Great colors and they make the best little display shelves. I would have totally bought that first aid kit, I have about three of them. But all mine are empty, so score!

  6. Like these finds a lot. The books are really pretty for display and the cow cracks me up. Fun times in your neck of the woods!!

  7. Shawn's looking pretty hot in person. I bet he reads your blog and was hoping to run into you there. Yes, that's it!!!

  8. Can we see some of the pictures inside the baby book?

  9. I wonder if Shaun White bought anything? Weird!
    Yesterday at the Goodwill Outlet, I bought a whole pile of Nell Dee Renfro's books from when she was a child in the late 1930s and then her son Bryant Renfro's books from when he was a child in the 1960s. So clearly, we are afflicted with the same illness!

  10. We had that first aid kit when I was a child - I even remember the boxes inside looking like that - guess that makes me vintage now!

    Who is that TALL person posing next to Shawn White? Shawn looks good with shorter hair.

  11. WHAT THE WHAT??? (this is the second comment in a row I am making on your posts that begins in all caps...) Shawn White is the bombdiggedy - and now that I know he shops vintage thrifts, I like him even better.

    Also, those books are DIVINE.

    Ended with all caps too. Ta-daaaaaa! :)


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