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, November 29, 2014

The Week in Junk: No Tablecloths for You Edition

This week I went to four thrift stores on a hunt for vintage Christmas.  Monday I went a couple of big towns over to the Flu Clinic to get my flu shot.  I popped into my favorite Little Old Lady thrift, but I left empty handed.  I rarely go there and since I had just been there about a week ago, I guess I depleted anything good then.  

Next I stopped into a thrift that I have only been to only one other time.  It is actually a thrift that has been in four different locations over the past twenty years.  It is ridiculously overpriced.  I don't know how on earth they decide their prices.  They are at least four times higher than any thrift around. And, the sad part is that they actually have some great things in there like a ton of old quilts.  But, they are displayed way up high so you can't touch them and they have big tags with these outrageous prices on them.  It's so disheartening.  

As you know, my holy grail in thrifting is the elusive vintage tablecloth.  That is what I am looking for at every single yard sale and thrift I go to - vintage tablecloths.  I am not really sure I have found one this entire YEAR!  

So, when I turned the corner in this thrift and spotted an entire rack of vintage tablecloths - I got VERY excited and then, just as quickly, I got very sad because I was sure they would be out of my price range.  And they were.  *sniff*  They were $8.00 each and although the colors were bright and clear, each one had some pretty bad stains on them.  I can overlook small stains and I can treat big stains if the price is right.  But, the price was NOT right.  

When I spotted a piece of vintage Christmas fabric peeking out of one rack, I was not optimistic.  It was three curtain panels.  I've never seen Christmas curtains, so that was fun.  They were only $2.00 so I grabbed them.  I am going to use the fabric from one panel to make pendants and maybe use the other two in the kitchen.  

This is this week's meager finds.  :(  

The gold reindeer are on a barrette, but they look old to me.  I will find a use for it since I am not a barrette kinda gal.  The nesting doll Santa's were 99 cents and my only purchase at one thrift.  The tiny mixing bowl was $1.00 and was my only find at yet another thrift.  Man, I hope to find more that one thing at each thrift in the future!  That's a lot of time and gas for just a few things.  

So, are you finding any vintage Christmas?  Maybe I am just expecting too much too early.  People are just now digging out their bins to decorate.  Maybe my luck will get better.  And yours too!


  1. My thrift stores have been Bare but I have found some killer deals at antique stores. Cheaper prices than the thrift, go figure.

  2. I'm not finding any good vintage yet and I have been looking since they started putting stuff out after Halloween! Don't know if someone is swooping ahead of me each time (dude at Goodwill with all the Shiny Brites :( ) or if it's just not out there yet. I'm gonna keep looking!

  3. In November I found some great things at the thrift but since then nada. I'm hoping after this weekend people will donate after deciding they have too much stuff...will any of it be vintage? One can only hope!

  4. Nope not finding a thing. The antique malls are even a little scarce on their vintage Christmas and what they do have is seriously stupidly overpriced. Good self control on those tablecloths. I don't know if I'd be able to do it!

  5. The vintage Christmas AND the linens are all being hoarded in my basement. I'm sorry. ;) It's my winter project. I have given up expecting it all to be listed before the holiday.

  6. Not much time to hunt here, sadly. Sorry to hear about the tablecloths.

  7. I'm not finding any vintage either. I did stop at a Vinnies in another town and stumbled on their 20% off day with another 20% off Christmas. I found a Spode Christmas relish dish for $3.00 minus the discounts which I thought was a good buy.

  8. Found a few things earlier this year, but nothing lately. There's a great church fair on Saturday, so I'm hopeful for some vintage Christmas. $8 is pretty steep for stained linens.

  9. Swoon. Those Christmas curtains are fabulous. Please show us what you do with them. I've been lucky lately at estate sales with vintage Christmas, but not so much at the thrift stores though.


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