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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Week in Junk: Gifts, Junk and Sickness too

Hey guys.  Here I am - nine days without a post.  I have had a really bad case of dontgiveadamn. You ever had that?  I am busy all the time, seemingly I can't keep my head above water, with chores, responsibilities,  and the to-do list for both booths and the Junk Ranch which is rapidly approaching. Then, last week I woke up with the WORST sore throat ever.  I mean EVER.  I was gagging and couldn't talk - I looked down my throat and my Uvula was about four times bigger than normal so it was laying on the back of my tongue.  Cue the gagging.  The next day it was better and the day after that it was back to normal in size, but the sore throat remains and now I have a drippy nose, terrible chest congestion, a horrible hacking cough and practically no voice at all.  I am a real pleasure.  :)

Recently I agreed to do all the social media posts for the store where I have my big booth, so I am taking photos, editing them and trying to come up with clever posts for that.  I also agreed to a make 25 pendants for the Junk Ranch to put in "swag bags."  Making the pendants was actually quite quick and painless, but deciding on what to put on them took me forever.  I couldn't find a graphic that I liked online, so I decided that I CAN DO THAT.  I opened this fancy Serif Drawing Plus program I have on my computer and started importing photos and graphics and BAM I had an idea I actually liked.  

I had a different image that I ran my Amy originally, but I like this one better.  (I hope you do too, Amy???!!)  I also decided that maybe people would like to use it as a key chain instead of a pendant, so that's what I did.  Way to go the opposite of what I promised, right?  But, I like it better and I think the key chains for the swag bags are a better idea anyway.  *fingers crossed*

About a week ago I went to a bunch of thrift stores up in the next county.  I came home with very little - I didn't take any photos and frankly, I can't even remember what I did buy.  Sad, right?  But, when I came home there was a big box sitting on the doormat.  It was from my second cousin and his wife.  We are FB friends and see each other once every five years or so.  So, I really could not imagine what they had sent me! 

His Dad, my Great Uncle Murlin, died late last year.  He was a fun guy, very smart - an Architect, a Dean at OU, a Navy vet, and just the nicest man.  This is my Great Grandparent's (up in the header) son - my Grandmother's brother -hence the traditional paper party hat.  Anyway  - when I opened the package, I was in tears.  

Pottery.  Beautiful pottery.  Pottery that either belonged to him and his wonderful wife or pottery that belonged to my Great Grandmother - we aren't sure which.  He had kept it in many houses, many moves, different states and even in his tiny room that he had in their house at the end.  It was special to him.  They had seen my pottery collection on Facebook and wanted me to have these family pieces.  

If I had found these pieces out thrifting, I would have been excited.  But, to have received them as a gift and knowing they are family pieces, is just wonderful.  And, seriously, PINK and yellow - could they be any more perfect?  They are pristine with the original tags.  Just lovely.

So, a little junk - 

I stopped in a Goodwill about 7:00 on a Saturday night ('cause that's how I roll) and was surprised to find all these old glass restaurant mugs scattered about the shelves.  They were 50¢ each, which for our Goodwill is a steal.  They will go to the booth or the JR.  

This clock is in an older clock case that opens.  It is all needlepoint.  

I think it's neat and I hope it will sell.  Someone worked so very hard making it.  

I found this on the late night GW run too.  I had hoped there would be a Coleman lantern inside, but it was empty.  Oh a whim, I did a quick ebay search and found that one had sold for $110.00.  An empty case!  It's sort of big for shipping, but really light, so I don't think it will be that bad.  

Speaking of big things to ship - I was on a roll with that this week!

I spotted this America Girl pony at the thrift - did a quick search and decided she was worth selling. I'm going to need to find some big boxes this week!  

And one last silly find that I think is super fun.  When I set up at shows, I always joke that I have everything except the kitchen sink.  Well, now........

I have a kitchen sink.  :)  Just a toy, but it was only 25¢ and it is PINK, so there you go.  It holds my business cards and some candy perfectly.  I think it will be fun on the check out table.  

Thanks for those of you that checked on me - that means a lot to me.  You guys are the best!  Now for some Nyquil and some Zzzz's!


  1. So sorry that you're sick. Hope you get better soon. Do you need me to lend you Nurse Chiquito? He helps me feel better. I love that you got some family heirloom pottery. How cool is that? It appears the pink gene may run in your family. Love the pink sink too! That image for the pendants is a hoot! How much would it cost to get one shipped?

  2. The story of the new pottery is so sweet, I know it will mean so much to you. I love the dogwood blossoms on the smaller piece. The clock is neat, but I think it's actually what is called counted cross stitch and not needlepoint, you might list it as that if you eBay or etsy it. Maybe it will help it sell. That kitchen sink is adorable.

    1. You are right about the cross stitch - I knew that, but my head is not thinking clearly! The Dogwood piece is my favorite!

  3. That pottery is amazing. Social media is such a great tool for keeping up with what our friends and family are up to. And now its a way for people to send us gifts!!

    Feel better, Shara. This crud sounds horrific.


    1. Funny, but true! I get boxes of surprises from readers with weird but true to ME things all the time. Watermelon potholders just show up in my mailbox! *The crud is horrific. Avoid it, I would say.

  4. I hope you are feeling better soon. I'm still in awe of that pottery. It was just meant to end up with you. What a sentimental treasure. I loved that kitchen sink when you posted it on IG. It's perfect for your business cards.

    1. The crud hangs on,k that's for sure. I'm happy you like my silly sink. I like a bit of quirk in my set up. This fits!

  5. That pottery is just so sweet on many levels!! I hope you are feeling better soon. Blogland misses you.

  6. I am so happy you received that pottery! As much as you treasure family this really is a special gift and gorgeous as well. Love the kitchen sink, perfect!! Hope you are getting better! I gather you didn't go to the Dr (gosh you sound like me). Your pendants turned into key chains is adorable and I agree key chain!! Take care and blog when you can. My life is busy as well and I seem to be a bit hit or miss on blogging right now.

    1. Dr.? What's that? I am the worst at going tot he doctor! Muscinex will get it out eventually. Life gets in the way of junking and blogging, doesn't it? NOT FAIR!

  7. Wow! I love the pottery. What a wonderful family treasure! It was meant to be. Hope you are feeling better soon! I'm always excited when I see one of your posts in my feed on Bloglovin.

  8. What a special present and so perfect to go to you. Thoughtful with a capital "T". Hope you are back to speed soon...no sore throat and get rid of that dontgiveadamn attitude.

  9. they new you needed a lift with the gift. Only you would be able to find a toy kitchen sink IN pink to make your booth complete. Sickness BE GONE and leave my sweet Shara alone.

  10. So glad your back and feeling better, I've missed your posts. I love your pendants! Such a cool idea. That pink sink is so perfect for your cards and candy. You clever girl you. But the best is the pottery. Gorgeous and family owned, what a combo. The hubby recently brought home a ton of stuff from his parents home. Let's just say men don't pick the same things as women...


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