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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Week in Junk: I'm Cuckoo for Buttons

I had four days of pretty good junking this past week.  Wednesday I hit two thrifts, Thursday I hit up the Super Cheap Thrift on the way out to the booth, Friday I found a few yard sales, Saturday brought me even more yard sales and a return to an Estate Sale from last week and Sunday I returned to the Estate Sale one more time (third time!) and to Goodwill.  I spent more on things than I normally would, but apparently that lottery money was burning a hole in my pocket.  

Some of these photos are good - taken in the sun and easy to see.  On the other hand, some were taken in my house on this rainy dark day.  After taking them and looking at them - they suck - but I've already put the stuff away, so sucky photos you must endure.  I apologize. 

Wednesday I popped into of my last remaining Little Old Lady thrifts and was surprised to find a lot of older things.  They have a knack of putting big prices on older things and putting them in the glass display area up front.  I had found a good amount of old stuff at super cheap prices (and this is NOT the Super Cheap Thrift!), so when I found myself in the area again on Saturday, I stopped.  I only found one thing.  But, OH, OH, Oh!

Vintage spice boxes with the sweetest redbird graphics on them.  No chips - just perfect.  I hesitated to get excited because the price could have gone either way.  Sticker said $2.00 and I clutched it to my bosom.  :)  M-I-N-E.  I should sell it.  I might sell it.  I kind of love it though.  (Kind of proud of this photo, too).

Here we go in no particular rhyme or reason.  I stopped at a yard sale just as rain clouds were moving in.  A very pregnant lady was trying to box stuff up.  I grabbed these Chinese figures when she said they were 50¢ each.  I thought I would throw them in the booth.  When I got home, I googled the signature and they seem to be worth more than I could ever fetch at the booth.  Hedi Schoop.  Ever heard of that?  Not me.  

Sitting on the same table were all these old plastic Gatorade, juice, jam and jelly jars and bottles full of buttons.  They were all sorted by color, which intrigued me.  They totaled $17.00, but she said I could have them for $10.00.  There ended up being more than I even saw on the tables - I ended up with nearly ten pounds of vintage buttons.  I have a great deal of sorting ahead of me.  It was great they were already color sorted though.  That's half the work.  I found Bakelite, celluloid, bone and shell buttons already.  

Yesterday I stopped in at Goodwill and spotted a Cuckoo clock in the back of the store by the TV's - I grabbed it, but it wa plastic and battery operated, so I put it back.  But when I got up front, there was a real German Cuckoo Clock!  It's huge  - it plays music, there are dancers, there's a waterwheel, there's a cuckoo and on and on.  It's a dandy.  I need to research it and then most likely put it on ebay.  

The same Goodwill stop brought me this sweet little deer planter.  Her sad little ear had been broken off and re-glued.  I added a tiny bouquet of vintage millinery and now I like her more than ever.  

Friday yard sale find-  Pyrex Cookie Jar and Pyrex Cookie Barrel.  These will sell at the booth pronto.  I was surprised to find them late in the day less than one block from the street where all the flea markets are located.  You just never know what you will find.  

Sixty five wooden doll heads for 50¢ total!  Shoved in a baggie under some old patterns at the thrift.  

Set of six vintage shrimp Cocktail glasses.  I guess they will go to the booth.  

Package of NIP Rabbit Balloons.  Love that funny rabbit all out of breath.  10¢

And now, the crapola photos.  

All old stuff from the LOL thrift.  The mailbox is missing the pieces, but for 50¢, I think it is cute. The other things were all in the 25¢ box.  Vintage Spock for a quarter?  Uh, yes!

Aiieee!  Nekkid dolls.  The sitting ones are The Sunshine Family dad(s).  and the bendy dude is Evil Kneivel.  This whole photo is just wrong and sorted, isn't it?  The Sunshine Family is wholesome and good.  Ha.  Ruined that, now didn't I?

This is just so tacky, yet I am in love with it.  It's a Gibson Dinner plate with a plastic flower arrangement on it.  It looks like cake icing decor up close.  I think I will hang it in my kitchen as a happy pop of color.  

My self imposed pottery rule was not only broken this weekend, but I drove out of my way just to get that pink McCoy elephant.  

Vintage glasses - two are from the Centennial of the Civil War, which I have never seen on anything - kind of odd.  But my booth is located near the Civil War Battlefield, so they seemed fitting.  Third one is from the 1972 Indy 500 and the last one is just about Automobiles.  

This huge bronze seashell is interesting.  It weighs a ton, literally.  Okay, not literally, but it is heavy.  That is a tall picnic basket behind it so it's big too.    

Folk art carving, patriotic trim, a couple owls, a pencil sharpener and a handmade pin cushion.  The monkey is missing and ear and a leg, but he is collectible, so surely worth more than the 25¢ I paid.  Ever since the $500 Blythe head, I am certain that anything missing clothes or limbs is still worth a fortune.  HA.

Vintage Checkers, vintage inspired calendar, some toys, a glass basket and four tiny cross stitch samplers.  The witch had a barbie head and was super ugly, but I fixed her up with a spun head and now she is super sweet!

Three EXIT signs for The Junk ranch.  Except I already hung one over my front door.  

Lastly, a bunch of handmade wooden cars and trucks for The Junk Ranch.  I like having vintage-y stuff for the kids that they can afford to buy on their own.

So, that's a lot, isn't it?  I didn't realize it until I saw it all here.  I guess I had a pretty good week after all!  I hope you had a good week of junking too!

*Lest you think I hoard- the pink elephant, flowery plate, rabbit balloons, pottery deer, doll heads and the VW Van are keepers - the rest is to be sold.  


  1. Wow! You have great junk in your town. I never find anything nearly that neat and certainly not as much. Thanks for sharing your treasures! I love that elephant planter!

  2. Love it all, but the pink elephant is wonderful!!!

  3. I'm in tears over your description of the naked man dolls :D! This is exactly why I keep coming back for more MONKEYBOX! Shara, you make my day. Love rosie

  4. PS What is the draw of plastic flowers? I love them! And, hello...replacing those plastic Barbie heads w spun heads? Genius. Why didn't I think of that before! :)

  5. Those Sunshine Family dads have some hair, don't they? That's a Mego Spock figure that you found with clothes for a quarter. That's why I want to channel you when I go out hunting. Be sure to include the brand name when you list it.

  6. Wow, you find the neatest stuff! I would have grabbed those spice boxes up immediately, and the buttons. And pretty much everything else! Amazing finds.

  7. Seriously amazing treasures. I'm smiling at the sunshine family dolls. My sister and I loved them. That picture was slightly disturbing. hee hee.

  8. Wow, great haul and you found as much if not more than me! Now I am going to pretend and shopping and pick out everything I want. Hmmm...Ok first off I am going to NEED those red bird spice things, so cute! Then i will chose that cute deer, those buttons! (all of them please!) that round plate with the flowers (that looks like a ceramic paper plate, neato) Then go ahead and toss in that pink elephant, he's coming with me. Lastly I will throw in the patriotic trim, fill me up a glass of juice in one of your glasses and exit stage left with an exit sign. Thanks in advance!

  9. Wood head and those silly seahorse glasses would have made my day. Good junk!

  10. You found some great stuff. Those spice boxes with the red birds are too cute!

  11. Those bird spice jars must stay at your house. Or come to mine.


  12. Great finds! The buttons and doll heads were a STEAL! I collect McCoy and only sell a piece when I already have it in my collection! :)

  13. Quite a week of junk and I have some button envy going on!

  14. momsav7:31 PM

    Love the spice boxes! In the North, garage sales are few and far between. I need to head South!

  15. Great haul. Love your descriptions.

  16. Love, love, love the spice jars and I'm swooning over the haul of buttons! You got great stuff.

  17. I want the seahorse glasses! Are they still available? How much? I live in Springfield, MO. amystringer007@gmail.com


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