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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Mid-Week Junk Fix with MORE Nudity

After we picked up the truck yesterday, I was near a thrift that I wanted to hit, so I stopped in.  I had heard they were moving to a new location, and I was right.  I promised that I would "just be a minute" and I would "just take a quick spin around" and then when I got in the door I saw a big sign that said, "ENTIRE STORE HALF PRICE."  I sent a text of that photo to the car where The Bean was waiting with his book.  A short text came back, "Uh-Oh".  Ha.  He knows me too well.  In the end, my grand total was $30.00, but it halved to $15.00.  So not a bad deal.  The Bean (he came in to shop at those bargain prices) got three nice arrows for $6.00 that added to my total.

Two vintage boxes full of old quills and calligraphy nibs.  I love old office things.  But, they will most likely go on ebay or to The Junk Ranch.  

I got 8 Reader's Digest Books with pretty colors.  Four of them had bad bindings, so they got cut apart.  I used to cut the covers off all the RD books for crafting, but I have a nice supply of good ones now.  People like to use them in decorating now.  So I will take a box full to TJR.  

A beautiful Denby Pottery Pitcher from England and a small thrown pottery vase.  The inside of the pitcher is cobalt blue and SO pretty!

A lovely pink cake plate.  
I don't know if it's new or old, but it's pretty and useful. And it was $1.00!  

This morning when I went to ebay, my homepage showed a bunch of vintage birthday candles.  My mind suddenly remembered that I had found a vintage box of birthday candles at the thrift.  But where were they?  I run to the recycling tub, a dig in the plastic bag bin and I found them!  minutes before the recycling truck came.  Yea me!  

This is one of my favorite collections, but one I rarely ever find out thrifting.  I receive them in Happy Mail packages and swaps.  So, I was happy to remember this one before it was too late!

Two very old books and a Fruitcake Tin from the now defunct Continental Bakery (The Breadman's old employer).

A funny little Graduation girl.  She's much less scary in person, I promise.  

One of the old books is a piano music book with the cutest little notes and drawings.  

The second book is a "Bedside Companion" from 1935 and I tell you what - that book is really risque!  Nakedness, Raunchy jokes, cartoons and bad words!  

Here is a list of things a man should have on hand for his lady when she comes over.  

K-Y Jelly?  Lord a mercy.  I didn't know that stuff was around in 1935!  

This is the second post in a row where I have had to mark out boobies.  
What is this blog coming to???????

When I got home, I had an email from that same thrift telling me that the store was going to be 75% off the next day.  DADGUMIT.  

A little mid-week junk fix to spur me along.  

Hope you are finding some junk too.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


  1. The closest thing I've seen to those Readers Digest books is when Hobby Lobby made letters out of them last year. I think they are all in Arkansas. At your house.

    Have an awesome weekend!


  2. Fun stuff and yes what is this blog coming to?? All that nakedness! So funny. Just tell yourself the things you found 1/2 price would not still be there at 75% off. Did that help? Sorry :)


  3. I love the covers of those old reader's digest books - but I never buy them, as I've never been able to sell them in the past. I think they would be fun to take a part and use as a cover for a homemade notebook. :) And 75% off now... aren't you just kicking yourself?

  4. that list included cans of dog food? That would be one broke ass man if he tried supplying all that at todays prices.

    1. It said $500.00 back then! So silly.

    (too funny)

  6. That book is hillarious! I don't know why we think things were different back then....LOL

    1. Isn't that so true? People have always been naughty and kinky and even gay and all that stuff but people think it's all "new". Ha! We're just more open now, I guess. :)

  7. I can't believe you don't find vintage birthday candles often. I bet I find them at every other sale I go to...I don't buy them often anymore unless a package I don't have. Glad you remembered to save yours!

    1. I have only found about five boxes in my digging. When I do find them, they have UPC's on them and aren't old or cute. I have a lot, but I have been gifted and done a bit of ebay shopping.....whoops.

  8. I am too scandalized to comment!

    1. Forgive me? No more nudity, I promise. Unless it MUST BE SHOWN. Ha. :)

    2. LOL!!!!! Happy Memorial Day!

  9. Love the bachelor list! Hilarious! Denby pitcher is a nice one!

  10. Those quills and nibs are a great find. I once found some old pen nibs for .50 at a garage sale and so,d them for $150! So I hope you make some mad cash. Of course I love the candles. I never find them either, I think Laurie is hoarding them all :) The scandalous book was a hoot.


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