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, May 10, 2015

The Week in Junking: Thrifitng ALONE

Wednesday is Family Day.  Everyone is off work, so we usually run errands - buy groceries, lunch out somewhere, a Dollar Tree trip, etc.  Lately, nerves have been on edge and we have all tired of the monotony of it all.  So, Wednesday I dropped the boys off to see The Avengers (I just can't......sorry Eddie) and I headed on over the hill to the land of not frequently visited thrifts.

First I stopped by to meet a sweet friend that I met at the last Junk Ranch.  She's become an IG and FB friend now.  She saw those candle blowmolds I found last week and fell hard for them.  I sold them to her and said I would drop them off since I would be near her work.  I found her, handed over the blowmolds and then, she handed me a pan of BROWNIES that she baked me (and I kid you not, they were the best brownies EVER) and, YOU GUYS are going to FLIP over this!  She took this photo:

Me by the Flowered VW my Mom and I painted in the 70's.  

And she had THIS commissioned for me:

Can you BELIEVE she did that???   Isn't that just the NICEST thing - ever?  I mean honestly, I cannot get over how very, very nice people can be in this world.  It's really just overwhelming.  

Okay, on to the junk:  I know that's why you're here.  

I'll start with the best find of the day, week, month and possibly year so far - this globe.  Holy guacamole!  It stands over three feet tall, revolves and turns.  It is a Starlight Globe, so that is why it is black and it has the star formations on it.  I never knew why some globes were black - I probably learned that in Science class at some point, but it got pushed out of my head by that "Pearl Drops Tooth Polish" commercial from the 1970's.  Anywhoooo - The globe was $25.50.  Which is A LOT for me to spend on anything.  Especially when I am thrifting.  

But wait - the whole store was 25% off.  That knocked it down to $19.12.  I was still on the fence about spending that much money and then I remembered that I had just had a $20.00 bill pressed into my hand for those blowmolds and THEN and only then did I FINALLY come to my senses and grab that globe.  And now, every time I see it and handle it I am So darn glad that I bought it.  It is super heavy and just really SO cool.  It will go to The Junk Ranch and then to the Funky booth if for some reason it doesn't sell.  But it will.  I know it.  

I bought a few other random things that day, but nothing compared to that globe.  This oil painting was $4.00, but I had a 20% off coupon, so it was only $3.00.  It will go on that fantastic vintage French Artist I bought earlier this year (Ironically at the same thrift store now that I think about it!) at the...wait for it...Junk Ranch.  Bet you all get so tired of me saying that.  

On to the smalls - I'm trying to buy less of these, but they are so hard to pass up when the price is right.  Pottery vase, handy glass jar, "half a cup" cup. puppy planter, a vintage Peanut Butter jar (that was full of nails), a tall candle with a funny puppy on it and a vintage coloring book with super sweet pictures and some strange ones too. 

Case in point:  This one.  
I have analyzed this all day.    What's up with that angel dude's hands?  
All I can come up with is, "WTH?"

This doll came from the thrift - 56¢ after discounts.  She is made by a lady that sells dolls at huge craft fair in the Fall.  This doll would be about $32.00 in her booth.  A deal, for sure at 56¢!

A Maker's Mark sweater for a bottle of booze.  I got one of these from Maker's Mark when they mailed them out.  They sell well at Christmas time.  

A sweet book about Daffy the Elephant and a pull toy duck.  The doll quilt came from the baggie sale last weekend, but I forgot to mention it.  It was a quarter.  Seriously!

It was fun to get alone and not sorry about eyes watching me look at junk.  I like to look at all the things.  Twice.  Sometimes people don't have patience for that.  :)


  1. Oh, that globe will be hard to part with!!
    Such a sweet friend to gift you the special little bug.

  2. Hi Shara, How strange is it that I think I recognize the story that goes with that coloring page? I'm 90% certain that it depicts a scene from Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes, where, if I remember correctly, angels shoo a little girl away from her mother's funeral because she wears red dancing shoes to church. How scandalous! It gets stranger and creepier after that, if you can believe it.

  3. Isn't it amazing that people that we have never met before in person and haven't known for years can end up being such great friends to us? I have experienced that in blog land for years and now in the Instagram community. I love it!

    Have an awesome week :-)


  4. Great finds this week! There are so many blog, FB, and IG friends I would love to meet someday!

  5. I am a firm believer in thrifting ALONE! No need to have other people's opinions thrown into the mix and confusing me.

    That angel is weird!!! Is he coming down to take that sweet little girl up to Heaven with him and she's all like "I'd better run for my life"?

  6. What a sweet gift that VW bug is!! I love blogging and junking friends!!! The globe is amazing and so many great things for your sale. I like thrift shopping alone myself! I just drift around and do my thing without anyone 'waiting' for me. Hope you have a good week.

  7. I suspect that angel is doing The Hustle.

  8. You have to look at everything at least twice. Otherwise you're going to miss something! That globe is fun. Look at you spending the big money! By the way, that angel is trying to find out where she got those boots,

  9. Isn't it funny...
    to look back over the years and see how our 'junking/saling has evolved'?!
    So many things bought now, aren't 'exactly' our personal style/taste - yet we look at the 'resaleability' and justify it ;-) .
    Hmmm... maybe we end up in 'retail' as a way to continue getting our 'stuff fix'???
    I'm with EM. I think that looking at the expression on that Angel's face and his hand gestures that He wants to know where he can get a pretty little of those boots!

  10. OMG Eddies comment cracked me up. Great score on the globe. I found one just like it once, only it wasn't on the long stand just the regular stand, and it sold quickly on eBay for 60 or 70 bucks. That VW is the cutest and so sweet of your blog friend! Love the bloggy community

  11. That coloring page is fantastic... she's crying! Too much dancing?

    I miss my thrifting pal, my sister. I usually thrift alone now, even if the Boychild is with me since he goes hunting for broken toys to try to convince me are amazing. :) Can't wait to see you at THE JUNK RANCH!!!


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