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.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Let's Go to The Booth: Fayetteville

I don't go to check on the booth on the weekends.  Mostly because it is usually to busy to do anything and mostly because I am out looking for more junk to put in said booths.

But based on what I see on Monday, apparently large groups of orangutans must come in and swing from the beams and knock over merchandise.   That can be the only logical explanation as to why it looks like this on Mondays.  

Surely respectable people wouldn't knock things off the walls and  just throw things on the floor willy nilly, WOULD THEY?  
Or pick up merchandise and then leave it  three aisles over stuck under a cabinet.  WOULD THEY?

The answer is THEY WOULD.  

And THEY DO.  

Here's the latest look at the booth that Lara and I share.

Most of what you see here is mine.  I think I take up too much room and then Lara will say that she takes up too much room, but in actuality, I think it's just about right.  We both love the look of the table with the cubby on it.  But we can really only put things on that entire side of the booth that will fit in the palm of your hand.  So, we are on the lookout for a couple nice tall bookshelves to put against that gridwall.  We could really get a ton of merchandise in there.  We both love and prefer to sell cute, vintage or fun things.  But these college kids buy useful things like dishes, glasses, books and the like.  

That wire shelf is one of my favorite possessions.  It is from an old feed store and held bags of feed.  It collapses down and folds flat.  I put in in there and bought plastic containers that fit just perfectly then I filled each one with different things - old kid car playing cards card packs, map pendants, Scrabble words and tile holders, sheet music rolls, dictionary page bundles, wallpaper bundles, flashcards, BINGO card packs, vintage label packs, milk cap baggies, and on and on and on.  I really don't know what people do with most of that stuff, but I have been selling quite a bit of it.  

Lara's fabulous prints on the fabulous wall.  She pulled that big globe and took it to her other booth.  I had one just like it and it took forever to sell - something about the black lucite base makes it a hard sale.  I think it is super cool.  

Lots of things on the wall of shelves.  After the college kids have had a month to shop, I am going to pull some things that have been there a long time.  Some I will donate, others will go to The Junk Ranch.  

That wooden beam on the right belongs to the shelf space beside our booth.  Whoever has that area has random scrapbooking and holiday items all year long.  It drives Lara and I CRAZY that they always have to hang some random far off holiday item RIGHT there in the line of our booth.  Currently we have a ton on Razorback stuff in there and they have an Easter sign and some Christmas napkins hanging there.  WTH?

Better up close shot of the ephemera shelving.  I forgot vintage envelopes, button packs, book cover clipboards and pinwheels!  

Up close shot of the cubbies.  They really are neat and it is easy to see when something has sold. The Chinese Checker board and a set of four cups were missing last time that I noticed.  

At this booth we get the grid wall too.  Usually that belongs to a different vendor, so that is a perk.  I sold three of those huge flashcards this month.  They have been at the other booth forever.  

My other booth is in need of an overhaul.  I am not feeling it lately,but I really need to give it some attention.  I can't expect to make any money if I don't give it some attention soon.  But, that is a post for another day.  Until then, watch out for those orangutans.  


  1. your booth is always nice and full and the good thing is people are looking through it.

  2. I thought I was the only one with an orangutan problem! I usually refer to it as "hordes of Hottentotts" rampaging through my spaces. Ack! I love that grid wall. You all are like me--constantly thinking of ways to cram more stuff in that space! I'm off to do that myself in a few.

  3. It looks good after your work but yes people are awful about messing things up and not returning them. I love that cubby every time you show it!

  4. Seriously, the more I look at that picture, the more I think people MUST have deliberately destroyed our booth! That is just insane! Thanks for straightening it all up!

  5. I haven't decided which is worse...
    (1) The Onslaught of Orangutans
    (2) Finding the booth in PRISTINE condition - like nobody has stepped foot in there...!!

  6. That cubby is a great spot for mugs! I know my daughter is always looking for "fun" mugs for her apartment so I bet they sell great. Oh and college kids=slobs. Explains the booth mess. Looks great as always, two booths! I can barley manage one.

  7. Ugh, orangutans! They are the worst mess makers in antique booths! People, too. Love the booth, looks great. So organized and lots to choose from. I just love the pinwheels.

  8. What the heck? Maybe put up a fake camera to "record" those messy orangutans!

  9. I know what you mean about the booth looking like a crazy mess after a weekend. It really irks me that people have no sense of decency. My favorite is taking my item and placing it in another booth in the mall. Or putting someone else's item in my booth. I picking up breakables of a shelf and then setting them on the floor. That one probably makes me the most mad, since they're more likely to break there!


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