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.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Week In Junk: To The Letter

Thursday night I saw an ad on Craigslist and I couldn't hardly wait to get up and hit it in the morning. 

3 generation sale. Too much to list and well taken care of. If you see something in pics thats not on display we prob still have it so ask. Some things are marked for pricing but do not be afraid to ask to make a deal, there are only a few items we cant go lower on but trust me its all already priced to sell. Grandpas old Shop signs, Gates Company belt holders mint condition, Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring, Salt n pepper shakers, something for all! Starting over and selling a lot of things. A 20x60 shop is full and house 4200ft is full. Daughters 25 yrs old fully equipped apartment stuff. From silverware to wall art, clothes. Will have several pics over the wkd. Quality stuff. Looking to liquidate so bulk buys/bundle it up folks are encouraged! Old family homestead. You cant miss us, set up under the big Oak tree at the very dead end right past fence. Please park to the side. Big items that will stay behind at home are a BBR25 Refrigerator controlled temp, Tools, antique shop accessories, signs, Household accessories, Fishing lures and tackle (Vintage), mens and womens nice tops at $3 a poppish, name brand women jeans starting at $10 some never worn.  Please come see us for great deals whether your a collector, new student at U of A or a have your own cool shop/mancave, this is a variety let it go sell! If there is something you really want and cannot make the time of sale (8 am-6pm Fri and Saturday only!), text us to see if we can arrange something. Absolutely no holding, first come first serve. Thank you all for looking and its gonna be a really cool sell!. We are unloading! Thank you all!

Even if you didn't read that whole thing - I think you will agree that there would be tons of things at this sale - 4200 sq ft house plus a shop building.  And, if you DID read that description....I was going to be there half the morning shopping in that house and in those building.  I better pack a lunch!

Well, when I got there, the sale was indeed set up under the big oak Tree - on THREE tables and some stuff strewn across the grass.  That's IT.  I asked where the house was and where the shop was and he said they didn't want "people in the shop and house".  When I read the ad now, I see that actually every single thing listed was at the sale, but not one more thing than what was listed. There were lures, and a box of hardwood flooring, three old shop signs, salt and pepper shakers, tops and some random things.  They spent a great amount of time typing up every.single.thing.  It was just a weird experience.

In the original ad there were three photos showing huge old sign letters stacked all around the shop and on top of warehouse shelving.  That is what I wanted and why I went.    I dreamed of a "Looking to liquidate so bulk buys/bundle it up folks are encouraged!" deal on all those letters.  There were a smattering of letters on the grassy area, but not the huge amount that were in the photos.

In the end, I did get a big red letter "S" which is on my wishlist over there in the sidebar, so I suppose the sale was a success for me.  Like I said, I was just expecting more.  

I found a couple more sales and called it a day.  The junk is sort of scarce right now in preparation of the Labor Day Weekend when there will be 30-40 sales up and down the highway.  I'm looking forward to that!  

I found an old number stamp, a bunch of pink bump chenille, a sweet planter and stack of old readers. The Health Habits book is from 1930 and has lovely images in it - it's a keeper.  The chenille went in my craft cabinet and the rest will go to The Junk Ranch. 

The elf head was rolling around in a box so I picked it up.  When I went to pay, the crafty grandma lady at the sale went and found the body and made me take the whole thing.  Thank you Grandma.  I think.  I think with a bit of dismantling and reworking, he will be cute enough.  The tin of old fabric scraps and quilt pieces was a good find for my pendants.  When I told the lady what I made out of them (and I was wearing a pendant) she got very excited.  That made me happy.  

A vintage Razorback for the University Booth.  I'm always on the hunt for unique vintage Razorback items - that is not an easy find around here either.  

It's Saturday and I am contemplating going to an Estate Sale fro half of day - Let's see what I can drag home this time!~  :)

Happy Junkin' Ya'll.  


  1. Love the big S!!! Score on that.

  2. LOVE the 'S'!! I've been looking for a while for a big 'T' for my last name, to put on my mantle shelf.

  3. Sales like that frustrate the hell out of me. Get you all jacked up for an epic shopping spree and then blah. But then you run into that one sale that wasn't even advertised and is cram full of vintage galore and all is right with the world once again :) Glad you found your S. I have a giant C (for Cook) and I love that thing!

  4. I was on the edge of my seat after I read THE ENTIRE AD. That is disheartening when it does not meet the expectation, I bet there were lots of disappointed shoppers.

  5. I would have been so disappointed! I am glad you found the big S though. Cute finds.

  6. Calling a foul on those sellers, I hate when that happens. Great S score kind of makes up for it. :)

  7. That letter is awesome! So happy to see that you've already hung it up. My giant letter R from Farm Chicks weekend is still in the garage. But in my defense, we are getting ready to paint the living room so there is no point to hanging it up yet :-)


  8. ...soooo.... what did ya drag home from the Estate Sale??!!

  9. I've got my big "S" for my last name... but now I'm on the hunt for a big "K" for when my last name changes in October!

  10. It does seem misleading. Even worse are the grammar and spelling errors in the ad. Nobody's perfect but .....eeeek.

  11. Ugh, ugh, ugh! Somebody call the Yardsale police! I hate when a sale is overblown in the ad! Love that you got the S. It's cool!

  12. Are those quilt blocks in that old tin? Oh my, my heart goes pitter patter! Pat G

  13. In my town, 80% of the sales are this way. List everything they have in the ad to make it
    look great and when you get there, that was all they had. I tend to go to the sales with the smallest ads first since they are usually bigger and better. My other pet peeve is when nothing has a price and you and ten other people have to track somebody down who usually has to go find their aunt, mom, dad, or cousin to figure out what they want. I usually leave is nothing is marked.


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