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, September 10, 2015


There's a lady that lived not far from me that used to like to buy junk and have sales every so often.  I bought a lot of things from her for my booth.  Then she moved, but I kept running into her at sales and the thrifts.  Lara and I saw her one day and we all discussed having booths and she decided she wanted a booth too - so I set her up where I have my booth.  It's funny, I still see her at almost every sale and thrift I go to - it's like we are on the exact schedule only I am five minutes behind her. Sometimes I see her carrying things out to her car that make the mean old jealousy bug bite me. But, luckily, she is super nice and she has started picking things up for me.  Last week she had an old BINGO boxed set and a travel Scrabble game for me.  She paid 75¢, I gave her $2.00 - win-win.

One of the things that she has in her booth is a huge old professional BINGO cage with Pink Pong ball numbers and over 200 chipboard cards.  Every time I go look at it, I just go on and on about it. She had $50.00 on the whole set, which is a super great deal.  Too much for me to pay because I am CHEAP and I don't need it.  I thought she should mark it higher, personally.  I even told her that.

Earlier this week, for no reason and completely out of the blue, she sent me a message - "You can have that whole BINGO set for $20.00."  WHUT?  I never asked for a better deal on it - I kept telling her to price it for more money!  But, she wanted it to go to someone that would appreciate it and market it better that she knows.  That is one of my goals in reselling - get the item into the hands of people that appreciate it and will do it right again.  So, it was nice to have the shoe on the other foot. 

I didn't really realize how huge this thing was until I got it home.  It's a good old one with the metal ball catcher.  Two of the ping-pong balls are a bit squished and The Bean is trying to work out an idea to pop them back out.  This plan consists of an upholstery needle and a bicycle tire pump.  We will see how that goes.  :)

There are 234 heavy duty chipboard cards and thousands of clear red makers.  Plus the cage and the big board that holds the balls after you call them off to people.  

It's super cool and I think $20.00 was a deal.  She told me to sell it wherever I wanted and for however much I wanted.  Isn't that nice?  The BINGO Cage will go to The Junk Ranch and the cards are being bundled up for individual sales in the booths and at TJR.  I figure the cage is really a decorative item and will sell as such.  *Fingers crossed*  It's nice to have junker buddies that "get you", isn't it? I'm new to knowing any other junkers but I have five in my life right now that help me find junk and think of me when they are out and about.  Thanks junking buddies!!!

**The Junk Ranch is three weeks.  Three weeks to get ready minus the time I use for my usual household chores, keeping two booths stocked and ready, thrifting for more junk for those places, a couple of days to go to the HUGE motorcycle rally in town and MAYBE get some sleep - that doesn't leave much time.  The pressure is ON!

***PS - Thanks for all the nice comments ab out our new girl, Dory.  She is fitting in nicely and hasn't lurched for the door in two days.  Along with her love of milk, she also has a love for Deli Turkey.  Open the fridge and she comes a charging.  I told her she was pretty spoiled for being homeless!  If you give a homeless person a cheeseburger, he doesn't say,"I want caviar!"  But she turns her nose up at canned food and wants mil and turkey.  Worst part?  She gets it!  <3 p="">


  1. Have you tried submerging the ping pong balls in hot water? You might find that the dents will then pop out. Love the blog!

  2. That bingo cage is awesome. I have a smaller version of it. A bunch of people from my work were going to get together twice a month to play bingo. I bought all the crap and guess what, we never did do it. Oh well, I can have a helluva bingo party someday, I am stocked!

  3. What a great set, as well as a great story. Fun post!

  4. Of course she gets it (dory)!! LOL. I love the Bingo cage and what a great item for The Junk Ranch! I know how it feels to want your great finds to go to the right person!

  5. I love those cards! And the new cat. I sold a bingo cage like that to a teacher who was going to use it in class for his students' random reward jar. The numbered balls would correlate to the reward list. So fun!

  6. Now you have a special eye-catching treasure for the Junk Ranch! It pays to be nice to people. I'm glad you have some junking buddies. I have a couple here too, but some dealers can be so mean and cut throat that it's hard to know who to trust. I hate that. It's only stuff, people!

    I never heard of a cat that didn't want canned food. We fed ours canned and dry until we bought the house and we switched to dry only. All three of them would sit by the bowl and stare at us waiting for the canned food. I told Keith that their expression was: "We have an issue with the management."


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