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.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Booth - Christmas 2015

I think I started sorting and pricing Christmas things in July getting ready for The Junk Ranch in October.  Then, I had to repackage and re-tag some of those things in order to take them to the booth(s).  Then, of course, I started thrifting more things which had to be cleaned, tagged and bagged. And on top of that, I started MAKING things.  Oy.  I am SO happy to finally have all this stuff out of my house and into the booth.  I'm actually pretty proud of myself - I did a major clean-out and got rid of a ton of old stuff that had been kicking around forever and stuff that just wasn't true to my booth. I sent a truck load off to the Thrift today.  I worked for six hours reworking every thing and them back again to day to tweak a few things.  

The whole shebang.  
I think it turned out pretty well.  In fact, this is the happiest I have been with the look of it in awhile. I have been less than enthusiastic about it.  But, at least in the way it looks, I am happy.  Now let's see how the sales go.   

Ephemera doesn't sell as well as it once did, but I still hang on to it. It does sell, just not crazy amounts.  There were months that I was selling 25-30 rolls of old sheet music pages and dictionary pages at $2.00 a bundle.  Considering that I was buying one old hymnal or dictionary for 50¢ and making $50-60 on it, that was some nice easy money.  I think that deer print is cute - it's simple and not sweet like Lara's great prints.  But, it's what my skills can handle.  

I scanned in some old Christmas packaging to make the Domino pendants.  Then I figured out I could blow them up and frame them too.  I also modge-podged some onto glass candles.  I went a little overboard.  :)  

I'll always have kitchen-y stuff.  I don't know why - I guess that is what I remember being at most flea markets when I first started going to them.  I try to avoid glassware and Pyrex.  Yes, yes, I KNOW.  Some of you LOVE Pyrex - so I leave it for you to find!  That old bred box is a lovely shade of green, but the roll down drawer is cracked.  So  I threw the cookie cutters in there for a display.   

More kitchen stuff.  I like to find old glasses - not sets, but just random vintage glasses.  

And now...The Christmas.  There's those wreaths again.  They just follow me around.  I hung them high to keep them safe.  On the way to the booth yesterday I stopped at one sale and found the folded book page Santa and Mrs. Claus.  They are big on their own rite, but the when I paid for them, the man said, "I have their boxes too".  He put each on in these giant basket weave looking cardboard boxes.  I schlepped them back to the car and I could just barely squeeze them in the front seat!  I priced them as soon as I got to the booth and chunked the boxes in the dumpster.  I wish all my junk could go straight to the booth and never make it to the house.  

More Christmas.  Yes, the Doughboy isn't Christmas, but that is the only shelf where he fits.  So HEE-HEE-HEE he will stay.  

Vintage toys and games on the bottom shelf.  Baskets of vintage ornaments on the floor.  I watched a lady carry that big Mickey Mouse around the entire store today.  But then she put it back.  WHY. LADY WHY?

Hillbillies in a truck because ARKANSAS.

Vintage mesh stockings full of vintage ornaments.  

Santa and a row of vintage brooches.  I have more blowmolds, but room is tight in there.  

You might remember this dollhouse I thrifted about a year ago.  I have had it on my porch all this time.  I love it, but the weather is about to start damaging it.  It needs a bit of work as is, so I don't want it to get completely ruined.  Of course, if it doesn't sell, it will go back on the porch.  But, I am trying to give it a good life.  

So, there you have it.  

Merry Christmas, falalalala and all that crap.  

I KID!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!


  1. The booth looks awesome. I love to enlarge your photos and shop your booth!

  2. Your booth looks very festive and like it would be a lot of fun to shop! Nice job!!

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  4. I love the mesh stocking full of ornaments idea - so I just ordered some mesh stockings to replicate this idea!

  5. Does that tin say "moth nuggets??" Eww.

  6. So much vintage goodness! The booth looks great, hope all your hard work pays off.


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