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, January 17, 2016

The Week In Junk: A Bag, A Tray and Honeycomb Too

This week The Junk Ranch started posting "185 Days 'til The Junk Ranch" and I started thinking- that's not that far away!  I am trying to find a good mix (as usual) to sell.  I'm going to cut down on the Ephemera and only take the best of the best in that area. Spring is harder to find things to fill that area of my booth that usually has Christmas in it in the Fall.  I'm going to clean out the shed and the garage and take a lot of things that I have just been hanging on to for too long.  But, I always need to be on the hunt for a few good things with higher price points to take too.  The point of this story s that it is time to get out and pound the payment looking for GOOD JUNK.  I have a little thrifting jaunt planned next week that will take me down the mountain into new thrifting territory.  I AM EXCITED.

Until then, I am shopping locally as they say in search of goodies.  I found two nice things with a high value this week, but I am trying them on ebay first.  If they don't sell, I can still take them to the Junk Ranch.  

I found this beautiful leather lawyer's bag.  It is vintage and has initials embossed on it.  It's quite elegant and lovely.  Not my usual sort of thing to find.  But, I was happy to find it.

I found this giant tole tray today at a quick stop with the family in tow.  It's about 25" across - its a whopper!  I have a few more smaller versions of this that I used to display.  I think they are in the garage.  Maybe I will find them again one day soon?

Lara scoped out an Estate Sale last weekend and said it was meek.  I hadn't planned on going, but I found myself a couple blocks away so I stopped in.  I do love a good Estate Sale, but even more than the sale - I LOVE getting inside an old house to look at it.  The wallpaper, the tile, the doors, the windows.  It can be awesome or awesomely hideous.  It's all great.  ANYWAY.  The sale was meek - not much at all in the house and even less that interested me.  I did find some old teacher supplies so I bought a few older books.  

I found an envelope full of old honeycomb items.  Snoopy and his kite.  

Six lovely old soft Easter Eggs in lovely golds and purples.  

Two honeycomb Shamrocks.

And the best find?  Beistle honeycomb chicks!  This yellow one and....wait for it......

A PINK Beistle honeycomb chick with a feather in his rear.  SO DAMN CUTE.

A little treat for me - a vintage white pottery log planter.  I really was considering not bringing in my pottery collection for awhile.  But I am starting to miss it already so I seem to be buying more.  It is FORBIDDEN.  I should know better!

I also bought a big bag full of NIB Hallmark ornaments  - there is a whole series of one ornament in there.  I got excited about them and they appear to be mint, but I forgot that most Hallmark collectors are almost anal about their purchases.  Crazy picky.  I hope I can sell these for a decent amount that outweighs the headache of selling them.  We shall see.  

And, to end this post.  I saw an item this week that did not tempt me even one teeny tiny bit.

Lord a mercy!   I don't know who would buy this and I do not want to know who would buy this!

Happy Junking you guys!


  1. Oh my goodness - that is weird! Love the Snoopy, though!

  2. I'm on the hunt specifically for high end goodies for Randolph and for doodads for my booth. Bipolar opposites I know. It's funny how you know the holes in your inventory and actively go after goodies. I wonder if that brief case was for a woman? The color seems more girl to me. You know I love all that gorgeous honeycomb. LOVE IT,

  3. When you posted that cute pink chick on IG, I immediately went hunting for one online. Haven't found one yet but thanks for showing me something that I HAVE TO HAVE!!

    Believe it or not, I have seen those gyno chairs more than once for sale. I can't even begin to imagine how you could possibly repurpose something like that!


  4. Score on all the great honeycomb treasures!!

  5. I think those honeycomb shamrocks are great...pink chickie is a close second...very close.

  6. I love the silhouette of the tray. Please stop making me fall in love with cute stuff - pink chick is cute overload. As for the 10 minute torture chair - there is not enough sanitizer in the world . . .

  7. I'm swooning! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tray! It's gorgeous. I have a good sized collection of them and have sworn off buying more. Well, um...maybe "sworn off" is too strong.

    It takes a L.O.T. to really gross me out when it comes to 'stuffing'... but that table does it!
    Thanks for making my Monday Shara ;-)

  9. You really do find it ALL, don't you! You had me at honeycomb!

  10. Well now I'll have to find some Easter honeycombs!!! BTW, whenever I go to an estate sale I start imagining living in the house. Like how I'd decorate it and where I'd put my sofa and all that. Sometimes I have dreams at night about the houses too. It's a sickness!

  11. Shara, I love all that honey comb goodness.

  12. Those chicks - SO CUTE! That OB/GYN chair/bed thing... ugh, no! Seriously, who the heck buys that thinking "I can definitely resell this"?

  13. OK, the Dr. table was just gross. I agree with you, who would buy this? Ick. I love the old honeycomb chicks - so took me back to elementary school!

  14. I know exactly who would buy that table. Let's just say the people who enjoy 50 shades of gross. Those honeycombs are THE BEST and totally worth the stop!

  15. You mean you didn't want that ob/gynecology chair? Used. Haha.


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