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, March 18, 2016

A Quick Thrift Stop

I stopped in to the thrift today - I hadn't been to this particular thrift in a few weeks.  I was on the hunt for vintage Easter, but didn't have much luck.  I found a few little things, but I ended up putting them back since they weren't the greatest vintage  - a few flocked bunnies and a vintage Easter basket. Both of which I collect and you know I would have just ended up keeping them all anyway.  :D

But, I did find a few really good things - all destined for the Junk Ranch in June.  

This old divided tool caddy would look fabulous full of geraniums on a porch.  I need to clean it up a bit, knock off the loose paint and I think I will spray some clear coat on it to see it the red pops any better than it's current state of pinkish.  (I also know it would hold my vintage garden tool collection, but I must NOT keep it.)  

This giant old oil painting had a big hole in the center, so it was only $1.99.  But would you look at that frame!  It's beautiful!  Chippy, ornate and some pink peeking through the edges. 

It's a shame about the oil painting - it was of a sweet craftsman style house.  But, then again, if the painting was perfect, it would have cost a LOT more.  


I spotted this little pink doll crib and swooped it up lickety split.  It was the 50% off color code, so it was a great deal.  

Then I rounded a corner and found this amazing Jadeite green colored doll crib.  It has drop down sides and is just the sweetest darn thing.  It didn't have a price, but I was able to get someone to price it for me.  They used to rip it out of your hands and take it to the back for pricing but you couldn't buy it.  I wanted this crib SO bad, so I was really happy that they priced it for me.  (There's also an old baton that a baton twirler would have used.  I thought that would be a fun thing for the JR.) 

I will clean up the cribs - the green one has patchwork scrapbook paper modge-podged on the ends. But, I soaked it with a wet towel and it's coming off great.  I just need to go slow and not scratch it up.  When it's all clean, I am going to put an old waterslide decal on each end.  

I'm leaning towards the deer on the green crib.

And the duck on the kitten on the pink crib.  

Last Fall I flipped a little wooden doll high chair for $20 that I paid 50¢ at the same thrift.  I put this sweet little deer on it and that cinched the deal for cute.

It was a quick stop.  But, it was a good one!  

***The Mansion sale was today and not tomorrow.  I didn't go since I couldn't buy the mansion and most of the things in it looked either too fancy (the furniture) or too utilitarian (dishes and tools).  But, who knows what I will find to do tomorrow!  


  1. I love the pink tool caddy. It is so cool! I love your idea about the decals. Can you buy them? Or are they old ones? I need to find some. I think the deer for the green and the duck on the pink. JMHO. xo Dianne

  2. I just found Norah the sweetest pink doll cradle with a kitty decal on it! She is so dang tiny she can almost fit in it herself :-)


  3. Great scores and the cribs will be even more adorable with the water slides. Love!

  4. LOVE! PINK tool caddy, adorbs on the cribs. Score!!

  5. I have a green crib that is destined for my garage sale. I think I will add a water decal to it now...good inspiration!

    1. It had scrapbook paper hotel on the ends and when I hit it off I found a cute little decal under there! Surprise! I fixed up some things with old decals and sold them at the junk ranch last year.

  6. I was thinking "why would she want to put a decal of a waterslide on the end of the crib?". Duh, I need more Coke today! Great crib finds!

    1. Ha ha! That gave me a chuckle!

  7. Why are they called waterslide decals? I remember them on our childhood furniture and some doll furniture but never knew they had a name.

  8. That tool caddy!!!

  9. Swooning over the tool caddy. I'd be keeping it! Seems very unusual...


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