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 25, 2016

Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop...

Easter's on it's waaaaaay......

Every year I think that we won't do much for Easter but then I decide that you are NEVER too old for coloring eggs, chocolate bunnies and Easter dinner.  So, that's what we shall do.  Tomorrow we are going out to eat Chinese with my Mom and Stepdad and call that our Easter Dinner.  Tuesday I am going thrifting with my Dad, so that will be our Easter.  Sunday we will have an early dinner since The Breadman has to go to his horrible job at 4:00.  

I decorated the usual spots in the living room.  Always the same stuff, in the same places, but always a little different each year.  

Vintage bunnies over here.  I am always on the hunt for those foil eggs, but I just have the two.  One is an old German egg and the other is newer.  But you can't tell which is which, so if I find an old one or a new one that is okay by me.  

These two are some of my favorite possessions.  They stay our all the time on a shelf in the hallway.  But for Easter, they come out into the living room.  I would love to find lots of old pink bunnies.  

A couple more favorites - stuffed with straw and loved on over the years.  

Dude.  This is blurry.  My camera battery was flashing and I was taking photos SO quick.  Sorry.  Flocked bunnies, vintage plastic baskets and Egg Dye boxes.  

More vintage this and that.  I didn't' have much time to decorate, so it's all just sort of lined up this year.  I tossed in some shredded paper Easter grass and some Chenille Chicks and called it good.

The famous (ha) white shelves full o' goodies.  

That top shelf is full of some seriously deranged plastic bunnies.  The one with what I think are bloody fangs is really sketchy.

Quirky vintage chicks and bunnies.

Vintage tin baskets, pails, tins and eggs.  Squeakers and silly stuff.

VIntage basket chock full of my favorite vintage bunnies.  
Rushton, Steiff and Annalee's.  

Vintage Easter Baskets, chicks of all sorts and my beloved German eggs.  I pulled out a bunch of the eggs to take to the Junk Ranch.  But, I saved the best for me. 'Cause I'm not crazy.  

Vintage bunny planters and a wee nesting doll set.

Newest Annalee from Chanelle. (Thanks, girl!)

Such a cute face!

When I was four years old, we made our first trip to Arkansas to see if we wanted to move here or not.  We were staying at a hotel and it just happened to be Easter Weekend. We were in the hotel on Saturday morning and I was playing on the floor.  I saw a box under the bed and I gasped out loud.  A treasure!!!!  (Even then I was looking for treasure!)  I pulled out the box as I heard my Mom say, "Shara Lee.....Nooooooooooooooo"  I pulled off the top and saw chocolate and jelly beans and Easter Grass and marshmallow chicks.  I looked up at my Mom and she looked so sad.  But, I was SO excited - "The Easter Bunny found me, Mama!  He found me!'  It wasn't until several years later I realized that I had found out the truth about the Easter Bunny without even realizing it.  

I hope you have a Happy Easter with family, marshmallow chicks and chocolate bunnies. 


  1. I did not get to my decorations as we are leaving for vacation today (plus lazy) but think yours look great! I especially like the bunny with the "candy cane" on the top shelf. I cannot believe I drove around with that SA Annalee in the back of my car. Kept an eye on the rear view mirror in case he snuck up behind me.


  2. Hey,
    I love seeing your Easter goodies.I've been trying to pare my Easter stuff down to one tub and I have a gold foil egg that didn't make the cut.I'd love to send it to you.

    1. Hi Marla, Aren't you sweet. How could you let a foil egg go? I donated a tub full this year too. It's hard to let Treasures go. You can email me at monkeybox@juno.com and maybe we can work out a trade. Thanks!

  3. You have the best vintage Easter collection!! I'm enjoying Easter with the Grands and my daughter's family this year.

  4. I haven't even gotten my Easter placemats out! Since Easter is tomorrow, I kind of don't think I'm going to do any decorating. Sorry your hubby still has to deal with a horrible job. My hubby's evil job situation has now been dealt with, he's out of work but it isn't actually a bad thing.

  5. When I was a kid between the ages of about 5 to 12 years old we spent most Easter's in Arizona, visiting from our home in Ohio. And every year the Easter bunny found us! No matter what hotel we were in! It was amazing!
    Love, love, love your blog and your stories. But those AnnaLee dolls... scary! <3

  6. When I was a kid between the ages of about 5 to 12 years old we spent most Easter's in Arizona, visiting from our home in Ohio. And every year the Easter bunny found us! No matter what hotel we were in! It was amazing!
    Love, love, love your blog and your stories. But those AnnaLee dolls... scary! <3

  7. Your collections amaze me! You have such a great eye for the little, sweet things. I love seeing them.

  8. You really do have amazing holiday collections. I just can't get enough of your vintage holiday goodness! I absolutely love the story about finding your Easter goodies as a young girl at the hotel. So precious.

  9. Love your vintage Easter collection, mine was pretty pathetic this year, a few odds and ends on the mantle and of course my huge cardboard egg collection. Hope your easter was great! (I loved the FB and IG post about hiding those potatoes, haha made me laugh!)


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