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, May 08, 2016

Whatcha going to do with all that junk?

I'm going to put it on my porch.  It's no secret that I like stuff.  I tend to like cute things in the house and rusty old stuff outside.  Last weekend I pulled everything off the porch, power washed the house and porch (It needs more, but I did it good enough for now) and put out all my summer junk.  

I have a lot of weird oddball things - but all together it looks cohesive.  At least to me it does.  I like it.  I like to use a lot of red things to tie it all together and layer junk upon junk.

I got this metal rack at Hobby Lobby years ago.  I would rather have a vintage piece, but I haven't found one yet.  It needs to be sturdy to hold the weight off all that metal stuff.  

My old garden clippers are one of my very favorite collections.  I love finding new old ones adding them to the old toolbox.  There are so many wonderful chippy old colors.  Lara found a PINK set of clippers once, so I know they exist.  Someday I will add a PINK set to my collection!  The Bean has always said we are so careful to lock our doors, yet we keep a box of weapons out there!  There is a pitchfork and a scythe in the mix too.  

I bought this cool old tool caddy with the intention to sell at the Junk Ranch.  Well, I really didn't appreciate how incredibly AWESOME it was at the time.  I know it looks pink it the photo, but it's really more red - a faded red.  But, still red.  I had a mishmash of odd metal things in my storage. Old springs, claw feet, edger wheels, wire, horseshoes and on and on.  I filled up the cubby and I LOVE IT.  Now I can see all my treasures!

The tall locker was a great $5.00 yard sale find many years ago.  I love the old patina on it.  The dollhouse was $2.00.  I tried to sell it at the booth, but there were no takers.  So, now it is a fancy birdhouse for a nest of noisy baby birds.  The old windows have been hanging there for nearly 20 years.  

Do you see the milk stool?  The coal scuttle?  The sap bucket?  What about a bicycle wheel and an old milk crate?  Don't forget the huge cowbell (or two) and the double "SS" which I now see is backward.  :(

The red metal cart is supposed to go to the Spring Junk Ranch.  BUT WILL IT?  The croquet set is from the yard sale at the D*ggar house.  The cowbell was in The Breadman's grandma's barn.  We found the sections of picket fence in the dumpster.

Let's not forget to mention the giant "S".  Love that "S".  

*The shoes all went inside.  We don't decorate with shoes.  

I love all the colors, the patina and the history of each item.  I might keep every single thing and then again, I might sell half of it in time.  That''s the fun part of junking.  Keep it forever or enjoy it for awhile and pass it on.  For right now, I'm enjoying it all.


  1. I really enjoyed the "I Spy" fun of this post. Plus how cute and clever is your porch!?! Last week I left a minnow bucket on our porch to dry. Hubby came in and wanted to know what that crap was on our porch and how long it was going to stay there. I've perfected my eye roll.

  2. You totally made this all work! My back patio is a mix of rusty old kitchen stuff and camping stuff. Not what you would normally display together but I love it and thats ALL THAT MATTERS, right Shara?

    Happy Mothers Day!!

  3. It looks great. I do miss having a porch to decorate! I laughed out loud at the locked door but weapons right beside it. You do crack me up! Happy Mother's Day.

  4. I love it all, especially the old garden tools. The Bean's comment cracked me up!

  5. The Bean is a hoot. But maybe the robbers will start playing croquet and forget that they came there to harm you :) I LOVE all your "junk" on the porch.

  6. I love it all. Rusty and crusty is my "thing" for sure! Wish I had a porch to display it all like at!

  7. Ok the title of your blog post was THE BEST and made me "laugh out loud". The junk is pretty great too. :)

  8. Rusty, crusty, dusty and possibly musty - that's what I write on my price tags on my rusty stuff in my booth. Love all the junk but the red cart wins my heart.

  9. Your porch looks like the perfect booth! LOL

    One time my uncle and I were out at a junk shop and were loading up stuff from the garage tha twe had bought. Some guy came by and said "What are you going to do with all that junk?"

    My uncle looked at him and said: "Sit it around and look at it!"

  10. Oooh! Look at all that junky goodness! I love it all. Looks fabulous!

  11. Ordered junk calls Boho style :) You have stylish porch!

  12. Between buying in bulk and checking out every vintage and antique shop, we are at a point of clearing out and selling some things. Our porch is smaller and I wish we had room to display our "junk" like that!


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