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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Phone Dump, The Week in Junk and Other News

You can tell when I do the old Phone Dump Post that I am struggling to think of anything to blog about.  But, usually I start yapping about the photos and BAM - a blog post.  These are all random and in no order at all.

I found this doll at Goodwill.  She has a huge head and big bare feet.  She is on ebay as we speak.  

Spotted at a yard sale.

A few Goodwill finds one day.  I have a collection of those black and yellow trivets in my laundry room.  I prefer the snarky ones like "This kitchen is closed on account of illness.  I'm sick of cooking."  WORD.

Sign on the door at the Super Cheap Thrift.  Drinking glasses are normally 25¢ so it is ABOUT TIME they made them more affordable.  :)

One Saturday morning finds.  Love the turkey.  The printers box is headed to the booth.

Another Goodwill find - it is for helping people with Dyslexia earn more effectively.  It sells for decent money, but it is a slow seller.  I have it on ebay and will just keep relisting until it sells.   

A giant tea tin.  It held 200 tea bags!  When I looked this up, I learned that Twinings Tea Tins can be worth a lot of money.  (Not this one though....)

My only purchase at the Junk Ranch this year.   I buy a different "11" each year.

EDDIE LOOK AWAY!  Dolls.  So many dolls at the thrift.  This was only about 1/4 of them! 

We went to the Rodeo parade.  It is really, really, really close to the airport.  
Could you tell?

I found SEVEN winking jewel eye Santa cups - but man!  Someone either soaked them or ran them through the dishwasher.  I am going to try to soak the rest of the red off so they are at least all white with the jewel eye.  I think they will sell at the Junk Ranch once I spruce them up.  

I love these old Windmill Pyramids.  I have several but I am lacking on display space so we generally just choose one to put out each year.  Now we have another choice!

This is a tiny suitcase.  It;s dirty and worn, but it stole my heart.  Why?

Matt's Magic Show

"Don't touch!  Secrets Within!"

I will use it for storage.  It was just too fun to leave behind.

Gleaned from a warehouse sale of newer junk.  I have a fear of breaking things while I get it to the booth or the JR, so I plopped it on my shelf.  It is just the sweetest.  

I bought a big box of these old circuit boards at the same warehouse sale.  I think they would be cool framed - the college kids will like them, I think.  They told me there were from airplanes, but who knows.

We smelled smoke one day last week and could see if from the backyard.  We got in the car to go see where the fire was and discovered it was just on the other side of the main highway.  There was a huge police presence, ambulances, fire trucks and rescue vehicles.  We circled around the block to come home the back way and there were even more officials on that end of the block which we found to be strange.  Plus, the black smoke was billowing strong and there was no sign of water anywhere.  

We went back home in time for the news and found out that a man had actually doused the shed, garage, truck and the house with lighter fluid then torched the place.  When the police department got there, he had a gun and he was threatening to shoot them or to shoot himself. The fire fighters couldn't come in to fight the fire while he was there with a gun and the fire was quickly spreading to the trees and the neighboring houses.  He took a shot at one of the police officers and they were forced to shoot back.  He went to the hospital, but died later.  I don't know who he was or what happened on that particular day to make him do these things.  His neighbors spoke highly of him and were very saddened that it all happened.  I do know that I live in a very small town (less than five square miles in total), so for that to happen in my tiny town was unbelievable, not to mention that it was only a couple blocks from my house. You just never know what is going to happen anymore.  

Well, I hate to end on that story, but that is all I have today.  I hope you have had a safe week and found some junk along the way.  


  1. A good phone dump! Love the little cinnamon girl. Stuff like that just leaps into my cart and then I've got too much stuff once again. Sigh....it's an addiction. Walls of dolls kinda creep me out too, I'm with Eddie on this one. How sad that someone snaps like that and ends life in such a way.

  2. Let me know if you have any successful tips for paint removal and sprucing up those santa mugs. I have about 10 that are beyond selling at this point because the paint is so far gone!

  3. I wonder why they were selling their guns? My dad and husband would've loved that sale.

  4. Yep a good phone dump. I can't believe people selling guns at a yard sale...what happens when you buy one? Do you need to do a change of ownership paper or something?

    What happened in your town is so sad, unfortunately it happens more often all the time. Is it too much stress, too much information, I don't know.

  5. I've always thought your Phone Dumps were your version of my Rambles. I think you ought to do one every couple of weeks or so. It gives a little glimpse into your life.

    Also, AAAAAAAIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE! (wall of dolls reaction)

    Sadly, it seems that even smaller communities are not exempt to the modern plague of violence. I'm glad you all are all right.

  6. As always an informative and enjoyable phone dump. I had to do a double take on that parade picture, and not because of the plane that was 2 foot overhead. No, I thought that women on the horse was toting a confederate flag. I then realized it was just an Arkansas state flag, phew! The suitcase cracked me up, "secrets within". Also, I know you have told us before, but what is the meaning behind the 11? Sad about the man and the fire. Its crazy what is happening in this world. Do you remember the story about the guy from Missouri who came to the Jewish Community Center and opened fire hoping to "kill jews"? (He ended up killing two Christians) that was in MY BACKYARD! Literally the Jewish Community Center is across the street from me. He ran through the backyards of the houses behind me to the grade school (that my kids went to) where he was finally arrested. Scary. Have a good (and safe) week!


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