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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

The Week In Junk: 25¢ Finds & More!

I am still on the hunt for junk, but most of it goes straight to one of the booths or gets tucked back for the Fall Junk Ranch (Sept. 30 isn't far off...), so taking photos hasn't been on my mind.  But, you dear people like to see the junk so here is a bit that I have remembered to take photos before I squirreled it away.  

Thursday I went to my beloved Super Cheap Thrift.  Home of the 5¢ drinking glasses and 25¢ shirts. I really never find anything spectacular or particularly valuable there.  But, the prices are SO low that I can spend $5.00 and price that batch for about $100 to to to the booths.  It adds up!  The first thing I spotted was a Leap Frog Globe high on a shelf.  I picked it up and there wasn't a price on it, so I sat it back up on the shelf.  A lady walked up and asked me how much it was and I told her that it wasn't priced.  That's when a lady on the other side said the sweetest words I have EVER heard.   "Everything in the entire store is 25¢ an item today."  As my mind was racing at the possibilities, I saw that lady's arm starting to move and I SWOOPED up and grabbed that globe.  MINE.  Sorry lady.  When I got it home, it worked but it would short out every so often which is GOOD because I wanted to dismantle it and just keep the globe for a project.  

After the SCT, I found a yard sale that I wish I would have found earlier in the day because there was great stuff at great prices.  Every thing in the photo was 25¢ at the SCT or the yard sale.  All the Santa's will go to The Junk Ranch.  The rest to be scattered among the booths and JR.  Although, I did have to keep those tiny pool balls.  TOO CUTE.

At the yard sale  - a nice mishmash of PINK Melamine dishes.  The platter and serving bowl will go on ebay and the rest to the JR.  

This super sweet Ohio Art lunchbox isn't the type I normally see - no cartoon characters or super heroes.  I think I will use it at the JR to hold milk cap magnets.  

This is a rack for the old wooden Playskool puzzles.  It's on ebay right now.  

I saw this plaque at Goodwill today and I took a photo of it because I thought it was so funny.  Then I decided that I really needed to own it.  So, now I do!  (I do not want a fur coat or diamonds though.....)

I have been on the hunt for a globe for awhile.  I like them and they are an easy sell - but hard to find! This one was being pushed out on the cart at Goodwill when I walked in so I grabbed it!  The equator line was missing, so I added a strip of fun pennant Washi tape.  I want to try decoupaging or vinyl letters on a globe so this might be a good candidate. 

I was greedy and took these from Lara at our yard fail sale.  That big bunny in the back with the baby carriage is really big.  I love them all and have never seen any like these out in the wild.

Also stolen from Lara - the sweetest drying rack.  I mean - LOOK AT THE CUTENESS.  I die.

I picked up a box of vintage Lincoln Logs at a sale.  I was sorting them out and The Bean said that he had never had any Lincoln Logs.  So, we built some houses out of them.  ;)  I feel like a terrible Mother for not having thrifted him some Lincoln Logs when he was little.  (He did not lack to toys, I promise you.)  We played a while and now they are Junk Ranch bound.  

I will try to do a better job of taking photos of my junk.  I have new neighbors and I haven't wanted to scare them off with me in the side yard taking random photos of random junk.  Not yet anyway.  

Have you found any good junk lately?


  1. Lots of good junk and great prices! I've not been thrifting at all in a few weeks but plan a trip with a blogging friend this next week!!


  2. No good junk for me lately. But I haven't really been trying. Between family visiting, the 4th of July huge barbecue we host every year, and this weird summer rain we've been having, there really hasn't been a lot of time for hunting. It's terrible!

    Love all those sweet Santa's. And those tiny pool balls are amazing. I'm sure Miss Norah would like to get her chubby little hands on those!

  3. I had that lunch box! It's mid-1960's; frugal Mom did not let us get new lunch boxes every year, but the ones that were made out of metal did get some rust after awhile from being washed every day. Brings back memories of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

  4. You found some great stuff, but the pink bunnies and the duck are to die for!

  5. Great junk! You have a wonderful thrifty eye! Congrats

  6. Anonymous9:28 PM

    OMG, The Bean sits like a yoga master! Awwww, to be that limber again! LOL! Love the stuff, but can you tell my old body is aching! Ha ha Susan Bryant Martin

  7. I loved my Lincoln Logs! (And my Tinker Toys!) I even had my mother's Lincoln Logs for a while. I've not been shopping for a couple of weeks now. Between the still-sagging booth sales and my backlog, there's just no real need.

  8. No thifting lately, but the kiddo is at summer camp this week, so thrift stores watch out! BTW, I think it's horrible that you deprived The Bean of the joys of Lincoln Logs for so long :L)

  9. You find the neatest junk at the best prices! Is that a little Yorkie in front of the National Velvet book? So darling! Well, after 3 years I finally went on vacation to my old stomping grounds in upstate NY - Lake George/Glens Falls. And let me tell you sister, the pickins is good up in them thar Adirondacks! The drive is 10-12 hours for us but it was worth it. By the time I packed the rental trunk, you couldn't fit a lottery ticket in there. And let's just say my sweet dog had a very cozy ride back to Virginia, surrounded by vintage goodness. Pyrex, vintage marbles, crystal drawer knobs, 20 lbs of vintage knitting needles (you did say buy in bulk), decks of vintage playing cards, skeleton keys, cigar boxes, mint industrial cabinet, vintage buttons, breyer horses, vintage faucet knobs (seller had BUCKETS of them), vintage flatware from Japan, etc. etc. I was overwhelmed and loved every minute. If I had the room, I would have also bought the 5 crammed totes of scrapbook supplies from an estate sale. . .

    1. Holy smokes! I would love to see what you bought! Lucky girl! Where will it all go???? I do not knit, but I think knitting needles are fun in their bright colors. 20 pounds tho????? WOW! It sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!

    2. I had to do what I call the "dump and run" (gently) dump the junk in one of my storage units and run back home. I had to work the next day and I worked 60 hours this week so I couldn't play with all that vintage goodness. I'm at storage capacity - I have to seriously get in there and organize and good grief ***LIST*** some junk or bring some junk to my booth. Super busy at day job so not sure when I can go to storage - but I'll be sure to snap some photos. I don't knit or crochet but I appreciated the collection of all those needles! Where will it go? Don't judge - I have 6 storage units in two states. I'm seriously thinking about buying another house vs. paying storage fees. Sometimes I think I need professional help but I'm happiest when I'm buying vintage goodness. Life is too short not to buy vintage Pyrex, buttons, ephemera, and other crusty, rusty, musty, and dusty goodies.

  10. You seriously have the best luck with your .25 cent hauls! Congratulations on your knickerbocker Easter figurines. You and I are kindred spirits with our recent Easter finds. I love that picture of Bean playing with the Lincoln Logs. I think I need to find some for our Aframe. Hugs!


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