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.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

The Week in Junk: Trailer House Sale #3

I went back to the sale AGAIN.  Wouldn't you?  This time they had a whole lot of the same things. And by that I mean the exact things I have already bought like Dressy Bessy.  I have three from there now.  All alike.  Exactly.  One each week.  Another Fisher Price Lolly Rattle doll.  That's two now. More handmade dolls.  I don't know - just a lot of the same things.  I still had fun hunting and gathering up a few tote bags full of goodies.  The lady having the sale came running to me - "I found a doll shoe that you left last week!"  Which was pretty sweet considering the sheer volume of stuff they are dealing with and all the customers they have - she remembered me and that I bought the doll clothes.  Very nice.  She took my name and number too so she can call me when they have their next sale.  It will be in January and it will be ALL JEWELRY.  Crazy.  

I did get a ton of new squeaks.  Well, old squeaks.  Over twenty of them.

And this Fisher Price A Frame house which turned out to be very popular on Instagram.  I bought a Fisher Price Barn and a Dollhouse too.  I left one behind and now I am wondering WHY.

I also hit one more sale and rounded up a bunch of vintage Christmas.  Nothing fantastic, but I like to rescue all the vintage I can find.  

One lone Gurley was worth the stop alone.

Friday afternoon I saw a sign that said, "CHRISTMAS SALE on GRANDMA STREET" with an arrow pointing down a side street.  I swerved quickly and I may have been on two wheels.  No one knows for sure.  It turned out that is was a garage sale full of nothing but Christmas!  Nothing but CHRISTMAS!!!!!  (Also, it was on Graham Street - but how cool would Grandma Street be?) Things weren't cheap or giveaway prices, but they were good enough that I was able to buy everything that was my sort of thing.  That doesn't happen very often!  

Two Santa Squeaks!

Rosbro candy containers and a lollipop holder.  There were actually two of each - I am keeping one lollipop holder.  This is my ebay photo for the others.

Two Putz houses.  I NEVER find these.  Oh, sure, they need some TLC, but to have found them even in this shape was good for me!

Santa Salt and Pepper shakers (full of old pepper which made me achoooo!)
Pardon the crappy cellphone screen shot photos.

And my best and most favorite find......

A Rosbro Fire Truck candy container.  I have never seen one of these and I had no idea they existed.  So.......

To find TWO at one time was crazy fun!  

As much as I love them, I have them listed on ebay.  Money talks sometimes.  I had a BIN offer within an hour on one, but I am going to let the auctions run and see what happens.  And, heck, if they don't sell.....I will keep them after all.  


  1. Wow to some awesome stuff. I love the A frame FP house!! Oh and all that amazing Christmas stuff! Yippee!!

    1. Those fire trucks are calling to me. But, $$$....:).

  2. Lots of amazing finds! I can't tell you the countless times I've gone back to sales like this and continue to find more and more stuff. Also, happening upon a vintage Christmas sale like that is awesome!

  3. At the end of each weekend, they donate everything left and start with all new merchandise the next weekend. But since she had SO much stuff, there are often repeats. But, if it's good repeats- I just get multiples of the same thing. Win Win!

  4. I personally think after all you have bought from them, they should let you come and pick and then sell what you leave behind. Seems like it would be less for them to do in the long run.

  5. What a fantastic honey spot! I think HGTV should create a show about your adventures. Maybe call it Shara Saves Vintage or Shopping with Shara or ???

  6. I always get so grossed out dumping someone else's salt and pepper out of thrifted shakers!

  7. Man, you've found a definite honey hole! So much vintage goodness. A dream come true to find a vintage Christmas sale!


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