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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Week in Junk: Neosho City Wide Yard Sales / Take 2

I knew that the Neosho City-Wide sales were this past weekend, but since we only have one car, I had completely written it off.  We also had company coming in this weekend, so I had to work on that. The Breadman, completely out of the blue, announced that he could bring home the bread truck anytime, so I could have the car to see my family.  Well, that was fantastic news!  And then the light bulb went off over my head and I realized I could go to Neosho!  WOO-HOO!  Game on!  You might remember last year I was just getting started on hitting all the sales when I ran over a broken off street sign post and blew out my tire.  Thanks to The Bean for changing it and the good guys at Wal-Mart for putting a new tire on, I was back on the trail in a few hours, but I had sort of lost my mojo.  I had to redeem myself this year!  

Lara sent me a text about 11:00 Thursday night asking if I wanted to go with her really early the next morning.  Now, in principle. that sounds like fun - a road trip, a day of yard sales, good company, etc. But, in reality, I just don't do 5:00 am very well plus we both like to fill those cars up!  I actually ran into her in Neosho and her car was packed to the gills and mine was too.  So, one of us would have ended up tied to the roof my the end of the day!  (I saw her drive past me as we were walking, but I managed to "run" and catch her.  She didn't see me, so I knocked on her window. I sacred the bejeezus out of her.  Lara, I promise I won't do that again!!!)  

First stop up when we hit town was a Church Sale.  I have heard of these mythological "huge" Church Sales, but we just don't have them where I live.  This sale was packed, both with customers and merchandise.  Items weren't priced, which I HATE, so I only picked up the things that I knew were worth buying.  I packed a box full and had a box full of old books (fill a box for $2.00 on the books) and I only paid $5.00 total.  So, it turned out, things were really cheap.  I took the box to the car and headed on to the sales.  I realized later that I should have gone back in for another box or two or three.  I saw things that interested me, but since I didn't know about the prices, I was very selective.  I was in such a rush to hit the streets, that my mind wasn't working. 

 *Funny story about that little kid in the blue there.  When we walked in, I heard a lady telling "Levi" to stay where he was and not to wander.  Well, he took that as a "see ya" and took off.  But, no one saw him go except me.  Finally, the Mom came looking for him and I told her that he had gone down the hallway.  (It was a dead end and he was safe).  She thanked me and I went on into the Church. My phone was blowing up from my IG buddies wanting pictures NOW :) so, I was looking down at my phone.  That's when I heard someone say, "There she is.  She's on her phone texting, but she's supposed to be watching Levi."  I looked up and the Mom asked me which way he had gone now.  I had no idea, but the Bean said he had followed us in there. She found him and that was the end of that.  But, I have got to be the only person that can show up in a church in a town I've never been to and suddenly be in charge of some kid I have never met!  
After the first Church Sale, we went on up the street to the "loop" as Lara and I call it.  Lara was just enough ahead of me at the sales that she was sending me heads up on things I might want or like at certain sales.  She sent me a picture of a great old wall mounted BINGO caller number sign, but I never did find it.  Not sure I would have actually bought it, but I would like to have seen it. We parked at the "Church on the Infamous Flat" (but on the actual parking lot this time) and then walked the loop.  The loop is about six blocks long.  Not only does almost every single house have a sale, but most houses have vendors set up in the yard so there are multiple sales in every yard.  We walked and walked and went to about nineteen sales and I thought we were miles from the car, but we could actually still see it from where we were standing.  The Bean ran a few heavy things to the car before we got too far away.  I really didn't buy that much on the loop since I had to think long and hard about carrying it along the way.  

Here is the end of the day loot shot!  There is a lot in there and I am happy with all that I bought.  But there isn't anything in there that makes my heart sing.  Which is GOOD because that means that it is all FOR SALE.  Perfect!  Let's see what I bought in no particular order.....(there are always things that I never photograph like that wire rack and a wire spinner rack, some smalls like pottery and some carved dogs, a homemade Nativity set and some vintage Christmas nice enough to buy, but not special enough to photograph.)

A Scrabble game for a quarter!  A pile of old flash cards, plus even more that I forgot to photograph.  Six Million Dollar Man game.  Little Tikes Cottage Playset.

I found one of these at the Church Sale.  Pooh was The Bean's favorite, so I always hug them when I find them.  I grabbed him for the Booth, then I found another one at the very next stop.  It struck me funny since I had never seen one like this before - he is a pool toy, hence the life jacket.

At one sale I spotted these old coloring books.  I asked, "How much?" thinking a quarter or fifty cents each.  She said, "How about the whole box for $5.00?"  There's about 50 of them in there, so I decided to buy them.  She asked me my plans for them and for some reason I spilled the beans about selling at The Junk Ranch.  I never let people know I resell.  But, she got very excited and said she LOVES The Junk Ranch. So, that turned out to be fun.  

Lots of coloring books.

This painting is about three feet tall and it cost 50 cents.  Sold!

This old print came from our Goodwill/bathroom stop.  

But wait!  There's more!  Two nice old prints.  

These will not turn the right way for some reason.  Please lie on the table to look at there.  A nice ocean scene painting.  I have an idea for just a nice stack of old paintings to thumb through at The Junk Ranch.  

I'm not supposed to buy books.  So, of course, I bought books at nearly every sale!  There are old school readers and some old Hymnals in there as well as some beautiful old Agri books from the 1940's.

I was trying to find red/white/blue/USA/Americana things for my JR display.  The old skate case makes me really happy.  But, it will be sold.  I have a pair of skates from 1976 - red stripes and stars that I will sell in it.  That hing on the left is an old Punchboard - I think it dates from the 1930's.  Each hole has a little slip of paper in in with a number and a trivia question.  You bought a chance for a penny, poked the hole and looked to see if you were a winner.  I bought a pile of those.  

Three big old trays.  Yes, the strawberry one is upside down.  

A set of eight metal trays.  When I bought them, the lady touched them and said they belonged to her Aunt.  "She took care of everything." she said.  I'm so happy you like them."  

I bought a big box of old family slides.  Lat year I found this light up Slide Viewer, so I knew I could look at them.  I went through them last night and picked out my favorites.  

I thought this was Christmas, but I think it was Valentine's Day based on the plant in the background. Love the PJ's and toys.  

This photo got a lot of attention not for the giant stuffed bunny, but for those horrific hard candy shelled marshmallow Hide 'n Seek eggs the man is holding.  I remember them being so nasty. Yet, every year I look for them in the stores.  Nostalgia.  

Another bunny.  I think this is a Christmas photo based on the wrapped gifts in the background.

I found a name and address in the box, so I did a little googling, and I found who I think is the little boy with the candy eggs.  His name is the same as the name on the box, but with a Jr., at the end.  He would be about 65 now.  He lives in the same town and owns an Insurance Company.  I will probably try to contact him to see if he would like them back.  I enjoy doing that for people.  

We were headed down the the last street, headed for a bathroom break and to start home, when I spotted these under a table with a few other things in the yard. I slammed on the brakes and bailed out to look at them. It was after 4:00, so I figured they must cost a fortune to still be there at that hour. But, I spotted a masking tape sticker on Mary's head that read $5.00/set!  It turned out that the lady had worked all day and was just starting to set things out for the next day.  It occurred to me later that I should have asked if she had any more blowmolds before I left.  They aren't really vintage, but I sell newer blowmolds as fast as the old ones, just at a lesser price.  I think they will sell for my days finds though.

The trip is about hunting for junk, but it is also about a day of fun, a nice road trip, Chick-fil-a Biscuits for breakfast AND lunch, meeting nice people and the junk is just gravy.  I  saw more of the town that I had seen in the past, found five Church sales that I didn't know about last year and now I am ready to go again next year! REDEMPTION!  


  1. So many goodies! You have me itching to go yard sale-ing now! I thought I was going to miss the first yard sale route of the year, but it turns out it is the weekend BEFORE I am supposed to have all my junk out of my old house (so the new owner can have it). YAY!

  2. I would love to go to a sale like this. You found some really good stuff and even better, stuff to sell!

  3. I'm so glad you had a better time this year! I love church sales! We have a lot of them in Nebraska. You just never know what you will find when so many people donate.

  4. I love the old photos and the fact that you're tracking down the kid - very fun.

    I think the picture of the girl holding the Bunny is a birthday picture around Easter time. The presents look more like birthday present wrapping. Just a thought. :-)

  5. Don't ever think your "junk" isn't special enough to photograph! WE WANNA SEE IT ALL! I just love displays - like your wire rack! I go crazy when I find little displays or potential displays (like cake stands!) for sale - I usually always buy them because you will never know when you'll need them!

    And I can't believe it's been a year already since you had the flat tire - time has flown by so fast!!!

  6. Wow! What an amazing haul of goodies you found. I love that you're going to look up the kid in the picture. Reminds me of the time my husband was showing a friend my eBay auctions and happened upon one of the antique wedding photos I was selling at the time. The fellow looks at it and says... "those are my parents". I nearly fainted! I bought the photo at a local sale in town.. I offered it to him, but he already had one. It was a bizarre moment. Anyway, thanks for sharing all your treasures. Love reading all about your day.

  7. I haven't taken the time to read your blog for a while - so good to read it again! Love all your goodies! I have a shop too and I am reluctant to say so when I buy at yard sales. Im glad it was a good thing for you! I find I usually score the best at a sale I almost don't bother to go to! And like you its not just about the score - its about the nice mornings, the nice people, seeing a new neighborhood and just enjoying the simple things in life!


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