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, May 11, 2017

One Fantastic Find

Hello there!  Anyone still come here looking for me?  Yes, I know you do.  Every night I sit here in front of the computer trying to come up with a post.  I love showing my stuff that I buy, and honestly, I have been on a buying frenzy as of late.  But, I pretty much price it and take it straight to the booth or put it with the Junk Ranch stash.  Yes, it is Junk Ranch crunch time.  June 9-10 with set up on the 7th and 8th, which means loading on the 6th.  I feel disorganized, but I always feel that way.  I know my layout and my theme and I have it all drawn out, but I just feel nervous and restless until I can actually get it done.  I have decided to do half of my booth in an Americana/Patriotic/ red, white and blue theme.  Lots of State souvenir plates and glasses, anything red, anything white, anything blue, anything a combo of those colors, old flags, things with names that fit in (Ben Franklin shopping baskets, books about history, etc.  I keep finding more and more unique things and I think that my booth will be great.  But, who know if people will buy any of it.  It's a crap shoot!  It's not like it's 4th of July - It's just an overall Americana feel plus my usual ephemera and random vintage crap-ola.  The other day I said, "I need a theme.  Not just so much random  junk!  Then I realized, that is my theme.  Random Junk.  I should change my name to Random Junk.

So, what about that title - One Fantastic Find?  Ready for it?  I saw something for sale on a Facebook group a few weeks ago.  I never buy or sell on there and I rarely ever look.  But, I have been looking lately for some globes or blowmolds for the Junk Ranch.  Anyway, something caught my eye, but it was $50.00.  Too rich for my cheap blood.  But, it dropped to $30.00 a few days ago, so I contacted the seller and she told me $25.00.  S-O-L-D!

What is it you ask?

Is it a beautiful suitcase?  

Well, yes it is. But, it is sooooo much more!

It opens up to hold a picnic set.  

But, wait.  There's more!

Then it turns into a PICNIC TABLE.  

I can't even.

There are plates, cups and bowls for a roadside picnic.  

Plus silverware!

But, not typical plastic picnic cutlery.

  Bakelite silverware!


RED Bakelite!

(The ad did not show the bakelite, so that was one happy, happy surprise!)

Can you even???

I think it's worth at minimum about $125 or so, NOT including the Bakelite silverware.  So, I am very happy that I decided to buy it. 

I have no need for it.  
I have no use for it.  
But, I love the damn thing! 
 It will be hard to sell.  
But, I will TRY to sell it.  
I'm 60/40 in favor of selling it.
Maybe 50/50.  
Definitely 40/60.


Have you bought or sold anything super fabulous lately?

PS.  I'll be back soon.  



  1. This is one amazing buy and add the silverware and HUGE score. I would have trouble selling it but don't really have a place for it. Now that silverware...keeper? I miss seeing your junk but you do post elsewhere and I see you there a lot! Hugs!

  2. That is awesome!!

  3. Wendy2:27 PM

    Wow...what a find...LOVE it!!

  4. I know what you will do. You will take it to TJR with an extremely ridiculous high price hoping deep inside it will NOT sell, then take it home to live out it's glory days. If it does sell, you will do the happy dance all the way to your next score.

  5. You are the master! I've probably bought at least 200 items this month so far, maybe a couple thousand items last year. But nothing, NOTHING was as fantabulous as this all in one, picnicware filled, bakelite utensil laden, picnic basket-table of vintage magic! Whaaaaaaaaat! THIS is only partly the reason I read your blog - you are forever showing me things I've never seen before, or as in this case, can't have even imagined. I'm too much in awe to even be jealous!

    Yeah - I would definitely price high, like orbit high. You have to be compensated for giving up this treasure!

    And your mantra above - I have no need for it... - sounds like the beginning of a song. Move over Macklemore!

  6. Absolutely awesome and then you opened it! I cannot believe someone parted with it-lucky you!!

  7. That is the cutest picnic set EVER!!! You find the best stuff! Good luck at the Junk Ranch. I'm sure your patriotic junk will sell like hotcakes!

  8. Don't sell it, you'll regret it! Especially with something as unique and fabulous as this!

  9. FABULOUS FIND! You must have been hyperventilating when you opened it. Wow! I'd have a hard time selling it... glad to see your post.... miss them.

  10. I love your passion! It makes me so happy <3


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