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, July 24, 2018

What I've Bought Lately

Summer.  Ugh.  I hate summer.  The heat - the sweating - the sun.  All of it.  The only saving grace is usually yard sales.  But, this year, there have been surprisingly few sales that I have deemed worth stopping at or getting up early to attend.  There was a Community Sale in a neighboring town the first weekend in July.  There were supposed to be about 30 people set up selling.  I decided to get up early and go - it helped that the sale started at 10:00 since I am not a 5:00 am kinda gal.  You'd be proud of me - not only did I get to town before 10:00, I was early enough to be the first one in a thrift when they opened.  Not only that, the guy that let me in said, "The whole store is half off today."  Whoop! Sadly, I don't remember what I bought there, but I know I got a few things and I got to be the first person to use the restroom which is always a bonus. 

When I got to the Community Sale, it wasn't supposed to be opening for another thirty minutes, but people were already shopping., including my very own Father.  He has very little patience, so I figured he would be gone before I got parked and in the shopping area, but I managed to catch him.  He likes to walk fast and skim the booths - I like to look at everything.  Just because it looks like baby stuff, books and toys - there might be a vintage treasure in there.  The best booth was being run by the event organizer - a local vintage store had donated three truck loads of smalls and they were selling it all "fill a Bag" style for $5.00.  I filled up three bags and I should have bought more.  There was some good stuff in there.  I think the reason it hadn't sold and was therefore donated, was that the prices were really expensive.  

Case in point - these pieces of framed art.  They are lovely and very nice and I know they will sell.  But, that little bird piece in the upper left?  It's Mexican Feather Art and it was priced $115!  Yowza!  I will ask $18, I think.  It was interesting to read all the tags and see the prices on each item.  I got a lot of great stuff, but most of it went straight to the booth - souvenir plates, coffee mugs, vintage this and vintage that.

Yesterday I went to the Goodwill on the other side of town and scored a good amount of vintage.  The Christmas ornaments are vintage - not particularly amazing, but they'll still sell.  Sometimes I just need quantity to fill up my booth.  The jadeite piece has been cracked and glued, but I will stick a bottle brush tree in it and decorate it so you'll never know.  The little painting and the Thermos will go to the Junk Ranch as well.  It is hard to let a fabulous Thermos go, but I do my best.  The baking pans are Silver Beauty Brand.  I saw a wall hanging made with each little cup made into a diorama, so I will try to make a couple of those.  The pottery - well, you KNOW I am keeping the pottery.  It was 78¢.

The old enamel cups will stay with me - we use them all the time.  The Bedroom Mood Meter was an Instagram hit.  Naughtiness!  The wool throw will be added to a pile I am accumulating for TJR.  The AutoBridge game just looked interesting, so I grabbed it.  

This picnic basket is so bright and colorful!  I thought someone had magic marker-ed it up, but that's how it was made.  It is made by Basketville and it's a good one.  I hardly ever let a picnic basket go, so I will keep it.  It was only $4.00, so I can warrant that price as a keeper!

I found this tablecloth rolled up and taped shut, but it looked old and colorful plus it was only $2.00, so I took a chance.  It eneded up being a vintage Black Americana tablecloth and in perfect condition.  It's worth about $100, but it will go in my collection.  

In addition to Vintage Christmas at the Fall Junk Ranch, I am trying to gather vintage toys to be bought as presents.  This 1980's Easy bake oven isn't as "vintage" as I prefer, but still vintage enough that some 80's baby would love it.  It works and gets hotter that heck.  

This handmade oversize dollhouse will be at The Junk Ranch complete with furniture, a wreath on the door and a little Aluminum Tree.  It's about 4 feet long.  It was a happy find - someone worked really hard to make it, wallpaper the walls and make rugs for the floors.  

I skidded to a stop when I saw these old blowmolds at a yard sale.  Best part?  They were in the FREE bin!  The two bigger ones will be sold, the smaller on in the center went in my collection. Although I haven't decorated for Halloween in two years.  Ahem.  I need to cull it out, I guess.  The whole sale was craft kits from the 1960's and 1970's.  I bought a bunch of them and left my name and number when they said they had a storage building full including old Christmas craft kits. That  could be a literal gold mine.  

The Goodwill in a neighboring town was void of anything good, so I bought a Velvet Elvis so I wouldn't leave empty handed.  I thought I'd throw it in the booth for a few bucks, but it turns out that Velvet Elvis is worth around $125.  I wouldn't pay that much.  I had to think long and hard to pay the $3.00 it was priced.  :D

August brings "Bargains Galore on 64" which is the 100 mile yard sale crawl I go to each year as my birthday present.  There is talk that this is the last year because a 78 year old lady currently organizes it and wants to retire.  But, so many people, churches and organizations rely on this as a yearly fundraiser, I think it will continue.  From what I read, the lady makes the flyers, prints them, drops them at each town and puts them out and about.  I think each town could do that themselves, or really just rely on social media and eliminate the paper trail.  Or get an app and go all 2018.  At any rate, I am looking forward to it.  It'll be so HOT.  But, the car has A/C, we'll have the YETI full of ice water and there will be snacks, good company and junk.  What else do you need?

Stay cool, my friends!  Junk ON!


  1. Ree Cee9:33 PM

    Man, I just stopped by your blog for the heck of it and my reward is this long and yummy post! I love that Thermos!!! I got a cartful of junk today but I can't remember most of what I got. I put the junk in my car for a coupla days before I put it in my storage. I'm a little obsessed with little sugar bowls and creamers. I THINK I'll fill them with wee plants but they just end up on my shelves in storage looking purdy.

    I did get two vintage plastic sewing "baskets" ($2 each, blue and yellow) because they were a different size that I'm used to. I'm fairly sure I still have the avocado green one my mom bought for me when I was a youngster. I found a Longaberger angled basket for 50 cents. I also got a vintage globe because it was a goldenrod color for $3.

    A special find - a vintage pair of prescription glasses with Chanel frames for 99 cents!

    Keep on junkin Boo - can't wait to hear about your 64 haul!

    1. I'm always happy when you stop by! Your finds sound great. I have a globe collection but I've never seen a goldenrod globe. NOW, I MUST HAVE ONE. :) I buy Longaberger baskets when I see them cheap - they seem to sell well in my booth. I think the college girls like them because their MOM's have them at home. I'm looking forward to the Highway 64 sale - hopefully it will be blogworthy! See ya BOO!

  2. What fun finds! I need a road trip with my thrifting buddy soon! I haven't been buying much but I love the hunt for sure!

    1. The journey is most of the fun! The junk is just a bonus!

  3. Oh wow, you found some good junk. Was in Minnesota for my 50th high school reunion last month and hit a few thrifts. Found two vintage Christmas stocking kits, both Bucilla, one felt, one cross stitch. Insane people have them listed for $79.99! And cheap patterns, as that is what is selling for me on Etsy. I just hit 1900 sales, who knew? lol!! Lynn

  4. Suzanne6:29 PM

    My hubs would DIE to find a Velvet Elvis for $3. He's been looking for one for years!


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