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.
*Those are my Great Grandparents up there. My Great Grandma was the original Martha Stewart. She threw a great party and decorated for every holiday. I want to be her when I grow up. Oh wait! I am!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's Easter!

Happy Easter to all my friends!  
I hope your day is full of bunnies made of chocolate and beans made of jelly!

Here are the last of my decorations.  Now it's time to pack them away.  :(

My Easter feather tree with so many fun things on it  - I love all the things people have made for me and gifted to me.  The Annalee bunny was the first gift that Heidi sent me and I smile every time I see it!  that HUGE bunny is just way to big for me to really display, but I got it for Easter when I was six years old.  He's nearly as tall as me!  

The "Hop to it" sign was on the front door, but I decided I liked seeing it all the time and not just when I came and went.  

I DEFY YOU NOT TO SMILE.

An old egg dye box has been on my wishlist forever.  I finally resorted to ebay where I found TWO egg dye boxes.  They also came with five vintage egg boxes and when I looked in one of the boxes, it had a bunch of spun cotton chicks, a glass egg and that egg bank I shared a few days ago.  What a deal !

Easter is the only time when my big mess of beautiful pastel pottery looks like it belongs in the living room.  It's a jumbled up pile of pottery - but it makes me SO happy!

Happy Easter to all of YOU!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter is tomorrow!

Since I fill up my original sets every holiday, I had to buy this set when I spotted them at a yard sale.

Bunnies!

These bunnies are not vintage, but they look like CHOCOLATE so who is going to NOT put them out?
The egg box is new this year.
Flocked bunny banks.  Every year I tell the same story about the bunny banks that we found at The Breadman's mothers house.  And how we had them in a box to come home with me - all like thirty of them in every color, size and pose.  And how a helpful person decided they were JUNK and took them to the Salvation Army.  But, I won't tell that story today.  *Grumble!*

More CHOCOLATE!

I love putting things in this old clock case.

I almost donated these yarn bunnies.  
Then I saw the vintage millinery flowers and the GINGHAM and came to my senses.  
Whew!

Old baby toys and candy containers.

Tomorrow is the day!  
Do you have your jelly beans bought and your baskets filled?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter is in TWO days!

More!
The top of my craft hutch.  Chalkware bunnies and German Eggs.  

The chalkware bunnies are all recasts and not vintage.  But they are vintage recasts.  Huh?  I kept finding those pin and bead eggs, so now I seen to have a small collection of them.  
This is a big vintage Easter basket and it is full of old German eggs, a Steiff bunny and some other vintage stuffies.  The background is the top off an old baby table.  

I've been picking up those eggs for years, but I had a good find of about ten all at once at the thrift not long ago.  That was a GOOD day!

This sweet little bunny is one of my absolute favorite belongings.  She is just lovely.

Because time is short and I have plenty to show - here is my little hutch.  

I have had so much fun making the tiny hutch look like it's big hutch with all my small things.  I found those Annlaee bunnies in the FREE toy bin at the thrift many years ago.  I made the bunny slippers because.....well, why not?

The Bean's first Easter Bunny in front of my chalkboard.  
No, my chalk writing skills are not very Pinterest worthy!

More to come!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter is in THREE Days!

Lots of bunnies and chicks in this post!
This is in the front window.  A little vignette of fun.

It's no surprise that I like little things.  And lots of them.

BAM!  Little stuff.  And lots of it!
I sat in the floor one day while I watched "Ellen" and added things to this old spice rack.  
I filled it UP!
It was sort of low, so I put it on a pink tin to give it a bit more height.

I defy anyone not to smile when they look at a chenille chick.  
It is just NOT possible!
Everyday I turn it a hair so there is always something new to see.

And, just for fun - here is my Rushton Bunny 'Peeka and her new buddy the duck I found last weekend.  

More tomorrow!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter is in FOUR Days!

I just realized that I haven't shared any of my Easter decorations this year.  I didn't think I would ever get it all up and now, it's practically time to pack it away.  :(  My love affair with bunnies is deep.  I have collected them since I had my college apartment.  I don't really collect them anymore except for vintage ones.  Every year I cull out some more items and condense my collection down.  But, when you've had something for thirty years, you are attached to it! I have a narrow shelf in my hallway that houses the ones that I consider to be my bunny collection year round.  Some of them come out to the living room for Easter then hop back to the shelf for the rest of the year.  

Today I'll share the white shelves.  I think these shelves are the best five dollars I ever spent at a garage sale. 

 Some of my favorite collections are usually housed on this shelf.  This is no exception!
 The pink bunny in the center and the white one on the right stay out all year long.  The little pink/yellow egg is a little bank that I found this year.
The yellow/purple bunny stays out too.  Love all the little tins that I have collected over the years too.

Years ago, before I was really into vintage, I went to an Estate Sale where the lady had been a teacher for about fifty years.  There was a room chock full of all of her teaching things including piles of Dick and Jane Books and boxes of the old Dick and Jane flash cards.  I bought one box of old greeting cards and procured those sweet flocked ducky cards from there.  Oh, how I wish I would have bought all the stuff in that room!

I'll be back tomorrow with some more!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A New Old Cabinet

I had a few errands to run today and when I run errands I usually manage to squeeze a thrift store visit in there somehow.  It's not that difficult.  :)

On the way to the thrift, our low tire pressure light came on, so we stopped for some air.  While The Bean was airing up the tire, I decided to check Instagram because I AM ADDICTED.  I scrolled down a couple of posts and saw that Lara was posting photos from the thrift.  I texted if she was still there and she was - I texted her that I would be there in five minutes.  When I walked up to her, she was just sending a text to me that said, "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA" because she thought I was kidding!

She had posted a photo of this old hardware cabinet.

It had a wonderful old turquoise formica top on it, all those graduated cubbies and the nine drawers.  Well, make that eight drawers and one hole.  Lara loved it and debated it, but ended up leaving without it.  I went out to look at it some more and decided that I might buy it.  I looked it over and decided I NEEDED it, so I went in a paid for it.  It is huge, very heavy and has a ton of character.  Most of the drawers are divided into sections inside and have different hardware labels like "screws" and "fittings".  The cubby on the far left is only about six inches deep and the cubby on the right is about 18" deep.  

After I paid for it and made arrangements with The Breadman to pick it up in a couple of hours - I had HUGE, HUGE pangs of guilt for buying it.  Lara had left to feed the kids, but had come back in just as I was leaving.  As I drove down the road I thought, what if she came back for the cabinet and here I went and BOUGHT it out from under her.  Shoot, I finally get a friend and I BLOW IT.  I texted her and she SWEARS that she had passed on it.  She SWEARS that she is happy that I bought it.  Still, I feel a big guilty.  

Having said that.......
Don't you just love it?  It's all chippy and worn in just the right places for years and years of use.  It needs a good cleaning - but not TOO much of a cleaning.  I rearranged the drawers so that the empty spot is in the middle of the middle row, so it is all symmetrical.  I'm going to find either a basket or an old box to put in there so it will be useful too.  Won't it be great for USPS boxes, bubble wrap, packing supplies and craft supplies?  

Oh, I almost forgot - it was $20.00!  What a deal!

*Thank you and I am sorry Lara!*

**I even stole this photo from her Instagram!**

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thelma and Louise Go Junking

Wednesday I dropped the boys off to see Captain America and I headed out ALL BY MYSELF!  The plan was to go to a couple yard sales, Hobby Lobby, Joanne's and a few other places.  I went to the big thrift first.  There have been a lot of changes there - most NOT to my liking.  They take the donations off somewhere to be "processed" and then they bring them back to the store to be stocked.  When this first started, the amount of items coming in was very low and the shelves were empty.  And, what was there was just stuff - Dollar Store stuff, kitchen stuff, Wal-Mart stuff - stuff.  Not cool vintage stuff.  But, when I got there Wednesday, the place was stuffed full of stuff.  GOOD STUFF, Old Stuff, stuff with character.  I found something on a rack that I though Lara might like, so I texted her a photo of it.  I told her they had a lot of stuff and before you know it, she was in the car headed that way!  When I walked up ront to meet her, she was holding two things in her hand that I had already seen and KNEW she would like.  We spent about 45 minutes looking at things, buying things and persuading each other to buy things.  Because you know we wouldn't have bought stuff on our own.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


The first thing I spotted in the back of a shelf was this OH SO SWEET wall pocket.It was only $1.99, so it went straight into my basket.  Later, when Lara saw it, she looked it over closely and deemed it, "Adorable."  When I got home, I noticed that the tip of the wing on one of the birds was snapped off, but if I didn't notice and she didn't notice, then who cares.  It is going on the wall and will hold my phone while it charges.  
The second thing was this very sweet toadstool planter. It doesn't look too sweet in this photo, but I assure you - sweet it is. I have to others like this with gnomes on them.  

This Georgia Bulldog bank caught my eye since it's vintage.  I don't enjoy sporting events, but I will sell those sports fan vintage memorabilia ALL DAY LONG. There is one on ebay for $125.00 now which is CRAY-CRAY.  They'll never sell if for that, but if by chance they do - I'll be listing mine for that too!  

On my last walk through I spotted this nice piece of Nemadji pottery in the back of a shelf.  In the words of Macklemore - IT WAS NINETY NINE CENTS!

I also found this neat wooden thing that looked interesting to me.  When I read the label I discovered it is the front off an old chicken incubator.  Love the sliding peephole to peek in at the eggs/chickens.  The Bean said it would be neat on a front door so you could look through that peephole into the peephole on the door to see outside.  I HAVE RAISED THAT BOY TO APPRECIATE JUNK.  It will go to the Summer Barn Sale. I will probably take it "as is". But, I am trying to think of a way to recreate it into something else.  
I went to the furniture room for a look around even though I don't buy furniture.  But, you never know what you might find.  That's when I spotted an old mail sorter standing in the corner. It is disheveled here at the store, but I will straighten out the shelves and fix her right up. I have a small corner in my booth that no one would imagine that I could ever put anything in - but this will fit perfectly.  I will use it to hold all my paper items - BINGO cards, dictionary page bundles, sheet music, ads, flash cards, etc.  It will take up ZERO space, yet it will hold a TON!  That will open up one of my bigger shelves for more, more, more.  The other vendors are always in amazement of the sheer volume of things I have in my booth - wait until they get a gander at this!  I do have a lot, but it is all up on shelves, off the floor, neat and organized.  

I went up to pay for the sorter before I was finished shopping so they could put a SOLD sign on it.  When I went back to put the sign on it, a volunteer was just sitting down a Redmon Picnic basket.  I GRABBED it so fast.  Swoosh!  It was $6.99 so I stood there debating it and then my senses kicked in and I realized it was a STEAL.  I have been lucky to find most of mine for only a dollar or two.  This is a slightly different color and weave, so it is a welcome addition to my collection.  As I shopped and later after Lara joined me, so many people commented on my basket.  I clutched it to me to keep it safe.  It's MINE, people! *After I paid for it, I looked on the bottom for a sticker and found written in Magic marker - STOUT - which is half of The Breadman's family.  WEIRD.  I told you it was mine!

Lara headed home and I went to the Goodwill up the street even though I said I wasn't.  I had spent enough, but you just don't know what lies in wait until you go have a peek!  So, I peeked!
I found this certificate from the United States Air Forces of Europe from 1958.  it has a bunch of names on it and it is 56 years old, so I bought it for $1.00.  If nothing else, the frame is nice with a velvet insert.  I looked up all those names and most of them went on to be coaches, Olympic Medal winners or Pan American Medalists. I think I will do some more research and put the certificate on ebay.  (The old chippy chalkboard came from the first thrift and was 99¢.
I saw a newer box of jars on the shelf so Looked inside to see if they had lids or not. Not only did they have lids, but they were cute colored rings and lids with holes in them for straws!  A whole dozen for $7.00.  
I recently acquired about 500 new old stock vintage labels (which I need to blog).  I picked out some of the old soda labels that had matching color schemes and used glue adhesive to put them on the fronts.  I added a kicky paper straw to fun.  I think they are sweet - I will take these to the Barn Sale.  
I have been on the lookout for a sugar jar, so I was happy to find tow at the same time.  I added an old Dennison "TWINE" label to the front of each one.  I'm going to dummy up some Bakers twine rolls and put them int here for the Barn Sale.  (I am trying to harness my inner Heidi).

Thursday I spotted an ad for a promising Estate Sale that was a bit too far for me to go, but I sent Lara an email about it.  She threw on her shoes and RAN to the car to the sale.  She's so funny - I'll let her tell the story of that sale.  I had to be a responsible adult and go grocery shopping and errand running. But, Lara called to tell me there was a rumor that Goodwill had a shipment of vintage items.  I was looking out the window of Aldi at Goodwill when she called, so OF COURSE I went.  
I picked up this hand carved bird and this banner which I thought was a troll, but now I think it might be from Hawaii.  I cannot make out the signature to research it.  It looks like someone would want it!
This breadbox was the only vintage thing I found.  Just after I picked it up, Lara walked in.  We both agreed that the breadbox was sort of overpriced at $8.00, but I decided to buy it.  I've never seen a vintage metal breadbox in all my journey's.  I was thinking that I might plant it full of red flowers and take it to the Barn Sale.  I think it would be fun on a porch.  

Okay, are you still with me?  I am long winded tonight!

Today was Friday and I headed out to straighten up the booth for the weekend.  Lara texted that she was heading out that way too.  After I straighted up my booth, I headed over to her store to have a look around. 
I cam across a booth that had little Ziploc bags with treasures in them - 25¢ each for all these wonderful little treasures.  
THAT BUNNY!
*swoon*  

Then, I looked up into the same booth and spotted this:
A rubber faced duck!  I held my breath thinking it would be expensive.  
THREE DOLLARS.
*mine!*

After I shopped around with Lara and met a few Instagram friends that I had never met, I headed home. 

But, you know me - I found a garage sale.  :) 

This old tablecloth has feedsack flowers on it.  It's really sweet - the sun was hitting hard when I took these last photos, so they aren't the best.  

I got the old wooden box, old spice rack, a flattened spoon hook, the little printers box (I think it might be for thimbles(?), a brass Pentax camera belt buckle, a glass gallon jar and a Toy Story Woody hat* (not pictured) all for $5.00.  I picked the cultery box and a long red metal shelf (not pictured) from the trash pile at the sale.  *The Woody replacement hat sells for about $17.00 on ebay, FYI).

 And, as if that is NOT enough - on the way home, I spotted some rusty gold lying in the center median of the highway.  So, I circled back around, parked in the middle of the highway and grabbed it.  

It is an old metal oil can - a huge one at that.  The bottom is rusted out, which to me makes it look like a bell. I have the grandiose idea that I am going to make it into a HUGE cowbell.  We'll see about that.

I told Lara that I planned on staying home this weekend.  I need to do some projects in and out of the house. She said, "But - it's SATURDAY!"  So, we'll see about that too, I suppose......:)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Weekend In Junk: Sales are BACK!

Friday I went to one garage sale and today I went to five yard sales and the SCT.  The ads are popping up and the signs are on the corners!  Yeah!

Before I show the goods, I have to tell you a story.  Friday I was taking a drive with Mom and we saw a very nice big sign that said "INSIDE YARD SALE 8-6", so I turned around to follow it.  A bit down the road I saw another sign that said, "ALMOST THERE!"  I love it when there are signs along the route.  Then we saw the big "YARD SALE HERE" sign, so I pulled into the driveway.  Although it wasn't a driveway.  It was an entrance to a trailer park chock full of falling down old trailers from like the 1960's - tarps for a roof, dirt yards, homemade fences made out of pallets to restrain the half dozen dogs within, speed bumps the size of small Volkswagen along the road with washed out sections of the road as deep as a Volkswagen.  We drove through the trailer park and came across a sign that said, "INSIDE SALE".  I sped up a bit as we reached the trailer.  My Mom pointed and said, "There it is, you are missing it!"  And I said, "Oh no I am NOT!" and I drove myself right out of that hillbilly squalor and right back into civilization!  I pictured a man in an lazy boy with a rifle on his lap waiting for women to step into his lair.  "You got a purty mouth, missy."  Eiiiiiiieeeeeeeee!  SKEERY!  (Yes, there really are places like this in Arkansas.  There is also a plethora of mansions and millionaires).

This morning at the very first sale I went to, I found something that I have been obsessed with finding - I look at every sale, every thrift and on ebay and etsy.  I need a vintage spinning rack to display things in the booth  - ephemera packets, buttons, jewelry, whatever.  

They were sitting on a table covered up in cheap plastic pony bead key chains and some other junky jewelry.  But, I saw those racks immediately and swooned.  They were vintage and exactly what I have been looking for - BUT, where they for sale?  I doubted it.  I asked the lady wearing an apron - "These racks aren't for sale, are they?"  She looked at me and said, "Those?  You want those?"  "Do you  make jewelry?" she asked. "Yes!  Yes! I do!"  Then she looked at those racks long and hard and finally said, "Would you give me a dollar each for them?"  I jumped up and down and screamed, "Yes! Yes! I would have paid you twenty times that!"  No, I didn't silly - I calmly said, "Uh, yea, I guess I could do that."  THEN I skipped to the car clutching them to my chest so no one would see them and attempt to rob me of my FIND OF THE CENTURY! (No one did.)
The rest of the days finds.  

The sale where I picked up the racks was an Estate Sale, but they had must piddly stuff in the driveway by the time I got there.  I heard from a neighbor that the street was blocked each direction when they opened, so they must have sold all the big stuff right away.  But, as you know, I like piddly stuff, so I still found some things.  Especially once I realized the prices were going to be low.  I found this cool old orange cup rack and the little tile that says, "Thank you for the food we eat."  

I rummaged through the Christmas stuff and scrounged up this little angel and a spotted reindeer.

These came from a different sale.  The worst cake decorations EVER.  I only saw the deer and trees in the baggie.  The hunter was a bit of a surprise when I opened the bag.  I found that big wooden cup rack at the "Estate Sale".  

Big roll of tickets from another sale.  
Tiny tape measure from an artificial limb dealer.  
Alrighty then....

Colorful old jingle bells and an elephant made out of a walnut.  Off to the right there is a tall green piece of pottery.  Even though I just culled out all the green pottery.  And I'm not supposed to buy anymore.  But golly, it was a QUARTER.  I had to rescue it.  It's a sickness.

A hillbilly kneehugger.  I think it's fun when I find kneehuggers of the non-pixie variety.

I found this little duck at a sale for 25¢.  I still adamantly deny that I collect pottery ducks.  This is #7.  Whoopsie.  (I still have 1990's Flying Country Geese trauma).

A stack of old Oklahoma coin purses and a stack of old Arkansas address books - things that will sell at the booth for a couple bucks each.  A Junior Stewardess pin - I actually bought two, but I could only find one when I got home and now I can't find the one in the picture - or that AA recovery coin.  They must be in the backyard.  

Everything is displayed on this old handmade desk organizer.  It will be great in the booth to hold smalls.  'Cause I like to sell smalls.  Did you know that?

I marveled at this old Japanese tray, wondering what exotic place someone had traveled. I turned it over thinking there might be a masking tape strip with "Trip to Japan with Effie and Gladys -  1956" or something cool.  This is what I found......

Oh.  

A big handful of necklaces with beads that look like Indian pottery.  
These will go to my Step Dad to sell at his shows.  

Many years ago, some magazine featured a big bowl full of old souvenir ashtrays in a bowl.  I was crazy about it and wondered if I would ever find any.  I did find a few, but then I didn't find anymore, so I stuck the ones I had in the booth.  Now I need those back!

I found Oklahoma.
Missouri.
Tijuana! 
And Arizona.  
I did wonder why these weren't silver like the other ones I had seen in the past.  
I quick spritz of bleach brought them back to silver.  

I found this handmade bear at the SCT - he needs eyes and  a little primping.  I like the bear, but I sure wish I could have found the original chenille bedspread instead!  Gorgeous!  The pretty dresser scarf and bowl will go to the booth.  

A cute vintage crib sheet.  I bought it to cut up and make things - but I don't know if I can bear to do it.  (see the aforementioned teddy bear....)

Friday morning I picked up this cool handmade cubby.  It will be perfect to hold all the flash cards, bingo cards and other packets I sell.  I think I will paint it with chalkboard paint. 

I also found the little McCoy pottery piece (at the same sale I went back to on Saturday and found the pottery duck - the ones I don't collect) and the big old tape measure.  I also picked up the old wagon wheel. There was a pile of them and they were great.  I would like to have bought them all.  But, the lady recognized me from the Barn sale and wanted to know what I was going to make out of them and quoted a too high for me price.  CURSES.  The hazards of being in a small town.  So, I just bought the one.  But, I want the rest of them! 

And, lastly.  A hot pink un-drilled Viz-a-View bowling ball.  I think I can sell this on ebay for four or five times what I paid for everything I bought this weekend.  That, is a good weekend in my eye.  

I hope the junk is picking up in your area.  It's just starting here.  But I am excited!  :)

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