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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Swap is Closed

I will be emailing the swap partners today.  I won't clutter up the blog with the details since there are only a few of us participating.  I need an email for you Gayden, please.  Jenn - I'm sorry that I couldn't contact you before now - there isn't an email associated with your account.  Since there only a handful of us in this swap, I think we will have to keep it in the US.  I am SO sorry!!!!  I hope you can find a swap partner in your area.  Maybe next time?  Thanks for understanding!

Participants are:


I will email you guys, but if you need me  - monkeybox at juno.com

Now, start gathering!  Yea!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vintage Christmas Swap

Would anyone be interested in a Vintage Christmas swap?  I haven't really "hosted" a swap in awhile, but I do love my vintage Christmas. I don't believe in dollar amount limits or rules.  Just fill up a nice size box full of vintage Christmas things that you would be proud to receive yourself (no junk or broken things or stinky things or non-vintage-y things) and send it to your partner.  It will give you an excuse to buy MORE at the thrifts.  Yea!  Who wouldn't want to do that????  You can always include a sweet treat or a surprise.  But, mostly, just full up a box (maybe like shoe box size for an idea) and have FUN with it!  

 I am participating in another swap and instead of two people swapping, it is A sends to B and B sends to C and C sends to D and so on.  Which way do you prefer?  I'll figure that out after sign ups too.  Tell me which one sounds the best. (I prefer two swapping with each other, but am open to the other way too),
If you are interested, leave a comment or email me at monkeybox at juno.com (I am told that leaving a comment on here is problematic at times which I DO NOT understand and I do apologize for it.)

I'll set up the specifics after I see if anyone is interested (although I suspect they will be...) like the date to mail and such.  I would think we should mail about December 5th so we can have time to hunt and gather and also have time to enjoy it when we get it.  

So, are you IN?  I hope so!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Booth: Santa is in the HOUSE

I took all my vintage Christmas stuff to the big booth last week and today I took more to the small booth.  The big booth is VERY FULL.  I started at the upper outside of the booth and worked my way down each shelf and onto the next area and pulled a ton of stuff that had been there a long time and things that I was just sick of seeing.  I pulled about seven big totes FULL of merchandise.  Then I brought in a bunch of new old stuff and then I put the Christmas goodies out.  I had a lot.  And I am on the hunt for even more - you know me!  

Here are the results.  As usual, I have a huge bright florescent light in my booth which makes it the best well lit booth in the whole store, but makes it impossible to photograph.  I'll take the light over not being easily photographed.  

That tall white shelf hold all the ephemera - flash cards of all sorts, old dictionary page bundles, sheet music bundles, kid card packs, Button cards, mini flash cards, big flash cards, BINGO card packs, Scrabble word packs, Book Cover clipboards and much, much more.  Beside that is this great old cubby I found years ago (for 50¢!) that holds a lot of little things including cups and small figurines and such.  Below that is an old wooden crate full of vintage toys.  
My ornament wreaths hang on the outside of the shelf.  I want something different to go there instead of that while particle board shelf, but I just haven't found it yet.  But, I will.  Someday!  Below the wreaths is a light up fake fireplace insert with the sparkler inside.  

 Opposite side holds the blowmolds this time of year and some vintage stockings.  This is the only area I have for something "big" and even these are not really "big".
I meant to pull those frames!  Whoops!  The old coke crate holds spice tins and salt and pepper shakers.  Bundt pan wreaths and vintage puzzle magnets are on the edge of the black shelf.  

This is mostly all kitchen related stuff - Pyrex, aluminum tumblers, glasses, utensils, cookbooks, breadboxes, linens, aprons, scales, cookie cutters and on an on.  Just about anything I can find vintage and kitcheny goes there.  

The big shelf in the back usually holds all vintage things and more ephemera.  Now, except for the bottom shelf  it is all Christmas.  The bottom shelf holds vintage games and puzzles.  The four blue baskets are my Ben Franklin baskets full of grab bags of vintage ornaments.  I wish they were out so shoppers can see them better.  At the Junk Ranch I had them all in an old Bassinet and people could rummage through them.  Hopefully people will dig in these baskets too.  I made a bunch of holiday themed flash card packs this year.  I liked the look of them, so I made signs for all my "departments" that look like vintage flashcards.  I like it and think it makes it all look cohesive instead of handwritten signs.  

Saturday during our Anniversary sale I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa from Andromeda Vintage.  She lives in CO and had been in Branson, so she took a junking loop through my neck of the woods and managed to find Lara's booth and mine way out in our little flea market town!  It was so fun to meet someone from faraway that I felt like I already knew.  She is braver than me to drive from Branson to here and back to Colorado alone with only a GPS to guide her.  

Today I took even more vintage Christmas to our small booth.  Lara had put in a bunch of great handmade signs and scrap wood trees.  She is SO talented!  Her stuff is just so VERY clever.  The thing about the two of us is that we are terrible business people.  By that I mean we are great to each other and do not worry about ourselves. Lara will take in her things, rework the booth and shove all her stuff to the back and highlight mine.  Then, a few days later, I go in and rework it and try to make her stuff shine and hide my stuff.  It actually works because our area looks different about twice a week to keep it interesting.  I think we have a good mix this time - her large prints and signs and my smalls.  Plus I took a big folk art Santa, a tree and some other bigger-ish things.  

That Santa is all handmade from his knit sweater and leather moccasins to his willow chair.  But he was mounted on this huge board and he had three teddy bears, a books, handmade toys at his feet and a tree in the back. It was SO busy and just a hot mess.  I took it all apart and reworked just the Santa in the chair.  I gave him a pine cone to hold and put another small pine cone on his hat.  He is simple and really nice now.  I am glad I gave him another chance at life.  If he doesn't sell, that is okay with me.  (But, I hope he does).  His moccasins are awesome! 

The hallway in our area is about two feet wide so again, good photos are nearly impossible.  We do have a good mix of holiday, handmade and gift-y things.  

I bet that HO HO HO ya'll is already gone.  It's GREAT!  

So, now that is all done it is time to GET BUSY here at the house and get ready for Christmas.  I didn't put out any Halloween, Fall or Thanksgiving this year, so I am behind on my clearing out and making room to get ready.  Since I didn't decorate for those things, I am ready for glitter and mercury glass and shiny brites and Annalee's and Santas and my grocery store village and all that good Christmas stuff.  


Friday, November 07, 2014

The Week in Junk: Slim Pickin's

Thursday I had to go put a few things out at Lara's and mine's tiny booth.  Since I managed to leave the house sans the menfolk, I also managed to hit FOUR thrifts all by myself in addition to working the booth.  My vintage Christmas radar is in high gear.  I am panicked because I have the big booth chock full, but once the big blowmolds and stuff sells, I don't have anything to fill those spaces.  I don't really have anything Christmas to take to the tiny booth because it will surely sell at the big booth and it may or may not sell in the tiny booth.  I don't want to take things to the tiny booth just for the sale of taking them and have them NOT sell.  We are still learning the ropes at that tiny booth. Lara was pleased with our first full month's check.  I think she made about twice what I did. But her items are more pricey (as they should be for her awesome handmade signs), so that makes sense.  I am still missing several things that have either been shoplifted or misplaced in that giant store.  It's a crapshoot if I will ever see them again.  I like selling and making money, but I really don't like not selling and not making money even more.  But, it is a small spot, easy to get to in town and hardly any work at all.  So, the extra money is good, right?

So, I went a little off track there, didn't I?  

I spotted this Jadeite cup and saucer on the shelf at Goodwill and dove on it.  I have never, ever seen Jadeite at a thrift.  Ever.  But, now I find out that it is a reproduction and not a cool old piece.  But sometimes people like repro's so they can actually use them and not be worried about breaking them. It 's going to the booth in the Christmas area with a nice red Shiny Brite plunked in it.  

The thrifts are putting out the Christmas.  So far, the Salvation Army has the most out, so I need to go there OFTEN.  All of these things came from there.  A box of not so old but not so new Shiny Brites. I bought it for that one missing ornament.  I will replace it with one I have at home and put it in the booth.  The pink mercury glass grapes are mine forever and ever.  Love those things.  The Waechtersbach plate might go on ebay - it should sell for $25.00 or so, but the fear of breakage makes me think I might put it in the booth for $12.00 and call it good.  (Speaking of ebay - the Blythe ended at $515.00 if you weren't watching. What a fun little find that turned out to be!)

Here's the ornament I kept - a red toadstool Shiny Brite.  
I mean, COME ON, how cute is that?

Here is something I bought for the tiny college town booth - an owl plaque.  This one is made out of pressed Coors Light cans.  You can only see the Coors logo if you peek at the back of the tin.  

And another owl plaque - this one made out of nails.  After I paid for these and was waking out of Goodwill, I heard the cashier and the people behind me talking about how the whole "owl trend" is over.  I think (and hope) they were talking about the 1970's Owl trend, because I still seem to sell them okay.  But, I could be wrong.  Trends seem to come and go lately.  I used to make my booth rent on those silly Scrabble word packets I made up.  But, I don't think I have sold one in a couple of months.  

This little folk art thing is neat.  It's two dogs and they have a chain in between there teeth.  It hangs on a wall or sits on a shelf and you can hang a towel or something on the chain.  One of the dogs legs is damaged, but it was only $1.00 and I can see past that imperfection.  

That little depression glass set is a) plastic and b) a toy.  I can just see a tiny tot in her dress and heels taking Daddy a bourbon after work.  So sweet.  :D  The little mirrored tray says SLAT and PEPPER on it.  I think I have a red set  that will fit on it just right for the booth.

And, my last and most fun find - this sheet of old iron on appliques.  "Guaranteed to beautify your household linens".   I scanned them into my computer so I can use them in crafts somehow.  Love that silly pea!  And the tomato with the "pea"rls!  

Tomorrow is our anniversary at the big booth store - I have had my booth in there for three years. We are having cake and treats, door prizes and sales.  I will be working in the afternoon and slipping some more vintage Christmas into my booth when I can get in there.  Hopefully it will be a busy day!  

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The Week in Junk: Colorful Finds

*Thanks for all the Blythe doll love!  Thursday my phone did the "you have a bid" *ding* so The Bean went to see what was happening while I got a drink of water.  The bid was $99.99, so I expected it to go up about $5.00.  When he told me that it had jumped to $277.00 - I did a spit take!  Then it dinged a couple more times to land at $359.00.  Shazam!  If it sells for that I will be pleased.  But, I think that tomorrow could be a noisy day for my phone.  :)  *ding*ding*!

I went to a couple of thrifts on Friday and to several yard sales today.  I know that the days of yard sales are coming to an end with the cold weather coming this soon.  (It was 31 this morning  - in Arkansas!) So, I am trying to hit as many as I can while they are still out there.  

This is a bunch of odd stuff, but the colors all looked great together.  A nice wooden crate for booth display, a turquoise play phone, handful of old metal cookie cutters ( I seem to be on a roll of finding those lately), a vintage Sleeping beauty book with nice color plates for framing, a set of six stacking mugs, a set of 1972 Wilton fondant cutters and a dozen play store eggs that I put in a vintage egg carton I had.  There are two different shades of yarn from two different dress kits from the 1960's. There are six skeins of one and five skeins of another.  The medal is a teaching award from the 1960's.  I bought a whole handful of Native American sterling rings, that medal, dog tags, little keys and some other things for 25¢.
The blues had their turn  now for some red's:  A vintage Red Riding Hood book, a candle blowmold just like the one I got last week, a great old biscuit tin with the Mayflower on it and a Red Cross Storybook doll - she is a three in one doll and really sweet.  The yo yo doll I actually saw at a yard sale last weekend for $10.00 (that's very old, etc.).  I bought it at the Super Cheap Thrift today for 50¢.  

The Cooky Book is another cook book I always buy and it always sells.  I found four different baggies of cookie cutters today at four sales.  'Tis the season!

I bought a gallon size baggie full of keys for $5.00.  The lady gave me the storybook doll since I bought the keys.  I always have a tin of keys at The Junk Ranch for 50¢ each and you wouldn't believe how many I sell.  Men and kids just love to paw through them.  

That buggy thing isn't something I would normally even buy, but it was 50¢, so I grabbed it.  Maybe I can stick a vintage doll in it or something and put it in the booth.  I love old tins for storage and this one has NUTS all over it and I am NUTS, so there you go!  :)  The wooden thing is a very old tripod that folds up and closes with a leather band.  It's really neat.  I just wish I would have paid more attention to it before I folded it up.  Help!  

I pulled all this gingham out of a bag of crappy polyester fabrics.  I love it that there is chicken scratch started on the black.  I love gingham, but I don't have a speck of it in my house.

These little vintage dolls have on their socks and shoes but are otherwise nekkid.  

I buy Bundt pans for making wreaths and that is why I picked this one up.  But then I came to my senses when I realized that it is THE perfect PINK color.  I saw a blog once where they had tons of bundt pans all in different colors all around their kitchen.  It was so lovely!  This one will have to hang near my birthday cake collection.  

I hit some good vintage stuff at the Salvation Army yesterday which rarely ever happens.  Some German wooden ornaments, a glass Santa and an old blown glass Santa ornament.  The Irmi lamp was at another Little Old Lady thrift for ONE DOLLAR.  :)  

In the center is this party Valentine party favor.  He is from the 1930's or 1940's, I think,  His legs are candy wrapped in cellophane.  The candy is still in there!  Cool!  And, also Yuck!  I just love him so much.  He will go in my party collection too.  

A good weekend in junk - a lot to sell, some projects and a couple things for me.  


I hope your weekend was perfection too!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Week in Junk: Kitsch, Christmas and a Money Maker too

I went to several sales on Friday.  Saturday I went back to one that I had hit on Friday again because the older man told me there would be more stuff out.  I had gotten something really, really, really good there so I was a greedy pig and wanted MORE.  That's at the end.

My photos are to be cute and not in the order I bought them.

Better Homes and Garden Cook Book for 50¢.  I have probably sold ten of these at $10.00.  So, if I see one cheap - I buy it.  There was also a big stack of old pamphlet cookbooks - "Cooking with Peanuts" and "Recipes with Potato Chips" and "Lard is Good for You!" and things like that but they were 50¢ each.  When I went back on Saturday, the lady told me to grab them all for 50¢.  So, I did, but I forgot to photograph them.  *sad face*
I have said before that I am not a Pyrex person, but if I see it cheap and in good condition - I will buy it for the booth.  Both pieces were $1.00 each and in perfect condiditon.  The top one is actually Glasbak, but I loved the star motif.  Remnids me of the dishes we had when I was a kid.  
 The little milk glass apples and the tablecloth were all 50¢ each.  I wonder what those apples were for back in the day? Jam?  Jelly?
I bought a whole big bag full of kitschy Christmas stuff - all destined for the booth.  There was a huge bag full of old metal cookie cutters at a sale for 25¢.  Love those for crafting and sticking in my collection.  Plus, I sell them as is - so that was a great find.  

I am keeping this rubber squeaky Santa and the two old plastic candy containers.  I love the old Santa.  I try to sell way more than I keep lately, but sometime you just have to find a little treasure to keep you excited to keep looking for more!

I spotted this beautifully framed lithograph at at Church Sale for $10.00.  I was trying to decide if I should buy it or not.  I sent a photo to Lara and asked if she liked it.  I didn't receive an answer back right away so I decided to go ahead and buy it.  When we met up later she asked if I had bought Jesus for her.   I said, well I bought it to sell and THEN I got your text so now I feel like a heel.  She laughed it off and said I was being silly.  I said, "Don't let Jesus come between our friendship!" as she walked across the parking lot.  I got a couple strange looks at that statement.  Now every time I see Jesus, I feel guilt.  I will say it is beautifully framed and dated 1940.  A tiny gray haired old lady told me that it "hung in our living room my entire childhood."  

A 25¢ baggie full of vintage baby toys was a happy find.  I don't know why I love old baby things SO much.  The Bean was fascinated by the two hard plastic fishing bobber looking toys.  He wondered how many kids were rendered unconscious by those things.  

This old Beistle Black Cat will go on ebay next year.  

This elf was not something I picked up right away.  I had to think about it.  It is handmade.  When you plug it in his arms go up and down and his head moves.  He came with a wooden stool, but I can't figure out how to put him on it.  I think it will do well on ebay.  I hope anyway!
He's quite a character.  

Okay - this doll.  This doll is a puppet.  Her head is almost as big as mine.  You put your hand through the sleeve so you can interact with kids.  All that is different and unique enough.  BUT!

What is UP with THAT?  
She is an Eegee doll from the 1970's.  
I am hoping she will do well on ebay too.

But, my hope of a good ebay sale is up next.

It's a good one.  


Okay, most of a Blythe doll.  Her legs are missing. But that is a small thing considering the popularity of these dolls.  Kenner made these dolls for on e year only - 1972.  They are insanely popular now.  A doll with a body (!) and her original outfit just sold for $4050.00.  What the what?  A head - I said A HEAD ONLY just sold for $535.00. 

I knew what she was the minute I saw her and I grabbed her up. When I met up with Lara, I showed it to her and pulled the string on her back.  (On the doll's back - not Lara's.)  As soon as we realized what was going on - we both gasped!  
With each pull of the string - her eyes not only change position in her head, but they change color - each color more bright and vivid than the next.  Blue, green, orange and PINK!  

She is on ebay right now.  Usually ebay 'suggests' I start my auctions at 99¢.  This time it suggested I start it at $100.00!  Fingers crossed on this poor Blythe doll.  

Hope you found some good junk this weekend.  It is going to be cold this Saturday so I imagine yard sales will be dwindling.  Still looking for a big cache of  vintage Christmas to come my way.  But, aren't we all?????

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

We moved to Arkansas from Kansas in 1972.  We bought a house out by the lake where mostly retired people lived.  My Dad was 34, my Mom was 28 and I was 5.  When I started school that Fall, the big yellow school bus drove all the way out to the lake and picked me up.  When I would get on the bus, the driver would pick me up and sit me beside him on the Emergency Medical box.  That way he could keep an eye on me and know I was safe.  There were some Jr. High and High School kids on the bus, but I was the only Elementary student on the bus for FIVE YEARS.  

Because we were different than most people in our neighborhood - and by that I mean - YOUNG, they paid a lot of attention to us.  And not good attention.  Like making sure my Dad mowed and my Mom kept the house clean.  One set of neighbors came up one time and casually asked if they could look in our basement because someone had stolen their Grand Piano.  First of all, there are NO basements in Arkansas.  NONE.  Secondly, thanks a lot lady - we didn't take you piano.  A few months later they invited us to dinner.  After sending some time with me, they told my Mom, "She is surprisingly bright - considering her parents."  She said that TO my Mom!  

My Dad bought an old white VW bug and my Mom thought it would be fun to paint daisies on it.  So we did.  She outlined them and we all painted them in and painted the centers.  My Mom drove it all the time and we got quite the looks and smiles.  One time, my Mom and I were in town and a Police Car came up fast behind us with the blue lights flashing and he sirens whaling.  They made us get out of the car while they searched it.  They said a bank had just been robbed in a nearby town and the description of our car matched the description of the getaway car.  Because, as you might imagine, flowered covered VW bugs were EVERYWHERE and made excellent getaway cars due to their ability to NOT STAND OUT.  Anyway, they decided they *might* have the wrong people and let us go.  

My Mom would often pick me up from school if she happened to be in town at that that time of day. She would sometimes bring our monkey, Amanda with her.  At that time, schools were long buildings with floor to ceiling windows.  As soon as the kids heard the putt-putt of the Volkswagen coming up the circle drive -they would all make a mad rush to the windows to see if the monkey was there that day.  I was in my classroom and I knew that my entire class had their noses pressed to the windows.  But it was years later that she told me that every.single kid in the school was lined up at the windows.  And the teachers.

When I was in the 3rd grade, my Dad was coming home from work in the flowered VW and he rolled it down a huge hill.  He rolled and rolled and rolled and then bounced off the side into a ravine.  He really should have been killed.  No one wore seat belts and I doubt the VW even had any and if there were - they were just lap belts.  He walked all the way out of the ravine and up the other side of the hill and knocked on a door for help.  When they opened it, he was covered in what appeared to be blood and brain matter.  But it was, in fact, most of a flat of garden tomatoes that he was bringing home that had pummeled him and splattered all over him in the accident.  I remember that he was really upset about losing those tomatoes.

While we waited in the Emergency Room waiting room, my Mom got out a cigarette (which she only smoked when stressed or with a cocktail.)  She stuck it in her mouth and then noticed a sign on the wall that said, "NO SMOKING".  She walked over to it and started banging her fists on the sign saying, "DOES THIS MEAN I CAN'T SMOKE?"  I think she was a bit stressed out.   They sent him home and he was in bed for about two weeks.  He turned purple from his neck to his toes, but nothing was broken or injured.  He was just really really banged up.  The day after his accident, we had a multiplication test in school and I didn't do well.  My teacher made me stay in at recess and told me that I needed to study and get a better grade to make my Dad happy since he was at home in bed.  DUDE - I was scared to death and worried - that is why I didn't do great on my test.  

The VW sat in a field for many years and then it got hauled off to the scrap yard.  I never even knew a photo of it existed until my cousin sent me this photo this summer.  It sure brought up a lot of memories!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thank you

Thank you for all the sweet comments and thoughts about my Little Lady.  I am missing her like crazy.  She was my buddy for so very long.  We have our other too kitties to keep us company.  They are both sweet as heck and I love them - but neither of them are very lovey dovey to me.  So, I am missing my girl.

Anyway  - I just wanted to thank you guys.  Your understanding means the world to me.  

I'll be back with some junk or a journey or something fun soon.  I promise.


Monday, October 20, 2014

My Little Lady

This post is mostly for me.  I know you will leave me comments but I am not sure that I will be able to respond to them.  So, thank you in advance.
 Today, we lost our very sweet and wonderful Little Lady.  She was my constant shadow and just the sweetest little girl ever.  When I spotted her on the porch. all those years ago, I knew she was to be ours.  I worked hard to get her in the house, luring her with food every day until one day I was able to pick her up and bring her in.  It was a cold January Day and she was just a tiny thing.  She ran into my office, straight into the closet and I didn't see her again for almost 48 hours.  I really thought she must have died since she was gone so long.  I dug around in the closet - ebay storage, you know - and found her in a tiny curled up heap on a teddy bear's lap sleeping soundly.  She had been on the run, scared and cold for so long.  She could finally rest.  
 About six years ago, she started having seizures.  Man, that was scary.  She had them every two months of so for the past six years.  She always came back to me, like I willed her to do every time. She was such a good girl.  Because of those seizures, we checked on her constantly throughout the day to make sure she was safe and unhurt.  It was apart of our day.  Our routine.

About a three months ago, I noticed a lump on her side.  It grew fast and I knew nothing could be done at her age.  I just held my breath.  She remained sweet and healthy but she slept more each day.  She still ate and did her usual kitty routine though.  Last week one of her eyes went blood red and I knew she was blind in one eye.  But, still she acted like she felt okay and did her usual things.  This weekend, Just as fast, her other eye did the same thing.  She was lost in her own home.  She couldn't find her water or food.  I was devastated.  The Bean can't remember not having her in our lives.  This morning, she took a turn for the worse and within on hour, I made a painful decision, took her to the vet and it was all over.  They were so kind to me and to her.  I wrapped her in her quilt and they let me have time with her.  I have never had to do this with a pet before - it was so very hard.  But, I am peace tonight because just as quickly as she came into our lives all those years ago - she left us today. 

I love you Little Lady.  
I will love you forever and remember you always.  

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