Creepy rummage sale find

>> Friday, October 3, 2008

Wendi and I have worked the first day of the Spruce Pine Montessori School Rummage Sale the last three years. The rummage sale proceeds make up a big part of the school's operating expenses each year, and we're happy our schedules allow us to be there most of the day and volunteer.

Selfishly, we also love the chance to take a look at everything that's for sale before the great hordes of bargain hunters descend on what is, essentially, a 60-family yard sale. This year seemed to be the year, however, that most families decided to weed out the most hideous tchotchkes in their closets. Like this disturbing little fellow.

A monkey, I assume? Perhaps something to adorn a child's bedroom. To stare at her during the night. In the dark. As she sleeps. Watching. Waiting.

Most disconcerting of all is the hole in the monkey's posterior:

A missing tail, one presumes? An unfortunate absence that suggests other, more illicit, uses.

By which, of course, I mean a planter.


Kitt October 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM  

Eek! I wouldn't want that in my house. Though tucked in a corner of the garden it might be amusing for shock value.

Did anyone buy it?

Sara Z. October 3, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

Boy I would love to see that turn up on Antiques Road Show.

TN-Tanuki October 3, 2008 at 3:43 PM  

It's an Avant-Garde ashtray from the 1920's, extremely popular in Soho in New York from what I hear. There were different styles, monkey, donkey, elephant, etc; oddly enough all with the same facial expression. The elephant lacked a truck unlike the monkey and donkey.

TN-Tanuki October 3, 2008 at 3:44 PM  

Or I could just be talking out of _my_ tail hole! ;)

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