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, January 18, 2007

Drumroll, please........

This my 200th post! When I first started this blog I called it, "Shara's Deal of the Day". I talked about my retail shopping adventures and online deals mostly. That was before I knew that I wasn't the only person on the planet that LOVES thrift stores and the wonderful things that lie within waiting to be discovered. I thought I was the only one that actually got a high from finding that perfect THING. My ebay ID has been monkeybox since day one, so I changed the name of this blog to "monkeybox" some time this past year. You can read at the top what a real monkeybox once was in my life.

I remember when I got my very first comment - I was so excited! Someone was reading MY blog! Unlike the time my so-called friend read my entire diary when I was 13, this was a definite moral booster. For someone with a love of writing, but hadn't had the outlet for it in several years, this blog has been a wonderful thing in my life. I don't get to deep or brainy in my posts, but I get it out of my head and off of my chest. So, now I can write about that fantastic thingamabob I found at the thrift, the great sale I made on ebay, the secret stash of 90% off candy I located at Target or even grumble about a certain man living in the house.

I'd like to thank Carol, Libby and Heidi for all their comments. Then there's the rest of the YSQ gals - Chrisx4, Annette, SophiesMom and everyone else. If I missed anyone else - I get some that are "Annonymous" and I don't know who they are! I have a Titan fan who wants me to post 3-4 times a day - I know they are kidding. Oh yes, a big "HOWDY" to my biggest fan - My MOM - aka Mumsie.

I've joined in on a few swaps lately. All the other lovely ladies involved with the swaps have been reading my blog and posting lately too. I appreciate them all.

I promised a GIVEAWAY in celebration of the big day. So, here it goes. Please leave a comment and don't forget to sign it with your name. I have a couple of questions for you to answer so I can send you something you might like. One thing the winner will receive is a genuine Stripey Bag which is a requirement for any yard saler or thrifter.


1. What do you collect?
2. What are your hobbies?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your favorite sweet?

This will help me find some goodies that you are sure to like!

I'll give everyone until Sunday to leave a comment. Then I will write down all the names and have DS draw a name. So, thanks again and leave your comment!


  1. Questions:

    1. What do you collect?
    anything with roses
    2. What are your hobbies?
    cross stitch
    3. What is your favorite color?
    sage green and barn red
    4. What is your favorite sweet?
    sour patch kids

    I can't wait until you are a paid,published writer and then I can say,"yeah, but I knew her when it was free."

  2. Happy 200th post! :)

    1. I collect old linens, hankies, aprons, 40s-50s kitchen stuff (I posted on the thread on YSQ!)
    2. Hobbies: reading blogs (LOL), crafty stuff, scrapbooking, cooking, cupcakes (cupcakes can be a hobby, can't they?)
    3. Current favorites are either red or aqua, especially a combination of the two.
    4. Reeses Peanut Butter cups. Just bought some of the foil-wrapped Valentine hearts and they are yummy!

    I always enjoy your blog posts and your YSQ posts, Shara! You have a great sense of humor!

  3. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Wow!!! I feel so honored to be named in your blog! I'm a faithful reader and check for updates every day! :) (I don't have one of those fancy blog checker program thingamajigs!) Yay, thanks for thinking of me!!

    A stripey bag?? I don't have one! I just have to win!! :)

    Ok, onto your questions...

    1. Hmm, what do I collect? CDs & DVDs, Little Golden Books, Sweet Dreams teen romance books (don't ask!), cookbooks, bath & beauty products...need I go on?
    2. Hobbies - yardsaling, the internet, hanging out with my husband, going to movies, music, etc.
    3. My favorite color is purple!
    4. OMG, I have to pick one?! I would say salt water taffy!

  4. 1. What do you collect?
    Vintage floral linens and plates, vintage cards and children's books(prints)

    2. What are your hobbies?

    Gardening and thrifting

    3. What is your favorite color?


    4. What is your favorite sweet

    Hershey's chocolate with almonds

    I love reading your blog!

    Alex for YSQ

  5. 200 post is quite an accomplishment. I feel like such a newbie! I've been reading your blog to get to know you better for the pink & brown swap and you just crack me up. I think you should write a book about your thrifting/yard saling adventures.

    1. I collect cookbooks and crystal/cut glass (mostly vases)
    2. I like to read, cook, sew and go thrift
    3. My favorite color is pink
    4. I like chewy-chocolate candy like Rolos

  6. I am posting this for Sveltestuff who is having troubles commenting.

    1. What do you collect?
    Haeger, Sweater Clips, VERA (or as my DH would say "What doesn't she collect?!")
    2. What are your hobbies?
    Stuff 'hunting and gathering' , gardening, road-tripping
    3. What is your favorite color?
    Do I have to limit it to one?... Orange, Dk. purple
    4. What is your favorite sweet?
    YES!! Just not big on chocolate (jelly beans, Necco conv. hearts, black licorice)
    AND What is a 'STRIPEY BAG' ???????????
    CONGRATS AGAIN - looking forward to the next 200!! -svelteSTUFF

  7. Thanks everyone for commenting. I wish I could send everyone a goody box. Keep on commenting!

  8. Anonymous6:00 PM

    Wow! 200 posts! I also love reading your posts and am glad that you enjoy writing it so much. One day it will be a neat thing to pass copies of to your son since he is in so many of them. It's like a diary of your family's life.

    1. I collect Ankor Hockings Forest Green Glass vases and gardening pots (both indoor and outdoor).
    2. I love yardsaling/thrifting, couponing and gardening. I also love to read.
    3. My favorite color is deep purple.
    4.I love York Peppermint Patties the best, but also 3 Muskateers and Tootsie Rolls. Oh yeah, orange pumpkins at Halloween and red and green gum drops at Christmas...and...

    Annette: Are there some specific Little Golden Books that you need? I have some and see them often at sales.

    Shara: What does your son like? I am not above bribery to win the stripey bag. Just kidding!


  9. Anonymous11:47 PM

    WOWSERS,I am now cross famous LOL-I am also honored to be an honorable mention in your blog...My other near famous was from a young teen that i just met that called me TOTALLY ausume on her my space-which I yelled at her about for personal details on the WWW.

    I don't need a gift package unless you have some SWAG from one of those fab awards show (although I hear they are not giving those out since the STARS are not wanting to claim them as gifts for tax purposes.

    For fun though I will answer:

    I collect clutter and random deals-I have 6 boxes of hair color and have not dyed my hair in 12 years, I collect lost souls, my dh was one, his kids, the neighbor boys, lost dogs etc. I have been doing better about not rescuing things I can not save ;)

    Hobbies are education advancement-not that you'd know from my children's grades, politics, READING, internet random learning-click on a link about molting butterflies from outer Mongolia-a new translation of SANSKRIT, and Pluto's descent into obscurity.

    I love CORAL and Salmon, watermelon but not RED-colbalt blues and aquas, to wear though often the earth tones.

    CREPES call my name simple with jam, Cannolli-crisp and fresh with sinfully rich filling-key lime pie that is NOT green but pale and creamy

    Congrats on your anniversary-of blogdom. You are fun to read and OH I Bought a lottery ticket tonight-;0

  10. Anonymous1:20 PM

    Congrats on your 200th post!

    1. books, texasware bowls, dogs, shoes, purses, etc...
    2. Reading, surfing the net, junking, cooking
    3. To wear black (its slimming you know)
    4. cake, just any kind of cake.

    See ya later - Neesie on YSQ



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