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.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I'd like to thank my Mom

I was recently nominated for a Rockin' Blogger Girl Award by Rebecca at Thrifty Goodness. Thank you Rebecca! Thrifty goodness is one of the very first blogs I ever started reading. I really don't remember how I found her blog, but I was amazed that someone else liked thrifting! Who knew there were others out there like ME??? I thought she was like a Rock Star having her own blog. I didn't realize that real people had blogs. I thought you had to be "somebody" to have a blog. After I started this blog, I found out that Rebecca was reading my blog. Wowzers! Now I consider Rebecca one of my Blog Buddies.

I started this blog as a way to share my deals that I found along the way each day. Back then it was more of a retail deal blog - Target, Amazon, Walgreen's, coupon deals, etc. Thus, my URL is still mydealoftheday. I'd like to change that, but then I'd lose some of my readers. Now I like to write about my junking excursions and trips out with The Bean. It has given me a way to write and express myself once again. As a wife and stay at home Mom, I don't get to use my words and creativity very often. So, this has been my avenue. I appreciate all the nice comments I get about my writing. Rebecca mentioned my creepy guy post and had left me a very nice compliment on it. Oliveoyl said that she feels like she is talking to me in person when she reads my blog. And Libby always says the very nicest things too. I appreciate all the comments and all the wonderful friends I have met. *Cue the orchestra* My acceptance speech has gone too long.....

So, on to my nominations.

#1: My girl Heidi at Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls. She is clever, crafty, loves junking like me and is a decorating diva. She's like me in that most of her belongings outdate her by forty years or so. I read her blog a long time before I started getting to know her on a one to one basis. She was a rock star to me, now she is my friend!

#2: The Hunt for Vintage is a blog full of amazing finds. The first post I ever read was one where she salvaged goodies from a dumpster outside her elderly neighbor's house (with permision). She rescued the most amazing things I have ever seen. Read it here! She has a booth in a shop in KC that I would love to check out sometime.

I've found a few new blogs lately that I'd like to share:

Excuse me while I buy that junk. Explanation not neccesary, huh???

Rosey Little Things I participated in a swap on Swapbot that was just to share your blog with other bloggers and maybe make a connection. Jen and I found each other and have similar loves and tastes. She's a junker too!

Design on PostShe lives in Military Housing, but you'd never guess it from her decorating skills. She's a thrifter too!

Southern Hospitality Her house looks like it is a magazine spread and has been professionally decorted. But! She gets most of her treasures at yard sales! Recently she has been posting pictures of the goodies that she doesn't buy as well as the ones she does buy. Like all of us junkers, her house is filling up and she has to leave some things where she finds them.

Check them out, you might find a new blog to read. Like we need more.....


  1. Anonymous7:04 PM

    Shara: Thanks for listing some other people's blogs. It's always fun to read what others are doing in shopping and junking.

    Congratulations on your award, maybe you can find a trophy at a sale for yourself. It can be of something spectacular...whatever you wish.


  2. Awe, thanks fr the kudos! I wish I had time to post more often but the baby keeps me hopping! Not that I mind - they grow up way too fast. Thanks for the new blog links too - off to check them out!

  3. Congrats on the award! Thanks for the mention:) Jen

  4. I love reading your blog, your writing is always so funny and inspiring! :) I'm so glad that two rock stars like us became friends :)

    Many of your nominations are new to me so I'm off to meet some new rock stars!

  5. Me? A rock star? oh, pshaw. :) You are so sweet to mention me, my friend! I'll be blogging about it tomorrow! :)

  6. Shara, I just read your "Creepy Guy" post & absolutely fell in Love with your little family! What a Cute story! Sooo Funny!

    I also just marked all of the blogs you listed as Favorites! I will link to them when I have more time! Some really Great blogs!


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