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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Where's George?

Do you know about Where's George? You track money and how it has travelled to end up in your hands. In May, I received a bill as part of my change at the Super Cheap Thrift Store marked with the"Where's George.com" logo. I knew about the website, so decided to log on and see the journey my dollar bill had taken. It had come by way of North Virginia and ended up in my small town. I logged my dollar bill and then used it as payment at the local grocery store and sent it on it's new journey around the world.

This weekend at the sale where I got the old white shelf, I received yet another dollar bill stamped with the, "Where's George" logo. I stuck it in the back of my wallet so I wouldn't accidentally spend it before I logged it. This morning, I remembered the dollar bill so I decided to log it so I could spend it today at another thrift. I put in the serial number and the denomination and hit ENTER. And do you know what? It was the same darn dollar bill from May. That dollar bill hasn't even made it out of my town in two months??? Millions of dollars in currency floating around this planet and I get the same dollar bill twice? Makes you wonder if you get the same money over and over all the time. I will put it in my thrifitng stash and sent it on it's way again this weekend. Will it make it's way back to me again? Only time can tell.


  1. I've never heard of tracking money before but I bet it is exciting to see where it has been.

  2. Anonymous10:24 AM

    How interesting! I have a bunch of $$ logged into the Where's George website, and in the last 6 months no one has gone in and logged its location. To find the same dollar bill twice is amazing!

  3. ha! that is weird
    i loved your idea on another blog, so i followed you here. you said you put flowers in an old oven mit, that sounds like such a cute idea, i would keep it as is! clever


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