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.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Call Me Dear Abby

I am a board member at Yardsalequeen. The Queen, Chris, was contacted by a newspaper for an interview and it turned out that it was MY local newspaper, so the Queen referred the reporter back to me. I spoke with her on the phone. She asked for my advice on both attending and having a yard sale. The article is well written - it is concise, but gives information good information. The best part? I didn't come off like a blathering buffoon! Yeah, me!

You can read the article here: The Morning News

***I did tell a small white lie when she asked how much of my house was devoted to my yard sale finds. "Oh not much at all!" I said very fast and high pitched. "Not much at all!"


  1. Oh, lovely! You sounded smart.

    Well, you didn't lie. A lot of it is from thrift stores!

  2. Melissa7:11 AM

    Wow! First you make the cake book and now the newspaper! Is Oprah the next stop? :o)
    You did a nice job in the article!

  3. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Great article, Princess!

  4. I love it! You sounded great and I love how she included the part about The Bean going with you. And did your nose grow ever so slightly with that last little fib about your house? ;) At least it wasn't an in-person interview--no hiding your treasures then! LOL

  5. Wow, Shara...You sure are getting your name in print alot! You won't forget all the little people, right?? Seriously...it was a good story. You sounded very knowlegable without giving away TOO many secrets!! Have a great Sunday! *elaine*

  6. Yep, we get to say we knew you "when"...... That was cool of Chris to send it back your way. They didn't post a pic of you, so you can still shop incognito for now.

    Did you ever consider writing for a newspaper? I read a Sunday column that is a dual between a dad and teen son and their different takes on life.

  7. Great article! My son and I went to a yard sale last week and we each bought some used CD's for $2 apiece. When we got home, one CD case was missing the CD! It pays to look things over before you buy!

  8. Oh, Princess Shara, you are so wise (and now famous!) Great article.


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