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, September 23, 2009

monkeybox Junk Box Swap

***SWAP CLOSED***** Thanks ladies. I will send out the box on Monday and the instructions this weekend. Yipppppeee!
I have an idea. Last year, or maybe it was two years ago, I did a Junk Swap. The rules were this: Fill up a box of junk, send it to your partner and get a box of junk back in the mail.

This year, I was thinking of doing something a bit different. A traveling box of JUNK.

I will fill up a Flat Rate Box from the Post Office with JUNK. No big books or things like that - but STUFF from my varied stash of JUNK. I will hit my sewing stuff, crafting area, misc. stuff, etc., holiday area, everything. No breakables like pottery or glass things. Things that I know will stand the test of the Post Office's delicate (Ahem) handling. Lots and lots of goodies, I promise.

I will STUFF that BOX to the GILLS.

Then I will send it to the first person on the list (after I draw names so it sort of travels across the US and not back and forth and here and there). They will go through the box, take out what they want and fill it up again. If you take out fifteen items, try to put fifteen back in. Make sure the box is FULL and HEAVY and send it to the next person on the list. Again, that person will dig through it, take out what they want, fill it up again and send it on the the next person. And so on and so on. Feel free to take as much as you want, just so long as you fill it right back up to the top.

If you sign up, go ahead and start looking for junk to send on in the box once you get it. I'd like a fairly quick turn over - get the box and send it out no later than within a week if possible. Email me when you get it and when you mail it on to the next person. Instructions, directions and the next address on the list will be included in the box - DO NOT REMOVE IT! Send it on with the box.

This will cost the Flat Rate shipping cost of $13.45 but nothing more since it is all things we already have and want to pass on. Send it in the original box (unless it gets a hole kicked in it or something, add a new address label to it (I will include those) and add things you already own to it. Make it FUN! Don't put in one thing if you take out six. If you take out five small things, try to add back in five small things. I want the last person on the list to get good stuff too. Oh, the last person on the list will be ME, so of course, I want a good box in return.

If you are interested - email me at monkeybox@juno.com with your blog address and mailing address so I can plan the route. I will only accept people with good junking blogs that I know will fulfill the requirements and make it a GOOD SWAP. There is always a chance that a swapper will flake, so I do not want that to happen. If person number 3 flakes, no one else gets anything. And, that would be sad. Oh, so sad.

Email me and I will make up a list of participants, make up the swap order and get the box ready to ship out. I want to keep this to ten people or less so that we aren't waiting months to get our box.

Sounds like fun RIGHT??????? So, sign up! Sorry US only and bloggers only too. Bloggers that I know, so keep it on the hush - it's just for us!

*Disclaimer - I use the word JUNK lovingly. JUNK is good stuff. Just things you have extras of or no need for any more. JUNK RULES! Take a photo of what you kept and then pass it on.


  1. We have one person - come on and sign up!

  2. If I weren't in the midst of all this hell, I totally would be in. I hope everyone takes photos!

  3. Hmmm.. maybe if I could have my turn before we move. Such a great idea!!! I am trying to weed out stuff right now!!!

  4. I sent you my info! Great idea! Count me in!~~~XXOO, Beth

  5. I'm in! This sounds like lots of fun! Going to send you my info right now!!

  6. You KNOW you can count me in!! Please sign me up before it's too late! I think that you have all of my info - if you need anything, let me know...

  7. Alas, no blog. But junk, yep. So sad.



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