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, June 16, 2010

OPEN For Business

Yesterday, I received a call saying my booth was empty if I wanted to set up now rather than wait until July 1st. The first of the month is a busy time, so this worked out well for me. I had been gathering and pricing things getting ready, but once the call came in, I put it in high gear and got everything organized.
So, here it is - only with what I managed to hunt, gather and price by today.  As you can see - there is still LOTS of room for little stuff on the shelves, things hanging on the pegboard, things hanging on the hooks on the ceiling, etc.  I bought the two big shelves for the booth and found the small skinny one on the right for $4.00  last weekend.   I already had the shelf on the left at home.  I need to find some TALL skinny shelves that will utilize the upper area more.  It will take me a while to tweak it and give it my personality.  You know, doiley's under the pottery, old baskets in the rafters, fun vintage kitsch as far as the eye can see...  I'm really thinking ahead to the holidays - leaves on the rafters, a Christmas tree in the corner, Shiny Brite encrusted wreaths, lots of fun stuff.

Everyone names their booth or their little shop.  I wanted a sign that was me, so I put on my thinking cap.  I picked up a very nice (and probably pretty expensive) frame out of a FREE pile last weekend.  I spray painted it white and added some aqua glittery paper to it. 

Then I broke out the old PROBE cards and spelled out monkeybox

I like it.  It's me.  Soon the booth will be me too. 

If the Good Lord's Wilin' and the creeks don't rise.  

I don't know why I said that.

It just popped into my head.

Do you ever have that happen? 

Yea, me too.




  1. Looks great so far!! Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about it!

  2. I love it! I hope it makes you a mint. :D The sign is darling!

  3. Looking good for a first day! So much fun! I love your little sign. I've been thinking of taking a booth but I'm scared!

  4. Lookin' good so far, Shara! But it needs "foofing" as VRS would say!! Sign's good & Shara style...I finally found 1 of the Probe games at a yard sale...in a crusty moldy old box....but spotless inside...for 50 cents! Week later found Flinch...w/numbers, for 25 cents! Good luck with your space! *elaine*

  5. I like it. I have had my booth since November of 09. Some months I just break even, but I am enjoying learning and meeting people, and of course the shopping!!! The pricing is my weak area. I probably spend too much time researching.....
    Post "foofing" pictures!

  6. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Congrats Shara on your new endevour. It looks awesome.I see some stuff I would buy If I was shopping your booth.lol
    I have had my booth for about a month. It is finally starting to look a little fuller. It is lots of fun.I named my booth "The Early Bird". You are ahead of me , I do not have a sign yet.

    Have a great weekend.
    Debra Ganas

  7. Anonymous7:52 AM

    You really pulled it all together. Great job. It looks very inviting. Hope the booth is a huge success!

  8. Good for you, how exciting. I was hoping to open my new shop "Thriftiques" by the end of June, but landlord was running late with renovations so it is July 10th. It is pretty scary to think about it. So let's keep our fingers crossed that we both do well. Good luck.


  9. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Shara, love your booth - it looks great and the sign is just right! All that pegboard to fill up, too - you go girl!! Lynn

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  11. ...once again,
    I shall live vicariously through you - the Mighty Shara Guru!

  12. Congrats on your booth. It's so much fun! Where is your booth? We were in Rogers last week & will be heading back in a couple weeks. Would love to stop in & see it in person.

  13. Love your new booth & great sign! Hope you have lots of fun & make lots of $$!

    Here's why "God willin and the creek don't rise" came to mind. I was listening to this song on YouTube just as I was reading your blog, and it is the title of his new album!

    Great minds on the same wavelength

  14. Your booth looks great already. Can't wait to hear about your adventures in selling. Love the sign too!

  15. The booth looks great! I have been considering renting a booth so I look forward to your posts about your how tos, ups and downs! :)

    Sign is adorable!

  16. Good luck sweetie! I know you'll do well. :) I still need to make me one f them thar Shiny Brite wreaths. :)

  17. Congratulations on your wonderful new booth! I know you'll do great since you have so much stuff to share with the world. I don't change out stuff in my booth as often as I should--my booth neighbors (the la-de-dah guys with tons of beautiful glass) said you should foof and move things around at least once a week. Good luck, girlfriend--hope you make lots of dough!!

  18. It looks great! And so pretty. I wish you the best with it. Can't wait to hear the stories...

  19. YAY for havin a booth Shara I look forward to seeing post updates as you add more and more stuff to make it totally you.

  20. You certainly found some treasures! I love junking! Thank you for the kind words at my blog, I'm a new follower :D

  21. Oh, yay! So exciting!! Can't wait to hear updates about your booth and will DEFINITELY visit it next time I'm in Fayetteville! Congratulations on your big step!


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