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.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Martha, Martha, Martha....

Who would have thought that perhaps my dorkiest collection would make it to the pages of  Martha Stewart Magazine?

This isn't my collection, but I am amazed that someone else collects them! 

Actually, I don't collect them.  I rescue them.  If I see one, I have to buy it and rescue it. 

My collection of about 50 lives in a big freezer basket in my kitchen. 

Martha, Martha, Martha...... 


  1. The bad news: They'll be harder to find. The good news? The ones you have have instantly doubled in value. It's the Martha effect.

  2. Love that you save these and now they will have more value. Like Barbara said...harder to find.

  3. I agree with barbara! I collect a certain pottery and we were talking about it last weekend. If martha starts collecting it I am sunk I will never be able to afford it again. Because right now it is very reasonable. glad your investment is doing so well.
    I want to thank you for that great box again I just love everything.

  4. They are awesome! I've never seen anything like them! I agree with the other ladies...the prices are sure to go up now that Martha has showcased them!
    Maybe they'll start popping out at me like the thermoses have since I saw your collection! :)

  5. Those are lots of fun.I'd rescue them too.Ah, the Marth effect!She has ruined many a collection for me because once she showcases them I can no longer afford to buy them!!!Enjoy yours!

  6. I agree with Barbara. Martha's peeps are just now catching up with YOU!

  7. After reading the comments - maybe this would be a good time to sell mine! :)

  8. Shara, just consider yourself officially a trend setter! They are great eye candy...

    is this the latest issue of MS? Have not seen this spread...

  9. OH NO now everyone will be snapping them up! I only have 2 in my collection, wonder how this person got showcased in the magazine? You should take a photo of all of yours for comparison!!


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