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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

That Thing I Collect

I mentioned below that I bought something for one of my never before mentioned collections. 

There is one in this photo. 

What do I collect?

No, not nekkid baby dolls. 
Not costume jewelry pins. 
Not head jugs. 

What is it? 
This is it. 
Do you know what it is? 
A collapsible cup. 
I remember my Great Grandmother carrying one in her purse and using it to get a drink from the drinking fountain. 
I only have six of them, but as we know - three is a collection, so I am well on my way!
You put a pill in the little pillbox inside the lid.  Then the cup smushes down flat inside the lid.
I used to carry one with my emergency antacid in it.

It is one collection that is easy to keep together. 

This one is my favorite.  Fancy!

What weird little thing do you collect that  you haven't shared....   yet?


  1. If I run across one it is coming your way...that is one thing I DON'T collect!

  2. What a fun collection! I can't think of anything unusual that I collect that I haven't already shared!

  3. COOL! I never knew!
    Tell us more!!!

  4. I remember those I think my grammie had one. I am trying to not collect anything but always find things I like. I am sending a lot of my extra stuff to the homless thrift it's a good cause.

  5. I remember those!!!! Neat!!!

  6. I loved these! They just made so much sense. (And apparently various members of my family were heavily medicated, as someone always seemed to have one ... I'll have to think on that some more.) Maybe water bottles have rendered these obsolete, but now I kind of want one.

  7. Yes, I remember them well - especially the one that collapsed when it was full of water!

  8. Shara, I get a newsletter called Kovels Komments and this one made me think of you right away:

    TV Show Looking for Collectors

    "My Collection Obsession" on TLC visits extraordinary collections and collectors. They asked us to help them find collectors for their show. If collecting is part of your life with great finds in every room, if flea markets and club meetings determine your vacations, and you know more about your collectible than most, you might be chosen for a show. If you are interested email them at mycollectionobsession@gmail.com.

    Include what you collect and send photos or videos of the shelves filled with collectibles. Tell why your interest and objects are so special. Is it sentiment, furnishings for the house, history, inheritance or just plain fun?

    OHMYGOSH they could do an entire show on you!! You should check it out!


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