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.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


This afternoon, I had the garage door wide open.  I was picking out some shelving and a few bigger items to take to the booth.  While I was busy digging, the school bus dropped off the littles that live on the street.

When two of the little girls came along the sidewalk, they stopped dead in their tracks and looked in the garage.

"Hey!" said one of them.  "You have a lot of JUNK in your garage!"

To which I replied, "Thanks!"

 As I closed the door I noticed bewildered looks on their faces.  I do believe they meant it as an insult, but I took it as a compliment!

I do have a lot of JUNK!  (And always, always on the hunt for MORE!)


  1. I'm with you! Proud of my JUNK!!!!

  2. High five! ^5 :OD

  3. Collecting 'junk' is rescueing materials and goods that deserve it!

  4. Anonymous11:08 AM

    Couldn't agree with you more. Love rescuing junk.

  5. Gotta love kids!

  6. You should have brought them in for an education on reusing and recycling JUNK. Guess it could have been worse....they didn't say you were a hoarder :)

  7. Anonymous5:39 PM

    they don't know any better- one day they will remember your garage with envy!


  8. I love this! You made me laugh out loud tonight. Thank you!!


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