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.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Another Quirky Collection

I don't have an actual laundry room. But, if I did, I would have it decorated with vintage baby clothes and doll dresses and toy irons and ironing boards and toy mops and brooms and other sweet adorable vintage household chore toys.  What I do have is a washer and a dryer in a closet in my hallway.  It has bi-fold doors and opens up into the hallway.  I have shelves above the washer and dryer for storage that hold boxes of STUFF - Greeting cards, tissue paper, wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons, cookie cutters, my surplus laundry detergent and extra bottles of dish soap, emergency candles, scented candles, flashlights, lanterns, batteries - all the things a family needs to have, but never has a place to put it.  I would be lost without this storage area, so I am happy to have it.  (But, I do dream of that cute laundry room full of vintage goodness.)  But, I do wish it had some character and more appeal that boxes of stuff.  

I do have a few quirky things in this area to look at and amuse me while I do my mundane chores.  Like a Viagra clock.  I don't even need a clock in that little area - but the site of that blue Viagra going around and around on the second hand just cracks me up.  Right now I have a stash of old lampshade skeletons and baskets hung up across the top until I have a use for them.  

As for the "collection" per say - I have picked up several quirky wall plaques over the years with silly sayings on them.  I decided to put them on one wall by the washer for me to enjoy.

Not exactly the crowning jewel of my collections.  But fun nonetheless.  
You know it!

I don't feel this way.  In fact, quite the opposite.  


I do kind of feel like this one sometimes. 
At least around some people.  

This one is true.  I am usually responsible.

You should always be happy to come home, I think.  

I had a big collection of plates too, but I released them to the booth.  I kept the camper one though.  
Maybe I'll have a camper someday and I will hang it by the door.

A personal favorite.  I'm always behinder.
Can you read that one?  "Anything that takes me two hours to cook should take you more than two minutes to eat."  The Breadman used to practically inhale his food.  That took me ALL DAY to make!  
"SLOW down!" I would say.



I never look for these plaques, but if a particularly good one crosses my path, it will probably go up on my wall.  

*A quick search on ebay lead me to all these great plaques
 No, I'm not bidding - but there are some good ones in there!


  1. This is a fun collection and would make me smile while doing laundry!

  2. There is an ounce (or more) of truth in each one of those statements, isn't there? What a fun collection to see when you are having to do such an un-fun task!


  3. A collection I DO NOT have. Good to keep you entertained when laundry calls....

  4. If I can get my hands on the one at my g-mas house, it is yours. I think it is written in dutch so I would not know what it says, but knowing my g-ma, it was not nice.

  5. OK I'm confused Shara. How do I follow you now? Even though I'm one of your previous 190+ followers, I don't get your posts anymore. And I'm not able to "follow" mydealoftheday down below because it says I already do. What do you mean by "Book Mark"? Yes, I'm THAT dumb when it comes to blog stuff!
    Thanks! Erica :)


I love my comments. I'd love to respond to everyone, but if you don't have an email address tied to your ID, please sign your name so I will know who you are! It makes it nice to know who is saying what. Now, leave a comment! Please? ;o)

I Can See You!

Look at my Visitors!

Fellow Junk Followers