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, August 26, 2014

And the Verdict Is........

Wow- thanks for all the input on the Junk Ranch and my Christmas idea.  I am going to DO IT!  My original plan was to have half the booth in vintage Christmas and the other half in vintage goodness and all my ephemera.  Last time I set two tables up back to back and built shelves in the center.  

Vintage housewares, toys and general vintageness on this side.

Ephemera, flash cards, keys, milk caps framed prints, old ads, Scrabble words and all that weird little stuff I like to find and package up on this side.

Since I'm renting a 10 x 10 by myself this time, that still give me half the booth to fill up with Vintage Christmas.  I have so much and I know people like it and will come in to see it.  PLUS, what is left will be already to go to the booth for the holiday season.  I will have it done and over so I can decorate my house which is what I really want to do at Christmas anyway.  

Yep.  That's what I am going to do.  Thank you to all of you and welcome to all the new people that took the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate it.  I wish you could all come to The Junk Ranch!

Now, it's time to get CRACKING!


  1. Be sure to take lots of pictures of your goodies so that we can all drool over your amazing booths.

  2. Anonymous7:22 AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Can't wait to hear (and see) all the details. Good luck!

  3. What is the round Red ball in the front of your pics?- A Guzzini ice bucket???

  4. I so wish I could come to Junk Ranch also! Take pics when you can, I predict you will be swamped with sales!

  5. Everything gets easier when you have a plan - have fun!!

  6. Sounds like a fantastic plan! I like how you were able to set up the shelves back to back--that's a great use of space! And super smart to just get the Christmas stuff ready now. I know that I never really decorated last year because I was so darn sick of packing and unpacking Christmas stuff for the market I did. When I decorated my booth that sort of fulfilled my need to decorate and so I never did decorate my house, which really was a bummer. Smart of you to have a plan now!

  7. Anonymous11:07 PM

    Shara, This made me laugh...the "cracking" part. When my youngest was 4 he was kicked off the soccer team because he kept tackling the kids. We kept explaining that you can't tackle in soccer, to which he got hysterical and was screaming "Your CRACKING my game!" (what???) Thanks for the smile! LOL Your pal Susan from our Jaguar days! :)


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