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 16, 2016

Birthday Decorations

It's birthday month over here.  Not that I celebrate my birthday for a month - but mine was yesterday and The Bean's is September 6th, so I leave my birthday decorations out for about a month.  I love the pops of happy and all the PINK.  I am sure my almost 21 year old LOVES pink birthday stuff - but really most vintage birthday decorations ARE pink.  (Lucky me!)

Those white shelves of mine - what would I do without them?

All sorts of birthday and party fun.  I added in the Squeaker and an old doll head for fun.  My vintage candle boxes are one of my favorite collections.  I love it that people saved them from year to year.

Sweet vintage happy Birthday record and the squeaker I was supposed to sell.  We all saw that coming, didn't we? Treat cups and candle boxes.

I have a couple old Donkey Party game boxes that I added in this year.  

The area above the couch that everyone thinks is a mantle.  My favorite party decorations and framed book pages.  It's a lot of sweetness, but it makes me happy.  

Oh, silly me.  I forgot to mention how old I was this year.  

Damn straight.



  1. Suzanne @ Junkity Funkity303:54 PM

    Hope your special day was a sweet one! Best wishes for many more!!

  2. Happy, Happy Birthday!! Love your birthday displays - so much cuteness!

  3. Oh we all know you're turning 24 (again). No need to bring it up.

  4. I love all your birthday decorations! I DO celebrate my birthday for a whole month! LOL!!

  5. Seeeee - we have so much in common. I share Bean's birthday!! And happy birthday to you chica boo! WE get the presents - seeing all your vintage birthday awesomeness.

  6. Hope you had a GREAT birthday and got to spend it in the thrift store surrounded by all sorts of vintage goodies and then went home and had a great big old slice of birthday cake with extra roses on it. Pink ones.

  7. Hope you had a great birthday, Shara!

  8. Hope you had a great birthday. Love your display...so cute.

  9. Happy happy birthday!! I like all of the pink birthday decorations.You know pink used to be a color for boys before the 1930's.


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