Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sock Monkey Magic

As I was floating around in the blogosphere today, I ran across Elsie Flannigan's blog.
She has a post called Sock Monkey DIY with instructions on making your own sock monkeys.

Have I told you about my history with sock monkeys? No? Well we go way back...

When I was a kid (9-12 yrs), my mom was a student at BYU in Provo. We didn't have a whole lot of money, but I didn't know the difference because she took me and my two sisters thrifting often.

When we went in the thrift store, I always made my way straight to the stuffed animal section where I could usually find one, maybe two or sometimes three little abandoned sock monkeys. They must have been completely out of style at the time, because I could always find them.

It seemed I was the only one who wanted them.

By the time my mom graduated and we moved back to Southern California, I must have had hundreds of them. I knew them all by name. They all had their own personalities and quirks.

I have no idea where my immense sock monkey collection went.
Mom? Any explanations?

You can't find them on the thrift store shelves anymore. Either there aren't many around to be donated or they are snapped up as soon as they are put out. I personally believe the thrift store workers in the back find them first and hoard them all to themselves, ok, you're right, probably my imagination.

I have found a few at estate sales. Someday I'll decorate Ella or Jonathan's room with them.

If I didn't have 15 other projects going on today, I might be tempted to create one.

Instead I'll be making more slips, cleaning out the fridge (still had yams nobody ate at Thanksgiving, don't judge), and trying to revive my Etsy shop.


  1. I had a sock monkey and it was one of my favorite stuffed animals.
    I love memories of our childhood! We lived in Cal. until I was 8 my mom and her friend used to take us antique shopping all the time. I loved it! I remember pretending I was in a different land in the shops..quite the imagination!

  2. I had a sock monkey too, guess we all did. But if we all did, where did they all go? I don't see them around these parts at all. Love your blog, & I agree...Pottery Barn rocks!


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