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My first job was working the booth for my father's antique business. I love the happiness others get when I can provide that looked for or happily accidental treasure. Stone Monkey Curios began many years ago as Stone Monkey Antiques, my father's business. When I became ill three years ago and found myself unable to work, I gave new life to the Stone Monkey name in Stone Monkey Books. Now, transformed once again to include my own wood-craft and as many oddities as I can find, my shop (now exclusively on Etsy) is re-named Stone Monkey Curios. Like the Curio cabinet of your most eccentric relative, I hope to be adding a bit of everything, but will still focus on books and my own hand made items. Repeat customers usually get discounts, and never be hesitant to haggle (due to my background in antiques and world travel, I've found bargaining a much more natural and human way to buy and sell. So please, enjoy Stone Monkey Books!…

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  • Male
  • Born on April 8
  • Joined February 18, 2011

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Antique Books, Poetry, Literature, Zines, Journals, Leather, Stone, Crystals, Woodcarving, Leather and Woodworking tools and equipment

About

My first job was working the booth for my father's antique business. I love the happiness others get when I can provide that looked for or happily accidental treasure. Stone Monkey Curios began many years ago as Stone Monkey Antiques, my father's business. When I became ill three years ago and found myself unable to work, I gave new life to the Stone Monkey name in Stone Monkey Books. Now, transformed once again to include my own wood-craft and as many oddities as I can find, my shop (now exclusively on Etsy) is re-named Stone Monkey Curios. Like the Curio cabinet of your most eccentric relative, I hope to be adding a bit of everything, but will still focus on books and my own hand made items. Repeat customers usually get discounts, and never be hesitant to haggle (due to my background in antiques and world travel, I've found bargaining a much more natural and human way to buy and sell. So please, enjoy Stone Monkey Books!

The son of a Librarian and Antique Dealer, I grew up with books and the smell of antiquity. My father and his partner were what I once termed "Collectors of Collections" - everything from African Art, Rookwood Pottery, Modern Art and of course, books. Though I didn't appreciate it at the time, my dads took me on buying trips, to flea markets, antique shops and auctions all throughout the South and Eastern seaboard. By the time I was 7, Dad trusted me to bid for him at auction and I was bargaining with dealers to begin my own collections. One very lucky thing about my childhood, and one of my favorite things, was that we hit every Natural History and Art museum. There's a story my family tells that upon leaving the Art Institute in Chicago, I hugged the security guard with tears in my eyes, thanking him profusely for protecting all the wonderful art. When my biological father died of a massive heart attack when I was 14, I became the inheritor and caretaker of a great many of his books.

I hold BAs in Comparative Religions and Sociology. I have worked as a paid field researcher in Sri Lanka, studying the education of Buddhist Monks. Also I have done independent sociological research in the area of social movements - presenting papers at several conferences: Southern Rural Sociology, The International Society for Resources and Social Movement, and International Rural Sociology in Montreal, Canada.
In addition to inheriting a love of books and antiques, I inherited the "travel bug" from George, my father's partner and still an important part of my life today. I have traveled extensively within the United States and abroad - including England, France, Greece, Turkey, Singapore and Malaysia, and as mentioned, Sri Lanka.
Over the past three years, I have been dealing with increasingly difficult to handle medical issues, largely spinal in nature that have left me unable to work or continue my education. In 2010 alone I had 5 surgeries. Towards the end of last year, following a yard sale we had, I began to sell books and collectibles online. Not only has this brought in a little income when I have none, I have found it increasingly rewarding in other areas. Chronic pain is a constant threat to your self-identity; the act of buying,selling and handling the business of book sales provides a reconnection to my self and my healthy past, not to mention a chance for social interaction that I don't otherwise get.

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