Based in New York City, Monk's Trunk sells high quality, gently used children's clothing (sizes 0 to 8), as well as books and toys. Got things you want to sell? We pay in cash, up to 40% for clothing and up to 60% for toys/gear after an item sells. Or, for those who don't want to wait, we pay 25% for items we buy outright. Details here.
Monk's Trunk is changing hands and planning for reopening..
New management, folks, is grateful to the store's former owner and originator, and to the wonderful customers for the inspiration to help keep this great shop going. We are seeking a new location, and resuming planning in December!
Stay tuned to the blog and our facebook page for updates.. We have an email list as well, and you can be added in a flash if you'd like, just put in a word.
Gentle reminder that we'll be closed today and are cutting back to summer hours this week. Henceforth we'll be open on Fridays and Saturdays 10-6. On other days, call, email, or text in advance and you can shop or sell as you see fit so long as someone is here.
Pictured: Yogi leads his ducklings, Biggie and Pac (Frances Marsh / Discovery News)
Here's what we've got in the used wood department: Melissa & Doug latches board, $7 (teach your kid how to escape from every conceivable space in the apartment!); Wonderworld Waggy Garden Sorter, $8 ($23 on Amazon); box of 4 Jewish holiday-themed wooden peg puzzles, $7 (new in package); Manhattan Toy "swich", $6, a bunch of Melissa & Doug puzzles, and more items I'm too lazy to type.
Just got in a bunch of wholesale baby/toddler leg warmers, which are great for layering; unlike leggings, you don't need to remove them for diaper changes. They're 100% cotton and fit kids from 0 to 2 or 3 years. Funny thing is, I ordered these because they were cute, like a knockoff version of BabyLegs. Little did I know that they are literally BabyLegs knockoffs: the BabyLegs logo is included as part of the design. (Sorry, BabyLegs execs: we're not trying to fool anyone!)
These are new in package, and will set you back $4.
Next up, Monkey Portraits, is, I think, nearly impossible for a young toddler to not love. I have not shown this book to toddlers other than my own but it's a simple matter of science: studies show that kids love monkeys and apes. (For more on this, see my Adult Education lecture Why You Want A Monkey.)
There are not a lot of words in this book; what you get, rather, are simply uncanny, arresting images of nonhuman primates.The book presents as a work of photographs (Greenberg is a photographer) but the images have been digitally altered; eyes have been replaced and faces changed... so the portraits are photo illustrations rather than photographs. The book would arguably have been more interesting if the photos weren't so dramatically edited, were more "real," and the packaging of the series strikes me as a bit dishonest. But, hey, when it comes to primate pics, I'll take what I can get -- and there's simply no other book that bridges the gaps among all of us animals in such an engaging fashion.
What is the Monk's Trunk difference? Bad business sense! Yes, there is no rational reason for me to seek out used books I like in order to sell them for the same price in my store but, hey, it's fun. Which brings me to two books that have been my toddler's favorites since he was a year old.
First, ABC3D, a genius pop-up designed by Marion Bataille. To appreciate it, you need to see a video of it in action. My son learned his ABC's from this book but got them wrong and eventually forgot them entirely when we misplaced our copy.... which was fine with me. Babies don't need to read!
Caveats: Keeping it away from baby's hands isn't easy. I don't let my guy touch it, regardless of how much he begs. And my friend's daughter, who's the same age as my son, has never shown any interest. Different strokes...
Straight from the future, it's the Boon Stuffed Animal Bag. Perfect for gathering up all of your kids' plushies and dropping them from a 10-story window, fashionably. Like new condition. $15 (retails for $60)