My thrifty find
I stopped in my favorite antique shop a couple of days ago just to look around. The owner's daughter is having a yard sale tomorrow and she had some of the items for the sale stored in the shop.
She had this Carousel gumball machine and I snatched it up. I wanted to use vintage valentine images and lots of candy to decorate for V-day in my kitchen, so I thought the gumball machine would be perfect to add.
Best of all, it was only $1.00! It's in excellent condition with only two tiny spots where there is paint loss. It's stamped copyright 1985 Carousel on the metal key.
I did a bit of browsing on eBay and prices ranged from $9 up to $99 for this particular model. I think I got a fantastic bargain for only a buck.
Oh and the silver piece on top, I added that to it cause I didn't like seeing the big screw on top of it where you open it. The silver piece is a lid for something, but I don't have a clue what...I found it at the thrift store the same day. I polished it and it's a little bright now, but I figure it'll tarnish again and be the perfect color to blend with the metal on the gumball machine.