Not sure if this is the worst idea I have ever had or not! But it’s been fun and the kids are over the moon excited about it. So I guess I can deal with it.
On our recent trip home to Ontario we took a trip to our old favourite Sunday hang out Aberfolye Antique Market. Of course I find loads of stuff that I would love to have come home with me, but with our mini-van filled to the top with the kids
crap stuff we had no more room. These kids ruin everything!
Anyways one of my favourite finds was a vintage bubble gum machine for $20. The pop of red would be perfect in my kitchen.
Once home I made 2 trips to find a similar bubble gum machine at the Raleigh Flea Market but had no luck. Craig’s List to the rescue. I found a reproduction bubble gum machine (turns out those bubble gum machines from the 80’s are a hot collector’s item these days) for $30. Offered $20 and agreed to $25. Not bad.
It came attached to a little stand. Not a big fan so it had to go. I just had to twist it off. No prob.
Next I had to switch the machine from coin operated to “free spin”. I was tempted to leave it as coin operated and made a bit of money from the boys and their friends, but thought that may lead to some complaints.
I found this easy to follow tutorial Free Spin Tutorial. I opened my machine up and then realized the previous owner had already changed it to a free spin. Guess I should have checked first.
It now sits on our kitchen hutch and the boys love it. The first couple of days they stuffed themselves with goldfish and I was beginning the think their little bodies might actually turn orange. But the novelty has worn off and they use it only when hungry for a little snack.
It has actually cut down on the constant “Mom I’m soooooooooo hungry, I need a snack”.