Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Gumball Machine

We bought this old thing when we lived in Overland Park - got it at a garage sale in our neighborhood. Instead of gumballs, I put M & M with peanuts in it and for a nickle you probably can get 75 cents worth. The small wooden box beside it held nickles but, anymore, we don't mess with the nickles. There is a key in the top and I just leave it there, so all you have to do is take the top off and dig in! The granddaughters all love it and Ann, Bill's wife, is a great fan of the M&M's, too. I have not had candy in it for quite a long while since I am another big fan and really don't need it. When Hannah was here a couple of weeks ago, she brought up the fact that there weren't any M & Ms. So I bought some the next trip out and had it maybe half full. As you can see, it's down - and even further down since I took the photo. If you come by my house, dip into the gumball machine and have a treat on me! The old cowboy guarding it is a carving Ray did. He took up carving after we moved here and he made some very neat things. This fellow is my favorite with his cigarette and gun and pot belly. It never was painted or finished off in any way, but I love it the way it is. (Click to enlarge)

11 comments:

Vicki said...

Oh Carol....I do love your gumball machine and have always wanted one but just never found one to buy. I am sure the grandkids love it as do thier parents LOL. The carved man is fabulous and looks really good like you say just as he is :) hugs Vicki

Sherry said...

Fun to see the Dad's carving get a plug on the blog! He was so talented and truly was a "Hobby of the Month Club" member. Model planes, trains, whirligigs, embroidery - what a creative guy he was. A perfect match for you and a great dad!

Sue said...

I really love that gumball machine. It reminds me of a time when we lived in Longview, TX and we used to eat at this BBQ place a lot. The owner had one that stood tall from the floor and it was truly an antique. One day our two year old was being her lively self and knocked the thing over and broke it!! We scoured the countryside to find an antique one similar to replace it for the man. Fortunately we found one, but I will always feel badly about his first one being broken by our little rascal...who is now twenty-six and married:) She's not as lively as she once was !!!

Pokey said...

Peanut M&M's are a definite weakness of mine, too, and the gumball machine is a bright spot in your house, right next to the grand ol' cowboy. I like him as he is, too, no paint.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Love the Gumball machine! I would love to have found like you in a garage sale! Thanks for sharing. The cowboy is great I like it natural. Carolyn

Jewels said...

Well now Carol somehow I've missed seeing your gumball machine! You need to point it out next time your over! See you this weekend....Jewels

Janet said...

I am still a sucker for a gumball machine-the kind with M & M 's of course. Some of our machinery places have them. They are more modern than yours tho. Love yours! We have an old cowboy statue that looks kind of like Ray's. Our cowboy has his arm in a sling and the caption reads "I was rodeo'n real good until they opened the gate". One of DH's sisters gave it to him for Christmas one year. Ray did an awesome job. He must have been as talented as his wife is.

Chartreuse Moose said...

Mmmm, M&M's...what fun! I'd be lowering the level too! Cowboy is cute, hubby is very talented! Imagine that looking at both of these makes you smile each day!

leslie said...

well I too had a gum ball machine just like yours but mine was on a iron matching stand. THe first night at MSU in my dorm 3 boys came flying in and stole my machine when they were leaving the building one of them smashed it by mistake on the door and the whole dorm entry way was filled with gumballs and glass. lol Well thats my gum ball story.

Norah said...

I read this yesterday and dreamed about it last night. I can't recall the dream other than we were in your Overland Park basement. Lots of memories of that thing!!

Love,
Norah
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Molly said...

Mmmmmmmmm m&ms!