Friday, April 18, 2008

Show & Tell Friday ~ Old Fashioned Bubblegum Machine


For Show and Tell Friday today, I've decided to show you my super cool bubble gum machine. I bought it a few years ago at a 2nd hand shop. It reminded me of the bubble gum machines from my childhood. The first day I spotted it at the store, I couldn't find a price on it, so I asked the store clerk how much it was. She made up a price on the spot which I didn't like. So, reluctantly, I decided to pass on it. The next time I was in the shop, I saw it still sitting on the shelf. I noticed that a price had been put on it, so out of curiosity, I checked the price. I was excited when I saw that someone had priced it at $3. I scooped it up, purchased it and happily brought it home. I bought gumballs to fill the bubble gum machine, but my two sons made the gum disappear in a only a couple of days. I gave up buying gum balls, but decided that if I put glass marbles in their place, the gum enthusiasts would leave my toy alone.

Speaking of gum ~ I have a fun story to share with you. When I was young, my parents had some friends who owned a gas station/general store/restaurant. I would often go visit these folks with my dad. One day when we stopped in to see our friends, my father gave me a penny to buy a bubble gum. Hoping I would get a favourite coloured bubblegum, I turned the dial. For some odd reason, the machine started spewing bubblegum after bubblegum at me. I put out my hands to try to stop the onslaught to no avail. Soon there were gumballs rolling down onto the floor. Seeing my awkward dilemma, the owner finally stepped in and was able to make the bubblegum machine behave itself. I looked up at the adults. I must have had an I-didn't-mean-to-break-the-bubblegum-machine look on my face because they all burst out laughing. What happened next could only be called a child's dream come true. I was told that I could have each and every gum that had covered the floor. I had gum for a week!

9 comments:

Connie Marie said...

Several happy days for you! That is a cute story. The marbles in the machine look pretty.

Tammy said...

I love this - and it was a great idea to fill it with marbles.

MammyT said...

Three Dollars? Are you kidding me? I had a modern replica once, which didn't work like it should. I'd love to find one like that - or a floor model!
Nancy

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

That is indeed a super cool bubble gum machine! Good idea with the marbles, I hope nobody crunches down on one!!

Cute story too!

Katherine

Kathy said...

Love your gum ball machine and the cute story! Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Char said...

Good idea with the marbles. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Jaderocks said...

The bubble gum machine is super. Your story of the bubble gum machine from your childhood is absolutely priceless. Great idea putting the marbles in it. It was nice visiting you.

Jewelgirl said...

I haven't seen one of these for
awhile. I liked getting the charms
and the bubble gum from these at
our local grocery store. Great
memories!

Kelli said...

I love your bubble gum machine and what a cute story too!
~Kelli