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Vintage Carousel Gumball Machine On Ebay

Updated on March 12, 2013
Here is a very cool vintage 1985 Carousel gumball machine. It is missing the cast iron base which would make it a lot more valuable
Here is a very cool vintage 1985 Carousel gumball machine. It is missing the cast iron base which would make it a lot more valuable | Source
Here is an up front close up shot of the very cool cast metal front plate which reads 1985 carousel.
Here is an up front close up shot of the very cool cast metal front plate which reads 1985 carousel. | Source

Vintage Carousel Gumball Machines

Coin operated gumball machines have been popular all throughout history and are very fun and desirable still today. Nowadays you can get them cheaper than ever before, but of course some of the antique ones can go for a small fortune! A very nice model of coin operated gumball machines which is both affordable and still quality built is the vintage Carousel gumball machine. The one in the pictures and video is a 1985 model. These can go for between $30 to $50 and up to $150 with the large cast iron stand.

These are made with a full metal body construction and are capable of taking any size coin. The clear globe is glass, not plastic. They are not meant for a retail setting, although I am sure you could have them there for decoration and use. These are great for a display piece or for a family room. Best of all, you don't have to use gumballs in them. You can use many different types of candy, although I would recommend medium sized gumballs. The mechanism is very simply and allows for a few gumballs to pass through and drop to the bottom. There is a small twist off cap on the bottom to access a reservoir of coins.

These routinely sell on Ebay but I have come across a few of them on Craigslist, which can be another good source if you are lucky. I have seen this particular model in a 9 1/2 inch tall model as well as an 11 inch, and also a much smaller 6 inch mini gumball machine. The one pictured is the 9 1/2 model, which has markings specifying it as the "junior" model. if you are looking for a nice present for any child, they would certainly love one of these!

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    • Rainbowharmony24 profile image

      DesirĂ©e Alder 

      4 years ago from London, UK (otherwise known as yUcK!)

      I don't technically "collect" coin operated machines, but I do have two old kiddie rides from the 1950s/60s! I also go around amusement arcades photographing old kiddie rides and other machines. I guess I would be a collector, but I just don't have the space!

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