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Vintage Carousel Gumball Machine On Ebay
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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