Do you remember yesterday when I showed you this:
I still can’t believe I found it at Goodwill for only $24.99. It was disgusting though. Totally gross and grimy and icky. Just take a closer look.
There was a logo on the glass I had to scrape off as well as a few stickers.
The entire machine was really dusty and grimy.
Would you eat candy that came out of that?
I’m not sure this machine ever got cleaned after it was manufactured in 1984.
I really love this gumball machine though so I just took a deep breath and started taking it apart.
Ewwww. Ewwww. And Ewwwww.
I heard some rattling around inside it when I bought it and figured there had to be some money in there.
Sure enough, money! But would you want to touch that disgusting nasty mess with a ten foot pole?
The money was mixed in a layer of ooze, grime, and what looked like little
rabbit poop raisins at least 20 years old. I literally gagged when I had to touch it. I dumped all the money into a colander and just covered it with soap and washed it while I picked out the gross raisins.
Totally filthy, but this machine is SOLID. It is heavy and metal. It was obviously an industrial machine that was meant for a store. I can totally picture it at a Jiffy Lube or a dry cleaners.
They are ready for their bath!
Here are all the pieces after I gave them a really good washing with a toothbrush.
This is the back side of the piece where you insert your quarter. The bronze tab you see is what makes it accept money or not. If you want it to work without quarters just remove that little piece.
After cleaning and washing all the pieces I took them outside and gave each one a fresh coat of either semi-gloss Black or semi-gloss Apple Red spray paint. Here she is!
I decided to not paint the silver front where you put your money. I like it better the way it is.
I am so in luurrrrve with my new baby.
Now all she needs is some candy!
Ahh, much better! Nothing like Jelly Belly to make the world a better place!
Ah-mazing!!! I was going to rig it so that it didn’t need money, but my hubby thought that the kids having completely free access to unlimited jelly beans might not be such a great idea. Good thinking!
Remember that money in the bottom of the machine?
After I almost threw up washing it all off, I counted it up. I was shocked at how much money was actually inside my new toy…
I paid $24.99 for the gumball machine and then found $8.99 inside it, so my total cost for the machine (minus the candy and spray paint) came to an even $16! Not bad, not bad at all.
Did I mention that I’m in lurve?