I remember enjoying going shopping with my parents when I was a child, whether to the grocery store, the big box store or just out running errands.
The best part? While they were checking out, I would peruse the machines.
You know the ones.
What is it about those machines that no matter how junky the toy or how old the candy might be, I still yearned for 50¢ so that I could call it my own?
Was it the thrill of putting the coins in the slot? Of slowly turning the crank while listening to all of the pops and clicks as the gears pushed my prize towards me?
Remembering how much I revered these machines when I was young, I have a hard time saying no to my own kids when they run their hands longingly along the glass and look at me with pleading eyes. How do I decline them the opportunity that I so badly wanted as well?
Well, how about bringing the excitement and fun home instead? Thanks to Gumballs.com, we can now extend the classic enjoyment of the candy machines at home with their King Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand.
The quintessential classic gumball machine, the King Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand is guaranteed authentic and sure to add a touch of nostalgia to any home, office or dorm room. Standing 37" tall on an all-metal antique style pedestal stand, the glass globe and shiny red detailing catches your eye and brings a smile to everyone's face as soon as they see them.
When the King Carousel and a Gumballs Refill Box arrived, I was already beginning to feel like I was having a return trip to my youth.
Thinking that it might take a little time for the assembly process, I was happy to find that the entire process took only a minute or two.
After glancing at the easy-to-follow instructions, I screwed together the seven pieces of the stand...
...and opened the top for easy filling. Pouring in one bag of gumballs, I already had ideas in my mind about other options that could go inside. From small candy to nuts to little bouncy balls, there are so many possibilities!
After setting the machine on the stand and giving it a few spins to screw it securely on, I stepped back to immediately start feeling like a kid again.
Weighing only 13 pounds (plus the weight of the gum), there's no problem picking up the King Carousel and moving it around your home. Whether you have a designated spot in a game room or just want to add a really fun touch to your living room, this looks great and is so much fun for the whole family!
The first time Big Sister E spotted it, she went running off to find a quarter (it accepts all coins or can actually be changed to "free spin" mode where no coins are necessary) and couldn't wait to try it out.
After dropping her quarter into the slot, she ever-so-slowly turned the crank, listening to each sound as the gears turned...
...and her eyes positively lit up when she looked into the anti-spill gumball chute door cover and saw that she had received not one but TWO brightly-colored gumballs!
From that initial introduction and beyond, we have had a great time with the King Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand and I've been impressed with Gumballs.com as a whole. Everything from their huge selection (gumballs, gumball machines, bulk candy, toy capsules, bouncy balls, vending equipment, vending supplies and more) to their prompt service to their 30 Day Guarantee and Return Policy ensures that you'll be happy with your purchase.
For a gift that will be sure to amaze adults as well as kids (and can end up being educational as well - counting and saving money, color recognition and sorting, estimation and guessing on what will come next, etc), Gumballs.com has something that will bring joy for years! Retailing for $69, I know that the King Carousel is going to be a source of fun for all of us for quite some time.
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to bring home the nostalgic fun of a classic gumball machine as well, because...
One lucky person will win a King Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand
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