Dave told me that he's learned over the years of our marriage that I constantly keep surprising him. He tries to prepare himself for what I do, what I bring home and my next "great" idea that I confront him with. Yet on Saturday he told me that his jaw completely dropped when he looked in the back of the van. For my facebook fans I did give a little hint at what I purchased and your guesses kept me smiling all weekend. I loved Guusje's idea that it might be a pony.
I've mentioned before that I'm a huge dreamer. Remember as children we would draw our "dream" bedroom and it would be silly and full of items that really never should be near a bedroom? I think I had a disco ball, a jukebox, a mini tree house and many more items crammed onto that small sheet of paper. Even as an adult I keep a small mental notebook in my mind of items that I dream of owning. Some of them include:
- okay, so a jukebox is still on the list
- a vintage 1950's popcorn machine
- a little movie theater in my house
- a delorean
- and this-
It was very early on Saturday morning when I wandered into a garage sale and spotted an industrial cotton candy machine. I saw the price tag of $200, sighed and looked around the rest of the sale. When I came back around to this amazingly sweet, tempting pink machine I asked the owner some questions about it. I asked if she was firm on the price. She said yes. I asked if it has ever had problems. She said no. I asked her to turn it on and it worked perfectly. I told her that I would think about it.
I peeked in my iphone and looked on eBay and saw that one sold for $800. This told me that her asking price might be reasonable. I sighed (again) at myself and looked in my wallet and discovered that I had exactly the right amount of money. I gave her ten $20 bills, gulped and loaded my new cotton candy (floss) machine, a box of nearly 1000 paper cones and 2 boxes of new cotton candy sugar in to the van. I went home since my money was spent.
I don't drink a lot of alcohol. I don't have many vices really but I adore the childlike passion of cotton candy, popcorn and candy. To own a machine that actually made one of my favorite treats on the planet was really a dream.
Then reality sunk in quickly and I wondered seriously what I was thinking. One look at Dave's face helped me get there quickly. Then I thought back to my childhood and at the monthly circuses that I would perform for the family. I sold the tickets (hand written scraps of paper), I sold food & drinks (popcorn and Kool-aid) and I sold them souvenirs (anything I could find in my room that I didn't want). Sure I was only ten years old but I was still an entrepreneur.
I did the math. The machine cost $200. If I can sell 100 bags of Cotton Candy at our yard sale for $2 each, the machine will be paid for.
Then the idea of renting out the machine came to mind. I spoke quickly to counter Dave's look of skepticism and saw his face relax and eventually he saw the dollar signs. I could rent the machine for birthday parties, celebrations or youth sporting events. I even found some organic cotton candy sugar. Maybe it would be the only Organic Cotton Candy machine in Sonoma County.
Why do I have a bay window full of cotton candy? What I didn't know until yesterday is that they suggest that you fill up the sugar container with nearly 90% of the sugar so you have to keep making them as the floss builds up. I also learned that making cotton candy is very hard. My arm was dying at the end from twirling the little paper cones. I was laughing at the same time because I felt so silly but I had so much fun. The kids were giggling with me, excited at the fact that we now own a Cotton Candy Machine. They now officially think their mom is the best.
I priced out what the machine would have cost me new:
- Gold Medal 3030 Breeze Cotton Candy Machine $569
- Gold Medal 3943 floss bubble double bubble cotton candy machine cover $169
- Gold Medal 3149 Pinkie Floss Cart $369
- Cotton Candy Cones (1000) $19.99
- Gold Medal's floss sugar (2) $8.78
- Total Cost: $1135.77
What is the silliest thing that you ever thrifted?
While this purchase may seem crazy I did research it and I planned how quickly the machine could pay for itself before I even left the street of the sale. When I arrived home I realized that it could actually make me money beyond what I paid for it. To me this is a perfect Thrift Investment.
Did you thrift this weekend? Don't forget to check out the party at Southern Hospitality.