Ever have one of those moments at an antique mall, flea market or thrift store and see something that you must have? You have no idea where you’re going to put it, what you’re going to use it for or even why you want it… but you have to have it. Well, a little over a week ago, I had one of those moments. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know what I’m talking about.
Yes. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a vintage gold bingo barrel. I saw it on the sidewalk of the antique mall I go to pretty often (Cold Harbor Antique Mall for you locals) and I immediately took a photo of it. I guess you can say it “spoke” to me. As I was walking through the
store massive warehouse, my mind kept going back to that gold beauty sitting on the sidewalk outside. Nevertheless, I ignored my inner shopper and went back to my car empty-handed.
After I posted the photo on Instagram, you guys came up with some really interesting suggestions: from turning it sideways and making it a lamp or side table to transforming it into a planter for succulents. Even though these were great suggestions that got my mind going, I didn’t immediately go back and grab it. I let a few more days go by, but I STILL couldn’t get the vintage gold bingo barrel out of my mind.
Over this past weekend, Greg and I went back to the store to see if it was still there. I told myself that if it was still there, it was meant for us to have it. When we pulled up and I didn’t see it on the sidewalk, my heart sank a bit. Knowing that they frequently move things around the store, all hope was not lost. We walked through the store a few times, but there was still no sight of the bingo barrel. Just when we were about to leave, I asked the owner if she remembered the large bingo barrel that was on the sidewalk last week and if she knew if it was still around. She said, “Oh yeah, it’s actually in my basement. I was going to sell it at a yard sale next week.” She offered to bring it back to the store the next day and said she would sell it to us for $10. Sold!
Greg and I are now the proud owners of a vintage gold bingo barrel.
Once we got it home, I realized how big it was. Coming in at about 26″ wide and 22″tall, it’s a lot bigger than it seemed at the store. Regardless, I’m still in love with it.
What are we going to do with it, you ask? We have no idea. For now, we’re going to clean it up a little (it was pretty clean when we got it, but a little rusty in spots) and let it float around from room to room until we find the perfect place. Maybe one day way down the road, when we have a game room, it will be a great conversation piece for a console table. Until then, we might just have to start hosting bingo nights! ; )