Shopping + Thrifting

ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS

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.

Vintage Bingo Barrel // 7th House on the Left

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, butΒ 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!

Vintage Gold Bingo Barrel // 7thhosueontheleft.com

Greg and I are now the proud owners of a vintage gold bingo barrel.

Vintage Gold Bingo Barrel // 7thhosueontheleft.com

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! ; )

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30 Comments

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    Kate
    September 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Shut. Up.

    I’d put that right at my entryway and throw my mail in. When my husband came home, I’d make him spin it and take out one piece at a time – announcing each.

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      Ashley
      September 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Hahaha! Great idea!

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      caroline [the diy nurse]
      September 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      That’s hilarious

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      harlie
      September 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I LOVE this suggestion. If I could get my husband to open his mail (EVER), I’d call it a huge win.

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    Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick
    September 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    LOVE it. I would have done the exact same thing — I leave things and if I can’t stop thinking about them I go back. If it was meant to be they’ll still be there. πŸ™‚ This is awesome just on it’s own!

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    Nicole
    September 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I love this! I would have snatched that up in a second too! Great find!

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    Amy
    September 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    10?! That’s a steal!!

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    Lindsay S
    September 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    So jealous! I seriously need a vintage bingo barrel in my life!

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    Kristen
    September 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Great find! I think it would look really cool if you were able to put candles or lights inside (my hunch is that it’ll make really cool shadows so any room it was in would feel cozy)… though I also really love what Kate suggested.

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    caroline [the diy nurse]
    September 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I LOVE it! You can find that same material at the hardware store and it’s actually been on my mind. Not sure how I’ll incorporate it but I’ll figure it out- as I’m sure you will too. It’s so pretty!

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    Jennifer
    September 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I’m so happy you went back and got it!! I agree with Kristen, clean it up and throw some lights or candles in there to cast cozy and amazing shadows all over. It’s so cool that I hope I find something similar one day! Super awesome find!! ::high five::

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    harlie
    September 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    If you have bingo nights, you’ll need these!
    http://www.amazon.com/SmallToys-Bingo-Wooden-Ball-Set/dp/B004JNIJ9S

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      Ashley
      September 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Yes! haha : )

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    Sarah M. Dorsey
    September 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    $10!? Amazing!! The possibilities are endless!!

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    Naomi
    September 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Put twinkle lights inside and make it a gorgeous feature at dinner parties.

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      Linda
      September 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      I love the idea of the twinkle lights too. And changing seasonal foliage (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) around the base for the fall/winter holidays. Great find!

      Either that or a hamster cage. πŸ™‚

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        Ashley
        September 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Haha, yeah! Greg said it was big enough for a “Bentley cage” ; )

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    Bridgette
    September 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

    A great piece at a great price! Win. Win.

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    Staci @ My Friend Staci
    September 18, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I love this. And who cares about repurposing it? I have an old Vornado fan that (technically) works, but is more likely a probable electrical hazard. But I just like to look at it! It’s okay to have decor pieces that are truly just decor. Although I love the idea of a mail catch-all.

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      Anna
      September 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      I agree! I think it’s perfect just the way it is. The mail idea is cute though.

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    September 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Oh, man, you’re killing me. I was visiting my brother and his wife in Franklin, TN, a year or two ago and found a bingo ball spinner, only it was older than this one. And it was priced over $100. I passed on it that day but thought about it for weeks and still think about it now and then. It was the one that got away. You got a steal at $10!!

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      Ashley
      September 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Oh my goodness!!

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    Jessica
    September 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh, that is absolutely lovely! Sadly, I don’t have any ideas of what you could use it for….although I do kind of like the idea of putting white Christmas lights in it. πŸ™‚ But I cannot wait to see what you decide to do to it – because you got such an awesome deal.

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    Britnee
    September 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    That vintage bingo barrel is amazing!

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    Shannon
    September 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    So cute! If the base is easy to take off you could always use it as a small table to set drinks on for Holidays! And then on Bingo nights put the base back on! You could even have a piece of mirror or glass cut for the top! Good find guys! Glad you went back πŸ™‚

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    Tracy
    September 20, 2013 at 6:43 am

    what a find , how about putting under carport with candles in for light and warmth .

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    ruthie
    September 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Seriously one of the coolest vintage pieces i’ve seen in a while!! LOVE!

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    Mural Mandy
    September 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I love the bingo barrel.

    I’d use it to store christmas cards.

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    Anna
    September 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I love it just the way it is & I can’t believe you got it for $10!! I’m trying not to be jealous. Cold Harbor Antique Mall is great!

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    Gary
    September 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m very jealous of your $10 find, what a steal! For some reason the color of it makes me think of Christmas and I’m imagining the little door on it open and it’s overflowing with Christmas balls and lights. It would also be great if you’re throwing your Christmas brunch or a Christmas party to put small wrapped gifts for everyone in it (non-breakable items obviously!) and guests could spin it and pick out their prize!

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