Unusual Finds

BingoMachine Odd Items

The latest unusual find at Always Buying Scrap is a steel jumbo bingo machine.  For those who may not have played Bingo, each player is issued a bingo card with 25 squares with numbers randomly printed in the squares.  At the front, a Bingo caller turns the bingo machine full of numbered balls, and one of them emerges.  Players cross off that number on their sheet, if their number comes up.  The first player to get five squares in a row wins the game.

The bingo machine randomizes the balls that come out of the machine so that everyone has a fair chance at winning a game. 

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Seeking a good home

One unusual item belonging to Always Buying Scrap is a 1953 AEC (Associated Equipment Company) RT3 double decker bus.  We acquired the bus from a gentleman who was moving to Panama . He said that if we paid to tow it to Durham from Wake Forest , we could have it.  The bus has come full circle in a way. It had been around Durham for quite some time as a shuttle bus for The Academy of Math and Science, until they deemed it unsafe because it had no door at the foot of the stairway to the upper level. The bus sat for a while somewhere on Geer Street when it apparently made it into the hands of The Flying Circus British Cars on Pettigrew Street.

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This lantern is an example of the kind of small knicknacks you can find at the yard for decorating your home or providing accent pieces.  The lantern was made in the UK and was originally manufactured to search ships that had been torpedoed and where there was a risk of fire.  Similar to the original Davy lamp that went on to be used in the coal mining industry, this lamp is a brass oil lamp that still works.  

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A member of the public brought in a sugar cane press that may be more than a century old. It dates back to the time when these presses were mule drawn and possibly even people powered.  It had a wooden board bolted to the top and people or a mule walked around it to turn the crank that crushed the sugar cane. The sugar cane was fed between the rollers which crushed it, and then ejected the juiced cane out of the other side.

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These seats were salvaged from junked farm tractors and agricultural equipment. Some will be used in the restoration of tractors. Most will be repurposed into bar stools and other types of seating.

SewingMachineBase Odd Items

This is the base from an old foot-powered Singer sewing machine. Originally , it would have had a wooden cabinet on top, which housed the sewing machine, and had two small drawers on either side. The sewing machine was ornately engraved and painted.

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