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Ice Cream Cart

It really is starting to feel like summer, not just spring and I love it. So I have a quirky quality (much to my husband’s dismay) where I want to buy large fun items just to have them. For example if I were in the US right now I’d be trying to figure out how to get this hand pushed ice cream cart with an adorable umbrella home to my house. “Why?” you ask? I’m not sure, but look how awesome it is! I actually think this would be so fun to have at a summer wedding. Or it would be cool if you had teenagers. Stock it with popsicles, send them to a high traffic area and its like an instant summer job. In the past I’ve also tried to buy (unsuccessfully) a vintage photobooth, a mini car, and a vespa with a sidecar.  Have you ever bought something silly and fun for no good reason?

ps: I hope someone in the Chicago area buys it. It’s adorable.

  1. mamascout

    June 8, 2011

    that is awesome! we have bought on whim (and usually at auction) a vintage airstream (which my husband then had to figure out how to get home), a pump organ and an ass-imizer ( old fashioned excersise machine that has a belt you fix around your hips to vibrate all the fat off). I am trying not to go to any more auctions…..

  2. Isabelle

    June 8, 2011

    My husband and I keep thinking we should buy a vespa with sidecar 🙂

  3. Kersey

    June 8, 2011

    All of your “almost” purchases sound amazing. I usually get very close to buying fun, non-necessity items but somehow restrain myself when I get to checkout. It’s a gift + a curse.

  4. Sharnel

    June 8, 2011

    I do this alot! Your not alone. I dream of parties I could have with these silly props. I’m trying to figure out how to get a life sized horse from a carousel to Australia from the USA without having to sell my kidney lol.

  5. Jessica

    June 8, 2011

    i live in LA and see these all the time. the guys that push them usually afix a bell to it so every night you can hear them coming down the street with their bells tinkling. basically like a low carbon footprint ice cream truck 🙂

  6. Kate

    June 8, 2011

    Haha I think my hunsband would go crazy if I followed through on things like this, but I know what you mean. You’ll never know when you need a sweet ice cream cart right?


  7. Erin Lian

    June 8, 2011

    I totally understand, I need this in my life. I am pretty sure it is completely practical 😀

  8. McKenzie

    June 8, 2011

    I want that SO badly!

    Last year, I got an adult size custom-built lemonade stand from a movie set. We used it as a prop at my daughter’s first birthday party.

  9. McKenzie

    June 8, 2011

    I just sent the link to my husband and told him that I want it. Milwaukee is only 4 hours from me. I’ll see a little eye rolling when I get home – but what a cool party prop!

  10. kris

    June 8, 2011

    Story of my life! We had a full-size horse-drawn sleigh sitting in our dining room for the first two years we were married… a 5 foot tall fiberglass ice cream cone on the porch for a while… a tandem bike, carousel horses, pop machines, as so on. We accumulated so much fun “junk” that I ended up with a retail shop, so be very careful or you might end up with a new career!

  11. jill

    June 8, 2011

    That is super cute. But, I definitely think you of all people could jerry-rig a wagon, a cooler and a picnic table umbrella!

  12. Designs Good

    June 8, 2011

    I bought a vintage tin toy top for no reason–I don’t even collect tin toys. I would definitely buy the ice cream cart … why wouldn’t you buy something amazing for no reason?!

  13. whitneyingram

    June 8, 2011

    I have always wanted to buy a cool, vintagish gumball machine and make money off the neighborhood kids. Bring it to neighborhood BBQs, family parties, church stuff. Someday soon.

  14. Arbine

    June 8, 2011

    Totally would want to buy something like this. I could make ice cream flavors like maple bacon doughnut or ube pop tart and even have a little sprinkles station for it. But my husband would never let me. Same reason he says I can’t start collecting records – no space.

  15. Jamie

    June 8, 2011

    I <3 <3 <3 this! We started a little baking company that sits on the sidewalk and was thinking that going mobile would be way better…

  16. mindi

    June 8, 2011

    I actually thought (for a brief moment, of course): “I’VE FOUND MY SUMMER JOB!” I pictured myself picking this baby up (I live in Chicago), making amazingly tasty cookie ice cream sandwiches, and selling them in my ‘hood.


  17. Christy

    June 8, 2011

    I totally get it! My husband actually build an icecream cart/bike a couple of summers ago so he could take my daughters around the town to give out icecream. This went well until someone called the police w/a complaint of strangers giving away free icecream. =) I tried to talk him into buying a real icecream truck, but no luck yet!

  18. Ling

    June 8, 2011

    Technically you’ll have bought it for a very good reason: because it makes you happy! My husband often weighs on his decisions relative to the “happiness quotient” the decision would bring. I would totally buy a vespa with a side car ’cause it would be awesome.

  19. Anni

    June 8, 2011

    Haha, well I’d buy it but a) we live in an apartment with no balcony or anywhere to keep it (a 650 sq ft apartment, I might add) and b) I’m pretty much broke. But I also love weird things, and I would totally have this at our wedding if I thought it wouldn’t be a logistical nightmare.

  20. Jessica

    June 9, 2011

    I do that ALL the time! I have special searches on eBay and envision amazing fetes upon seeing a plate, decoration or bauble that I simply must have. I secretly fear someone is going to sibme down and try to host an intervention, but I also know my little habit ( I prefer to call it a gift) allows me to throw quite the soirée!

  21. Eliza J

    June 9, 2011

    @ Jessica, I LOVE the idea of tying a bell to my leg and wandering the streets of London selling icepops! It would almost be considered an art installation in London, it would be so different!!

    At the end of uni, whilst I was doing my dissertation (and going a little crazy!), I bid on Ebay for a 1970s Cheltenham caravan (a trailer). Problem 1: it would have cost all of the money I had in the world/ Problem 2 it needed a car to pick it up and I didn’t have one Problem 3, I didn’t know HOW TO DRIVE!!

    Thankfully, I just missed out on winning!! Still want a caravan one day though!

  22. porter

    June 9, 2011

    I can’t believe it’s turned into summer over night here in NY. It’s going to be close to 100 degress! What!?!!!

  23. McKay

    June 9, 2011

    My husband purchased a vintage fire engine on ebay – as in full-size, running, 1948 fire truck. It’s parked in my driveway.

  24. elz

    June 9, 2011

    Great. Now I want the ice cream cart for no reason othe rthan it’s ADORABLE. I would definitely use it for my daughter’s Superhero Birthday in July. It would be awesome.

  25. Haha you are funny, and right… this is awesome =)

    – Sarah

  26. Kacie

    June 9, 2011

    It IS totally awesome! So whimsical. Perfect for becoming the neighborhoods favorite lady!


  27. Kathy S.

    June 9, 2011

    Love that I’m not the only one that wants to buy “fun” items just to have… Large or small. I have a coin opperated pay phone in my kitchen… just because it’s fun. I know I got the bug from my dad. We had an egg chair, pinball machines, the butt-fat shaker (mentioned in the first comment). I’ve been on the lookout for a walk in phone booth and juke box for years!

  28. Rebecca

    June 9, 2011

    Cute!!! I saw a bright orange ice cream cart for sale at TJ Maxx today…it would be so fun!!

  29. Kirstin

    June 9, 2011

    We had an ice cream cart at our wedding in lieu of a cake and it was great fun. It was stocked with Good Humor bars and everyone liked it. We also had a hot dog cart there to serve dinner, so maybe I have a thing for cart food…

  30. Kristine Claghorn

    June 9, 2011

    What a poolside bbq dream come true! I want one!


    June 9, 2011

    I would LOVE one of these! Where do you find them? That’d be so much fun for every summer bbq and party I go to!
    Star Hughes Living

  32. kasey

    June 10, 2011

    Funny thing is…i live in chicago and would buy this in a heartbeat if we weren’t moving to hawaii! As a matter of fact we are renting an ice cream cart for the kids farewell party!

  33. Jenn

    June 12, 2011

    I read this and laughed when you said that it could be a built in summer job for a teenager, because my Dad did exactly that with us–three of his four kids. He bought an old post office cart (it came with an attached bike) and turned it into an ice cream bike. He made us all dress up in matching red shirts and white shorts (to match the red and white umbrella) and we biked around our neighborhood, ringing those little bicycle bells on the handles. It was pretty fun until the neighborhood ice cream truck started following us slowly down the streets in an attempt to intimidate us, I guess we moved in on his turf lol! We ended up eating more of the ice cream with the family than making a profit, but what great memories! (p.s. the cart looked kind of like this if you were curious

  34. Polly

    June 13, 2011

    We had a similar cart at our wedding- full of homemade hand dipped ice cream bars in every imaginable flavor. Only our cart was cream and pink and we decked it out in big bunches of hydrangeas and cream peonies. It was my favorite part of the wedding- and led to some of the best pictures of our flower girls with chocolate covered faces. It was the idea of a local candy maker when I asked her to make us a signature truffle for the wedding- but she thought it was to hot and this would be better- and it was!

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    June 15, 2011

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