SOCIAL MEDIA

30 June 2014

Shopping Spree At the Arcade

This is what I wore for the momentous occasion.

Angel and I like to go to the arcade once in a while and spend $10 or so playing games and winning tickets. About two years ago, we decided to start saving up all our arcade tickets so that we could eventually go on a shopping spree at the arcade and win some prizes cooler than a bouncy ball.

If we'd kept living here, we probably would  have kept saving up our tickets for the rest of our lives, as it has become such a habit, but we finally decided that it was time to go to Craig's Cruisers for one last glorious day and cash in all our tickets and see what we could buy.

Of course, we wanted to play a few last games, too, and our arcade career ended on a high note when we finally managed to correctly strategize and won the 500 ticket jackpot on a game that involved throwing balls at little clowns. (How violent! But, oh! How ecstatic I was when we won that jackpot!)

We proudly handed over our ticket collection to the girl at the counter. Our grand total was: 6,885.

Upon hearing the number, Angel and I felt like I imagine a rich person feels when strolling around Banana Republic...we could buy anything we wanted!

Well, not really. The XBOX One that they had up for grabs cost 100,000 tickets, so there were still plenty of prizes outside of our price range, but we didn't focus on those. Instead, we gleefully grabbed all of these:


A Grand total of:
6 Skittles
6 Peanut M&Ms
4 bags of Jelly Bellys
4 Starburst
2 Snickers
2 Twix
1 Temporary Tattoo
1 Pink Leopard

It's a lot, I know. We were giggling uncontrollably as we dumped our armfuls of candybars onto the counter and I have no idea what the lady who scanned all of our candy thought. Maybe this sort of behavior is totally normal at arcades.

Notice the slight line dividing the left and right sides of the photo? That's denoting his (right) and hers (left). We don't often stoop to yours and mine, but candy is one area where it's necessary, because I'm a saver...Angel will eat all the candy before I get around to it unless it's specified that some candy belongs to me and others belongs to him.

With this humongous stash of candy--I think we are fully prepared for sweet snacks for the plane flight to China, so that's a good thing. We also were able to buy something else during our spree. In Angel's words, it was a "great deal!". And judging by weight-per-ticket, it was indeed a good deal. For the low low price of 750 tickets, we got this:


This 5 lb. 4 oz. box was plastic wrapped, so we weren't entirely sure what we were getting, other than the "World's Largest Gummy Snake!" until we got home and opened the intriguing good deal:


It was, indeed, filled with 12 very large gummy snakes. They look rather intimidating, and not particularly appetizing to Angel and I...but we bought this one for the surprise, not for the taste. I'm not much of a fan of gummy things if they're not sour. However, I've got a bunch of little cousins who aren't as picky as we are and so Angel's been distributing giant snakes at random...

What's the best prize you've ever won at an arcade?
Michelle said...

I know that snake it just candy, but it's giving me a bit of heart attack!

Inge Jane said...

Oh my gosh those snakes made me laugh out loud!

Lauren said...

The giant snakes are definitely a bit creepy but I love that you got them for the surprise factor. And I have to do the same thing with candy in my house - my husband eats it all before I even finish one thing!

Jessica Cangiano said...

What a fabulously fun idea!!! I haven't been to an arcade since I was around 17 years old, but you two suddenly have me in the mood to visit one again. Hmm, now to find one still operating around these parts. Perhaps that's something to include in my upcoming birthday itinerary or for Tony's in August. Sometime soon at least! :)

♥ Jessica

Ashlynn B said...

That's really cool! 100,000 for an Xbox??? Yikes haha! I've never really won anything from an arcade. It makes me sad, lol.

Patti said...

Ack! the snake looks too lifelike to nibble on. Love your fun outfit for Arcade Day - Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

Pamela said...

That's hilarious and ugh, I could never eat a snake! Which I wonder why when I eat gummy worms. ~Pamela

Tayler Morrell said...

You definitely hit the jackpot with prizes! Justin and I always have to do a your/mine when it comes to anything edible!

Bekah @ re•solve said...

ha! congratulations on your windfall of sugar- but you should have done a haul video ;)

Sean is the same way with candy. That whole box of snakes *bleh* would be gone by now plus skittles wrappers scattered about the apartment.

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

A candy stash is way better than bouncy balls! ;) And I feel your pain on the his and hers candy. I eat mine slowly and over a much longer period of time than my hubby. He is forever trying to steal mine after eating all of his!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I'm a saver too when it comes to candy. Joe will eat it all so I have to tell him what I am keeping so he doesn't eat it before I can!

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

Y'all racked up! Not sure I could eat the gummy snakes though!

Anonymous said...

Lol that is a lot of candy. You will need it for the stress of moving. Glad you found some goodies. Rachel xo http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/best-friends-avon-jewelry-giveaway/

Marie said...

Argh, I could never have that much temptation in the house!
Marie @ In Our Happy Place

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Ha! How fun. I never go to arcades. You two really have a sweet tooth...or rather teeth! LOL

bisous
Suzanne

Northern mum down South said...

Hi Rachel, that's a serious lot of sweets to get through. I used to play Bingo at the seaside arcades with my mum when I was a child and one year we had a bumper haul and I got a teddy bear which I still have to this day

After Eleven Blog said...

that cracks me up! When I read your title, I thought to myself "how do you shop at an arcade?" haha. Now I know!

Ali Hval said...

LOOOOOL oh my gosh this story was a wild read. The title definitely had me hooked. 12 large gummy snakes... looks like you guys really hit the candy jackpot. :)

Erika T. said...

All that candy! That is probably what I would end up with if it were me, just because there is nothing else that I would find worth spending my tickets on, the good stuff is way too expensive. Sounds like a fun time and your choice of apparel was a very good one. Super cute outfit!

Samantha @ Elah Tree said...

Dang! You made bank! Candy bank! And that is my favorite kind! Props on your dedication! I don't know if I would have been that great at saving tickets.

Jennifer Prod said...

oh gosh, what a fun way to spend the day and prepare for your big trip! congrats on the jackpot and enjoy the sweets!

Darcy said...

Great look and what a fun prize to win! You can never go wrong with all that candy, haha!
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Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Bahahaha! You definitely made the best choice!

rooth said...

You might very well be my new favourite person because 1) you still go to an arcade and 2) you used your tickets to buy candy. Sigh, we must be kindred spirits

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Nice! I'd love all that candy.

MontgomeryFest said...

yummmm..you are very good choosers of arcade ticket treasures!!

Robyn B said...

bahahaa!!! love that you guys bought SO much candy!! win!

Lisa said...

Super cute outfit, Rachel.! What a candy haul!! :)

Anonymous said...

Candy is always a good choice! Your pictures of the snakes made me laugh. I don't know what I was expecting to be in there, but it definitely wasn't that.

Charlotte said...

a) I fully approve of all of your choices. I would want a huge load of candy too!
b) I feel like arcade workers are shocked at very little, least of all large amounts of candy.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow!! That is some candy there!! Snakes creep me out..but your pictures were worth it!! :)

Kari said...

Hilarious!! You guys are awesome!! Very smart to save up your tickets so that you could buy a lot of stuff. Did you go home and throw all the candy above you and bask in all its glory? I would have:) That giant snake looks terrifyingly delicious:)

Paige Gunter said...

My parents and I once totaled my tickets and my sister's and then chose our prizes for us. It was the best treat we ever won. We each got a flashlight with changeable plastic caps that shown different Chuck E. Cheese characters wherever the light shown. It looks like y'all had a great time! I didn't know you could save tickets and bring them back. I'm going to have to remember that one!

Theresa Sutton said...

lol! Just think, in another 20 years you guys would have had enough tickets for that X-Box. Although, from what I know about you two, neither one of you would actually play it...

Love the outfit!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

You look quite charming in your little dress and pedal pushers and rock-a-billy flats. Can't do much candy, but am happy for your haul. For my part, throwing balls at little clowns sounds like a very satisfying thing to do for hours. I wonder if I could get my huz to stand still for just a minute or two ... hmmmmm.