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WE WANT TO BUY YOUR OLD SLOT MACHINES!
~ ANY VINTAGE MECHANICAL SLOTS ~
~ OR TRADE STIMULATORS ~
E-Mail Us or Call 734.475.9730
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for our current slot machine inventory.
Along with buying and selling machines I offer restoration and repair.
If you have a vintage mechanical machine that is not working I can repair it for you and sometimes right over the phone.
If you have a vintage machine that is tired but looks good I can restore it mechanically.
If you have a machine that works good but is simply faded and ugly I can do a cosmetic restoration including wood, polish and paint.
If you have a basket case I can most likely take care of that as well.
|This nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar set of Black Cherry machines I restored for one of my clients.|
|This 1939 Mills Diamond Front was the only thing salvaged from a whole house fire.|
Coin-operated machines are a part of American history, beginning in the late 19th century, and flourishing in the early part of the 20th, until they became illegal in the 1950's. We find many of our machines in places where they have been locked up since then. Some of them were kept in operation by attached "vendors" that rewarded customers with mints, candy, or cigarettes in return for their coins, thus skirting the law. Today, it varies from state to state as to whether or not they are legal. Here in Michigan, you may possess any machine that is at least 25 years old, strictly for your own use.
Bill began collecting and refurbishing the old machines in the mid-1990's, and has become an expert in both their lore and the mechanical aspects since then. Darwin's is the largest vintage slot machine dealer in the state of Michigan. You can trust our work as well as our word.
Original and authentically restored machines are difficult to find, and the buyer should beware of "remanufactured" machines and reproductions. Darwin's has close to 50 machines in stock at any given time, some completely original, some restored, some partially restored.
Each customer has his or her own preference, and we try to cater to every one. We are now shipping all over the country, and occasionally outside the country, specializing in Mills and Jennings machines. They were the workhorse of their day, and are the most reliable, in Bill's opinion. We also handle Watling, Pace, and Caille machines.
Another interesting facet of our business is collecting and selling antique floor safes. Besides meeting a demand for them, they make great stands for the slots!
Bill inherited a fascination with mechanical things from his grandfather, the late Roy Darwin, who was involved in player pianos, model airplanes, and antique restoration, as well as stained glass. After twenty-five years as owner of Darwin's Stained Glass, Bill began tinkering with old slot machines in his spare time, and another business was born.