Because we sell anything and everything, we often get ads for the interesting, the unusual and the extremely specialized. One of the best parts of working here is that we learn so much about so many different things. Here’s where we feature an ad that made us sit up and take notice.

We know you’ll understand why we got “Pop Goes the Weasel” stuck in our heads when this ad came in. And we hope you can forgive us for getting it stuck in yours, too. This ad was submitted via, so we saw the text just before we saw its appropriate category; as you can guess, our imaginations ran wild!

POP-UP BARRELS  $50. +(FACTORYVILLE) 570-290-3019

We imagined something like this:


But today’s item looks more like this:


Not quite as musical, but something fun nonetheless: pop-up barrels are used to practice for barrel racing, which is a rodeo event in which horses & riders negotiate their way around a pattern of barrels, competing for the fastest time. The course consists of three barrels placed in a triangular shape in the center of the arena. Because it’s a sport that relies on both the speed of the horse and the skill of the rider, you can imagine that there’s lots of practice involved. And you can imagine just how useful these barrels might be (even without the pop-up clown).