This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Our GeekGuild: Welcome to The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters. Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Please do mind the stacks of prized games, do not mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Make sure to bow before our King Belial I, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Great_Mazinga, minionhunter, Krazygit, EvilTimmy and Blackwind.
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My desire to slow down the thrifting is competing with my desire to see if there's a post-holiday game dump, as others have reported. The stores here don't look noticeably different, although I'm finding plenty of games!
$1.50 @ SVdP complete, box smashed off to school we go...
$2 @ GW complete, but missing 1 extra yellow monkey (there are supposed to be 6 of each color monkey, but apparently 7 of each were included) parts in great shape, except the cheap plastic draw bag is ripped
free @ VV (see below!) complete, except for the rules (What do people do with all the rule sheets that they're keeping? "There's a bare spot in the wallpaper, Honey. Hand me the rules to that Thomas Bingo game so we can patch it.")
Looks like a cute pattern matching game, but I mostly got it for the 3 enormous (1"?) indented dice and the little ticket tokens, which should be usable for some kind of game money, and the folding bingo boards could be nice player screens. There, the whole game has a use now.
1991 edition (hmm, no pictures of this version either...) in shrink
This is one of my most surprising & best thrift finds so far: In a hanging bag amongst the toys was a bag that someone must have thought was play money. It did indeed have one plastic penny and two tokens for game arcades. However, it also had quite a bit of actual currency!
The final tally (at today's exchange rates): Euros 12.25 ($15.65) British Pounds 5.70 ($8.83) Canadian Dollars 2.67 ($2.63) Hong Kong Dollars 12.20 ($1.57) other coins ($0.10) ---- grand total ($28.78)
European & Asian readers may now commence ridiculing clueless & insular Americans.
Got it complete for $2 at a Children's Home Resale Store. Probably a terrible game, but my fiancee has been telling me for years how awesome the show was, so I think she'll enjoy playing it a couple times.
£1.40 at Second chance Carlton. Saw Reiners name and grabed. Thought I remembered that this was a version of Botswanna and glad to find I was on the ball, been hoping to find the Quandry printing but this will do me till then.
My third fantasy flight game thrifted, bit smaller box than the others.