This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Put in what you consider a bargain, tell us how much you paid and the place you got it from. Bargains can be thrift store finds or any second-hand purchases or discounted boardgames bought new. Don't forget to add your encounters with the Thrift Store Irritant Squad and any other embellishments in order to make it even more interesting.
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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 Hakfoo I, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Belial, Great_Mazinga, minionhunter, Krazygit, EvilTimmy and Blackwind.
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The best thrifting prize for me is always the unique little indie gem; this one turned up while my transportation got some attention in the bike shop next door. The BGG reviews are solid and suggest that the "dynamic" subtitle is deserved.
Complete, probably unplayed and in perfect condition but for a couple of minor box scuffs.
$5 at New Age Thrift in Victoria - a local private store that buys up the contents of abandoned storage lockers.
As karmic balance to the plastic slashfest of Senjutsu, a rare cooperative abstract from Jim Deacove (and complement to a copy of Yin Yang). I've been watching for this since passing one up last summer - it seems a nice metaphor for couplehood. Complete and in clean shape, with some reparable box wear-n-tear.
Since I came in third on Meat's "loquaciousness" chart for last year, my goal this year is to make it to first!
The wife and I had to get out of the house and away from the kids for a couple of hours on this drizzly Saturday. We ran some errands, then on the way home stopped at several thrift stores on North Oak Trfwy. The "Red Racks" DAV thrift yielded the pictured edition of this. I checked inside and found a lot of colored pegs and a bunch of black/white scoring pegs. Figuring it was probably enough to play the game, and with a 25-cent tag on the cover I decided to pick it up. Turns out the actual price was on the back: $1.98. I got it anyway since I figured the kids would enjoy it.
I left behind a "smoking doctor" Operation, and a 13 Dead End Drive with all the traps (including the chandelier) intact and ready to play. I almost picked that one up for spare parts, but my wife vetoed it at $4.
Then at "The ARC" thrift I picked up this for $2.00. I peeked inside and found a bunch of small "cards" about an inch and a half square, another stack about three inches on a side, a single d6, and some plastic animeeples: A pig, sheep, male goat, two calves, and a horse, all about 2-3 inches high. There was a short history of the development of money, but no instruction booklet. Luckily there is a set of "Rules In Brief" on the inside of the lid, so that will have to do.
The game is so odd I was hoping that it wasn't in the database yet, but it is. However, there are currently no pictures of this offbeat item, so I will try to add some this evening.
EDIT: After adding this to my collection, I realize that I am now the only listed owner of two board games and one RPG.
Picked this up today for $2.99 at Goodwill on Flowing Wells. Unpunched, great shape, and pretty corny-lookin', but I know a group that this will probably be perfect for so hopefully we can get at least one or two good plays out of it.
This was up next on the "just came out of the back" cart at Deseret for $3. Box has a few very minor dings, but insides look great except the small indents in the top/bottom cards in each stack from the evil rubber bands
I mainly bought it for the trade/resale value. I know there's a lot of discussion on here about reselling it and looks like it still might fetch a decent amount.
Went for a nice walk today and found that the Village Discount Outlets in the area were running a 50% off sale for Super Bowl weekend. The first two I went to had nothing of interest, but I decided to hold out and tromp over to the Roscoe Village location from Kedzie. Worth it. Downstairs I found a pretty impressive wargame cache, particularly featuring Victory Gamess titles.
First one I found was Ambush!, $3.90 before 50% discount.
...Move Out. This was, strangely, the most expensive at $6.90 pre-discount, but what the hey, I went for it.
All in all a mighty cache. So many little counters in some of these- don't quite hit a thousand in any of them, but Gulf and Aegean Strike get close. Doing a full inventory will be pretty difficult, but it looks like they may be all in there- the maps etc. held the counter box pretty shut, though they all did get disorganized.