This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
These lists may start empty, but as always, add your items.
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.
The Thrift Store/Bargain Finds List Wayback Machine: The Grand Vizier is maintaining a list of all the weekly lists through time. He is also adding stats and interesting tidbits for us thrifty geeks. Your Thrift Store Bargain Finds Through Time (with links to all previous lists)
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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For some reason I couldn't get a precise count and it took me three tries to inventory all 36 of the cards -- the last time I had to just put all the pairs together. Only $1.41 at GW. Really looking forward to playing this with my nieces and nephews and my best friend's two children.
Cool, well-made German roll-and-grab game. The rules say I'm supposed to have 24 wooden tiles, but it appears I'm missing one of the "fire"/jester tiles. What's really neat is the big wooden dice with animals and things on them. Only $1.41 at GW.
So I'm sitting in the middle of GW with all the pieces sprawled out trying to inventory them and all the Mexican women with their ninos in tow are staring at me like I'm crazy and probably thinking, "What's wrong with this gringo, sitting here in the middle of the floor pouring over this kid's game?" Well, the joke's on them 'cause I got a complete game for $4.99 in excellent working condition. There were even good batteries in the Talking Tudor Mansion!
$2.99 GW (22nd/Alvernon). One split corner, no precious, and a lot of bonus dog & human hair ... but looks good otherwise, so I'll take it. Lots of minis, haven't inventoried yet. Looks like they cleared at least a few of the old things that were clogging the shelves, maybe more good stuff will come out now. Hadn't seen it stagnate for so long at this store before.
During my lunchtime thrifting-and-burrito run I saw this at Value Village. I decided I would never play it, so I left it there, but back at my computer I poked around a little more and looked at the list of people here on BGG who had it on their "Want" list. At the top of the list was fellow Thrift Guild member:
And when I returned to pick up Octiles, this was now on the shelf. "Battle Box" version as shown. Complete, great condition, and never played, with both sets of dice still sealed. My 2nd obscure (to me) TSR find in the last couple of weeks.
This little tin with the name Mountain Climb caught my eye. Turns out to be a race to the top of a well made wood mountain. First player to get all 5 of their climbers to the top wins. Looks to have a little bit of screw you to it as you can, with a well played roll of the dice, knock your opponents climbers back to base camp. $1.00 at SA.
50 cents for a Scrabble game from SA? Sure, why not. Complete with all 100 tiles and 4 racks. I have never looked into the tiles of these games, but went to you know where and looked up some prices. I hope, for us thrifters, that the hausfraus who scrapbook never get off their davenports and discover the bounty of cheap square letters out there in thrift land. Crap... I may have said too much? Umm...never mind, ladies, nothing to see here. Move along, move along.
Yay! Nostalgia! My brother had this growing up. I always thought it was cool, but he rarely let me play with it. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but it looks to be in good shape and the battery compartment looks clean. No manual, but it came with an appropriate AC adaptor. I was also surprised it came in the original box. I'm pretty sure the box for the one we had went in the trash.
VV has a promotion on today - 30% off your purchase of $30 or more with your club card. Mom and I went on a thrift run. There was nothing spectacular to be found, but I did find some things worth picking up.
Stefan Feld games are balanced and mathematically elegant while being obtuse, emotionally detached, and mechically inelegant. The most overrated designer of modern games. The King of JASE.
$5 at an indoor yard sale. (It's winter here.)
Probably not going to post as many finds this year, but this was a great surprise keeper. My gf, whose not as into gaming as me, has kicked my butt at this game. There's something about this game that she understands (and/or I don't!). So a keeper for me because she's so good at it.
New house, new hunting grounds. I haven't unpacked all my games yet, but I had to check out the local thrift stores. Two trips so far, and I've managed to score this (3€, missing a few chits and with 2 damaged minis), and...
this, also for 3€. The box has bits of brown packing tape stuck on it, but the content is in pristine condition: the minis are still on their sprues, the sticker sheet is unused, even the Heroquest ad leaflet is there.