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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Couldn't resist this one for $.99 at Goodwill. Mostly bought it for the bits, but after playing it with my daughter, this game is kinda fun. Mindless yes, but good with kids. Way better than Checkers IMHO.
Maybe this will complete the German version that I bought last year. After inventory, I am disappointed to find out that it is complete. Oh wait, that’s a good thing. $2.15 at Savers in Anaheim California.
I have a copy of Go, but this one was new. (all the little stones sealed in their original packages & the board was much nicer than my other copy. The box says it's from the Pacific Game Company 1976. I decided that the $2.25 was worth it. The box shows wear but from 1976 not too bad shape. My other set (Hansen I think) was missing a few stones of one or another color (I forget). Now to find someone who will play it with me!?
May I pass along my congratulations for your great interdimensional breakthrough. I am sure, in the miserable annals of the Earth, you will be duly enshrined. -- Lord John Whorfin
Attack Force $2
I dearly love micro/mini/pocket games and have a sizable collection of them. They were the first games I bought with my own money as a kid. Many are far, far better than their ranking on BGG would suggest (you should try one some time).
I never come across these in the thrifts, so this was cause for minor celebration.
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And behind a pile of puzzles, I saw this. The box is in absolutely perfect condition. The contents don't look like they were ever played with. The only thing missing is the rules - and I have another copy of the game with the rules, so no worries there. This becomes a keeper and the other one can become a parts copy. $2.99
Oh, and when I turned around, I saw the cover to a Scrabble Express in one of the toy bins. I lifted it up - no game, just the cover. But underneath was the rules to Toss Up.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”
$2.50 - I've done pretty good when they say complete at this small thrift shop... but not this time... missing; yellow hat, 11 cards and 11 coins... but I see this often so it will be easy to get the parts for a full one my nephews will like playing... I Like the wizard hat playing pieces