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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More often than not this game is thrown into the thrift bin but I dug it out for the 39th thrift of this unique dice game for .99 at the new City Thrift. I like the dice and may use this in the classroom as a visual knowledge game.
Another from my top ten most wanted is found! Value Village, $3.99. Looks like all the parts are here...the game board itself is huge and in great condition, as are the components. The only negative: the lid of the box is badly dished, and speaking of dished, it almost looks like someone ate a deep dish pizza off this thing. Badly stained...by something...
As I plan on keeping this one for games nights, I'll craft a better lid and pitch the gross one before my germophobia goes into overdrive.
I know A&A has its critics, but it is still a great game to get the old schoolers back to the table.
The Xenia GW is really showing signs of life these days. Even more games have been added and they aren't getting ruined by small children. I had never heard of this game, but thought it was worth a shot for 99 cents.
As always we begin our thrifting journey with Bert & Ernie. With a quick dash out to Southern California to raid Thrift Stores out there I found, alas, only two items worthy of pickup. These two Scrabbles for $3.00 each at Upscale Resale in Laguna Hills. The Tuesday Morning had more interesting stuff in the way of Playmobil sets that I can more than double my money on though. The trick is to know which sets of course, and where to sell them (patience is a virtue with these). They even had a Blokus Trigon (It had been opened and was missing parts by the look of it though).
I have pretty much given up on this game except when they are in pristine condition. Even still though I am limiting myself to the 2003 versions or the more specialized ones. I even ended up looking my 1959 copy for the wood blocks (they are now armies for my copy of Dune). This one is in very good condition, complete and was only $1.99 at GW in Surprise.
The last game from Xenia GW and my favorite of the bunch was an unplayed copy of Loaded Questions for $2.99. My daughters enjoy playing this game with their cousins, so now our family has a copy and I didn't have to pay retail.
And that large box on top of the stack at Savers in Phoenix, is it Heroquest? Why yes yes it is. I have only seen this one once before and now I have another copy! Looks complete (I am behind on inventory). $4.99
$4.99 GW. Pricey, but it's the first time I found this version. Haven't inventoried. The Ravensburger boxes always look so nice and bright and intact that it makes me think they must be complete.
Three decent finds, though nothing super-exciting. I passed on yet another big box Axis and Allies - it was pretty beat up and I still have almost a full set of spare plastic. This store is overflowing with games - I think my assessment of the holidays was right, they just let games pile up in back while shelf space was taken up with xmas stuff. Now it's all coming out.
EDIT: Dang. Didn't count the chits yet, but did look at it and realize there are no instructions. (no visor, either, but meh.)
First stop of the day, I went to a GW and found this cool, old Games Workshop game for only $2.99. Everything accounted for and in good condition. Also bought a foot-tall plastic Godzilla figure with red tinting and a "Lebowski Fest," bowling shirt.