Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds: 13 - 19 February 2012
Christopher Ebert
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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.

Last week's list:
Check out the quality and quantity of last week's loot.
Your Thrift Store / Bargain Finds: 6 - 12 February 2012

The current "RPG Thrift Store/Bargain Finds" list:
Please add your notable thrift finds of RPG items. Share the joy!
Your RPG Thrift Store/Bargain Finds: February 2012

The current "Video Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds" list:
Please add your notable thrift finds of Video Games. Share the joy!
Your Video Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds - February 2012

The Thrift & Bargain Dumpster:
Is there treasure to be found among dead rats and ungames? Discuss.
Unwanted Rejects - Thrift/Bargain Finds Left Behind: February 2012

The NON-Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds:
Games, of course, but what other goods do you grab while thrifting?
Your NON-Game Thrift Store / Bargain Finds - February 2012

Flea Market List:
Looking for a place to sell or trade some of your thrifty goods? Check out the current Flea Market!
Flea Market 16: (for February 2012)

Spare Parts Resource List for 2012:
Swap, Donate, Sweeten a trade.
2012 SPARE PARTS RESOURCE LIST

Game Rescue - Spotted on Craigslist:
Is there treasure to be found on the list of Craig? Discuss.
Game Rescue - Spotted on Craigslist: 2012 Edition

The Thrift Guild Trade List:
What sweet loot did you get for your thrifty stuff?
The Thrift Guild Trades Made and Gifts Received List 2012

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)

The Thrift Find of the Week:
Admire the latest selections of the all-knowing and infallible judges of thrift.
2012: Thrift Find of the Week for 2012
2011: The Thrift Find of the Week - Volume 6, Number 1 / The Thrift Find of the Week - Volume 6, Number 2
2010: The Thrift Find of the Week - Volume 5

Other geeklists which may be of interest:
We're still thrifting for you in 2012!
Thrifting games to get indented dice
Thrift store games you buy just for the components
Strange Bonuses in Thrift Purchases

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.

The Order's Anthem:
Sing along with our good old thrifty theme song...
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701. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1131]
Cindy Nowak
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Kenosha
Wisconsin
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No ghouling the tiles for this version - it's just too tiny! (Plus they are magnetic) $.99 Not sure if it's complete or not - it doesn't seem that there are 100 in the bag, but not sure many more could have fit in it.



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702. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: The Rolling Stones Collector's Edition [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
schwarze Ritter
United States
Texas
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I thought I was done thrifting for the week when an opportunity presented itself in the most unlikely of circumstances: While out celebrating my mother's birthday, my wife and I took her to J.C. Penney in beautiful Tyler, Texas, to buy some workout clothes. As we were leaving, I came across three copies of this game, brand new and in shrinkwrap for $3 each. I'm thinking Christmas gift, door prize at our annual Christmas Eve party or white elephant gift -- maybe all three!
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703. Board Game: Rukshuk [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4599]
Chris Dr
United States
Bellevue
Washington
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During this morning's groceries and coffee run I naturally stopped by my Goodwill and found this there for 99 cents. Haven't counted the rocks yet but first glance inside the box looks good.
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704. Board Game: Newtown [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
Lewis Goldberg
United States
Arnold
Missouri
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$4 @ Goodwill. Bought it strictly for the arcanity of it. Missing a few wooden blocks. Looks like the original owners played the game quite a bit. I might have to turn on the blacklight, put on Age of Aquarius, and give it a spin.
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705. Board Game: Foursight [Average Rating:5.53 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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I realized I missed putting a few games on this week's list, so to the Ministry of Information happy, your first Citizen will record them on the list where they happened...

I picked this up Friday when returning from visiting my dad. Village Thrifty in Woodbridge, for $2.92. Complete! It is now sitting next to Sabotage and looking forward to some plays...
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706. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2623]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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On Saturday, I nipped over to Unique and picked up two bags of glass baubles. I like having these around for prototyping and games like Enemy Chocolatier and Agora. One bag was all really big ($2.92) and full of blue and clear beads. I thought this would be perfect for prototyping my Khabarovsk Ice Fantasy Competition game. The other was $1.91.

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707. Board Game: The Millionaire Maker Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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I picked this up for $3.93; I'm hoping that by combining it with Cashflow 101 on Craig's List I can get over $60 for both.
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708. Board Game: Express [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2636]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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What I thought was the deal of the day was this - 99 cents. I haven't had a chance to inventory the cards yet, but at that price, I thought it would be worth it.
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709. Board Game: Pergamon [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:669]
Daryl Andrews
Canada
Kitchener
Ontario
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I got this at GameSummit Sunday garage sale for $1 still in shrink! I thought it was the steal of the garage sale. I had at least 6 people approach me, and make me an offer. It was pretty fun. People would come up to me and say, "Are you the guy who got Pergamon for a buck?!"
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710. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1209]
Daryl Andrews
Canada
Kitchener
Ontario
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This wasn't cheap, but I still think a bargain. I got this game at GameSummit Sunday Garage Sale, with The Black Rose Expansion for $50. The real treat was finding the expansion unpunched and the boats still even in a sealed bag. All the boats have their smoke stacks in mint condition.
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711. Board Game: Iron Dragon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:918]
RJD
United States
Quad-Cities
Illinois
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I was surprised to find this at one of the local Goodwills Friday night for only $1.88. Cool! I'm a fan of Empire Builder but don't have a copy, and this is from the same series so maybe it's close enough? It does sound like it's been somewhat changed from Empire Builder so I'm not sure yet if I'll be keeping it. Hmmm.

At a quick glance, it looks to have all or most of its pieces. The box is beat up and a little torn, and the board sections themselves all appear very, very used and worn but still look playable.

On a funny note, the previous owner appears to have had to quit mid-game and so left their crayon markings unwiped and then bagged up each players' stuff in separate ziplock baggies with their names on them. On top of the baggies was an empty wrapper from a Hershey's chocolate candy bar with the names of all five players written in thick, black marker on the paper side of the wrapper:
Luke
Karen
William
Jeremy
Gary
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712. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Wandered into a new-to-me thrift store(*) while on vacation and asked the proprietors if they sold board games. The male employee asked the female employee something in a language foreign to me. She didn't know what I was talking about either, so I said I would just look around. I wandered over to a bookshelf at the back which had some games on it, but it was all uninteresting cruft.

Then I glanced to a smaller bookshelf off to the side—BING!

There was this baby, sitting under a few other non-game items. I counted the tiles in store and—oh yeah!—they were all there, including the river. I didn't count the meeples as I was in a rush, but $1.99 for all tiles in a pristine box was good enough for me. Then I snagged the copies of Bohnanza and Hey, That's My Fish! that were each priced at $1.50.(*)

I take them all to the till and say happily, "These are board games!"

Without even glancing at the price tags, the woman says, "$3."

Inwardly I say, "Oh." Outwardly I say, "Thank you very much!" And then I make a point of paying in cash so that the store wouldn't get nickle-and-dimed by credit-card transaction fees.

This was my personal best haul ever at a thrift store and immediately called a buddy to share my joy. These three games ended up being $1 apiece.

(*) Because of my rush, I didn't get the name of the store nor check the completeness of the other games.
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713. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:280]
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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$1. Cards look to be in very good condition, but remain uncounted as of yet. Full tale above.
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714. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:475]
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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$1; edition pictured. Complete and in pristine condition. Full tale above.
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