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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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.
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!
$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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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
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.