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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This is part of the fun of thrifting, discovering these rare games that you'd never know about otherwise (and reading about many others here of course). Looks like an interesting Backgammon variant and the wood/stones look sharp.
$2.99 at GW. 100% complete with all BUT the staircase and picture frame still on the spues, NONE of the cardboard punched and the stickers still on the label sheet. Even the coveted chandelier is on the sprue and NOT BROKEN!
$1.99 at GW. Unfortunately missing two cars, two dice, six chips and the decals have been removed from most of the five cars I have remaining. Gonna have to post on the 2012 SPARE PARTS RESOURCE LIST for the parts I'm missing.
I doubt I would have picked this up on it's own, but since I had found the main game the day before, and since this says it works as an expansion to the main game, plus it was in a hanging bag that had something else that I really wanted...I didn't have any choice.
Picked up a couple of copies of this for gifts on the last day this seasonal mall store was open, which I didn't even know existed.
Even better, although less thrifty, was that I found a copy of Railways of the World for $42. Not a bargain, but a good deal given current prices. I've really, really wanted to try this!
To add to the serendipity of it all, I discovered the store because I was taking my son to the mall to see the yearly model train show — about the only time I ever visit the mall.
When I told the owner that I was surprised that they carried a game like this, she said it was there only because someone from Eastern Oregon had asked her to order it, and when they bought that copy, the automatic inventory system sent her a couple more copies that then sat around until I found them on the final 50% off day!
$1.50 @ SVdP complete, decent shape — although the box & board are both a bit warped
Can you all keep a secret for a couple of days?
We also tried out this interesting abstract, & it has a lot of unusual & surprising play to it. I was sorely tempted to keep it and possibly send it to my kid's school, but the box leaving for Iowa had some extra space in it, and I knew it would see even more action there, so it's heading that way as a surprise bonus for you-know-who...