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, the Tape Monkeys, 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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Hadn't been to the local GW in a while...thought it was time to check the stacks and see if there was anything worthwhile. I first saw this word game--one I hadn't heard of--but with the Scrabble name on it. Hmmm....hey it comes with 150+ black scrabble tiles, so if I don't care for the game, I can it for the tiles.
Another little box popped out at me--oh it's just Rummikub, but wait, it's a travel version--Miniature Rummikub--that isn't so dang tiny you need tweezers to pick up the tiles (I have that version--and it is neat--but hard to play). The legs on the racks just flip back and the tiles come in a nifty bag.
I didn't think I'd be able to get to the thrifts today. A winter storm hit this morning dumping snow and reducing visibility. Between the jackknifed semis (accounts vary between 2 and 4) causing a major traffic tie-up and some near whiteout conditions it took me an hour to make what is usually a 12 to 15 min trip. It was slow at work so I left early. By that time the storm had cleared and now there's just lots of snow and slippery conditions to contend with. So do I head straight home or hit the thrifts? Thrifts of course! I spotted this drinking game called "Which Way to the Ski Lodge" yesterday which doesn't seem to be in the database so I picked it up today for $1.99.
Picked this one up today complete with all the pieces, no card or guide for $11.24 with todays discounts at Unique. Like new and box too. They were kind and used no tape on it. Will be putting this one up for sale.
Finally picked up one that I have been searching for, a 1967 Kenner #401 Spirograph. Complete with everything including the instructions, cardboard and paper. Even has the original pens (dried out). I had this as a kid and loved it. I got it as a birthday present when I was 8 or 9.
Unique $.69 so I consider this my birthday present to myself!
Sealed copy of this for $1.99 at Savers. It was in a hang tab bag with five decks of cards. So either I got the five decks of cards for free, or maybe this really only cost 1/6 of $1.99 = thirty-four cents.