This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Version pictured. Looks complete. Dusty as hell, but box was kept closed, parts are fine. Some dishing.
$1 Tohono o'odham swap meet.
Went back today to see if the missing heroscape figures had turned up (one did, but not the missing obsidian guard...they said they'd watch out for it). This other place was open today, that wasn't last week. Mostly toy-type stuff. These were on the floor/ground in the back of the stall. It was actually kind of weird...I know the boxes so well, it's a little surreal to see them covered in dust, on the floor of a stall in a swap meet. I dunno.
The guy working it asked me, "what are these, puzzles?" Where do these people get this stuff? Where did the mexican lady get the heroscape stuff? I don't know.
Unfortunately, this was the last unexplored place as far as I know, so that probably means I've drained the swap meet of all of its good stuff. It's not like the swap meet/flea markets in magical Ponyland, where people change. The ones here are static.
Picked up the Avalon Hill bookshelf edition of this for $0.50 at the Goodwill in E. Fort Myers, FL. The box is in bad shape, but the game is complete, so I'm good with it. I intend to play the game, not the box.
$1.99 at the E. Fort Myers Goodwill. The cards were still in cellophane when I opened it. I keep finding great stuff at this Goodwill. I think it has to do with the local demographic. Most of the residents here don't speak English so a lot of board games (printed in English) find their way to Goodwill.
It's been so very dry around here lately, so I was grateful to finally bump into some thriftable games. The Value Village in Tacoma yielded the revised edition of Babylon 5: A Call to Arms Starter set for $1.99. The contents are unpunched and the game is generally in great condition.
Funny how the games that elude you for years suddenly show up in bunches. This is my third Axis & Allies in six months after years of nothing. Found in a Tacoma Goodwill, it had no price, so they priced it at $1.29. Then, because they found green in the cover art and it was St. Patricks day, they took half off that. Axis & Allies for 65 cents? For that much, I'll ignore the blown corners.
War of the Ring. I'm not a big chit fan, but at 99 cents, who could leave this old classic behind? Is it complete? Some day, when the kids have all left for college, I'll sort through all these chits and know for sure. But it is not this day!
Edit: wow, turns out this might be worth some coin. Looks like I'll be counting chits sooner rather than later.
PS here's a photo of the Spanaway Goodwill for your scanning pleasure.
Found this edition for the second time this week - marked up from 1.99 to 3.99! I guess they figured out that the first one sold pretty quick.
They're actually somewhat different inside. The first one has a totally painted board, the other has wood laminate. Also one has a glossy rulebook, the other matte. I'm gonna mix and match my favorite bits and trade or gift the second copy.
This interesting Finnish maritime title, unused & unpunched, 6.50€. The price would have been too high normally but I wanted this because of the theme...
Same charity shop, which is one of my favourite thrifting spots, but I was a bit irritated to notice that they're continuing with the upward trend in their pricing in general and boardgames in particular. Stuff that would have been 1.50 a few months ago is now 3.50, what would have been 2.50-3.00 is now 6.50-8.00. Oh well...
$1, after 50% off at Value Village. This has been in a dangling sack of goodness for weeks. I don't have the base game, so if anyone needs cards for this, let me know. I got it as parts for the community.