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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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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Browsing the mostly empty shelves of a nearby GW for boardgames (and failing to spot anything of interest) on a whim I checked the toys section and noticed a large clear bag, probably originally used for storing duvets or conforters, filled to the brim with plastic parts. As those bags very seldom contain anything of interest I would quickly have dismissed it as worthless if I had not noticed the terrain hexes and the dragon miniatures which pretty much confirmed I had just found my first HeroScape lot !
Even though I have no previous experience with the game I've read enough about it on the BGG thriftlist to know I should be picking it up (especially after spotting some unusual terrain parts in the bag ) and of course immediately considered reselling the lot for a nice profit but as always I end up willing to keep and play the game ! (Even though I will be struggling to find enough storage space for it)
I was unfortunately reintroduced to the hobby too late to be able to play this game when it was available in retail stores and when I did eventually learn about it, though indeed quite my type of game, most of it was not available anymore or simply too expensive to consider collecting enough pieces for a decent set.
But after buying this bag for 4$, even though some pieces are missing, I believe I now have a reasonable starter set for a first bite. It did not contain any rules and is missing quite a lot of Army cards but finding the missing information should not be too difficult.
And thus the bag first contained an almost full set of Rise of the Valkyrie. Missing the rulebook/scenario book, a lot of army cards and the 3rd Izumi Samurai miniature.
Final game of the night. Hit three stores and got games at all of them. Added bonus was that 99% of them were complete. Only missing instructions on two of them. This was complete and in good shape. Box was beat up a little, but components were perfect. $2.99 at Savers.
Ok, you all know i thrifted up a copy of Ticket to Ride about 6 months ago. missing 3 of the point counter peices, but for $3 bucks what do i care?!
So, it's been a huge hit with my family, even the non-gamers in it. So, my brother's surprise me today with a 3 hour warning for a visit and mention they've picked up this new expansion for Ticket to Ride. I get the game out, we have a blast playing (my boy not only won, he absolutely slaughtered us - the same boy that at Christmas walked out of the game wit the words "that's it?" when we told him all we did was put plastic trains on a board).
So, were packing the game up and I i'm telling them about the BN $10 sale for TTR if they can find one. I go to put Alvin and Dexter back in their box and they are missing. After some looking around i notice that the expansion set is sitting in my copy of TTR. Since i was the one with the game they just left it with me.
I knew they liked the game...but enough to start buying expansions to leave with me? So...i'll call it a thrift. It's not like i've not picked up new games at the DI before. I just happen to know the party that thrifted it to me!
Complete and in good shape at a tag sale... $1. Some boards have a slight warp to them but easily fixable. I am not seeing the version that I found though which is a red box, Wizards of the Coast, Garfield Games with metal robots (not sure if other version come with anything other then metal robots). Always wanted to give this game a try - looks fun.