This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
Yay, my first ever GeekList!
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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.
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99¢ Not the entire game, but just the dreamy Bakelite? chips checkers pictured here (though these aren't mine). All 30 accounted for and a cheesy plastic box and two ugly dice. But, I had to rescue the lovely chips checkers.
Today was one of those days where, for the sake of my wallet, I was actually kind of hopeful I wouldn't find much. 'Twas not to be. It was, in fact, a good day to thrift.
I suspect some of you would be happy with my "leave-behinds" (at least after a slow streak). Among the games I left were a NIS Rummikub, the German Ravensburger edition of Phase 10, Score 4, Slide 5, a Ravensburger game about snails with cool, oversized wooden snail bits, a complete-looking, well-cared-for (but alas non-bakelite) Mah Jong set, a copy of Go, and a NIS Ravensburger game about fishing. And I won't even mention that overpriced Wise and Otherwise that's still sitting on the shelf at $9.99 a couple of thifting sessions since last bringing it up (oops, too late)....
The first of those I found that I kept was this one. $4.99, complete from Savers. Yellow pawns still in shrink, one of the hex boards still unpunched (and even the punched boards are still in the box). On a bit of a roll...this is the third Mayfair I've found this month.
$4.99 from Savers. It's still in the shrink...sort of. I guess the previous owner left it on a shelf in such a way that the left spine of the box was in direct sunlight for a long time. This has left some major splitting of the shrink wrap along the back of the box and the spine as well as fading bad enough that you almost can't make out the name "Can't Stop" on that exposed spine. It's a wonder the shrink on the back hasn't completely torn off. So far though, the shrink has remained intact on the front side of the box and on the opposite spine. I imagine the contents must be minty goodness despite the outer fading...as I already have a player copy and a trade/sale copy, I'm not planning to open it soon to find out.
$2.99 from Savers. One card is missing and another is bent, but the game (apparently) came with five replacement cards. I have a copy of the other Discovery Toys edition of this, so I'll check to see what's missing and fix as appropriate. Jewels not yet inventoried.
If there's anything I've learned from y'all, it's "Gotta grab a Haba." This one is actually the English-language version of the box cover--guess there could be some GG in it for me if I get around to snapping a pic and sending it in. The game itself is complete and in good condition, though one of the dice is a bit funky (not equal dimensions on all sides and since stickers had to be applied to them by the previous owner, it looks very "off"). $1.99 from Savers.
Some guys are chick magnets. I've never been that fortunate. It would seem, though, that I am a Twixt magnet...what is this like my sixth or seventh since November? It's my third bookshelf edition. Each new one I find seems to taunt me: "Play me! Play me!" I guess I'm just going to have to sit down and learn the rules inside and out so that when I try to teach this to my girlfriend she doesn't get frustrated because I don't know the game well enough to teach it. I suspect playing with her may be the only way I get it to the table (not that I'm complaining ). This latest addition to my Twixt collection ran me $2.99 at Goodwill. Not yet fully inventoried, but it's not like I don't have a parts copy.
My local Goodwill has about 20 of these NIS with a sign below them that simply reads "Board Games $1.99 each." Geek rating looks kind of middling, but I grabbed one for that price. Anyone know about the bits for this one? Is it worth grabbing some more to pimp out other games? Anyone local want one at this price (or, for that matter, any non-locals who want one and are willing to reimburse shipping and cost)? I'll be out of town for a few days but when I get back if there are still some left, I'll be happy to hook up any Geeks in need.
I think prior to today, I'd only thrifted two or three Habas. Today, I got two in one day! This was $1.99 from Savers, complete and in good condition. To round out my day of thrifting, I also got a couple of CDs for $1.99 each.