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.
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$3.95 at WINS thrift. Eurogames English edition published by Jeux Descartes.
Complete and in nearly unplayed condition: some of the cars were still on the frames, and the pad of race sheets is pretty thick (two sheets from the likely sole played game were also included). Negligible wear on the box.
*dons racing outfit and holds game aloft like a trophy*
Picked up a long box of Magic cards (several hundred -- not sure exactly how many it holds), all in great condition for $10 at Savers. I haven't really played Magic since college, but a few friends at work are still into it so I figured I'd let them look through it to see if there's anything worthwhile. Less than $10 would have been nice, but this was my last stop of six thrifts and I just couldn't go empty-handed.
Edit: Glanced through them tonight. Didn't notice anything other than commons (bummer), but all from older mid to late 90's sets (Arabian Nights through Tempest).
Stopped in at Goodwill today - needed a sweater as I had left the house without grabbing mine. Yes, it was 95 F outside, but it is so cold in the grocery store that you really have to bundle up. My husband was pacing anxiously while I looked up and down the clothes racks, but he turned his head for a moment so I sprinted over to the games where I saw a small wood case. I flipped open the brass latches and saw poker chips - an instant grab for me.
$3.99 for 300 chips in a wood case that also holds 2 decks of cards. They are suited, non-denominated, suited chips (plain edges) with 100 white and 50 each of red and blue. They seem to be a heavy plastic - they are 7.5 gr chips. I have had good success recently in selling and trading nice poker sets locally, so that's where this is destined.
i havent been able to get to the thrift stores lately, but my mom called me the other day with a nice haul of games she picked up at a garage sale. they were all free because they were closing up and just wanted everything gone.
the first is barts trivia game. it appears complete, but im not gonna count the cards. it does have the cool die though.
My wife asked me if there was anything special I wanted to do today since it's part of Father's Day weekend, and I said I wanted to go thrifting since we haven't been in weeks. Since I live north of the Missouri river, the closest area is along North Oak street, where there are half-a-dozen thrifts of varying size and quality.
First stop was the Goodwill on Vivion, where I picked up a nice tropical shirt to add to my collection.
Next we headed north to the St. Jude Thrift. This place always looks like it's where the stuff people can't sell at garage sales ends up. Mostly a lot of crap and rarely any games, so I was surprised to spot this. Box is in rough shape with corners worn almost through, and there's a couple places where it looks like someone pulled off short strips of tape. But everything is there (my wife inventoried it in the store to be sure), and it only cost $2.00.
After striking out at the DAV Thrift we headed for home, but stopped in at the place my wife calls "around back and down". It's really Northland Thrift and, due to the steep terrain, it's located on the back side and underneath another set of shops. The only indication that it's there is a large blue and white "Thrift Store" sign on the side of the building, pointing to the back.
When I worked my way to the back I was stunned to see two decent games sitting on a lower shelf. The first was this bookshelf edition. The box is rather worn and the back label is trying to peel off, but the cards inside looked practically unused. In fact, the four card holders, the tray, and even the timer were all in very good condition. I suspect this spent the better part of four decades on a shelf and rarely got used. The price was written on in black grease pencil, so I'll need to dig out my WD-40 to clean it off.
The second great find at Northland Thrift was the pictured 1990 edition. I took a quick peek inside and there looked to be a lot of stuff, the box was in pristine shape, and the price was only $3, so I kept it and headed for the register.
After getting home and inventorying I discovered that only one thing is missing: the rules. Everything else seems to be there, and only three of the crayons show any signs of use. Under the insert I found a ziplock bag of spare chips, the used sticker sheet, and both a Mayfair catalog and registration card. I suspect this game was played once and then put away and never touched again.
I asked the lady at the counter if they got things like this very often, and she said they rarely got any games at all. I'd been there before and could attest to that. Today I was lucky.
Normally I would have posted these on Monday since I rarely turn on my laptop over the weekend, but I wanted to check BGG for a copy of the rules. Apparently no one has posted any, so if someone here could scan them and PM them to me, I'd be grateful. I'll also post on the Parts Wanted list.
$1 Saw a flea market sign and thought of Bob Pony! Had to pull in! Now, I have three of these. Anyone wanna trade?!
So, I had an interesting day. I setup a "booth" at a friend's church's garage sale. We didn't have much traffic, but I managed to sell a lot of games that I'd accumulated. No Euro's mind you, but stuff I didn't want to play and wasn't worth trying to sell or trade - Cranium, Scattergories, etc.
This certainly did not look like a game at first glance, but indeed it is. Might even have resale value if the bay is to be believed, but if not, it has nice plane and truck bits, shown in the upper right of this image.