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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Fear the Atomic Skull-Bat! (or don't. It's up to you...)
Got it for $3.90 at a local thrift. Hoping it was an uncreditied Craig Van Ness or Rob Daviau game, but it doesn't sound like it. Dinos are on the sprue and the big, blank (unstickered) die is just the sort that us DIY folks love, so if it doesn't trade/sell I can cannibalize it for four bucks worth of bits for sure.
Been a slow season for thrifting around here. Not on par with my usual luck at all so far.
Picked up at a GW Outlet for ~$2.00. Surprisingly good shape considering. All checkers, dice, and two dice cups were included. All in a nice briefcase. Needed to be cleaned a little bit, but what games don't that you pick up from a GW Outlet?!
Went by my VV yesterday. So the first thing that caught my eye was a non Silver Line Lord of the Rings. But, they were asking $9.99 for it, LOL, so it went back. Then I saw this, decent shape, for only $2.99.
$4.75 Some sort of SimplyFun dump at the thrift store - maybe a dozen games, some of which were untouched inside. Some were priced cheap, some less so, like this one. I thirfted one of these late last year, and now have thrifted three in about a week! I may have to start passing them up, but it's hard!
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The Gammonmaster II. A real sweet electronic backgammon machine from 1977. Featured red LED lightup, traveling case, and bakelite-style square checkers. I believe I read that this was the first computerized backgammon with a microprocessor. It even has a doubling feature where even the computer can challenge you to a double!
I just played a game and it handles amazingly well for its age. It's got a super retro look to it. I wish it beeped whenever you pressed a button (the thing is silent) and it'd be nice if it ran on batteries (you have to plug this thing in.) Overall, a super find and I'm still waiting to find as nice an electronic chess set. ("nice" being retro and easy to use.)
So the phone rings at 0200. It's work. They explain that they know that I'm not oncall (I'm 4th, actually) but nobody else answered.
Having just got to bed around midnight, after licking our wounds after the Thunder loss, I had just gotten to sleep.
Well, turns out a file was corrupted and the 6 users in the department that corrupted it weren't answering THEIR phones so I get to rouse one of the Systems guys out of bed to recover the file from last weeks backup.
After 45 min of him getting logged on, I finally was able to get the file in a position of being usable and got the batch production running by bypassing production JCL, just in case I made a fat finger, and used an override library. Everything looked Hunky AND Dorry around 0500 and I got back to bed.
The phone rang at 0600. It was the user I tried to contact earlier and he is wanting to chat about what I did. I told him I would call him back later but he was in a different timezone and was ready to work, sooooooo, Up I get and talk to him about 45 minutes, explaining in great detail the steps I used to save his hash. I tell him that I would contact him later in the day after I get some sleep, and get a permanent fix in place at that time.
I crawl back into bed about 0650.
At 0800 the phone rings. It's the user wanting to get stuff rolling.
I ask him where he is physically located and then I jump in the car and drive to Indianapolis carrying a large cinderblock. When I get to his office, I crush his skull, gray matter oozing all over his keyboard.
Leaving town, I stop by a thrift store, and pick this up for $2.99. I made it back to Oklahoma before nightfall.
Actually, the last part of this story didn't happen, but I daydreamed about it all day long.
I've been hoping to find this game for a long time and have watched kijiji / craiglist with no luck. It's been about a year since the last time I've been in a thrift store but I had some time today and there it was!
Stopped by the Tanque Verda GW on the way home, even though Brian usually hits it on Tuesdays. Saw this up on top of the pile, brand spankin' new still in shrink. $6.99, but figure it will be good to resell or trade.
Then spotted this down past the games sitting high atop the pile of stuffed animals. The end of the box was open, but everything is there and in perfect shape -- looks like it was never played. Only $2.99. Looks like it will be fun with the kids, and if not, I get cool little planes!
Finally! After about two years of thrifting I finally found a copy of this game. My church had their annual garage sale fundraiser. I grabbed this for just $1. It's missing 5 orange pieces so if anybody can help me I would appreciate it (I'll check the parts list shortly).
As I was entering the room with the toys and games I saw a guy loading up 7 or 8 of the 3M bookshelf series games. I wasn't able to see what all he had. When we neared each other I made a comment about the nice collection he found. His reply, "Yeah, but no Jati." I was relieved I didn't miss out on that
Then I spotted this game under the table. The cards were a mess in the box, but everything looked in good shape. So for another $1 I picked this one up to gift/trade/sell. I inventoried it and it's missing 1 lettuce card. Of all the cards in the game, why did it have to be one that actually mattered! Oh well... off to the parts list again.