This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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I ran out to meet a friend for coffee. Two thrift stores were less than a mile from this coffee shop so I left a little early to see what I could find at the stores.
First up - this 1981 - way advanced for its time game. On it is the original price tag from K-Mart for $34.00. All the important pieces are present. It is missing one peg, which is clearly the same red pegs MB uses for Battleship. That's an easy replacement. It still has its replacement light bulb in the original plastic bag.
Someone took great care of the game, and the computer chip at the top of the tower still works. Unfortunately the motor that turns the character wheel has burned out. My hubby is looking online and there are directions on how to fix it. He was able to fix our furnace for a $600 savings so I have faith he can replace the motor in the tower.
$3.99 at Savers. More importantly the belief that Friday the 13th is a good luck day.
I ran over to SVdP and saw this on the shelf. This is the third copy of this game I've thrifted and had no problem trading the other two. On the box are three price tags - $1.70, $0.40, and the original price tag of $7.98. As I lift up the box I realize it's heavier than all the others I've thrifted. I look inside (they have rubber band fairies instead of tape monkeys - way better) and pull up the black plastic tray. Underneath is two more boxes of cards and a large loose stack of cards.
I took the game up to the register and politely inquired how much the game was since it had two SVdP price tags on it. The clerk called the manager. The manager opened the box and said, "I don't know if this game is complete so give it to her for $0.40."
I gave SVdP $0.50 and happily went on my way for coffee. Yup, Friday the 13th isn't so bad. I still have one more thrift store to hit and I'm feeling lucky.
15" 2 row "shoebox" card holder stacked full of other misc ccgs with over a 1/3 of those being Magic cards from revised to Fallen Empires - I guess the former owner didn't care for that expansion either because that's where the Magic timeline stops. There are no power 9 rares, but plenty of others rares from all the expansions and base set to drool over.
Many cards from Netrunner, Mythos, L5R, Shadowfist, Star Wars, Wyvern, Doomtown, Rage, Sim City, X-Files, etc. Thankfully no Pokemon, Yugioh or anything like that. I recognize a small stack of game magazine promos too. This guy bought mostly what I was buying at the time and a few others I really wanted to try, but never had the extra time or money to play.
My friend and maybe his five year old son may be attending my birthday party, which will obviously be board game themed. I picked up this game for the five year old to play and take home with him at the end. It's a party favor. $0.99 at GW.
I haven't been thrifting much lately- I've got more games than I can play and my wife is not happy with the space the collection takes up. Anyway I had a half hour before my next appointment and there is a SA close by(I usually have good luck with this one), so I stopped in. I found a toddler shoe box almost filled(approx 4 inches of cards). I haven't had time to sort thru them all, hopefully I can fill the holes in on my collection. At $2.99, a good deal even if they are all dupes of cards I already have.
Uh oh! Someone's mommy has raided their closet and given away all their Heroscape goodies! Their loss is my gain, I suppose. I acquired all of the stuff below for $29 at Value Village -- and all of it in bags (no boxes). I may have to go back to see if there is more!
First up is Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie which has all of the terrain and all of the figures but no army cards or glyphs, etc.
"...This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."-- John 6:29
Edition shown. The lady at the yard sale said, "Grandma brought it down for the sale, so it's probably complete. She had it for us kids to play with, 'cause that's just what Grandma did." Well done, Grandma. Complete for a dollar, community yard sale.