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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Was visiting the DI after a few days absence and found this 'gem' (don't know if it is or isn't) sitting in a very empty game/puzzle section. Inventory shows I'm missing one piece but for $1.50 i'm willing to accept that.
The funny thing Is after reading the back of the box I'm still trying to figure out of this is a game or just an advertisement for Settlers....since that's all it mentioned for half the game description. It pretty much boiled down to you should buy this game because this guy made Settlers of Catan and it sold over a million copies.
Went to the good 'ole will outlet in New Castle, DE. Found quite a few games but put all of them back except this one. I am a huge Punisher fan and one of the properties is Amazing Spider-man 129 (the first appearance of the Punisher) so this is a bit of a double win for me.
about $2. Can't really figure out the way to say price since these things are by weight.
That barrel is practically shiny. 50 cents, St. Vincent's. I keep promising myself to stop going there, because they annoy me every time I do, but I keep going there. Fortunately, they managed to avoid annoying me this time. In fact, they were really friendly and helpful. I'm not sure what happened, but I suspect pod people.
Whoops, there's a hole in the bottom of my barrel. 85 cents, for some strange reason, at the Salvation Army downtown. I don't really even want it, but this is the version with the painted figures, and they're all there, so why not. I needed more of those, right?
Got this at Goodwill for only $1.50 after half off. Missing a couple tiny things according to the instructions. Clear pawn for Mister X, one Taxi token, and one of the starting location tiles. For a buck and a half I am happy with that.
Also at 5 Below I picked up a couple of booster packs for Heroclix. I bought a starter set with Marvel superheroes last week. This week they had some booster packs with DC superheroes.
I bought two for $5.00 each. Each pack has 5 figures.
I managed to get Batman and Green Arrow among the figures, plus this really cool looking Lobo on his bike. As I was opening these up, I began to understand the appeal of these games. These things are like crack aren't they?
So my work took me this week to Bryan-College Station, home of Texas A&M University, Kyle Field and the 12th Man! Despite all the great people and food, thrifting is kind of weird there. They have two GoodWills and a magnificent new Half-Price Books store that easily has the coolest stuff ever! The selection of boardgames and vintagey things there is vast – it’s like stumbling upon the dragon’s hoard in The Hobbit or Hugh Hefner’s secret stash of shaved vagina girls at the Playboy Mansion! I’ve never seen anything like it because the employees at my home store in Dallas skim all the best stuff and it never ever hits the shelves because they throw it all up onto eBay!
So back to College Station: I’m having my mind blown looking at all this fantastic stuff -- 1776, Risk Clone Wars, Starship Troopers (the newer one), Battle Cry, Dino Hunt and too many more to remember, then all the flavor gets sucked out of my buzz when I start looking at the prices. Most were way overpriced and it was quite the buzzkill since most of these games have been sitting on the shelves there since before December 2011! For instance, they had a copy of History of the World for $149, Battle Masters for $99 and a very banged up HeroQuest for $41. I balked on a Chopper Strike for $29 (missing one copter blade and had a box with a major corner tear) as well as a WaterWorks for $5.99 that was missing one card and smelled a little bit funky. Drat! My recommendation: Don’t go to the College Station HPB unless you only like looking at board games, because it’s a dusty, depressing museum that does not price anything to sell no matter how long it's been sitting around.
The trip wasn’t a total loss because I found a couple of things from the GoodWill in Bryan. For instance, this unopened copy of LCR: Left Center Right was only .99!