This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Finally, my first Acquire in the wild. $1.00. Half the people on this list probably won't even recognize my name, the drought has been so bad.
This was only a dollar and my current copy is missing a number of tokens. Also missing are the instructions. Mr. Grimm, I see that in the database under Parts Wanted you need pieces for several versions of Yahtzee Jr. Is it up to date? I'm sure that I have the tokens specified for this version and may have them for some other versions. GM me your address and needs.
I found an original 1935 copy of this game about 6 weeks ago and didn't want to touch it for fear of damage. Well, here's the same game that was printed in 2005 so I can actually see how close to Monopoly the games are. All the components are neatly baged so im hoping the game is complete.
GW $1.00 - Appears to be some sort of male vs. female t.v. trivia game. It should go "nicely" with Chauvinist Pigs or Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus or Smart Ass. All equally boring; but at least I can light fires with the cards....
So I was happy with that find and wandered over to the toy section to check the hanging bags..but I found this waiting for me instead! I said "no way" to no one, and took a peek inside (everything is rubber banded here). Everything was all sorted, looked like it was all there. Took it home for $7. Counted it out, and indeed everything was there and in excellent condition, played at most once. I have a feeling this will end up as my personal find of the year.
Found at Savers
Now I will be invading the Twin Cities for the next few days.
Have seen this on the thrift list a number of times and finally stumbled onto a very good copy, myself. Still have to inventory the pieces; but it appears to function more like Secrets & Spies rather than the original Clue.
Edit: missing the note pad and one 10 House Pints token.
GW $0.50 - very simple little game for simple young children or old people. Hah! It took me at least 4-5 times counting the tokens to assure myself that I had one extra orange creature card. Bah, Was getting very tired so was about the right amount of complexity.
$3.99 at GW, a touch steep given it's a meh spin and move but the ability to make lots of tracks and simplicity makes it easy to adapt to other ideas. Though the least few of these sold for over $12 on that auction site.
On the way home after dark I stopped by the Mesa Thrift Store for the first time in the evening and on a Saturday at that. There was NOTHING there except this cheap little game for $0.75. The box is well shelf-worn but the insides are still factory sealed. Some guy probably got this as a birthday present at his office and just stored it in the desk for about 45 years pushing it hither, thither and yon.
Inevitable that I find one of these. Catan is honestly one of my least favorite games but for $2.99 at GW I figured it being one of the more basic versions would mean that games are shorter. Box is beat and dished badly but components seem in good shape.