This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
These lists may start empty, but as always, add your items.
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.
The Thrift Store/Bargain Finds List Wayback Machine: The Grand Vizier is maintaining a list of all the weekly lists through time. He is also adding stats and interesting tidbits for us thrifty geeks. Your Thrift Store Bargain Finds Through Time (with links to all previous lists)
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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Bought this only because I noticed people on the list saying it sells well. Appears complete and in good condition, but for what I paid, I'll be lucky to break even. Win some, lose some. $6.99 from Savers. This particular store had a couple of other items of interest (I recall an incomplete Haba with a snowman theme I had never seen in the wild before), but prices were equally high ($4.99 for the aforementioned example) on everything else so I left the rest behind.
Final game thrift of the birthday gift trip. Complete and in good condition for $1.99 from Goodwill. On this trip I also thrifted the complete first season of Boston Legal for $9.99 and a couple of CDs (Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom" and one from Nickle Creek) for $1.99 each. Best friend added substantially to her CD collection while I was sniffing out the games.
Good news is I've found something of a minor grail here...the last major title in the Blokus series I need to complete the collection. Unfortunately, this copy is missing the instructions and at least one piece from each color. Perhaps I'll luck out on the spare parts list.... $1.99 from Goodwill.
The last four items all came from the same Savers at the same time. It's a location that has rarely produced for me until recently. This fifth and final item from the same visit was the one I thought to be the coolest. It's not like I haven't found a copy of Bazaar before, but this copy is complete and unplayed. Cards and gems are still in shrink wrap! Only $2.99 from Savers. Very cool!
And finally, I'm caught up. My first time finding this and recognizing it as a possible good buy...is there still a market for it or should I be asking myself the question on the box (especially at the price I paid)? $5.99 from Savers, complete and in good shape.
$2 at DI. Ravensburger dump. This was missing 1 pyramid (I think -- need to double-check) and at least one other was chipped, but the rest of the components were present and in good shape. I think the box was taped at the corners -- but I can remove that and fix it up a bit. Otherwise it looked pretty nice.
$2 at DI. Another Ravensburger. Glad to see this since I left one behind recently for lacking a few too many components. I ended up with two different versions of this (see the next entry) but at the moment, can't remember which ones.
This one was older, the treasure cards a bit "ickier" and needing cleaning. Cardboard insert.
$2 at DI. Whether or not the game is any good, I like the idea of a random timer (and one shaped like a cartoon bomb is even better). So, I figured it can be a game component for other games if not just this one.
$3 at Savers. I seriously almost didn't pick this up. I wavered and wavered. Part of my indecision was based on the fact that I could not, for the life of me, find the cardboard fire piece. Don't know why -- it was there staring me in the face. If it had been a... well, fire... I would have been burned...
The cardboard pieces are all in better shape than the one I currently have, but some of the cards are pretty messed up. So, I'll mix and match and then I'll either part it out -- or I'll have another set of cards made up and gift the more beat up copy.
Do I ruin the fun and tell you, or make you ask???
So, I was at Niagara Boardgame Weekend a couple months ago, and on the draw table was this game, with a "Rio Grande Demo Copy" sticker on the front. I didn't win anything in the draw, and thought no more of it.
I go to Value Village this morning after dropping my wife's new desk off at work, and find what I think is the exact same copy of Spin Monkeys. Still in shrink, except for a rectangle of plastic that had been cut away to place that stupid demo copy sticker. $4.99.