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To the beautiful and the wise the mirror always lies.
I snapped up two complete Mahjongg sets from Goodwill for $9.50 each. One had the 1973-1974 National MahJongg League rules while the other set had 1962 NML rules in it. Both sets have bone/bamboo tiles in them similar to the photo. I'm happy!!
There's a resale shop next to a fast food restaurant I frequent when going out to lunch called CEDA Northwest Resale Shop. I've stopped in a few times, but have never seen anything remotely interesting.
Today, I stopped in and saw shelves full of boardgames in the back. Usually I'd be lucky to find even one boardgame in this store. Most of it was junk (various Monopoly knockoffs, Survivor: The Game, etc.) but then I spot Torres, the Ravensberg edition pictured. I turn it over, and see it's marked at $15. A bit disappointed, I put it down and think for a minute. Then, I notice a sign on the wall that says "75% off all items in store." I immediately grabbed the game again and went to check out.
It was marked as "New" on the price tag, but it's been opened and was taped shut on two ends. It's a very small store, so I didn't want to risk getting into trouble by slitting the tape. It felt full, so hopefully it will turn out to be complete. As I checked out, the cashier actually asked me whether she wanted me to have her tape the other two sides of the box shut. I politely declined.
The only other thing I considered was Pass the Pigs (Pig Mania) for $9 ($2.25 after 75% off), but I decided I need to cut back on my thrifting a bit (read: a lot) and put it back.
Torres, Ravensberg edition, for $3.75 at CEDA Northwest Resale Shop.
Sweet! It's been a very long time since I found something I actually wanted (as opposed to something I don't want but can trade). I've only played it once, but it was definitely a good game, so I'm quite pleased to add this to my collection.
$2 at Goodwill in Ft. Collins. This store is weird in that it has an excellent ratio of quality games to the total number of games there compared to other stores, but it usually only has about 2 games in the entire store every time I go As opposed to ARC, which has 4 shelves full of games but they're usually all crap.
Oh almost forgot; also worth noting is the complete lack of tape =)
I'm always up for a new twist on trick-taking, so when I read more about this game on BGG, I decided it was worth the $1.99 they wanted at the Goodwill next door. Everything looked unused and the money was still not separated.