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Your NON-Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds - July 2009
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There has been some call for a separate list for the wonderful things we find that are not game related. This answers that call! And the State is pleased.

As usual, this list starts empty, but it grows as folks add to it. If you can, try to post a snapshot of your find with your entry!

Anyway, if you're looking for the games thrift store lists, they are here:
http://boardgamegeek.com/tag/weekly_thrift

Latest games related list:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43052

Last month's non-game thrift list:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/42203

Here is the compilation of monthly lists:
http://boardgamegeek.com/tag/monthly_nongames

And our Guild:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/193
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1. Board Game: Calculate! [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
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Grabbed a Commodore (same as C64) branded LED calculator from the 70's in nice shape with the box. It just kind of appealed to me. Might become a work desk standard. 0.99
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2. Board Game: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Boardgame [Average Rating:3.88 Overall Rank:11000]
Zack Stockdale
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Auburn
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Forgot to add this before, Seasons 1-4 of CSI for $15 at a garage sale, all in great shape!
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3. Board Game: Hot Air Ballooning Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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OK so we have some inflatable water floats that gets really old having to blow up. So I found the following little pump at a store just 2 days ago. Paid $0.25 for it so I'm happy.

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4. Board Game: WarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:1987]
Rick Kimmel
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Waconia
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While walking through the Unique Thrift aisles of CRAP I spotted a Helmet "Meantime" CD (which I already have) but I stopped to see if there were any other metal CDs next to it. No dice. Nothing but a bunch of dc Talk and Micheal W. Smith. But there was a Warcraft III CD there for $1.80 with CD key on it. So I scooped that up.

Three aisles down I found the Warcraft III Battle Chest complete with CDs and a set of CD keys for $3.80.

The first one goes to a friend of mine while I take the Battle Chest. Hopefully Blizzard hasn't banned those keys because of the previous owner. I had a copy of this a while back but it was a loaner and I had to give it back.
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: Escape From Death Star Game [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:10964]
 
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Windermere
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I found 3 Star Wars books for 70 cents each. These are: Han Solo's Revenge, Han Solo at Star's End, and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. These are the original paperback versions and in really good shape.
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6. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1652]
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Windermere
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I picked up the third edition Dungeon Masters Guide and Monster Manual and the 3.5 Players Handbook for $2.82 each. I keep hoping to find another D&D group to play on a regular basis one of these days.
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7. Board Game: Seafood Palace [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Found a Better Homes and Gardens Fish and Seafood cookbook for $1. It is from 1971 and had that cool 70's look to it.
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8. Board Game: Scribe [Average Rating:4.84 Unranked]
Paul Boos
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Falls Church
Virginia
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Didn't find any games this week, but got some great finds none-the-less...

On my way to the hospital yesterday, I pass a local thrift that is my favorite - Clocktower and saw a CD that sounded interesting, so gambled on it ($2, why not..?); Scribe Machine's Replicant album. It is fantastic! Sort of like a cross of Hybrid and Nynex with a little Depeche Mode thrown in...

Today, after seeing my son at the hospital (my wife has night duty tonight, I had it last night), I dropped By Goodwill and picked up some CDs, the best of which was another one I took a chance on... Soviet, sort of a cross of the Human League and Ladytron. On a couple of songs, they sound an awful lot like a local DC Band's first album, Romania.

I needed a narrow bucket for growing my Belgian endive in the dark (yep that is how you get those nice creamy bitter textured curved leaves), got a narrow trashcan that will work even better for $1.99 at Goodwill.

And the best item? An unused fog machine for $15; my friend has a basement where we sometimes "pretend" it is a night club and put on dance music so we couples can get together dance to music we like and not have to drive... We have lights; a fog machine will add a lot to it.

I also picked up some Legos for $1.41 in a little plastic sack of goodness at Unique, about 100 pieces from assorted sets.

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9. Board Game: Fireball Island [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1912]
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Had to go to the bank and next to it is a consignment/thrift store. they had 6 Danish looking wooden & cork (actually made in Japan though) coasters in sort of a surfboard shape. Sounded like something good for tiki drinks when folks bring them in from the porch where the tiki bar is to the living room. $8, supports the INOVA Hospital for Children where my son was...

I also got a nice 12 inch Tiki totem for $6.
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10. Board Game: The BibleMan Adventure [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
Matt Mallas
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Bartlett
Illinois
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I bought this DVD at Goodwill for $2.99: Bibleman Genesis Live: A Fight for Faith.

It's kind of an inside joke with a former roommate of mine, and her birthday party is conveniently this weekend, so I found the perfect gift!
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11. Board Game: The Irish Rhyming Game [Average Rating:1.50 Unranked]
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I play and collect a variety of musical instruments. Today I found this cool mini bodhran. It measures eight inches in diameter. It is authentically Irish. It was handmade by a Mr. Malachy Kearns of Connemara, Ireland. I got it at the Concord Rd. GW for just $2.99.

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12. Board Game: Murder à la carte: Burritos & Bandidos [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Mary and I switched to an all organic diet about three months ago. Since fully prepared organic food tends to cost more than non-organic, we have been learning how to make a lot of food by hand. I had been looking for a decent sized tortilla press for a couple of months. Today I found this. It is way larger than the ones I could have ordered online, but only half the price. Looking forward to putting this to work. $9.99 at 82nd Ave. GW.

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13. Board Game: Sonic the Hedgehog Game [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
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Grabbed several .99 Sega Master system cartridges. I don't have a master system, but since I've passed on several in the past, I figure I can find a working one cheap. Always passed on them, because I'd never seen teh games for sale before.
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14. Board Game: Transformers Adventure Game [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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Found a Bag o' Crap, that had handfuls of Generation 1 transformer accessories, guns, missile launchers, missiles still on sprues in some cases, armor, body parts, even some figures. The chrome was all still very crisp on these. I'm betting there are plenty of collectors out there who will be glad I picked these up. At first I thought they must be from the reissues from a few years ago, however I found bits that haven't been produced in decades and a few robots that haven't been produced since the 80's. For example, I found several armor pieces to the huge "Jetfire" toy (based on one of the best classic Japanese transforming toys, the Macross Valkyrie, or better known in the states as the Robotech Veritech).

Also found some armor parts to the "Joke Machine" versions of these same robotech robots, including the little "Minmae" character mini. I have a few joke machines, but they're complete, so I hope someone needs bits. Also found a complete armored soldier core figure to those transforming motorcycles from Robotech, a combiner type robot I think called Daitarn 3 (my memory is failing me). Also some armor parts to the big motorcycle set (same as robotech motorcycle mentioned earlier, but the much larger 1/8 scale set).

For $2 for the bag, I knew better than to leave these behind.




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15. Board Game: Calculate! [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
Donald Cleary
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Bellingham
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What sort of calculator is this?

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16. Board Game: The Journeys of St. Paul [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Cindy Nowak
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Kenosha
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I teach a Confirmation class and find that the kids sometimes have a hard time deciding on which saint to use for their Confirmation name. St. Vincent DePaul has a bin with free items in it up at the register. Found Butlers Lives of the Saints yesterday to add to my collection of reference books for the class.

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17. Board Game: Bird Watcher [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Cindy Nowak
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Kenosha
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I love watching birds - and so does my son. We have feeders out in the backyard, I'm a Bird Study merit badge counselor and we're always on the lookout for small bird identification books. I found a "pocket" sized book of Audubon's Birds of North America for $.99 at St. Vincent's.
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18. Board Game: The Wine Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
Cindy Nowak
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Kenosha
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At the Salvation Army yesterday, I found two pieces of Riedel crystal stemware. Not sure exactly how to determine which type of wine glass it is, but depending on which it is, this size (8 7/18" tall) retails for between $29-$75 PER GLASS. I paid $1.50 each! They still have the Riedel stickers on them.

edit: This afternoon, they had put out a third glass. If this keeps up, I'll have an entire set in a month or so!
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19. Board Game: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The Game [Average Rating:3.85 Overall Rank:10507]
J.L. Robert
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Sherman Oaks
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Found at a local GW...no games, of course, but a hardbound copy of the book. Dust jacket included.

$1.99
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20. Board Game: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Trivia Game [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
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Sherman Oaks
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Also there was the second book. Also hardbound with dust jacket.

Also $1.99.
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21. Board Game: Harry Potter 3-D Mini Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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That's not all...Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Like the other two, hardbound with dust jacket.

Another $1.99 book.
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22. Board Game: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Quidditch Dice Game [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
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But wait! There's more! The fourth installment of the Harry Potter books was also there to be had. Again, hardbound with dust jacket.

Shockingly, the same $1.99 for this monstrous book.

$7.96 for all 4.
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23. Board Game: Astérix et les Romains [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:9556]
Mike Smith-Stoe
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Maple Valley
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My four year old son has been getting interested in comic books. So to make sure we've got some classy reading material I've started checking the thrifts for Tintin and Asterix.

I've found one Tintin book - The Black Island. Unfortunately it's a bit musty. That one might just have to go back.

At a SVdP though I found two Asterix books: Asterix and the Normans, and Asterix in Spain (hardback). Both books were $4 each. A bit much for thrift store prices. But the books are brand new looking. And $4 still beats the $10 and $13 retail prices.
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24. Board Game: Go to the Head of the Class [Average Rating:4.51 Overall Rank:10955]
Mike Smith-Stoe
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Maple Valley
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I picked up some records last month. I tried to add them to last month's list. But I clicked on something too fast and I lost everything I had typed. So I got discouraged.

But since it was such an eclectic mix of albums I still want to add them. And since I demand to be seen, I'm adding them to this month's list.

Here's what I found on a single outing to my local GW:

George Carlin - Class Clown
I was thrilled by this find. I've got a thing for comedy. And I've been a big Carlin fan for close to 30 years now. I was even coincidentally listening to one of his albums the day he died. I found out about his death the next day.
The album, jacket and sleeve all look brand new.

Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell - Dueling Banjos
I dig banjo music. Blame Steve Martin (did I mention I've got a thing for comedy). I have another reason to own this though. I met my wife when we worked for a summer at Crater Lake, Oregon. In the recreation room of the dorm was a juke box with an odd selection. The only songs I remember being played endlessly were Otis Redding's Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Santana's Black Magic Woman, and, you guessed it, Dueling Banjos.

Arthur Lyman - Mele Kalikimaka
I promised myself I wasn't going to by any more Christmas albums. I can only play so many a year. And besides, my athiest street cred could really suffer. But I couldn't resist Arthur Lyman and that perfectly clean vinyl.
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25. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:109]
Cindy Nowak
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Kenosha
Wisconsin
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Stopped in at Goodwill today and took a quick look at the book section. I found The Making of the President 1960. Since I just traded for the game, I couldn't pass this by. Not only does it still in the dust jacket, it comes in a cloth-covered slip box. This was the Book of the Month selection edition.

I will NOT, however, be trading away my copy of Pillars of the Earth (the book) when I hand over the game.

edit: I am more pleased than ever, I just found that this book won the Pulitzer prize in 1962. This version is listed on Amazon for $89 and I only paid $1.79
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