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/RPG's 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.
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 Minionhunter I and pay your due respects to previous Kings Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
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You may recall a previous find of mine this week, Dragonmaster, which I almost passed over due to guilt by proximity. The advice given by a sage thrifter was to not look directly at the unwanted games. Which is wonderful advice, but hard to follow all the time.
Take this afternoon for example. At the Sal, there is a HUGE section of games. Five shelves worth, plus some spill over. And it's filled to overflowing with "Do Not Want". It was painful moving my eyes across the titles, forcing myself to read each one. I'm almost, ALMOST, tricked by a bookshelf style game in the form of Love is Letting Go of Fear Game. Whew. That was close.
The task nearly complete, I'm scanning over the top shelf, when my eyes snap tight onto the one box of interest. I need no consultant do inform me that this is a quality find -- I can deduce that myself. It is in fabulous shape, aside from a small amount of wear on the box. The contents are in fantastic shape, and it's complete. Even more impressive -- no tape! The tape monkeys left this alone! Luckily it was poised on the top shelf, so bratty little kids of uncaring parents couldn't reach it. This store has a history with kids abusing games, so this is an important development.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. $3 at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Well, it was in shrink. And trilingual. And it has mission cards. And a Golden Cavalry Token! Like this: (May not be exactly as shown.) I'm still hoping it will do reasonably well on ebay, but I may have overpaid.
Mary had to go downtown to school briefly this afternoon. Afterwards, we popped into the big GW. Ran into Ken, who offered me the Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot noted on the previous page. I turned it down as well, since I already own a copy. I did pick this marble game up. Looks like Avalanche meets Connect Four. Only the copy I picked up is in purple and yellow plastic. I should by able to pick up a few extra for the photos of this edition. $1.99 at 6th Ave. GW
Been looking for a copy of the "Smoking Doctor" version for a while. Found this one today. The box was in great shape. Missing most of the pieces. I didn't count the cards or money. They looked pretty trashed. Strange that the box would be intact with no broken corners. Now I just need to find another with a seriously trashed box to make this one complete. That should be fairly easy, since I see this all the time. $2.99 at 6th Ave. GW.
Costed me 1,50 Euro and a long walk in the rain (I was half-way when I discovered that the umbrella I brought a long was broken). Bought at a church sale, partially unpunched. Only missing some cardboard chits, but that won't effect the game.
Picked this up at Volunteers of America for 90 cents, complete.
Also picked up a copy of Clue: Discover the Secrets for 90 cents. I haven't inventoried it yet, but it looks nearly complete, if not complete. This can be my copy and the one I got a few months ago (still in shrink) can be gifted/traded -whatever
The only reason I bought this (or posted it, for that matter) was because it was, A. Complete (!) and B. It was the IDEAL version (pictured) that is yellow with a blue board. The bits are still black/white. It was just something different that I hadn't seen before. The lady on the box seemed pretty excited about it -Touchdown! $1.91 Alum Creek Ohio Thrift.
This one was picked up on a scouting trip to a potential new location for work (applied for different position). A Value World I had not been to before. I can't believe I paid $3.83 for this, I had hoped I was at least adding a game to the database, but, alas, not. The box has some crushing/creasing issues but it is complete.
Edit: Justin, if I get that job maybe I'll see you the next time you come to TACOM.
The only other item I picked up at the previously unvisited Value World. This one was a more thrifty $1.61. The box has many issues but inside it was bagged nicely and the parts are in pretty good shape. It is missing two Loyalty tokens and two Pride tokens.
Now someone has to make an offer for a package of this one, Go Goddess, Sassy, and Tales of the Crystals!
My comments on the horse game about adding to the database reminds me that this one has now been added to the database. This one came from a different Value World for $1.91. The box has 2 split corners and grease pencil. It is missing the yellow beachball, and one blue beachball token. The turtle shells are kind of nifty, so I need to get some pictures taken.
Wow, I was suprised that there is not better pictures of the minis for this or the dice (which has have paw prints for the "pips"). The box shows its age but it is complete. I found it at Value World for $1.91.
The box has a crease in it so I picked it up for a parts copy expecting it would be woefully short. Turns out it is only missing 1 money bag token, and 1 die. I am still committed to making it a parts copy so I have offered the pig already. From Value World for $2.82.
The big box version (unfortunately) from Once Upon A Child for $6.80. It is in pretty good shape. I have yet to inventory it but a trustworthy source (a co-worker of my daughter) says it is missing only one coin.
The German writing immediately caught my eye. Box is different than pic, don't see the year anywhere. Rules in 5 languages. Simple roll & move game, but beautiful wooden bits. The "board" is 4 long (8x2inch) pieces that line up a path, with detailed, whimsical landscape. Plus there are 4 painted wooden lady bugs. Game is in database, but few pictures, so I'll take some. It's missing one die. 49¢ at Roseville GW