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Your Thrift Store Bargain Finds Through Time
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and see how the thrifing scene changed over the years?
Me neither, but it's kind of my job as Thrift Vizier. To help me do this, I'm collecting ALL the thrift lists from the dawn of time (or, at least, from Paul's first list). And because others might have an interest in this, I'll open it up to the public.
If you're creating the new weekly list you're free to add it here. But please, keep in mind that I will be using this list of lists to build the stats for the yearly thrift rankings, so ONLY add the weekly lists here. I'm going to be a right bastard about enforcing that rule, and have my finger hovering over the delete link as we speak.
This is shaping up to be a rather ambitious project, and to do what I want to do I need to be in 'control' of the list entries here. And by control, I mean that I need to edit the entry text, which I can't do if someone enters the list. But I'm basically lazy, and there will be times when I won't add the items in a timely manner, so I DO appreciate when folks add in the latest list.
So here's how this will work. If you add a weekly thrift list to this list as an item, it will eventually be deleted and replaced by one that I add. BUT, as a token of my gratitude in helping me keep this list up to date, I will send 1 GG your way.
The one that started it all. Thank you, Paul.
Number of finds: 36 (5 with a wargame rank)
Number of unique posters: 20
The first find ever listed was Acquire, by our esteemed First Citizen.
The first game with a wargame rank found is Wooden Ships & Iron men, by zackdale.
The pictured game is the one used in the first ever weekly thrift list.
Other notable finds were Torres, Diplomacy and Survive! A lot of thrift standbys made their first appearance on the very first list -- Bazaar, Can't Stop, Liar's Dice, Battleball, Scotland Yard -- pretty much the entire list is well represented later on when things pick up.
Also, the first reported rescue of a Twixt occurred on the very first list, which should make Paul happy. Twixt -- being rescued since 2005.
Number of finds (originally posted): 36 (NONE with a wargame rank!)
Number of posters (originally listed): 20
Number of finds (current): 37 (still no wargames)
Number of posters (current): 19
The thrift community grew incrementally in the second week. 11 new posters joined the fold, but the total number of users and posts involved this week were pretty much identical.
This week saw the first ever find of Settlers of Catan. And yes, it looks like it's never been played.
Also, this was the first post for several long time thrift community members. Aiken Drum, Der Das, herman_the_german and Jooky, among others, all jumped in with both feet on this list.
My original scrape from last year no longer matches with reality for two reasons -- first, a user has decided to delete much of his content from the Geek, including his Geek List entries. Second, Alfred has done his own 'wayback' and updated this list with some items he could not add originally.