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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 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.
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What a thrifting adventure today...Instead of my normal routine of going to yard sales in my area, I had been told by my mother that in the community she lived in (and I grew up in), that the town had encouraged the entire town to have yard sales.
I headed up there with the kids in tow but once in the town, my mom said she would take the kids for the day, and my wife on the phone said "have fun" and I was on my own. I ended up parking my car and walking about 25-30 blocks around town.
My first purchase of the day (excluding food) was at a house selling board games for .50 a piece. Mostly stuff I had, or stuff I wasn't interested in, but then I see Ginnykub. I had seen this on a previous thrift list, and it sounded like something worth picking up.
It was cool to walk all round the town and check out what people where selling. Not everything was board games, there were some other things that caught interested. And lots of folks were selling bottled waters or food.
About halfway through my journey the sun was beating down. There was a small church also participating in the yard sale day. In the church basement was a flea market and refreshments being sold. Water for .50. and Password for $1. Password is one of mine and my wife's favorite game shows
The one thing I noticed was that in such an environment, the prices and quality varied greatly. For example, I saw two houses a block a part selling both selling Playstation 2s...on almost identical systems, one house was selling it for $5, the other for $40.
No, I didn't get either Playstation, the $5 one was already in someone else's hands when I heard the price for it.
Towards the end of my yard sale run, the sun was getting very hot. I headed back to a house a block away from my mother's house. I had stopped there at the beginning of my day, and they had a deluxe scrabble for $4.
Being one of my first stops, I did not get the scrabble, since I have normal scrabble already, and I didn't want to spend that much until I saw what the rest of the town had to offer. Since I still had money, I went to see if it was still there. It was. I also got a bottled water for a buck to quench my thirst.
I ended my day with a stop to get two trays advertising Coke and Dr Pepper for $2. Small trays, about the size of CDs. And a muffin tin for my wife, for .25 cents. Not a bad haul for little money.
Here is the rundown of my trip: $3 for hot dogs and drinks for me and the kids $1 for Ginnykub and Big Boggle .50 for Water $1 for Password $4 for Scrabble $1 for Water $2 for trays .25 for muffin tin Total 12.75
Out of the shrink but unplayed, 99.33 99.66 cents at Value Village. I picked up a copy of The Princess and the Dragon, but instead of that expansion, three small Carcassonne expansions were in the box, along with a dragon and a princess meeple, all for $2.99.
I also found this one at Value Village, but it was missing the tiles and the rules. I thought a second tower would be nice in some games, rather than passing one around the table. I got it for 99 cents. A fellow geeker has a "Parts Wanted" for 5 tower block, which I'll be mailing off shortly.
A kids game. Picked it up for free at a garage sale this morning. Thought it would be interesting - plays like a variation of Hungry Hungry Hippos. You basically bash two triggers until you or someone else wins.
Will likely give away to friends kids or to the thrift store.
Bought at Saint Vincents for 3.50 hoping that "The Machine" still works. It doesn't. I'm sad. May find a multimeter, tear it apart and see if I can figure out where the problem is. Though I'm lazy and likely won't.
Found for 3.99 at VV. Haven't opened it yet since it is nice and tightly closed which means either - (a) no one played with it, (b) parts are missing or (c) someone is a fantastic repackager. It feels nicely packed so I'm hoping for (a).
Will get up the courage sometime tonight.
Edited: Cracked the tape and found out that all no one had played with it and that all the parts were still in plastic or bags.