This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
These lists may start empty but as always: add your items.
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.
The Thrift Guild Trade List: What sweet loot did you get for your thrifty stuff? N/A
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Someone must have recently recovered from pirate fever because the Goodwill had a big chunk of pirate themed stuff in the toy aisle. After trawling through endless Pirates of the Caribbean puzzles and toys I saw this game. I picked it up for 99 cents and, if my German isn't too rusty, it seems to be complete. One card is slightly bent, but other than that it looks good.
Digging deeper through the piles of Pirates of the Caribbean movie junk, I discovered a copy of Sword and Skull. I've had a plan to make myself a home brewed version of the old Yaquinto game Swashbuckler for a while now. The pirate figures in this game would be a good starting point. Plus, the plastic coins seem like they will also come in handy in some game pimping project.
this? Yep, a SECOND copy of the base game. Opened, but components still unpunched and in shrink. Since I didn't get it from him directly, I've contacted him to see if this is a mistake and he wants it back. So far, no response. If he does, it's still an excellent deal (about $160 worth of stuff, street price). If he doesn't, it's a steal.
Got this for 3.50 EUR at a local fleamarket. According to the sellers it was complete and I didn't want to count those 281 dice on site ... I should have, there are 'only' 255 dice present: 87 greens, 82 reds, 77 blacks, 8 blues and 1 special green die.
But still, I think most games can be played with less than the full number of dice and for 3.50 EUR I got a veritable hord of dice
Does anyone know the correct number of dice which should have been present?
For the first time ever I went to a local thrift store (called Trödel in German), thinking they wouldn't even have board games at all, because in the shop window you always see cutleery, porcelain, paintings and such things, and furniture, etc.
But, they did have one lonely game hanging around in this store, namely Elfenland! For 5 EUR it wasn't a super bargain, but the game is complete and looks unplayed.
There was another store right next to the first one, and I dared to enter it as well. This one had more games, but they were mostly really old and uninteresting, except for this children's memory (in excellent condition) for 2.00 EUR which I already have, so it will go to our kindergarden, and...
... a game 'collection' (Spielesammlung - does anyone know if there's a separate entry for these kind of game box with many standard games like Ludo, Checkers, Snakes and Ladders, etc, inside? I couldn't find one and therefore stuck it in Misc Game Accessories).
The box was totally ratty and smelled horrible. It's already in the trash, but I took some nice pictures of the box front which I'd love to add to the Geek, if I can find the corect entry...
However, for 1.00 EUR I got a large heap of wooden pawns in many colors and various shapes (again, pics coming up soon). Of course, they also smell like they came straight out of an ashtray. YUCK! I have soaked them in soapy water, dried them, put them flat inside a Tupperware box and sprinkled two baggies of baking soda over the lot before I closed the lid. Let's see what will happen. My thanks for this tip goes to Zombiejack and everybody else who contributed to the The Surgery: Board Game Repair Tips geeklist!
There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
Shrinkwrapped and unplayed, for $2.00! It was at a "Friends of the Library Sale" in my hometown. I was doubly surprised to find this b/c it was nearly closing time at the end of the day, and this is a sale people get in line for at 6 AM for an 8 AM opening. Most of the other items on the shelf were puzzles and trivial pursuit. Haven't played this before and it seems a lighter game than I usually get, but I had seemed to remember decent reviews from BGG, and I like Alan Moon and Aaron Weisblaum's other games (like Oasis), and I thought it would be nice to have another "gateway" /lighter game in my collection for the occasional dinner party, family get-together or for my pretty-much-non-gamer girlfriend.
I was traveling with my family near Pittsburgh this weekend and stopped by a couple of thrift stores and yard sales. I must have picked the wrong ones because this is all I came up with. I paid 50 cents for it at a garage sale. The box is worn but the contents appear to be unused (die and pencil still sealed, full pad of scoresheets).
I had to go in to work for a few hours today. I stopped at GW on the way home and found this game. The box looks cool. It's about the size of a Combat Commander: Europe box. It's mostly dead air though.