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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Italian MB version (the dices and barrel color are different for some reason), missing rules and one barrel. Found at a flea market for 4 euros... Not a big deal, but i'm sooo happy because i can finally add a second item to this geeklists... in two years!
I spotted this one on the shelf. I'd never heard of it, Blue Games or Christophe Boelinger, but it looked pretty good and the game play described on the back of the box sounded different so I picked it up for 60 cents at the Allentown Road Value Village. When I got back home and saw its rating and read the comments, I was quite disappointed. It's complete, and the cards look good. I just want a good game to be hiding in here somewhere. At the very least, it has 6 cool looking skull tokens and a sand timer.
And the I finished systemically examining the toy and game aisle and checked the next aisle where they put the in shrink games. Nothing else was there, but then they brought a new cart out to unload. Usually I never find anything when I peek in the bins, but today was my day. First up was The Hobbit. It's rating isn't great, but I already own and had played it at Christmas years ago with my parents and brothers and we'd enjoyed it, so I picked it up for $1.36. Inventorying at home revealed that one marker is missing, one die is a substitute and one card has been torn and taped back together. Still quite playable so I may end up giving this to someone.
Then I spotted this game. Fantasy Flight, science fiction theme, I don't own it - an automatic pickup. So-so rating but it turned out to be unpunched and the box isn't big so this is a definite keeper. $1.06.
And the best find of the day was Mutant Chronicles. I don't know much about it, but it was Fantasy Flight and only $2.12. I excitedly inventoried at home, and came up with one miniature that's off the base (looks like could be glued back on) and 6 of the 8 dice missing. The dice are specialty dice so I don't think I can play the game without them, but I'm still very happy to get this. Everything else is there and in good condition.
I had a chance to get to the Chicago suburbs; I had really hoped to get up to Kenosha and catch up with Scoutmom, but alas it didn't happen. I did get an opportunity to checkout a couple of thrifts. At the Salvation Army in Arlington Heights I found this all "wasteland" boards and the plastic and cardboard buildings are there, but need to check the cards. Seems to have enough money. Box is pretty shot... Worse case, I can pimp out a prototype of Tornado Alley (still refining a bit). $2.
I couldn't resist the Outdoor Survival nestled so snugly next to the Mutant Chronicles, even though I have my own copy already. Who doesn't want to die of dysentery in the wilderness?? Inventoried at home and only the 24 page primer on outdoor survival was missing. This was a well-loved copy as most of the play aids were laminated. $1.21.
And I found this at Millie's Thrift for $3; complete thought a bit of tape damage to the box, but the insides look like it was hardly played.
Found a nice Tiki Mug sold at World Market, not necessarily valuable, but looks nice. 99cents at Good will in Arlington Heights.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, I checked out 2 Tiki bars - I took the trek downtown to check out Trader Vic's. I was actually impressed with the wine selection and menu. I had a Mai Tai since supposedly he started them, but have to say I prefer the Mai Tai I had at the Bali Hai in San Diego. I also went by the Tiki Terrace for lunch in Des Plaines on my way to the airport. Had a Zombie - tasted awesome (too much for me to finish though) and some pot stickers, Maui onion soup and salad. For $24 with tip, had a great lunch! I highly recommend it. The decor is over the top! (Trader Vic's and the Bali Hai have great decor also, but more minimalistic/austere.)