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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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My family likes these Professor Noggin games, and my daughter has covered the Civil War in her history class this year, so this was nice to see at Kirkland Value Village for $0.99. Excellent condition.
And now the gem of the day. A complete copy of Löwenherz for 3.99 at Talize (and no Ziggi we were not at the KW Talize we were hitting the stores in London today).
I was scanning the games and had just grabbed Sphinx when I caught the Rio Grande logo out of the corner of my eye. Did a quick search to see the rating and found a 7.2. Well worth the price.
During our travels today I also saw a copy of Global Survival by Avalon Hill. Thankfully BGG was kind enough to know me that it was a stinker (with a rating of 1.66). I felt bad leaving an Avalon Hill game sitting on a shelf but I did it with the Quest for the Ideal Mate a couple of weeks back.
So I'm out running errands for my wifbirthday today, and stop by the GW. Run into a guy who's daughter goes to school with my daughter, and who, it turns out, is a game collector. He owns this: Game of War at Sea or "Don't Give Up the Ship"
for example (no listed geek owners)
So we are chatting a bit, and I'm sort of in a hurry and trying to leave, and I say, "Well, I don't see anything here...
Somehow managed to wait until Friday this week to hit my local Goodwill. Actually somewhat glad that I did; there were some treasures I'd have missed without having a second pair of eyes. Anyways. I've been eying this one for a few weeks. There were actually two copies there, but this week was the first time that one of them hit the half-price tag color. Thankfully, of the two that were there, the one that had the appropriate tag was the one that was not only complete (one of each alphabet tile plus four wilds, 56 cards in the deck, two pads of play cards, a pad of score sheets) but also didn't have a stopped-up timer. No, I totally didn't swap the timers with each other.
Of note: I can't stand this game up on the shelf the way it's supposed to be without everything getting mixed up. May need to make an insert for it.
Normally, I wouldn't have gone for Jenga, as the local GW marks it up stupidly high for usually-incomplete sets. But this time, I'm not quite sure what happened, but there were two blue 'Zaks Sack' bags sitting in the random toys. Now, I used to have some of these weird 'Zaks' building toys, years ago, which were triangles and squares that interlocked at the edges so you could build solid forms. My mom noticed the sacks, and commented on it. I would've passed it by, but she thought to actually look at one of them, and said 'Hey, this is wooden blocks'. Buh? Thinking perhaps she'd stumbled onto a Bausack set or something, I took a look. Nope, Jenga. Jenga. Lots and lots of Jenga. And a second bag of the same, right next to it.
No price tags at all.
Sneakily, I grabbed two loose price tags that were sitting next to the sacks and stuck them on. $4 for the two bags!
Inventorying them both, I found that there's about a 50/50 mix of generic Jenga blocks and real ones. The generic ones are the wrong size and do not make a square when placed side by side properly. And wobble even when the stack is made 'solid'.
Total count: 55 generic pieces, 50 official ones.
Not that the counts matter that much to me; I'm not using them to play Jenga with. I'm making a dice tower!
Found a baggy of gaming goodies at Value Village today for 80 cents. It included 75 Pokemon cards (53 commons and 22 uncommons), 1 Overpower Spiderman card, and about 100 Bicycle poker chips in 3 colors.
Looks like someone went through the Pokemon cards and pulled out all the rares. The cards are in unplayed condition.