This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Our GeekGuild: The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Do mind the stacks of prized games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Current Thrift King belial1134, previous Kings Great Mazinga, minionhunter I, Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
$1.79 @ SVdP complete & in great shape — even has the ring!
Here's the second half of the cautionary thrifting tale I referred to last week. Last week, I got lucky by waiting a week to get 10 Days in the USA for $1.50 instead of $3. (By the way, I know that it's small change to wait for the half off days, but with the amount I thrift, saving the dollar or two on most games I buy adds up and allows me to keep indulging my obsession. Besides, it forces me to think about which games I really really want and am willing to pay "full price" for, and which I'm OK with the possibility of having someone else grab them.)
This week, I ended up on the other side of the coin. In addition to the LotR Monopoly, there was a LotR Fellowship of the Ring Strategy Game full of minis & a thick rule book. Not being a mini-guy, and since I can't keep all the LotR games straight, I had to check in here before buying. In the meantime, I figured out who I could unload the games on, but by the time I went back a couple of days later, you guessed it: the decent game was gone, but Monopoly was still there.
$3.74 @ SVdP 300 chips in 4 colors in a dented aluminum case
Like many others recently, I finally found a set of heavy-duty, unmarked poker chips to use as money/markers in various games. I got a scare on this one, as they weren't where I had stashed them on the first visit (on the bottom shelf behind a big stack of lousy games). I eventually found the case halfway down the game aisle in plain view.
I'm guessing that whoever opened it saw that only the jokers from the deck of Playboy playing cards were in the case, so decided it wasn't worth it.
Very slim pickings at the boot sale today. Not many sellers or buyers for that matter. Picked up this version of scrabble for the wooden tiles, which I shall transfer to my set as they are a lot more tactile than the plastic letters. £1.
I couldn't pass this one up for $.99 at Eco-Thrift.
It had an extra ball, and is the first printing with the nice little island map. My wife works in preschool, so it's a must-buy since she's in the business of educating and entertaining kids (her preschool already has a copy we gifted them....)
This little game is a great introduction to the wargame hobby.
It will be my pleasure to mail it out FREE to the first Geek who posts a request here... but he or she must promise to use Napoleon at Waterloo to (a) learn something about wargames or (b) teach a child, friend, or relative how to play wargames.
Please use the comment section here to post your request but send me your mailing address in a private GeekMail.
And the next seller had a couple of games I'm interested in. First, there is this. My sister and I played a lot of Triominos with my dad when we were young. She got a baby last year so I'll give this to her, and maybe we will have another player in our family in a few years.
No rules, and it's missing 1 tile. I bought together with the next item for 3 euros.
The same seller also had two boxes of Magic cards. One was a starter set of Portal, with two 35-card decks. I already bought this box another time, so this time I only went for the "Fifth edition" box, also with two 30 card decks. This together with Triominos was 3 euros.
When I came home, I opened the box, and found (a) a quarter (that is 25 guilder-cents, from before the conversion to euros, which made me feel nostalgic) and (b) cards both from Portal and from Exodus, including a couple of rares. I think there are more than 60 cards; I'll count them later.
So I decided to go back for the other box, and bought it for 1.50 euro; it also contains a mixture of cards from Portal and Exodus. I'll check all the cards later.
Edit: There are about 200 cards, from Fifth, Portal, and Exodus. It looks like the most valuable cards here are City of Brass, Price of Progress, and Sphere of Resistance. So nothing really special.
Another one of these. This is bad for my average thrifted game rating.
This one is in much better condition than the previous one, if anyone cares. Oh, and it has 5 yellow dice. 1 euro.
I found 4 other Yahtzee Juniors on this flee market that I didn't buy: 2 were overpriced (1.50 euro), 1 was no longer there when I came back to buy it, and the seller at the stand where I found the last one had gone away.