This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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The wife and I did a quick once around the thrift stores this morning. We weren't going to do anything but then decided we would get bored. Not a lot of stuff out there that I wanted - though I did see a wooden Cathedral (which I already have).
I did pick up this Golden Compass game only for the parts. The price was .75 at SVdP. Anything more than that and I would have left it. I could see using the Polar Bears in Heroscape.
The version with the lime green tray for $.99, Liverpool Salvation Army.
On the bottom shelf, under a yellow Mall Madness, I spied a thin sliver of a game.
A first edition Gamma World. It was TSR and it was old, so I got it. When I got out to the car, Sam heartily endorsed this line of thinking. "Yes, if it's TSR and it's old, get it." He was quite happy with my find. $1.99, Liverpool Salvation Army.
An last but not least. A Mancala board. The board is horrible but the glass beads are very nice. The board appears to be made of compacted saw dust or something - like a chip board but finer. Nothing to be proud of. I needed the glass beads to add to our nicer board (which was missing some beads. I'll likely take the ones from the old board and add them to my copy of Bazaar. Pirates unite!
a strange find. this particular thrift store has only a few games, piled into bins with other stuff. this one was hiding under some other stuff behind a support pillar near the bins. i hunted for other gamer stuff, but no luck.
an opportune find though since i thrifted the old base settlers a couple of weeks ago too.
My wife went to a nursery to buy some flowers. I had seen a flea market type building a few blocks away, and went back to kill some time while waiting for her.
I saw a copy of Jenga, a couple of Ravensburger kid's games, and numerous copies of Clue, Risk, and Monopoly. I find it funny how they always seem to lock up those Monopoly games in the glass cases, as though they're precious treasures.
I resigned myself to leaving empty handed when I spotted it. It was in a group of new items stacked behind the cashier. I asked if it was for sale. She said yes, but, she'd have to ask $20 for it, as it was still in its original shrink wrap.
I walked out with a "new" copy of Battle Cry. Now to figure out what to do with it.
I had this on my radar for a while, and had been keeping an eye out for it on eBay and in thrift stores. It tends to go for about $19.99 + shipping. I almost added it to the Thrifting for You geeklist. Then, the other day, I saw an auction that ended over the holiday weekend. I put in a bid, and no one ever came along to overbid me, so I got it for the starting price of $5.95, and $5.75 shipping.
So we had a new local game con start up this weekend. Unfortunately I had some relatives decide that they wanted to visit and that this was the weekend they would start their visit. They are the mostly non-gaming type of relatives, so I can't go to the con because I need to spend my time with them.
This cloud has a silver lining though. On their last visit, I got them a little interested in thrifting, and managed to get them out of the house for a few hours today to join me in this. First stop was a nearby garage sale, where I found an unplayed copy of:
Next stop was a thrift store where $1.99 brought me a copy of:
The shrink had been removed but the components inside were still wrapped.
The very next stop yielded two things. An unpunched 1995 AH copy of:
- sure it's not the one of the more valuable versions, but it was just $2.99.
Also I picked up a shrinkwrapped copy of a Rüdiger Dorn game for the $3.99:
But it was the last stop that produced the best find - this OOP gem for $2.99, which has some very minor box damage but otherwise looks unplayed, that will hopefully fetch me a good trade or sale price:
I'd heard good things about this, so picked it up immediately. This one is going in my son's growing game collection. He loves having his own games and I think it is a great way to teach him about taking care of his things (plus it saves me some shelf space).
finally, I picked this up on a whim. I've never played canasta, caliente or otherwise and I have no idea if this is a good way to try it. I could look at the game page but I''m really too terribly lazy for that kind of work.