This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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I'd just about given up on yard sales, but I saw a sign advertising a "big" yard sale one mile off the highway, so I decided to make one more stop. This sale actually was pretty big, with a half of a table dedicated to games, as opposed to the one or two games I've found at most yard sales. Naturally, most of the games were the usual ubiquitous mass-market standards (Bingo, Sorry, Operation), but I did uncover a small, magnetic version of Rummikub. There's no photo of this particular version in the database, but it seems reasonably close to the version in the photo to the left. Unfortunately, it's missing 6 tiles, so even with an extra joker and a magnetic tile missing a sticker, it's not playable. I might be able to find a sheet magnet and make replacements, though.
On the way home I stopped at the Goodwill. Nothing much put out since this morning (that I know of). Grabbed this game for the 99cent price and the fact it weighs about 6 pounds. Haven't inventoried it yet, but at the very least it might provide parts for someone.
Now this I've got to get to the table ... er, the floor, and soon. I remember seeing this on the thrift list over a year ago and thought it looked super cool. Maybe next game night the losers of one of our games of The Resistance will have to give this a go. After that of course the winners will have to show them how it's done.
Last but definitely not least was this antique at the same yard sale as the Rummikub set. It's got one busted corner and is missing one yellow pawn, but otherwise is in very nice shape; it certainly doesn't look ~90 years old (edit: looks more like 80-85 years old, see comment below), which it seems to be, judging from the map of Europe on one board. I'm a little disappointed that I don't get to add it to the database, but I'll definitely take some better photos to upload over the next few days.
Kind of a slow day of thrifting for all the places I hit...actually, a zero day of thrifting, but found a few things at Bookman's. Regular thrifting readers will recall that Bookman's is an Arizona chain of used book/game/video/whatever stores; Anything I buy there is using store credit for things I've sold, and thus should be considered about 1/2 price, or "free" considering the trade is just sitting there burning a hole in my pocket...
Already have Carcassonne, but this is the one with the extra river tiles (mine is the no-river version) so I thought I'd take a flyer. $8 trade @ bookman's, all tiles and Meeples present.
Also $8 in trade at Bookman's...continuing "Munchkin Week" (Munchkin Fu found at GW outlet, then The Good, The Bad and the Munchkin, Munchkin Booty, Munchkin Dice and Wicked Munchkin Die at [a different] Bookman's). Only a few more to go! Box felt heavy, because it contained...
Went to Value Village in Richfield this evening to see what they had in the way of games. Saw a solid-looking copy of Carcassonne on the the shelf, $2.99. Neat, I thought, someone's getting a good, cheap copy of a great game. I wonder if it's complete. Looked inside and found this:
Swung by the Uptown Thrift on 240 & Penn. I see this and grab it without looking at the price. I see a couple of Scrabbles & grab those too. A lady looking through the games says,"You better check those prices." I glance at Scrabble: $6.57?!?!?!?!
I put both of them back. I look at this and its $7.27. The prices here have doubled. I cut the tape and check the contents. It's missing a few minor parts that I hope I can replace. When I ask the girl why the cost of games has doubled or more she tells me it's new management that wants to pay for all the improvements to the store. I guess she meant the new sign out front cuz that's all I can tell is different.
Finally, on the way out of the store, a complete copy of Aquaretto in great condition, for $1.69. Whoever donated this cares about their games: everything's bagged, including each animal species individually.
Thus ends the expedition. $5 for knocking on $100 worth of games.
Stopped by the GW outlet, encouraged by my success last week with Munchkin Fu. Was nearly killed by the crowd surrounding the about-to-be-uncovered troughs. They bring out a whole row at a time, and cover them with tarps. Everyone in the place gathers around, tensions rise, and then they pull off the sheets, and people fight for stuff. Seriously, they were shoulder-to-shoulder. And looking at some of the carts (food wrappers, etc) people spend the whole day there! Wow. Kinda scary.
I kept my distance and scraped the bottom of the bins for bits and pieces. No complete games I wanted, but found some neat bits.
Left to right: - Bag of trivial pursuit pieces (why?) with one die - Bag of weird pieces that are like spindles ("paper spikes"), and you stack pieces on them to count something. These looked really cool to me. - 6 hat movers from Harry Potter game - 4 $ movers, cool - 20 other various pawns - 2 pigs from Pass the Pigs. Piggies! - some upwords tiles (really, why?) - some spare Othello pieces - 1 lonely scrabble tile that the Scrabble Ghoul missed...there were several gutted scrabbles just like last time. I snagged it just because it looked so lonely and bereft. - A compass that doesn't seem to point exactly north but I could be wrong - 2 sand timers - a dice contraption from Gamblers that's pretty neat...you shake the dice then let them gather in the handle. Nifty! - a bag of wooden word dice - candyland meeple! - plastic hotels from two copies of Monopoly Jr - seems like I could do something with these...maybe not. - glass counters from an incomplete mancala - 1 indented die that the indented die ghoul missed (yes, there's one of those, too, though it's probably the same guy) - random dice, including the cool green ones from Gambler and some Harry Potter ones
Found an incomplete copy at my favourite opp shop for AU$ 8.50, missing all figurines, 2 blue token (one of which is a special one), the three cards, 5 immortality stands, 1 blue flag, 1 ruler, and one piece from one of the crossbows. One catapult is also slightly broken, but can probably be fixed, and a few rubber bands are either broken or very tired.
The box also contained 3 Lego pieces, quite a few Megabloks pieces, as well as the instructions for a Megabloks catapult (not included ) and more castle-type pieces that may be K-nex. There is also a small piece of a K-nex dragon or dinosaur.