As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you, now remain in my love. You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. -- Jesus Christ
This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
These lists may start empty but as always: add your items.
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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$2.99 at VV
Found a copy of Perudo (aka Liar's Dice) without any instructions. Perhaps because it was late at night, but I had a real difficult time figuring out the rules to this game from just reading about it online. The whole "aces" thing where you can call aces, or half the current number, or double the number + 1, etc.) -- it just made my eyes blur. The people who like do because it reminds them of poker or craps; people who hate it do so because it reminds them of poker or craps. I don't like poker or craps, so I'm guessing I'll either keep the real nice dice and cups for something else or I'll just pass this along.
I haven't been on the thrift GL's for a long while in very large part because...
A. My wife is majorly unhappy about my thrifting habit B. Why torment myself by watching everyone else thrift great games while all I can find is the usual flotsam and jetsam that litter the shelves (Monopoly, Scrabble Junior, Chutes & Ladders, etc).
But I made myself a promise that if I saw anything that I genuinely wanted I'd pick it up. And so at GW today I spotted this one for $2 and had to have it. It's complete save for the plastic cover that goes over the batteries on the bottom of the laser tower thing. I love the old MB games of the 70's and 80's.
*presses laser charge button and awaits MK's imminent arrival*
Thursday was 25% off Unique card holders day, so dropped by Unique while my son had baseball practice.
Picked up a Bandu Thursday for $2.92 - 25%. Not sure yet of completeness, but it had the beans in a zip-loc.
Grabbed a nice set of hexagonal shelves for $4.94 - 25%.
But the almost pulled the trigger, but decided against it has to go for my non-purchase of an A-90 Keyboard controller. They wanted $100, but it had 2 broken keys. I did a google to see if I could find a Roland Authorized Service Center, but no luck. Shipping it to get the keys would have been very expensive. It booted up OK. Of course I couldn't test the sound or MIDI. I am probably going to regret not getting it since it would have wound up being $75.
If I had made a bet with a brother about how bad FL thrift stores are, I would have lost. After landing in FL, we hit eight thrift stores on our way to the hotel. (We landed at 1:00pm and the hotel wouldn't let us check in until 4:00pm so we had time to kill.)
All I found was a copy of Split, which I would have never picked up except for the fact that it didn't look like any Split I have ever seen. It came with the usual "split" cards, but also poker chips and a board. The box is bigger than the standard Split I have thrifted in the past. I found no pictures of it in the data base so I'll have to upload some pictures (after October 7th).
He had tweeted about having a presentation to his mgmt on the use of Kanban and I wanted to understand what he planned to present. I figured I could give him some pointers if what he was attempting mapped to a similar context as mine. It did. It was a pleasure chatting with him and I learned a bit as well; understanding what others are doing and trying to apply some of the same concepts that I use is a great way to learn.
Now that my sidetracking and errands are done, let's finish up with my stuff from this week and last.
Another Battleball - this one from Goodwill where I stopped in with my son to look for jeans for school. Nearly complete, just missing the outsert. I've already put it up in the local no ship math trade.
And finally - on a 2nd trip to GW later in the week - mostly the same old, same old from earlier in the week and then I noticed this box - two aisles away, where a couple of out of control, game destructive urchins were basically opening and rummaging through every game they could get their hands on. Pushing my way past their oblivious mother as she blocked the aisle with her cart, I muttered "nice kids, lady" and before she could even utter that brilliant response of "huh?" I was there, snatching this literally from their grimy grasp. And yes, their grasp really was grimy.
I took it off to the side to inventory and not only is it complete, it appears it was never played. Hah! Rescued!! And for only $1.99
The truly puzzling thing about the prices of this and Battleball is that for the most part, games at this GW have gone to $3.99 - $6.99. Go figure!
Back to Goodwill today as I hit up the thrifts to update my wardrobe as I have successfully begun shedding the excess poundage. A quick look-through of the game racks and I noticed this. There is a small piece of the top layer of cardboard cut off the front of the box, and it is missing 4 cones - 1 yellow, 1 blue and 2 green, but the Pop-o-Matic still works. $1.99
This morning my son who is an RA at college was talking about having game nights at his building and we were looking at the games I had set aside for him. He asked if I had an extra copy of this as he didn't want to take the family copy. It's a big favorite when all the kids come home. He said this and Things...were two he'd really like to add.
So, what do I find on the 2nd rack today at GW today but this. $3.99 but aside from the cards being out of shrink, the other bits are still sealed up and the timer works.
I saw this "Rumis" thing on the shelf and bought it completely on a whim - thought it looked like it might be sorta cool so I took a chance on it even though the tape monkeys got to it and I couldn't see what was inside. Just now discovered this was also sold as a slightly re-themed "Blockus 3D." Appears to be complete, $2.99 at Goodwill.
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The tallest mountains, the darkest forests, the deepest deserts, the oldest books, there you will find the stone.
Risk $3.93 I needed the cubes, and sure as heck beats $0.10 per cube and they are not stinking must and mildew like the ancient copies.
Well, I've been sick again, and was feeling a little better so my wife and I decided to drive out for some thrifting. I hadn't been thrifting in quite a while. This was my last find of the day. Missed sherlock holmes style pipe at this store.