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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willhaben.at, € 2, new in shrink. Same seller as the previous two games.
Picking it up required a longer subway ride across the city. I wonder why it is that almost every time I use the southern end of the U6 to pick up some games it breaks down, suffers "irregular intervals" or something similar. Never happens to me with the other lines. So, as usual in these cases, it took me much longer to get there and back again than it should.
Complete except for one white die and one N.A. infantry.
Also, (and this is odd), it appears to be a SECOND edition game (2nd edition rules, box copyright '87, etc..) but the LID is the saddam-featuring first edition. ??. The lid was also pretty rough with a split and a tear but the rest of the game looks very good.
I didn't make any purchases this weekend but I did see MANY rare games including this little gem about evading welfare and living off public assistance.
First Saturday of the month in Arlington VA there is a community garage sale. I would estimate over 100 individual sellers have stalls/booths. The location is a parking garage located above I-66 in Arlington, VA. Parking and access is through Quincy Street just south of Lee Highway. If you are local to NOVA you probably can picture the general location, if you are from out-of-town the hunt is on.
I had reservations about going thrifting the day after Labor Day, especially since GW had their big sale this weekend. I was worried that the stores would be cleaned out and I was right. The only thing I found at GW was a set of Hoyle 100 Poker Chips w plastic tray for $2 and a VHS of "Suddenly," starring ole blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, for a $1. Went on down the road and stopped at the obscure Catholic Charities Thrift Store (CCTS) and found a pretty good cache of games, including a relatively unplayed copy of The Dangerous Book for Boys Card Game for a $1.
My wife and ex-boss love this stuff. I was telling the old gentleman running the charity shop that I was really good with geometry and chess, but not so good at this game. Bought it for my wife (remember, the couple that plays together, stays together) for $3 at the CCTS.
"Run for President," which is ironically made in China. Don't know how well it plays, but I was impressed with the components, which include a wooden puzzle map of the United States and District of Colombia. $3 at CCTS.
Box is pretty smushed. It must have been wearing a bowling ball for a hat. But all pieces are present and bagged. Bought this for the husband, but it may be a bit much for me to play. $0.90 at Ohio Thrift.
I spotted the word "dungeon" from afar when I entered a local VV and inevitably 'ran' to the games aisle to check it out and I found this old timer waiting for me on the top shelf.
Quick on site inventory confirms it is complete but I still hesitated because the box was suffering from the terrible octosplit (hastily treated by a clumsy tape-ape) as well as a few other cosmetic diseases and the cards must have been manipulated so often they were quite yellow on the sides. A well loved game no doubt about that.
Still after a few minutes I succumbed because I knew I would regret not getting it, especially as it is the first time I've ever even seen a copy of a member of the 'Dungeon' classical line. And I am also a sucker for pretty much any game with the word dungeon or a dungeon theme (Even the employees at my FLGS know that and now set aside a copy of any such game that they get for me. )
Currently undergoing deep restorative and cosmetic surgery and after sleeving/trimming the cards to avoid touching 25 years worth of finger grime it will soon rejoin its brethren on my gaming shelves.
Kind of a Bible trivia/race game. Looked more interesting at the CCTS, however, the old ladies running it wouldn't let me open it to inventory it. They assumed it was a jigsaw puzzle and said: None of us here have worked any of the puzzles. If there are pieces missing, bring it back and we'll give you a credit. The game cost $2 and was in VG condition, however, the pieces and board are made cheaply.
Missing two d6s, two black d8s, two red d20s, and one carnage token. But the football, football die, and all figures are present as are the rules and pristine board. Can't wait to play with my friend's 7-year old. $2.92 Ohio Thrift.
I had actually found this one on the shelves of the same VV a few days earlier but I was wary of a Tilsit game after playing a few others by the same publisher and finding them absolutely terrible. I had never heard about this particular one and the theme was not exactly enticing for me so I just left it there. And it was still there when I went back and found "The New Dungeon".
But in the meantime I had checked BGG and was surprised to find this is actually considered a pretty good game.
And so after ensuring it was complete and in a really nice shape it left the store in my hands as well for another $4.
The tropical/tiki theme really does nothing for me but it seems to be a quickplaying fun backstabbing hut placement game so I will give it a try and see if it will stay in my permanent collection or not.
I'm a sucker for AH games. This one was missing several components, including the rules and the game board, however, it had two complete sets of seasons: 1976-77 and 1993-94. I already have another set, so $3 for two seasons and a new box with score sheets seemed like a bargain. Also purchased at CCTS.
First time I've found this one. It is in very good shape, almost could call it Near Mint. Confirmed that the ring is there, and counted the cards in store and they are complete too. 3 of the 4 armies are in ziplocs, while the other is loose in the box-- not sure how that would happen.
Value Village, $2.99. I got there just in time-- when I returned from the furniture area to the game shelf to put back the other two games I had considered buying along with this one, there was a guy there scanning all the games with his phone/scanner.
In the latest installment of my quest to collect all things "Triominos" I picked up a travel/folio edition from Pressman dated 2006. It comes in a handy soft side zip case, but I couldn't find a photo in the gallery. I guess I'll have to add one. Complete and like new.
Found 5 in-shrink games at the local GW. Made me wonder if I was recipient of a Borders dump. Each was priced at $2.49. Made me a happy camper . Do I get 5 geek nickels too? I'll really be a happy camper if that's the case.