Your NON-Game Thrift Store / Bargain Finds - December 2011
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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.
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.

Last month's non-game thrift list:
Just shift the Picasso's aside and be amazed by the collection of valuables we tend to pick up.
Your NON-Game Thrift Store / Bargain Finds - November 2011

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. Be sure to bow before our King belial1134, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Great Mazinga, minionhunter I, Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
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1. Board Game: Excel Saga Boardgame! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Subhan Michael Tindall
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I picked up a very thick, very handy reference manual for Excel 2003 (most of which will apply to newer versions) for $4.99. Quite glad to have it!
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2. Board Game: The War of the Worlds II [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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England
County of Essex
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BBC Cd of their 1967 radio adaptation, £1 in a charity shop in Hockley.
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3. Board Game: Planet of the Apes [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
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Saint Louis
Missouri
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Aurora model kit of Cornelius from the movie Planet of the Apes.

$0.60

Value village

New in shrink, no tears or holes, but the bottom of the box is slightly squished on one corner.

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4. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:954]
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Revell 1/48 B-17F model kit

$1.21

Value Village

Huge box, excellent condition, complete.
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5. Board Game: Spell-a-Word [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Working Texas Instruments Speak & Spell for $5.99 from the Goodwill in Falmouth, VA.
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6. Board Game Publisher: LEGO
Matt Mallas
United States
Bartlett
Illinois
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At Goodwill, I picked up several Lego items.

One bag, gallon-sized, was marked at $1.99. It looks to include most of the pieces from the following sets, plus extra pieces:

#6249: Pirates Ambush (1997) - including building instructions!


#5938: Oasis Ambush (1998)


#5918: Scorpion Tracker (1998)


Another car from the Adventurers series that I can't identify.


The second bag, sandwich-size, was marked $0.99 and contained:
Two copies of set #3413: Goal Keeper


Plus several other pieces (EDIT: including about 10 minifigs!) from other soccer sets.
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7. Board Game: Grim Reaper [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Patrick McCarthy
United States
University Heights
OH
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I found both seasons of "Reaper" for $10 each at Big Lots (passed on Twin Peaks and House, MD).
This is one of those shows that I didn't watch back in 2007, but was always curious about. Because hey, who wouldn't like a comedy about a kid who had his soul sold to the Devil? Then last year I was bored enough to pull up the first episode, and I immediately regretted not supporting the show while it was on the air. Call it "Serenity Remorse" if you will.
And yes, I realize that the entire run is available on Hulu, but I can't access Hulu at work, so having the DVDs will provide adequate background noise.
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8. Board Game: Nun Bowling [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]

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On the boardgame shelf at my local thrift, I found a Gold colored bowling pin with a bunch of John Hancocks on it for $4. I figured it was just some bowling league team's signatures. Got a better look at it once I got home. I may not know much about bowling, but I've seen Walter Ray Williams Jr. on TV. Several other sigs (the legible ones) are from PBA players, too. Around 40 signatures total.

No clue on the resale value but it's pretty dang cool.
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9. Board Game: Let's Furnish A House [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Wood is Good, but Danish Modern wood is far better!

I picked up 6 Danish Modern chairs in excellent condition for $200 total at Goodwill. That's $33.33 per chair! These were in excellent shape. We've been wanting to replace are current MCM table and chairs as they are a bit worn and the color doesn't match our buffet.

Though this morn, my wife wasn't sure about them now... So who knows, maybe I'll wind up reselling them (hopefully at a profit).
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10. Board Game: Planet of the Apes [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
schwarze Ritter
United States
Texas
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Found this crazy PoTA Galen bank. He's made out of plastic and in really great shape. Don't know too much about these but when I saw him on the shelf, I didn't even have to think about it -- I just grabbed him, put him in my cart and headed to the game isle. Only $1.99 at GW.

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11. Board Game: Deutschland: Finden Sie Minden [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4004]
Stefanie Kethers
Australia
Melbourne
VIC
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I found a German jigsaw: Deutschland, ein Puzzlespiel (387 pieces), published by the German Post:

(Ebay picture)

I am fairly sure this was published around the reunification, or perhaps when the German zip codes changed - I think that the directory of zip codes had pretty much the same cover.

My favourite opp shop, AU$1, complete. Looks great when finished. And yes, I did find Minden


(Ebay picture)
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12. Board Game: Game of Logic [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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I picked up a bag of LogiBlocs for $4. It's missing the switches.

Has anyone seen these before?

http://www.logiblocs.com/shop/kits/electric-city/
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13. Board Game: Furby Adventure Game [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
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A first generation Furby, still in the original box. I am amazed that someone would donate this. $1.99 at GW.
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14. Board Game: Big Balls [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Matt Mallas
United States
Bartlett
Illinois
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K'nex Big Ball Factory, $6.50 at Salvation Army!



I obviously didn't check if all 3000+ pieces were there, but it's quite heavy!

My wife really wanted this one as a kid. I think I know what she'll be doing sometime during her winter break!
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15. Board Game Designer: H. G. Wells
J.L. Robert
United States
Sherman Oaks
California
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Found a single volume of H.G. Wells stories, with 4 novels:

The Time Machine
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Invisible Man
The War of the Worlds

$2, at a local ACS Discovery Shop.
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16. Board Game: Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends: Cargo Fun! [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Stefanie Kethers
Australia
Melbourne
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I went to a large Salvos shop that I don't often get to, and found a Thomas Take Along Gantry Crane:
[Image from Toot Toot Toys]

It was new in shrink (well, the equivalent), and cost AU$ 3.99 - a good price, it costs about AU$ 35 when bought retail. I was very surprised to find this just after Christmas!
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17. Board Game: Sucking Vacuum [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9035]
Danny's Land

Milwaukie
OR
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Found a Roomba at the GW bins. No charger, but it had a battery in it that still had a charge and when I threw the switch, all the lights lit up. Took it home, cleaned it up, set it on the floor, and it does start sucking and rolling forward, but it gets stuck when it hits something. Hopefully I can find a charger cheap online somewhere, and the weak battery is the only thing wrong with it.

Since I'm a househusband, this could be a real boon!

$4.
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18. Board Game: Would You Believe? [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Danny's Land

Milwaukie
OR
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Found a paperback copy of Michael Shermer's "Why People Believe Weird Things." He's not my favorite author among the New-Atheists, perhaps because he doesn't apply his critical thinking to his own weird belief in libertarianism. (I, at least, make an occasional token effort to apply critical thinking to my weird belief in liberalism...) Still, a book I've been wanting to read.

ALSO:

"Forgotten English: A Merry Guide to Antiquated Words" by Jeffrey Kacirk. Looks like fun.

"How Electronic Things Work and What to Do When They Don't" by Robert Goodman. Published in 1999, right about the era when I stopped understanding how stuff works.
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