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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. Current Thrift King belial1134, previous Kings Great Mazinga, minionhunter I, Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
And sitting right next to it was this. While deciding on this one I see "Game Design: Alan R. Moon" and "Unleash 63 Miniatrue Dogs Who Won't Flea From Your Table". $1.99! I'll take 63 miniature dogs and a game from Alan Moon for $1.99.
Got the MB "promotional" edition Pente at DI for $1. It was marked for two, but when I showed the checkout guy that all of the tokens were missing and that it only contained rules and a board he knocked down the price. That's okay--I'd rather use flattened marbles than the horrible little plastic tiddlywinks that were pictured on the box.
And if people think this and the next aren't a bargain because it's MSRP(ish) then I'll gladly take them back off. I went to the FLGS (which usually has lots of OOP stuff on their shelves) and scored one of two copies of this on the shelf. Buying the second to resell did briefly cross my mind, but I was getting a copy because somebody else didn't do the same thing. This one was $17.95--much better than the $50+ of eBay and BGG Marketplace. I thought this was the only one they had, and was about to leave with my lucky find when I saw...
...this one behind a box. $19.95, new and with minimal shelfwear? I can do that--much better than the 70-ish I've been seeing them go for recently. I've actually managed to score all of the M'44 Battle Maps now, and I have Campaign Book 1. Now I just need to find an Air Pack (and I did check but didn't find one at my FLGS).
Thank goodness for brick-n-mortar's that have inventories that you would have expected them to have two years ago. They didn't have any of the M'44 stuff released in the last 18 months yet...
Went out for breakfast, and then over to the tiny Evergreen Thrift Store in the same neighborhood. Take Off for 50¢? Sure, why not? I'll use the planes to make Print & Play versions of Sid Sackson's "Holiday!" for friends -- they're slightly nicer than the planes from Flight Captain, which I found a couple months ago.
Picked up 4 sealed decks of these for $1.91 at Unique on Gallows Rd. Not sure how "valuable" they are, but couldn't help myself since they were still sealed. Passed on a Tetra Trax even though I saw others picking it up. It was in pretty crummy condition and I suspected pieces were missing.
Knew this was worth a little $$ so I thought I would give it a shot. $3.38 at IC goodwill, but my Dad gave me a GW gift certificate for Christmas, so free to me! Thanks Dad. Even better, my copy of Risk Legacy came today...we are starting a "league" at the end of January (you are goin' down, Mark). I brought them both home and told my wife, "look, I can sell this game and have enough money to pay for this one!" She wasn't so excited...
Life is missing two arrows...it doesn't look like that would effect gameplay. Anybody actually played this who could comment?
My favourite opp shop had a toy sale on - fill a (large) bag with toys for AU$2. They had a Little People doll's house which I thought my son might like, so I put that in a bag. The Guess My Name game went in next - I thought my son might like it. In the end, I added a Dr Seuss wall clock, a Richard Scarry board book & jigsaw, a Cars Crayola Color Wonder colouring book, a Lego base plate (with a small tear, unfortunately), a magnetic fishing game, and a Nici sheep (a stuffed toy from Germany). The whole bag ended up costing me AU$1.60, as Bric-a-Brac was 20% off
So, it was probably about AU$ 0.30 for this game, which is in reasonably bad condition - bashed box with a split corner, board broken in 3 pieces (which is actually quite useful, as you can now combine the two sides of the board in multiple ways), the chips don't seem to be original, and the rules are missing. None of which is a big deal, it's perfectly playable.
$2.50 Complete, though one large blue/purple piece is broken into four bits. The resident handyman is confident that he can make it better.
Decided to test the theory that thrift stores are awash with donations this time of year. I hit 12, I think. This was my favorite find. Indeed, the stores were having difficulty keeping up with all the donations! One store had a line for donations and the only parking available was on the street. I've never had to park on the street at this place. I suspect that they're spending their energies receiving rather than pricing and shelving as I would have expected to find more in the other aisles. While did find a number of games, I found virtually nothing else.
I love this clever little two-minute game, but, as of earlier this week, we now have our own copy. So, I passed this along to the same friend who got my recent finds of Catan: Seafarers and Carcassonne.
$1.99 Savers. With only eleven weights, it's missing more bits than our current copy, but now we have one copy with 24 pieces and two clowns! Well, one clown has been retired to the high-up display shelf of wooden toys in our son's room.
Fund this at a thrift I can't remember in the KC area while down there for a funeral. Kong had a broken lever, and it was missing a flame pawn. Several parts have already been sent to a fellow thrifter. It cost 99 cents.