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.
The Thrift Store/Bargain Finds List Wayback Machine: The Grand Vizier is maintaining a list of all the weekly lists through time. He is also adding stats and interesting tidbits for us thrifty geeks. Your Thrift Store Bargain Finds Through Time (with links to all previous lists)
Our GeekGuild: Welcome to The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters. Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Please do mind the stacks of prized games, do not mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Make sure to bow before our King Hakfoo I, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Belial, Great_Mazinga, minionhunter, Krazygit, EvilTimmy and Blackwind.
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This was the box that held both games which I have spent the evening sorting and seperating the pieces. Both games are complete and I paid $1.99 at GW. I was not expecting to find this game at this GW but I will happily accept it.
This was a game that I had orginally listed on the unwanted rejects list. I realized my mistake and returned to the store and grabbed it. I paid $3.99 at GW and its complete plus 4 extra marbles. My 4 year old son loves this game. On a different note, one sold on that other site for $51 today.
I've been waiting to find a decent copy of this for the right price and finally scored one yesterday at GW for $3.99. Everything intact and all pieces accounted for, however, this morning I'm having buyer's remorse when the notion that this is just Clue with special effects popped into my head. Is this a keeper or should I haul it off to the flea market?
One "Magic: The Gathering" Guildpact box with about 300 Magic cards marked "Deckmaster" on them. Only $1.99 at GW. Unfortunately I don't know much about MTG, so I don't know what one does with this item, I just know from reading BGG that if you see MTG cards at a thrift store, buy them.
After taking Mrs. DSR out for Valentine's Day dinner at our favorite Cuban restaurant and dining on such delicacies as sweet plantains, croquettes, empanadas, chicken cordon bleu and washing them down with cuba libres and Mojitos, she was a good sport and let me go to the GW only a block away where I found this game of skill which appears to be like "Operation," but with a palaeontology theme. Only $2.99 at GW.
I bought these to add to my dice collection, although I'm not sure how I'm going to incorporate the 10-pin bowling dice into a D&D campaign. My copy was a little different than the one pictured because it had a different cover and included a second dice cup which both appear to made of Bakelite. In excellent condition and only $2.99 at GW.
Found a copy of this with the easel and dry mark erasable pens for $2.99 at GW. It was kinda dusty, like it had been languishing in someone's garage for the last 20 years, but I'd never seen this version, with its own easel.
Found this at Goodwill for a $1.99. Everything accounted for. It says on the cover that play time is from 2-to-200 hours depending on scenario. I didn't realize one of the scenarios taking 200 was counting the pieces!
$2.00 at Goodwill. Box looks its age, one corner is split. I'll inventory (and de-tape) later. The important part is there - the box!
I have an almost complete copy at home (which I've had since this game was released in the 80's) but my brother lost the box and a couple of units while I was at university. How do you lose a box this size? Really?
Now I can put my original back in the box. No more living on Shogun's lid.
Incidentally, I'll probably have extra pieces if anybody needs bits.
Well - I'm glad I picked this one up for parts - because it's missing a bunch (only 4 AA cannons, no dice, no battle board, no tech board, a bunch of bits missing...i think all the tanks were gone, I'll have to double check - I need at least one of those!)
There were some red Risk caltrops, and blue risk asterisks in here though.
A subbuteo set much as the one pictured. The men are a little bit mix and matched as far as strips go, but there are about 30 in total, so more than enough to play a game with; two sets of goal posts, two footballs, and the pitch is in good, clean condition. £5.50, Save the Children, Penrith.
Might have passed this one by, but the "AUFGENNOMMEN IN DIE BESTENLISTE 1985" Spiel des Jahres sticker caused me to give it a good close look. Checked it out on BGG and the ratings are pretty good, so I picked it up. The least appealing way to describe it would be to say that it's a bit like bingo using dice. I've tried it solo (it's 1 to 2 players) and its certainly interesting enough to be worth a few plays, maybe more (although I'm not 100% certain I've got the rules right just yet).