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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I picked this up while the site was down, Friday night, I think - I like these Gamewright boxes, and this one was in good shape, with the instructions, so I brought it home with me for $.99, Auburn Salvation Army.
Thrifted this at my wife's request. Her classroom is needing an infusion of board games, so I donated this along with Penguin, Connect Four, Slamwich, Uno, and Crackers In My Bed. They are loaded in our van and ready for delivery tomorrow.
The last week has been pretty dry here so I was happy to see this on the bottom shelf of the new GW in Beaverton. $9.99! Holy carp! No thanks...well, I might as well open the box.
Unpunched shields and tokens! Sweet. Let's see what's under all the boards and booklets. Yay! Everything's sealed, including the donut ring. Still kinda pricey, but I'm happy to have it to replace my other, not-quite-complete copy.
This is a bit more than I would normally like to pay, however they had an issue of KODT that I wanted to pick up but didn't have the two quarters for, said for a debit purchase I needed to spend $5. I had already looked at their games and not wanted any, laughing that I didn't have fifty cents on me I was about to walk out when I saw this Gem sitting where it should not be...unless the ring wanted to be found by me.
I was in a hurry at an estate sale this weekend, so I picked this up without inventorying it. I returned home to find no instructions, no money, and no cards.
I paid them another visit the next day, counting on price reductions for a number of really borderline items. As I rummaged through the leftovers, I saw that a demolished copy of Life also included this game's nondescript Milton Bradley bills with a 1974 copyright date. That encouraged me to dig through the decks of playing cards and find the entire deck of Wild Cat cards.
I'm still down a number of plastic pieces and bills, I need to repair the drilling rig, and I need to print the instructions, but it was a great experience.