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This Saturday the area GoodWills had one of their periodic 50% off sales. I started promptly at 9:00 figuring I'd better get going fast since two of the top 10 thrifters live here in the Valley so I'd better get a move on. I managed to hit six GWs and git 22 games for about $33 so it was a successful but tiring day. I spent all day Sunday inventorying games.
First was this game for $1.00 and I feared the worst. However, with the exception of two of four eggs, the game was complete and in great shape. The sad part is that only two of you out there have this game so the chances of replacing the eggs is pretty slim.
GW #1.00. Pretty good shape considering it had the light cardboard box instead of the tin shown in the picture. The two playmats were slightly warped so this was probably stored in a shed in the Phoenix summer heat. One card has a tiny (1/4") tear but all else is in good shape.
GW. $.50. Light cardboard box and board, I couldn't find a picture; but it almost looks like some sort of "travel" version that might keep up to four kids entertained for an evening. Not much of a game - but for 50 cents? I had that much fun just checking it out.
I've always thought many of these that end up at the thrift are gift copies. (You probably wouldn't give it away if you had a good idea of the worth.) And in fact this copy still had a little Christmas wrapping paper stuck to the back of the box...
The second copy of this that I've thrifted, the first departing with one of the thrift exchange boxes. The box is not as nice (the last one was new in shrink) but serviceable, and the contents are complete and in fine shape. The price was nice too at $2.90, plus a 50% holiday weekend discount. Found at the Lawrence Avenue Village Discount Outlet in Chicago.
GW. 1.00. I should have been suspicious at the price on this; but it did have some "heft" so obviously wasn't an empty box and it did say "collector's edition" and mentioned some fancy pewter pawns. Sure enough, the pawns were gone as were all the docks and harbors (houses and hotels) and the instructions. However the board, deeds, money and chance/community chest cards are in good shape. The box itself has one blown corner otherwise pretty good.
Now, does anyone have any of them thar pewter movers they want to get rid of - not to mention the other missing items?
Here's where I got a bit carried away and ended up with three copies. I figured that I should be able to get at least one complete game and the boxes looked to be in good shape so I was hoping...
For $.50 - lightweight so expected the board to be missing as well as the clue "pad"; but the insert with the instructions, the characters and the furniture were all there (and the box was in good shape).
For $1.00 - it had the board and most of the rest of the pieces other than the "clue pad." However, the box and the insert were torn a bit. At least I have one game now except for the clue pad.
For $1.50 - The whole shebang! Everything was there and in great shape, including the clue pad. I have two complete games for $3.00!
GW $.50. Price on this puzzled me (and still does). The box wasn't light so there was "something" inside. When I opened it up, everything from the box on in was in great shape. Two of the four armies were still in their sealed bags. Why was this only 50 cents?
GW $.50. Looks to have only been opened a couple of times. The instruction booklet doesn't even look as if any of the pages has been turned. I haven't inventoried the cards; but there's no reason to think that they aren't all there considering the condition of everything.
I seem to remember playing a game of my grandmother's back in the 50s called touring that I believe is similar so it should be interesting to have a look at - at least 50 cents worth of interest.
Hello...what is that lurking under a pile of clothing at the car boot...excuse me can you help me lift this out. It was £10..and when I got it open it must have been used a on Dice tower video as everything was just a complete mess. amazingly only a few of the gold counters were missing.
GW $1.00. I've seen this one on these thrifter lists multiple times so figured that it must be decent if so many of you saw fit to pick it up. However, I sort of expected something of a cowboy theme. Of course, you know i was wrong since I looked on the back of the box and saw a Las Vegas-style setting; but for a buck.... Got it home and untaped and, although the box has slight shelfwear, the insides looked barely used and 32 - yes, that's a 3 and a 2 - dice still in a sealed bag! The "cards" were unpunched so the game had obviously never been played. The game was worth a buck almost for the dice alone. To paraphrase, "As God is my witness, i'll never be without dice again!"