This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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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 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.
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Then I spotted this sticking off the shelf. I was surprised to see this still there so late in the afternoon. Then I checked the price: $14.99 (!) Since I already had two thrifted copies I figured I didn't need another at that price, especially since it didn't have the see-through box so I could check the contents. I put it back and did some more scanning of the shelves. That's when I picked up the It's Only Money (above). I dithered a few more minutes then picked up the HS again. I figured that was still a good price even if bits were missing.
Once I got it home and inventoried I realized it wasn't such a bargain after all. It's missing ALL the figures and ALL the army cards, and has the non-sparkly water tiles. The dice and wound markers were still in their original factory wrappings, all the order markers were present but loose, and the terrain seems to be in its original stacked configuration. Looks like someone bought it, pulled out the figures and cards, then tossed the rest back in the box.
However, I'm not downhearted. I now have three sets of HS terrain and two full sets of figures and cards, and it all cost me $53 total (IIRC). Also, I could possibly recoup the cost of this set by parting it out on eBay, so I will ponder that.
I haven't cut my grass here in Indiana since the first of June. I can remember only one short rain shower between then and today, July 14. So my girlfriend and I are planning to go to an outdoor Civil War living history event about 20 minutes from home and what does it do? It storms for the first time in weeks.
So, now what? Hey, let's go to the antique mall at the other end of town that we haven't been to in months. OK, she says.
We're moseying through the mall and I come upon a booth in which a woman is obviously moving stuff. At least 50 percent off everything, she tells me, because we're moving to a smaller booth and we can't fit it all in. Unfortunately, I didn't see anything in the booth that looked interesting, but when I looked in the bookcase that they had set up facing the aisle, I noticed a couple Strat-o-Matic games. I put them on top of the bookcase to look through them and was disappointed to find that they contained no player cards.
At that moment, the woman's husband saw me and said "Hang on, I've already moved a couple of games. Let me get them for you." He returns with several and states: "You can have any of these games for $3." OK, so I grab the complete and in very good condition Thinking Man's Golf and ...
$2.99 Contents in shrink. Vinnie's. And, next spring, we're going to San Francisco for Chinese New Year! So, another game to match our travels - in the same store! It's based on Mahjong, so I'll have to get out our set and play both for comparison. Or, should I just play Mahjong and leave this in shrink?
I almost didn't pick it up, but then read the comments and it seemed possibly interesting to play with my kids. I was surprised to find that the cars were much bigger than I expected. I was thinking Formula D size, but no, they are much larger.
Excellent condition and like new inside EXCEPT missing the blue #88 car
Ah well, 6 out of 7 is still probably enough for a decent race.
Version pictured. $0.99 at GW. Missing the dice and there looks like there is some kind of weird growth in the dice cup. But there are a lot of pens, a refill box of Yahtzee pads, and a box of Triple Yahtzee refill pads. Also found ...
$3.00 at GW. Looks to be complete. Some figures with partial not bad paint job.
I paid with a $20 and the girl was telling me about not being able to get her kids to play boardgames, they just want to play video games. Then she started telling me about the $10 dollar discount card. When she gave me the change it was for a $10. I said I'm pretty sure all I had was $20s but she thought I had given her a $10. So after talking to her manager she xed out her register and went back to count the drawer. She came out and apologized and gave me my extra $10. I said it was no big deal, her talk about the discount card had probably confused the issue.