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.
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)
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Don't usually get to go thrifting twice in one week, so today was unusual for me. We needed to go pick up some books my daughter had reserved at the Corinth branch library, so since church let out early (only one service during summer) we did some thrifting to kill time before the library opened.
Stopped at the City Thrift on Wornall, first. The games are on shelves and up high so kids won't open them up and start grubbing around. I picked this up and saw that the bits were all in a zip-loc freezer bag. Took a chance and bought it.
Close by (still at City Thrift) I found this. Again, all the bits were in a bag, but it looked like nearly everything was there, so I took another chance. After inventory at home I discovered it was complete, so a good buy.
Outside the Scope of BGG: For another $1.98 I picked up (also in the games section) a small maroon cardboard box labeled "Religious Beliefs Inventory Kit". Has about a hundred cards inside that are supposed to be used by a counselor to help people "...understand, evaluate, and develop their religious beliefs and values". Instructions inside indicate it's mainly intended for use in pre-marital counselling. My wife and I found it both interesting and curious, so we got it.
After a bite of lunch we continued south on Wornall. Discovered that the Community Thrift is now closed and the building empty. We were disappointed because that place was kind of rambling, but was really interesting to wander around in because you didn't know what odd things you'd spot. Didn't have any games to speak of, but was a fun stop nonetheless.
So we went across the street to the DAV Red Racks where I picked this up. Again, the parts were in a zip-loc freezer bag, and I spotted both dice, the arch frame, the 15 arch parts, and a whole lot of neon-tinted plastic bits. Got it home and inventoried -- absolutely complete. Box has a bit of wear and a couple of little tape tears, but since this is for our family, it's plenty good enough.
Left behind two copies of DaVinci's Challenge in shrink, in case anyone is interested. Didn't check the price but probably $4.98 or more each.
Imagine my surprise as I walk into the downtown Seattle store to see they are having a toy sale! For the locals, this means the back room is set up and filled with stuff! Didn't find anything super special, but did pick up a few things at 99 cents each, starting with this.