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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So Mrs. DSR got me up on Black Friday at 5:30 a.m. to get cheek and jowl amongst the barbarians bargain hunters at Jacque Penne for some cheap crap made in China that they ran out of 15 minutes before we got there. When I asked the sales clerk if there was any more, he said, "No we sold out at 6:15," and suggested we order it online. I said, "I can order this crap online?" he says, "Yeah," and I asked, "Then why are we even here?" and he looks at me then at Mrs. DSR and then at me again and shrugged his shoulders. So I looked longingly into Mrs. DSR's dark eyes and took her by the hand and said, "I've got something important to say to you: Come on baby, let's get out of here, I might still be able to get that Target-exclusive "Settlers of Catan: Star Trek" game for 33% off!" So we get over to Target but I couldn't pull the trigger because $35 still seemed too high and the post-Christmas sale was only a month away and they'd probably have them on clearance for $29.99 by then, so we leave and it's still only 6:40 a.m. and we see a long line queued up at Half Price Books. I look at Mrs. DSR and said, "Lets go get some free stuff!" Fortunately there were only about 80 souls lined up when we got there so there was still a chance we'd each get one of the $5 gift cards and a shot at the $100 gift card they were giving away. We barely got in under the cap and I wound up with $10 worth of gift cards to use. They didn't have anything at this store but later in the day I headed up to Frisco and found three boxes of unused/unpainted Grenadier AD&D figs from the '80s! The first was the AD&D small box set "Wizard's Room" with all kinds of wizard crap and treasure. It was marked $20 which I thought was a little high but after the discounts the price would be OK. The second was an Action Art set with monsters and the third was another Action Art set with creatures of mythology including a very neat Hercules miniature. Both were priced at $15 each. Because it was Black Friday, HPB had another special that day which included $15 off on any purchase of $50 or more, so I snagged all three sets for just $37 and change, plus I still have the $10 in gift cards to use later. Black Friday would have been a total humbug if not for HPB!
Found a few items this weekend. First was this. Bought for nostalgia purposes as I used to be a regular customer of the designer, Eamon, in his Games Corner days. Opened the box to check there was a rulebook, but didn't check the cards properly. Not a starter set inside, but a selection of assorted cards from somebody's collection. Oh, well.
Sometimes you deploy insta-grab before even determining if the copy you just grabbed is worth it. I recently left one of these behind that was water-damaged and stank of mildew. Didn't even want to touch it.
In this case, the insta-grab revealed a copy that was practically pristine -- as if it had just come out of the shrink. It's been used (as determined by the hand-written note inside regarding "how to speed up play") but very gently and everything is sparkly fresh. Barely any shelf-wear on the box.
One white pawn is missing, but I've probably got one in my "box o' bits".
Off to a local recycling centre today to dump some rubbish. There is a shop there that sells a few things that the have been salvaged from the debris. First was this. Edition as pictured. Complete and in very good condition.
Next to save from the recycling centre was this. Again complete and in very good condition. Why somebody chooses to dump these games rather than get them to a good home, I don't know! Reuse, not Recycle, I say!
Grabbed another Haba! This may be be the first board game I actually get to play with my girls (they are 16 months and 5 months old now). The pieces stay attached to the board, which is brilliant for a little kids game. Complete, $3.99 at Savers.
Hubby picked up this one at ARC for $2.99. It looks near new inside and is complete with all the game pegs. First time seeing this edition, didn't know that there was an edition that didn't use marbles.
"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? "
Made a run on Goodwill today. Found the usual lack of games (not sure why, but I have found less so far this year than I used to find in a month of thrifting). Anyway, I found some beautiful Athearn HO scale locomotives, non powered ("dummies") for 3.99 each.The locos themselves are like new, but the find was a rare Southern Pacific SD40-2 with Olympic colors (1984 Olympics). Very nice. Anyone out there an HO train buff?