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Couldn't figure out how to put this in the deals section...and is not so much a thrift as it is a well timed deal:
The invasion from the big box retailer Target is upon us! and with it, their first conquest...Zellers(They never stood a chance) With most local stores closing by March of 2013 and being replaced by Targets, items are being slashed left, right, and center starting with all board games being 30% off!
I wanted to bring a fun, quick game to my new years party which will be starting in ... approx.. 2 hours. Although not stunningly cheap, Looping Louie for 17.50 +tax fit the bill perfectly!
Board games will probably go cheaper in the next three months, so pick up your copy of Looping Louie!
A Happy Thrift Year to all! I was going to chronicle my last 48 hour thrift frenzy of the year in verse (mauling either the Night Before Thriftmas or the 12 Days of Thriftmas), but my house has been overtaken by illnesses and maladies, so I'll just list it all, and be done. It's been a good year, and a nice cap to it this was.
I will note that this week I stopped at a total of at least 6 thrift shops that were new to me, and without exception, EVERY ONE WAS CLOSED (with the exception of the one that simply didn't exist). Whether it was due to being closed for the holidays, or just being their day off, or some unspecified family emergency, my net haul from all my new exploring was exactly zero. Meh. Maybe I'll try again in a week or two.
Meanwhile, the old reliable stores were pretty generous with their bounty, thanks to year-end donation dumps.
On the way to pick up my girls from their grandparents, I hit Unique in Hicksville, and got the Mattel edition of this (did y'all know that the board for this one is fractionally smaller than the Educational Insights board?)
$2.92, and ALL FOUR colors have 20 pieces. I guess this is the ultimate parts copy.
Couldn't remember if I owned this little cutie already (I do), but for $1.41, how could I resist? Complete, Hicksville Unique. Even super complete ; still has the cardboard extras the boards were popped out of, and the discs that got popped out of the boards. Took me a minute to realize the discs weren't part of game play.
Now we're really rolling. A really classic older abstract, and just 99 cents? Yessir. Will try to see if I can't get a play or two in before it hits the (apparently lucrative) auction block. Hicksville Unique. Also super complete - about 6 extra plastic squares.
And, easily, the high point of my haul. 1970 Masterpiece is by itself a great piece of nostalgia (I played the crap outta this as a kid), as well as a solid piece of auction bait. But when I got home, I found that this copy was not merely complete, but actually unplayed! The pawns still have their flashing; the art is still in its paper binding; the clips are still bagged! It's absolutely perfect. It is, dare I say... a Masterpiece. $2.92, Hicksville Unique.
Almost forgot; before going to Unique, I stopped at the Hicksville Go Games! store, for some more 50% off goodness. Grabbed this to resell, after dithering over this and the Starcraft Risk next to it. Had I bothered to bring my tablet into the mall, I'd have found that this is plentiful on that auction site, but there's just ONE Starcraft Risk there. Doh!
Also purchased purely to resell (and not gonna bother itemizing here): Donkey Kong Jenga The Hobbit LotR Complete Trilogy Deluxe Collector's Edition Adventure Board Game (try fitting THAT into an auction title)
After finally picking up the girls, I corraled them into coming with me to the Westbury Unique with the promise of buying them more dolls (if there's one thing our house needs less than more games, it's more dolls).
Good thing they were there, though. I'd have totally missed this lovely wooden edition of Gobblet if the elder one hadn't pickup the box it was hiding under. Wood is good. I now have this, Gobblet Jr., and Gobblet 4X (same game, different name and look).
$4.94, Westbury Unique.
That was all this Unique had for me (see why I always go to the other one first?) except that on impulse I picked up a $0.69 hanging bag of plastic building shapes to make designs for my classroom. Turns out they're something called Flexeez, and somewhat pricey. So to the auction block they go; hard to argue with a 2000% profit.
After a mostly dry run today, except for some Lego sets, the shelves at my last stop were fuller than they have been in months. Someone cleaned out a closet for the new year I guess. I left most of it but picked up a few.
This was only 99 cents, ARC, likely will go to my wife's classroom.
This probably would go there too, but for some reason, the asking price is high on that jungle site for this version, Monsters Inc., which also needs a picture. Probably a fluke but for $2 I might test the waters. Complete, ARC.
But was I done? Of course not. Today, I dragged the little one out of the house since she was the only one not sick. Figured it'd give her something to do, and keep her viral exposure down at the same time.
Somehow, I thought today was Sunday (the big 50% off sale day at Island Thrift). Of course, it wasn't. But it didn't matter much, not much here since I was last in... two days ago? All I got was this cute pocket edition scrabble, for $1.99 at Island Thrift. This sucker's tiles are *tiny*.
I'm not wading through 86 pages of Scrabble pictures. Here's one: