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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 games 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.
Our GeekGuild: The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters. Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Do mind the stacks of prized games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Be sure to bow before our new King*, and pay your due respects to previous Kings EvilTimmy I, Blackwind I, and Krazygit I. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/193
*I prefer that you Royalists bow way down, it makes the execution by guillotine all that much easier - First Citizen
I wanted to 'be'FIRST for once! So, I picked up some plastic 'bit'}g that looks to be the "Dungeon"FLOOR of I don't know what! It shall then become the "dice tray" for WHEN I complete this 'item': "DICE DUNGEON!" oh, this were from our "Sal.Army" and for 59-cents!
Found a box of a couple thousand cards at a flea market for €20. Only commons and uncommons, but no duplicates: pretty much one of every non-rare card produced after I stopped buying packs.
The lack of rares probably means that I'm not turning much of a profit here, but it's a nice, cheap way of seeing what's been going on with the game in recent years. At less than a penny a card, yeah, that works for me.
A Star Wars Game I never had at the Bellingham Value Village. $4.99 complete. OK, a bit much but it's out of print. After falling from 2 years on the council to a serf I had to do something. (But I still couldn't bring myself to get the Avalon Hill Trivia or Outdoor Survival last week)
I did wait for the price to go half down on this, and definitely a good thing I did, since three of the minis were smashed to bits, one die missing (stickers wrongly attached in the rest.) And rules and comic missing.
Missing one die, Archangel, Banshee and Psylocke minis, comic and rules.
Visiting with my wife's cousin, we took a little trip to the local thrift store with my wife, daughter and cousin along. But, I knew that this store was also close to where another friend of mine lived, a serious bgg'er, and a bigtime thrifter. So, as we walked up to the game section, I noted to my daughter that I doubted we'd find anything because I'm sure that Scott scours it clean nearly every day.
A couple minutes later, I look to my right and, there's Scott, scouring the shelves.
Anyway, while cousin Laurie and I were looking at the game shelf, she opined that she would like to find a good game that had a geography element to it. I said that On Assignment with National Geographic fit that bill nicely, and I'd be glad to bring my copy down for her to play sometime. "Good idea", and then she wandered off to look at clothes. Barely a minute later I found OAwNG, $1.99. Turns out it was an unplayed copy -- all of the cards were still in wrap, the bits sealed in bags.
We took it back to her house and played a game right then and there. And, it was Fun!
There really isn't that much to this game, and if it is played too seriously, it kills it. But, if you play it in a lighthearted demeanor, this is a fun geography trivia-type game. Trying to guess the country from a photograph is a gas, even if a bit of the geography is out of date. And even though I went out first, getting the big goin' out first bonus, my daughter still beat me by one point with chips. My last photo was of a Native American in full headdress -- a dead giveaway. Or so I thought. Turns out, it was not the US, which cost me the point that would have tied me for the win.
1.99, Uptown, counted all the minis and had all 20, didn't count all the cardboard and other bits. First time I 'd seen this and I am surprised how big the minis are in this, something like 2.5" It comes with a gungan catapult, so I'm hoping this has some potetial.
More than I like to pay @ thrift, but for 3.99 this was a big and heavy box. It comes with lots of boards with pretty graphics of different golf holes. Looks like card driven play, as you work your way to the pin. Looking forward to trying with some golfer gamer friends.
I think a golfer must have dumped their rainy day alternative, because I also found this other very nice looking golf game. This one looks like it attempts to be more like a simulation, since it has different templates for different irons and a CRT for the die results.
So, yeah, last week I headed down to Lynnwood for a weekend of shopping and fun with the family again. Super cheap this time as I'd managed to amass enough HHonors points to make the hotel stay free. (pause for happy dance)
And, of course, you know what that means: Cross-border thrift raid!
First up, the Bellingham VV and this game, in minty-fresh condition, for 2.99. I already have a few of these, but none in such good shape.
The raid's off to a good start, considering I can't catch a break locally to save my life!