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This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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I was incredibly shocked to find this gem, sealed in the original shrink for only $2.19. I had been thinking about buying this, but now am so glad that I waited for this serendipitous occasion! It has a little ding in the box top, but who really cares for this price!
Also found this edition of Stratego at the same GW. The box was in fantastic shape. A look inside showed the board and pieces were also in superb condition given the age of the game. I don't know why, but I really like the box cover on this edition. The guy kind of makes me think of some nice old grandfather-type who, despite suffering dementia and believing himself to still be an officer in the military, is fun to hang out with and play wargames against. Oh, $2 for the game.
Finally, I found this waiting for me on the GW shelf. I was quite pleased to see this one partly because I have never thrifted it before (the thrill of locating new game) and partly because I have heard it is a pretty good implementation of Risk. It was complete and box was in good shape for $2. A look over the rules leads me to believe this edition is a good one and I'm looking forward to trying it soon.
Found this at the GW outlet today. Only 4 gems, and no draw string bag, but those are easily pimped. One split corner, previously taped with brown packing tape. I think I'll try to clean the area up and reattach the edges. Better than my current copy, which is just cards and rules.
Probably less, really, as I bought it with a large Land's End Square Rigger attache (should fit multiple Ravensburger games) with my initials more or less on it (I had to remove one letter during my kids' aikido class, and now it says "T R"), and a Boye "Teach Yourself to Knit" set, all for $3.57 by weight.
Not college checkers, but NFL checkers. This one is the Rams and the 49ers. I remember putting many a quarter in vending machines to get these as a kid, now I have a whole boxful for 79 cents from GWO.
What's better than 5 regular Scrabbles, why two Deluxe Scrabbles. One is an edition from the 1980s. Unfortunately it was missing three tiles and had the board cracked in three places (common with the older editions). $3.99 at Savers in Phoenix. The other was the edition pictured. Its complete but the box is in poor shape (holes and blown corners). $1.99 at GW in Phoenix.
$4, VV My wife was shooting tonight so I took the rugrat out thrift shopping with me, bad news b/c I never check prices or completeness inshore when my daughter is with me. Found this in great shape but missing one room card and two player pawns., A little steep in my opinion but I've already got other Madeline titles so why not.
Another good seller around the holidays. This one is missing its 60 second timer (they always seem to be missing these). I should be able to find a replacement around here somewhere. $1.99 at GW in Surprise.
$3, VV Yet another one I should have checked before applying the ATR principle, it's 7 and up so my daughter will definitely not play it anytime soon, I would gift it but it's missing quite a few cards and the rules.
A wooden (wood is good) game called The Racing Horse Game. Its played with a regular deck of cards and you move your wooden horse in a track to the finish. When I have some free time, I will enter it into the cue.$2.99 at GW in Surprise.
Saw the German flag on this one first, so I was intrigued that any German games were even at this particular thrift. Got it home and it appears to be complete (no manifest of the little pieces, but there are quite a few of each type). $1 at GW.
$3, VV The Ravensburger game haul finished with this baby, I have two Scotland yards, both complete, and I love that game, now I find this baby, complete and in great condition (the visor hasn't even been worn) . I now have a great reason to gift a Scotland Yard or two.
This is a nice little money maker around the holidays. The cards are in the shrink so I don't have to wonder if they are the new cards or just the old ones from the regular Cranium game. $1.99 at GW in Glendale.