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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After picking up the Craigslist stuff I hit about 4 different Savers around Ct. Picked up an absurd amount (for me anyway) of games! My trunk & backseat was literally full! This one complete & near mint for $2.99 (-30% as well)
Wow! I saw this enormous box, opened it up everything there except the most important piece! Big empty hole where the talking box should be! Oh well maybe its sitting on the shelf some where else by it's lonesome...Nah couldn't be! But wait it is! Yay! Little bit of corrosion in the battery compartment, will clean it out & test later...$6.99 (but had the 30% off coupon) Savers Ct
Oh My Deer -- an educational game about managing deer populations from the early 1980s. Requires four players, it seems, so this will be a game that probably never gets played in my collection. So, why did I buy it? IT'S A WEIRD BOARD GAME ABOUT CONTROLLING THE DEER POPULATION COME ON
Picked this up for $1.99 don't know if this is a reprint or something but it is in immaculate like new condition & the only date I could find on it is 1960. There is no way this piece is 50 years old. Anyone have any info?
The Goodwill Toy Sale continues, so time to make the most of it.
So first - The ones left behind: (I'll put these on the other list too). Boy this is frustrating.
Goodwill #1 greeted me at the door with a copy of Cranium Cariboo - without a lid. Or the Key. Or the Cards. And some of the flip tiles were damaged. I left it there, and moved further into the store.
... and found another Cranium Cariboo - better shape, had half of the cards, but no key, and no balls. At least this had the lid, but it was missing one of the tiles. I left this one behind too. Even when combining the two sets, it still would be incomplete and damaged.
Left that Goodwill and headed down the road to Value Village -- and found. Yup. Another Cranium Cariboo. This one was *also* missing the key, and half of the cards, and maybe one of the balls, and they wanted $4.99 for it. I left it behind as well.
On to Goodwill #2, where I spied this. $0.99. Played, but it appears complete.
Square box edition. Complete, only a few of the scoresheets used. and the cards are in good, crisp condition. There was another set there (longer box edition) and a copy of the cards only. Left behind.
I also left behind Hubbub: The Game of Sound, Mind & Body - but not by choice! I brought it up to pay, and sadly was out of cash! Its components were sealed too. I may head back tomorrow after rummaging the couch for the necessary $1.08
$8, Tuesday Morning (Salem, OR), version pictured.
First find of the day. This was my first time ever going to a Tuesday Morning, and it... was not quite what I expected. I was imagining something akin to a Big!Lots, and that's not what I found. But I did find a classic Sackson on the shelf, and it was not only marked down but on clearance. Perhaps not as low a price as if I'd found a 3M version somewhere, but the only 3Ms I'm seeing lately are lots and lots of either Facts in Five or Stocks & Bonds. And I'm definitely developing an appreciation for the Sacksons. This makes the sixth of his games to hit my shelf (and the fifth of his games for 3M to make it in one form or another), and I don't think I've disliked one of them yet.
$3, Goodwill (Commercial St., Salem, OR), version pictured.
Only other find of the day (and I went to a *lot* of thrifts today). Near-complete, but missing one of the recreation area sheet token... things... whatever you'd call them. I think I can get around that with creative use of cardstock and a printer, though.
In my despair over going to lots and *lots* of thrift stores and coming out of it with such a paltry set of discoveries this week, I wound up going to an FLGS I'd never been to before and purchasing a copy of Bushido. Which... wasn't very thrifty at all, really.
EDIT: OK, OK, fine. I intended to buy Bushido all along, what with having known going in that that particular FLGS tends to carry it.
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$4.99 at SA
So, it's a bit more pricy than their usual games sitting on the shelf, but this one was SEALED! I think this is a fantastic abstract, as I already have it. But I have the plastic version and this one is all wood! Materials matter.