This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
These lists may start empty, but as always, add your items.
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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Version pictured. $3.99 GW. Like new, if the armies aren't missing any. Bought because I didn't have this version and I liked the little golden cavalry guy. Wait, so that means I bought 3 different versions of Risk today? Wow. I've never even played risk. I don't know that I ever will - I mean, I have a backlog of much better games. Why is it so compelling to buy this stupid game?
You Might Be A Thrifter If, I guess.
Thank heaven for Bookman's, which can bail me out. One copy today for parts, two to look at and then shovel onward.
Find this for $15 unpunched at my local Half Price Books. Thought it was a pretty good deal, and the wife and I love the game. The best part was that I had just traded in some books, so I didn't end up paying a dime for it.
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. - GKC
Yesterday I had to go into Grand Rapids to promote Table Gype on the local ABC affiliate morning show, Take Five. Then in the evening Chris and I were demoing the game at the Barnes & Noble in the Woodland Mall. Rather than drive all the way home in between, we got some errands done - and some thrifting.
It has been dry lately, and I've been pickier, but found this for 99 cents at a new Salvation Army store on Alpine. Had heard it was underrated, and may sell well if we don't like it.
If there was a die, its missing. Otherwise the instructions are crisp, and all the cards and ships and magnets and the cloud and spinner are there.
Box has some wear and a couple of split corners, but components look good. Need to inventory, but there were a ton of tickets so I'm hoping everything is there - didn't have time to count at the thrift store.
Quite happy to find a copy of this game, because it's a true classic that I enjoy playing.
[Inventory complete, everything there. Am now extremely happy with this pick up since I don't have to try and replace anything.]
Not a game that I was looking for, but fun to play once in a while and a good choice for word geeks (or people who need to build vocabulary). Need to inventory the cards and replace the battery in the bomb.
Had this before and then traded it away. Don't mind finding a replacement copy because this game is interesting enough. The bomb timer alone is worth the asking price, in my opinion.
[Inventory complete, everything there. I grabbed one of the 110 cards from the floor of the thrift store, so was pleasantly surprised that none were missing when I got home.]
Might be worth mentioning that I also saw: - a Heroscape fortress set on sale. Sold my stuff and don't play anymore though, so left it for other thrifters (and noticed someone counting the pieces as I left for the front counter). - Break the Safe, but with too many missing parts to be of any use for me. - two books that I really wanted: Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Having recently received The Pillars of the Earth in a math trade, was very happy to buy these on the cheap.
ebay, € 1. Complete (including replacement stickers) and in excellent condition. Picked up locally.
Well, actually the seller lives a bit further out than I would've liked, but all it costs me is time, as I buy a pass for public transport anyway (need it for getting to work). On the plus side, I get to see areas of the city that I haven't been to before.
Pictured edition. 1964. Nice box. Not new, but no dishing or blown corners or dents. Sealed cards. Yes, sealed. Never played. Rules, introduction, and score sheets are all in excellent shape. I had to look to make sure this wasn't a reprint edition. Nice 60's green card tray too.
Ravensberger. Missing the flag which doesn't seem to affect anything and the instructions. All penguins present and accounted for. Tracing of the letters on the box and some writing on the iceberg. I should be able to get most off with a little care.