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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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And then I also saw this. Not sure if it's all there, but doesn't appear to have been used. Also got it for $0.99, however the cashier didn't seem to believe that it was supposed to be unstickered (which implies the 99 cent price), so she called over someone else. I made my case that it was a toy/game, so she said she couldn't argue with that...
EDIT: It does appear unplayed, and most everything is there. Unfortunately, what's missing is the headset! At least it was only 99 cents.
Went to a boot fair in Rayliegh and saw the Eisenhorn inquisitor figure for £1.00 so I nabbed it. As I was about to leave the boot fair I thought “wonder if they have the rules" (we play it down my club, but there is only one set). Went back to the stall and the bloke asked do I want the rules as well, I said how much He replied £1.00 so I nabbed those as well. The figure has not been de-sprued (all parts present) and the rule book looks un-used.
I had my copy of Sorry! Sliders under my arm, as my wife walked up to the board game section. She said, "That's it, you don't want Red Dragon?" in a dragon-y voice as she waved the box at me. Then she pointed out that it was only a dollar. If she is going to enable my run-away game thrifting like this, it won't be long before you'll see me on an episode of Hoarders living under stacks of old Trivial Pursuits.
A buck at Savers, complete but with a very sun-faded dragon on the lid.
On holiday in West Wales, £1 in Sartori Foundation charity shop in Narberth. Seems to have been played only once, for a couple of rounds, except that 3 of the 4 dice are missing. Presumably someone took them for another game. Never mind, I have spares.
Have previously found City, Formula One, Quirks and, er, Game of Life in the same shop, and forced to turn down Escape from Colditz as my wife said it was unsuitable for young children. Bah. I should have said I'd put it away until they were older. 18 if necessary. Anyway, relatively slim pickings this year.
Went out today to try and find an Axis & Allies that breakaway said was at one of the stores. Unfortunately I couldn't find it but I snagged a few games, first being this one to go along with my other bookshelf games. Complete, .99, and GW.
Last weekend I checked out the Belleville City Wide Garage Sale for a few hours, and came up largely empty. My wife and I were sort of at a loose end yesterday, so we figured on giving it another try, and I'm very glad we did. The first house we hit was just a few blocks away from us, and they had a table full of 60s and 70s vintage games. I had a vague recollection that this one is somewhat well regarded, so I picked it up for a buck. Having looked it over, it looks cool enough to keep.
Farther down in the pile was this number. $1 again. I'm not a fisherman, but I can see it being of interest to the right person, so I'll probably be trying to find it a new home. There's also almost no info on its page, so I'll probably post a rules summary.
And this one, $1 again. I'm not generally that big a fan of abstracts, though this one seems pretty cool; it's on my trade list until I get a chance to try it. One of the "warps" is missing, but I think I'll be able to create a replacement.
And finally, a nostalgia buy for another $1. This was at a different sale with tons and tons of children's stuff. That being the case, it's in surprisingly good shape (aside from the box bottom being thoroughly pushed in on one corner, which is mostly not visible), and it's complete as well. I haven't played this for decades, so I was surprised to see there's an interesting press-your-luck mechanic embedded in it.