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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Haven't been by the local thrift in a while and it looked like slim pickings again today, a Feed the Kitty and Pokemon dice game (not indented dice) were all I could find at first. Then this came into view and the others were forgotten. Oddly, this is not the first German edition of a game I've run across here, there was that Shogun a while ago with the German sticker applied to the cover. There must be someone nearby who has been giving these away.
Similar to the one pictured; Dated 1985 in the rules. It is very complete and was well cared for.
This is one of my husband's favorite games. He plays it online (via email) and has traveled out of state to go to tournaments. When he studied at Oxford, he belonged to the Diplomacy Society - which was just a fancy way of saying "game night." The strange thing is the Diplomacy Society never played Diplomacy once while he was there, but they did teach him how to play Settlers of Catan (this was ten years ago).
I found this at Savers for $1.99. I took a picture and texted it to my husband. I jokingly asked him "Want it? Only $1.99." I don't think I should repeat his response. He didn't seem amused by my joking around.
Edit: The outside of the box is a bit beat up, but I think this game was played once at best. It has all the original ads and order forms in the box. The chits are being stored in the original bag they came in.
In today's Goodwill stop I found the 1977 "Pig Mania" version of this. I'd heard of this version from the lists here, but never seen it live before. That is some cheesy 70's goodness.
Complete (as far as I can tell-- rules don't have a contents list) with rules, cup, 2 pigs, scorepad with lots of sheets still on it, and original pen. And even the insert. The outer (very thin) box is disshapen in a couple of spots, but the corners are intact. But alas, GW put a strip of masking tape on all 4 sides, and that is going to damage the box top, I can tell already.
When I checked out, the cashier looked at it a moment and said "I've played this. We make it a drinking game though." I replied "I'm pretty sure that's how everybody plays it."
Edition pictured. I need a parts copy to complete several other incomplete versions of this game in my collection. This one is missing the box that holds the plastic gameboard but it has the cricket snappers (Precious!). $1.08 in Anaheim California.
$15 - Sandworm Cover. Missing 2 army counters and 2 spice counters but those are easily replaced and maybe not even needed. Has everything else and contents are in excellent condition (3 army colors are still unpunched as are a few leader discs). Box has a fair amount of wear but for the price, I'm okay with it
I can't seem to resist rescuing case-style backgammons... this one was in the name of getting a complete set of stones for my first one (so what if they don't all match, right?)... Now I have a nice suede case (with $1.99 written on one corner in sharpie) waiting for a good game to be installed in it... suggestions? I need something that will work with the bar in the middle. $1.99 at the outlet.
Not only am I thrifting games I don't really want, but now I've thrifted multiple copies of THE SAME GAME! This is my second copy of Quiddler from the same GW. Seems to be in somewhat better shape than my first copy, so I guess I'll keep this one and pass the other along to someone else.
Boy oh Boy... Was in the middle of adding this item and wham, power outage for about 20 seconds. Finally back at it, and I see someone has thrifted one as well, so it must be kismet...
I was writing about the fact that my local Savers has been a bust over the past 7 onths as they downsized the games area. What used to be 4 or 5 long shelves of just boardgames and puzzles is reduced to a couple of shorter shelves worth now. That and I wasn't finding anything worth a bit. Well today was one of those I was nearby and it was Wednesday which is 20% senior discount day and I find this and the following game.
The box is as pictured, Hasbro Parker Bros. It has a lot of shelf wear on it, making the following almost unbelievable... It's unpunched and the cards are still in the plastic wrap. Heck, even the figures are still in the styrofoam "box".
Yesterday I saw Dicecapades and an incomplete copy of Battle ball and I walked out of the Good Will without them. When I got home all I could think about were those wonderful dice. Today I went back and picked them up . Dicecapades 2.99. Looks like it has never been played. .