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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.
Our GeekGuild: Welcome to The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters. Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Please do mind the stacks of prized games, do not mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Make sure to bow before our king: Belial I.
The Order's Anthem: Sing along with our good old thrifty theme song...
Grabbed an ebay bargain - not sure whether it was only listed for a day or what. Anyway Polish first edition for £4.99 plus £2 postage. Pleased I've been looking at this for while but the Z-Man edition is £45 - £50 in the UK.
Box is split in places and it's missing two tiles (one green turn arrow, one red battle)
Anyone any ideas on finding replacements for the 1st edition? Otherwise I'll be pasting up some replacements. Still good for 2 in the meantime.
See this one a lot on here so I figured if I got it and no one at my house enjoyed it I could easily pawn it off on someone...
$2 at DI
*also found me a PRISTINE ping pong set. Unfortunately it doesn't have a date anywhere on it, but from the art/printing methods I would say late 50's early 60's....Has 4 paddles (still in plastic) the net and even 4 balls still in the box.
New in shrink for 2.99 at Goodwill in Spokane. My cousin has become interested in thrifting and gives me a call sometimes while at the game section. Had him pick this up for me and he dropped it off while in town this past weekend. (I guess this really cost me 6.99 as I just bought him lunch as payment)
This has been in collectibles case at Brigham City DI for 2 weeks. Base set was bought by the lady in charge for her nephew, and she didn't want the expansion because if she gets 2 presents for him then she has to get 2 for the other kids as well.
Wanted $6.00, talked her down to $3.00. I do not have Battlelore and have no plan to start. I think I will find a way to get rid of it by to someone here on the Geek for Christmas.
Not sure why I picked up another starter set for this?
Maybe it was my inner trekkie that wanted it. Maybe I thought with two I could now actually try the game out with someone. More likely it was the fact that when I asked myself if I should buy it, a voice somewhere answered, "Make it so".
Tastes of Siege is my new game for the Children's Game Design Contest
I had to take a big detour on the way home from work earlier this week due to an accident on my usual freeway exit. This took me right past a thrift store that I used to frequent so I popped in for old times' sake. This was sitting in a very prominent position on the shelf so I grabbed it immediately upon walking into the aisle. I skimmed through the rest of the games but nothing worth picking up. A quick scan of the components looked good (nothing obviously missing) so I took a chance on it's completeness and purchased it.
Once home I counted all the pieces and was pleased to see that it was all there and in pristine shape. I'm hoping to sell this to help with the cost of the Secret Santa programs this year.
Nice as it was to find such a great copy of a valuable game, the experience reminded me of of all the reasons I quit thrifting in the first place. All the old jokes we used to make about the Thrift Store Irritant Squad came to mind while I was in there. Someone in the game aisle smelled like he had just pooped his pants, a parent left their kid in the game aisle unattended (the kid of course proceeded to make a huge mess), the cashier at checkout was insanely slow, and the customers ahead of me in line were endlessly haggling over tiny imperfections in the used stuff they were buying to save ten cents. I waited in line for so long I was tempted to just put the game back and leave - and I knew that it was valued at around $100+! I have lots of fond memories of thrifting and have definitely enjoyed the friends I made on the thrift lifts when I was active in it, but this experience just confirmed that those days are behind me. I don't have the patience for thrift store shopping anymore.
$3.00 at West Jordan DI. Complete and in Great Condition.
Had time at lunch for a run to two distant stores. The VV had nothing, but man did I get to the Goodwill at just the right time.
I could see the restocking cart by the toy and game section as soon as I walked in, and I saw it was still full too. When I got to that area I headed there first, and the first one I noticed was this distinctive box down the side of one of the bins.
Cards still sealed, guillotine present, but no rules (no big problem, I'm sure). 99 cents.
Moved something aside in one of the lower bins, and saw this. Hello there! This is one that's always almost been on my wishlist, so I am very happy to get to try it out. Tiles are complete, didn't count the wood pieces but they are baggied so it is probably all good.