This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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We start each week with our friends Burt & Ernie. Don't let that peaceful scene fool you, Bert's about to crack and plunge a sharpened rack into Ernie's thick skull (to many suspicious triple word scores with Qs and Zs.
I actually had a really god start to the year including a grail find for me.
However we did take time to gut five sets for the racks and tiles (four of which already have been sold for $11.99 each plus shipping). Average price was $1.99 and they were found at various locations through out The Valley of the Sun.
Chess. This one is from Greece and made by Manopoulos. It is a Zinc set - hand cast and varnished - based on Posideon and Athena and other various ancient statues. Looks like it sells for north $100 on Amazon and E-Bay. I found it for $5.99 at GW in Phoenix. Looks like it was never played. The set is complete and the metal raised board is also in excellent condition.
The only reason to pick this game up (unless your a Friends Fanatic) would be because it is in the Shrink (which it was). I found it at Other Mothers in Phoenix for $4.99 at sold it already for $47.99 on Amazon.
This is one of the Jenga varients that you want to look out for. It actually sells. Found at GW in Surprise for $1.99 Missing the instructions (downloaded from Hasbro's website) and one of the purple blocks.
The figurines in this game are absoluately awesome. It was the only reason why I picked this one up. Unfortunately the game board was broken in half. All the contents (except the figurines) were missing except the die. I should have looked at the figurines a little closer though as they are chipped in various places. The box is also in poor shape. The upside is that it only cost $1.00 at Hospice of The Valley in Scottsdale.
By now everyone should know not to leave behind a working copy of this game, right. This one was complete and in excellent condition. Found at GW in Phoenix for $2.99 and sold on Amazon for $49.99 (I told you not to leave it behind).
Yet another good seller this season. Be sure to count the dice as they are often short a few. THis one is complete (with the stench) and in good condition. Found at GW in Surprise for $2.99 and sold on Amazon for $29.99
I managed to also find three foreign language games as well. First is this HABA (with English rules) for $0.99 Its complete and in excellent condition. This one gets squirelled away for the nephews when they are a little older.
Crazy Creatures, or as it reads on this edition - Knasiga Djur - which is the Swedish edition of this game. How it came to a Savers in Scottsdale, I have no idea. Some where on the fences, but otherwise in excellent condition and complete (english rules download from the net). $1.99
Kids of Catan or rather Les Enfants de Catane as it reads on my edition of the game. The bits in this one are fantastic! Its well worth looking for. Again how does the French edition of this game wind up in a sleazy neighborhood GW in Phoenix? This one was 1/2 and only $0.99 because of the color tag. That also means, since I visit this GW once every other week, that I missed it a couple of times before. I'll bet a saw just the Les Enfants and discounted it. Shame on me for not investigating it more.
Two of the roof pieces came off the Townhall and needs a spot of glue to secure them again. There is one split corner as well. Downloaded the english rules from Catan's website.
Last but not least was this grail. I had been after this one for awhile. When I started this thrift run, the first ten or so stops were pretty dry (found a scrabble and that was it) so I said I am going to stop at Bookmans in Phoenix so I can at least remember what games look like. Sitting there all by itself on a shelf was this gem. $18.00 though. But hey its Battlelore! Bookman's shrinkwraps all there games so they all have to be inspected and opened as sometimes they are missing pieces. I did notice on this game that their price tag was on the shrink, not on the box where they usually put it. Does that mean that this game was brand new...????
I tear off the shrinkwrap and discover that all the pieces are there, still shrinkwrapped and in brand new condition. Battlelore - Brand Spanking New (and not a repurposed French edition either).
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
$2 at Goodwill, again. 2 days after I thrifted one at another Goodwill.
Missing some pieces, but combined with the other incomplete copy I have an almost complete copy to donate to my FLGS game library. Still missing the ball, passing die, and one yell D6. No biggie.
I ducked into our nearby GW and saw this on the shelf. I did a count and it's missing piece (a medium sized purple "ball", if anyone can help) but I grabbed it because it is the perfect kind of game too give to my son -- well made and functional, even without some of the pieces.