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ADVENTURES IN THRIFTING - Thrift Report #2 for 2014 - Pokemon Master Trainer and Villa Paletti

-matt s.
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Last Wednesday, Jan 15th, I made another thrift run, this time to the GW in the opposite direction on Greenacres road. This is one of two primary sources of good games.

It was the first one I would visit in my area as it is directly off the freeway I would take to work. So, it was an easy target and perhaps my 'favorite' due to a large game section AND a large toy section, plus I also like perusing the 'wood' aisle (all manner of wooden bowls, boxes, display cases and such) and also the 'frames' aisle that has various sorts of picture and wall art frames in a large variety of choices...perfect for my (non-existant but in-my-thoughts) projects - I *really* do have projects in mind, but never seem to get to them.....

Anyhow, this particular day was pretty good. Here's a quick peek at the 'haul'

First up, I spotted a Pokemon Master Trainer game for $2.99.

I am not much into Pokemon but my kids are. I thrifted a pile of discs from this game late last year (thinking they were something else) and gave them to my kids. I also later learned that this game can be somewhat valuable (much to my consternation after having passed on it in the past)

Looking inside it was a bit of a mess with the cards, but the tokens were mostly sorted properly:

Well, this copy is probably not so valuable - it has obvious fading on the right side of the box (a light yellow/white Pikachu....) and it is missing 1 token, 5 character cards, and a few other cards. Drat!

Here's the game after my sorting and cleanup:

The components are actually in really great shape, including the board, so hopefully I can eventually complete it....or maybe it will have to go onto the 'project' pile. Whatever that means...

Next up is Villa Paletti for $2.99! And its the German version!?

It ALWAYS surprises me when I find good games on the shelves. Its that excitement it generates that keeps me coming back. This game was no exception. I saw it and it was an immediate grab! I'm thinking: "I'm sure it's missing something since it is taped shut and the lid is protruding up higher than it should - maybe its just stuffed full of kids blocks or somethings..."

Well, looking inside and checking it out in detail shows it, in fact, is NOT full of kids blocks but actual game components.

It actually has ALL of the game components! Well, all but one lesser important one - it is missing the wood block (aka 'Seal') that is used for tracking the current 'leader' during the game. Yes, its 'important' but, it's not 'critical' to actual game play in the sense that it is something I can easily make a substitute for! Woot!

I still need to make the replacement block, but at least it wasn't a missing pillar or floor.

All-in-all, this was a solid thrift day:

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