Your NON-Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds: October 2013
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This is the traditional monthly NON-Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds list.

Wait a minute. That's not a game! Oh well. Let us oooh and aaah over what you've found.

As usual, this list starts empty, but it grows as folks add to it. If you can, try to post a snapshot of your find with your entry!

Last month's NON-Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds list:
Just shift the Picasso's aside and be amazed by the collection of valuables we tend to pick up.
Your NON-Game Thrift Store / Bargain Finds - September 2013


Our GeekGuild:
Please mind the stacks of games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze.
The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters thanks you.


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1. Board Game: Space Crusade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1065]
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Just found my 'Grail' find dvd Space :Above and Beyond (Sci fi tv series). Complete series £1.80
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2. Board Game: Horses [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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After recently finishing The Road, I have become a fan of Cormac McCarthy. So, I was happy to find a copy of All the Pretty Horses for $3 at GW.

This should be a light read before I start reading No Country for Old Men.
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3. Board Game: LEGO Constructionary Game [Average Rating:4.57 Overall Rank:13949]
Mike Hostetler
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Omaha
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I have had very little luck finding games at any thrift stores the past few weeks. And yesterday I had no luck with games -- but found this!



Not sure if I should keep it separate or dump it with my son's randomness set. But it seems complete -- instructions and all!
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4. Board Game: Gumshoe [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:4938]
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Found a double-breasted London Towne trench coat with the zip-out liner for $29.00.

I went home to look it up on the internet, and was amazed to learn that the London Fog / London Towne company has always been based in America.
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Coasters [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:14736]
Doe Gibson
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I've been coming across some beautiful sandstone coasters while thrifting.

Kokopelli was 80c for one.



Found 3 Dragonflies for $1.



This set of 4 for $1.50.

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6. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:431]
Wesley M
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Illinois
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Found a Traxxas Bandit for 9.99 at GW.. Works really well after a little transmission work.. Should be lots of fun!.
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7. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
Ryan Tharp
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Springfield
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Melissa and Doug Deluxe Art Easel - $6.98



In great condition, only a little paint on it. Sadly missing the trays and art supplies. But did come with most of a roll of paper which is great since he'll only use it with crayons for now anyway.
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8. Board Game: Mork & Mindy [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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This is my thrift of the year I think.
Stopped at the ARC to do a quick search before heading to dinner. After getting out of my car I saw something large, white and spherical that had just been unloaded from the pick up truck. I near ran over to it hoping it was what I thought it was to my delight and surprise it was - an egg chair! Obviously as repop sphere model and the base was broken off but still! I'm somewhat familiar with the furniture guy so got his attention, he was obviously busy but tried to ask him about it but no dice so went inside the store to check out the games and records. After a few minutes battling through the hordes of college kids shopping for costumes decided to try my luck again. The furniture guy was a bit brusque saying that it would be priced and put out in a couple of hours. I let discretion be the better part of thrifting and went to our next stop. We had planned a full afternoon/evening of thrifting but I couldn't get the thought of this wonderful chair out of my head. Doing a quick bank check confirmed how high I'd be willing to pay for it. We then went back to the ARC. More college kids were about and looking in the furniture section didn't see the chair. Hoping against hope I peeked into the back where I saw it sitting. I lingered for a bit searching out a furniture person when I saw one of the managers I'm on good terms with. I grabbed him and asked about it saying I was very interested and if the price was right could take it home tonight. He agreed to see what he could do. We went to the back furniture where I pointed out it was cracked in places, the base was missing, and how I really didn't want to see it end up in the dumpster. He went to confer with one of the furniture pricers.

I waited.

He came back.

I waited for him to speak.

"$20 OK with you?"

"Done"

I paid and through an amazing feat of engineering managed to strap it to the top of my car with the baling twine they have.


Obviously not the 1 I got but what it looked like when it was brand new.
So stoked!



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9. Board Game: Eat Poop You Cat [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:685]
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San Jose
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It's not a game but it's so geeky-odd that I couldn't pass it up. For ten dollars at GW:



http://store.necomimi.com/products/necomimi?gclid=COnUnLWOur...

They're weird, but they do work! I have a friend that's into cosplay that will probably love these.
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10. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
Denise Van Peursem
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Spring Grove
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So, after piling a bunch of games into my cart, I decided to check out the books. I seem to have some luck every once in a while finding some nice versions or collectors edition books and today was one of those days!!

I saw A Game of Thrones, and 3 others in the same series, and they looked really nice. I thought my son wouldn't mind reading them, so I grabbed all four of them. They were each $2.99, but were 25% off, so $2.24.

When I got home I thought I'd look on Amazon just for kicks to figure out if I got a good deal. It took a lot of searching and I finally had to type in the ISBN number to find the ones I bought!!

Turns out they are a bit on the rare side!!! My son said I'd better just go ahead and sell them.

It's this hardcover set, though it does not have the box.

http://www.amazon.com/George-Hardcover-featuring-Thrones-Exc...
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11. Board Game: Protector of the Empire [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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OK, now THIS is extremely lucky.

Many of you already know that I've been taking Taekwondo with the family for a while now, and if you didn't before, you know now. I've found some great TKD gear over the years. It's one of the non-games reasons why I keep visiting the stores.

Alas, we've been spending a TONNE of time in the dojang (TKD school) in the last weeks as the wife and I study for our first dan and the kids train for their first poom. And we've started back on the sparring classes on Friday. In sparring class, you need one of these:



It's a chest protector, or "hogu" if you speak Taekwonese. Our school has a bunch you can borrow, but it's always nice to have your own.

So one night, a rarity in that I'm not at the dojang, I'm walking the Value Village. In the sporting goods section I'm looking for kicking mats or focus pads, and all I spot was a brand new, never worn, tags attached Hogu, in my wife's size, for 6 bucks.

And the plan was hatched.

You see, my wife always bows out of sparring class. I've tried to convince her to join for a LONG time. So maybe her own hogu will help. So I take it home, she tries it on, it fits, and BAM! "Hey, you got a hogu now, no excuse to skip sparring class!"

Well, not so much. "No no, you guys go ahead, I'll just sit and relax while you kill yourselves".

So, time for Plan 2. Sparring is Friday, after our regular class. She goes to the dojang directly from work. I get to head home, pick up our gear and bring the kids, so naturally her hogu is along for the walk. Regular class ends and she's heading for the change room. "Hold on", I say to her, as I get our instructor's attention. "Excuse me, sir, will my lovely wife be taking the sparring class with us today?"

"Yeah, of course!" he replies. Some mild protest later and she's convinced she has no alternative! Huzzah! And she did great, there was never any worry. For the most part the class is conditioning. It's tough work, but quite rewarding.

So, six bucks was enough to FINALLY get my wife to join sparring class. That is outstanding.
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12. Board Game: Blaster Waves [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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And another bit of great fortune on the TKD gear front. Heading home from work today I stopped by the Sally Ann. Nothing doing on the games shelf, as is typical these days, so I walk through the rest of the store. At the back, with their furniture and larger items, I spot one of these:



This, my friends, is a kicking bag. OK, not really a bag, since it's a foam cover that absorbs your blows, but you get the point. That massive plastic base you see is can be filled with water or sand to give it an extreme amount of stability. You can wail on this bad boy with power kicks and punches and barely cause it to sway.

Normally retailing at $200+, I got this bad boy for $35. Training with this is going to be taekwontastic.
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13. Board Game: The Best of Butler [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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In the free pile at my apartment complex, I found something I'd been seeking for a long time: a butler chair. Very similar to this, though the seat on mine is upholstered.



http://livingwiththewebers.com/art/antique-finds

The only thing wrong with it was: the threads inside one of the back legs were stripped so the leg kept falling off. Apparently, whoever left it in the free pile didn't know that all you have to do is break off a thin bit of wood into the leg, which gives the screw something to grab.

Handy when you want to set out your clothes for the following day. Even has a hidden tray that swings out from under the seat for watches, keys, etc.

FREE!
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14. Board Game: Clocks [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:6936]
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I found this very interesting and very heavy piece of equipment. I plugged it in and knew that I was going to shell out the $35. These are not cheap if you want to purchase new. The glass is missing but I will replace it. Now I need to see if my wife will agree to putting it up on the wall. It not only tells the time but shows you day and night. If you are interested in learning more http://www.geochron.com/what-is-a-geochron/.

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15. Board Game: Fiesta [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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One of the things I look for when thrifting is Fiestaware. My wife loves the stuff. Unfortunately, so do a lot of other people, so I don't see it too often. So I was happy as heck when I spotted a piece she does not have:



I found her one of these, but in sunflower color. Perfect condition, only $15.
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16. Board Game: Happy Spider [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A Spyder 500 bicycle, made by Sears! Just look at that banana seat. And those handlebars! I'm tempted to fix it up and keep it. $40 buck at an estate sale.

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