This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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This weekend, I went to the yearly fleemarket in Grammene, Belgium. It is probably the biggest in Belgium, so you can find anything. As I was late, I wasn't looking for games anymore. My friends were hours earlier... I found some comics and DVDs.
Big surprise: a game. A copy of Charge in good condition. Bigger surprise: the price. The lady only asked €1.
My brother and I played this when we were young. I was certain that my parents had it in storage, so I went in their basement to find it. Surprisingly, it only took me two minutes to find it in a large cardboard box with Clue and Stratego (which I ignored for now).
I had forgotten how big the box was! All the pieces, including the sprues, the sheet the stickers came from, the torn plastic bags for the pieces, etc., were all present.
Aside from some shelf wear, and a pinch of mold/mildew that dry-wiped off, it is in great shape. There was a flood in that basement, but the box the games were in was on a higher shelf. The games were simply exposed to the humidity. Does anyone have a recommendation of something to spray on the cover to prevent a recurring problem? I don't want to hurt the box, but I'm afraid that the dry-wiping may not have been good enough to get rid of the problem entirely.
I stopped at a no-name thrift store in Waldorf, MD on my way to Williamsburg, VA and found this item for $2.42. It was heavily taped with clear shipping tape, but a little work and patience freed it. It is complete and only appears to have minor wear, from the tape.
The owner stated that he confirms the contents of the games and then tapes them, because they are in an area near toys. If he doesn't tape them, the pieces end up all over the store.
At another no-name thrift store, I found a Slide 5 / Cheater combo tin for 75 cents. Although it looks like a little bit of paint has been spilled on the cover (it comes off), both sets of cards are sealed.
Thank you IronMoss for reminding me what the other game is - I should have browsed the photos.
My wife was out running some errands, and called me up from the local Value Village as she was standing in front of the board game section. She volunteered to read me the titles of the games in the area and pick them up for me if they sounded good.
Anyway, she went through the usual Monopoly, Clue, Jr., Risk, etc and then she mentioned this one.
I asked her to grab it (although I didn't ask her to inventory it, as that would be a bit much).
$3.99 at Value Village
Once it was home, the box was in good condition - from one side. One of the panels had been cleanly ripped off, with copious amounts of tape keeping it intact.
The components were in excellent condition (and, I have to get a 9V batter to check to see if the computer part works), but I am missing one yellow player mover, the dice and all of the money (from what I can tell from the pictures on BGG).
Weird - as the board and compnents look like they were never played.
Hopefully I'll find another copy of this or trade this away for the parts.
This was the second game she mentioned and brought home.
The box was in good condition with some minor shelf wear (the plastic handle was still in great shape).
The components looked very good inside the box - however two of the warriors (one red, one blue) had been broken off at the base. It looks like the person tried to bend them back into an upright position and didn't use the hot water trick to soften them up first. They should be easy enough to glue back together.
Also missing two of the cannonballs (came with 8) and one of the die which shouldn't affect the game play too much. Looks like a fun game to play with my son when he gets a bit older.
Well, I'm pretty sure this doesn't count as thrifting, but it does count as a bargain.
I found this at a booth at GenCon '09. It was on the bottom shelf of a small plastic rack in a tiny booth with two table and a bunch of said racks. It was right next to an original copy of The Fury of Dracula (w/metal minis). Price listed on it was $20. The box looked a little beat, so I opened it up to see how much it might be missing. Everything was bagged very nicely, but with so many components in the game it was hard to tell if it was complete. It was missing the 4 original figs and the original dice.
For 75¢ at the flea market in Santa Rosa on Sunday, I found a copy of "Wild Animal Pick Up Pairs" published by Safari Ltd. The plastic case has "Marine World" printed on it, which is a nearby theme park that's kind of a cross between a zoo and a Great America. The game must have been sold in a gift shop there. When I got home, I checked the contents and was surprised at the unique variety of animals they had included: gibbons, stone martens, lemurs, and tapirs? Not your standard fare.
I looked up Safari's other games in the database, and they all seem to be nature/animal photographs molded into Lotto/Memory games. Mine was not listed among them, so I submitted it.
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I was hoping to list the game on this Geeklist as a legitimate item from the database, but this morning my submission was declined because it was "just a memory game," and BGG already has an entry for Memory in the database. Never mind that there are about 20 separate entries for different memory games on the database, including "The Harry Lorayne Memory Game" and "Barbie Fun Fashions Memory Game," and never mind how Ravensburger might feel about my listing a game from a competing publisher under the standard Memory entry, there is no room for this unique little guy in the database.
A friend was just saying how much fun he had playing this with his nephew..So I bought this and when I opened it, found that it was unpunched! Unpunched (used) games make me feel like I just got away with something awesome!
Found this in a Bag of Crap at Outreach for 2.99. Not sure if it's complete, but besides lots of terrain, dice, stat cards, and the included super hero figs there looked to be some serpintine looking expansion figs and a few non heroscape 2" tall Marvel heroes like the Human torch, Thing, Beast, etc.
Monopoly. Yeah I know. But this one has some really nice pewter pawns in it (my wife said she would be the Starbucks Cup, and I get the Jet). It is complete for $4.99 at GW. Great condition. You know there has been inflation when the top bill in the game is no longer $500 but rather $5,000,000.
As I am rummaging through the shelves, my wife call out you missed one and proceeds to hand me this game. I knew there was a reason why I married her! Unfortunately as priced continue to rise at GW I almost balked at the $5.99 It was missing the rules (which I downloaded courtesy hasbro.com). It also manages to have 85 pieces when the game should only come with 80. I'll have to figure out what I have doubles of.