Your NON-Game Thrift Store / Bargain Finds - November 2011
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Wait a minute. That's not a game! Oh well. Let us oooh and aaah over what you've found.

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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.
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.

Last month's non-game thrift list:
Just shift the Picasso's aside and be amazed by the collection of valuables we tend to pick up.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/72891

Our GeekGuild:
The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters.
Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Do mind the stacks of prized games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Be sure to bow before our King belial1134, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Great Mazinga, minionhunter I, Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/193

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1. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:17176]
Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
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3 sets of Domino Rally boxes (one with the setting machine) at Goodwill--in the boxes! ($2.49/each for those counting.) I haven't opened them.

Kids have been eying them and I wanted them when I was a kid, so we decided it would be a fun use it and pass it on Christmas gift.

Discussing the purchase with my wife (we're currently overstuffed--please visit my for trade list!) I notice a buried Loopin' Louie box, and interrupting the purchase pitch grabbed it and she recognized it as a thrifting grail item!
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2. Board Game: Make 'n' Break CHALLENGE [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:11463]
Stefanie Kethers
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Melbourne
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I found a Makedo (http://mymakedo.com/) "Kit for Three" for AU$ 1 at my favourite Vinnie's. The box contains just about all 170 pieces (I think one or two may be missing) - connectors, clips, hinges, and 2 saw tools.

I've been curious about Makedo, so it was a lucky find. And now we can finally utilize all those boxes in the garage devil
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3. Board Game: Monopoly: Puzz 3D [Average Rating:5.11 Unranked]
Stefanie Kethers
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Melbourne
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At the same shop, I also found two 3D jigsaws:

Empire State Building

(902 pieces), "very challenging", AU$ 2,
and
Main Street Stockbridge at Christmas

(174 pieces), "easy", AU$ 1

[Images from amazon.com]
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4. Board Game: Giraffe [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
 
Matt Mallas
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Naperville
Illinois
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My wife loves giraffes, so when I found a K'nex set at Salvation Army that lets you build a walking giraffe (motor included!), I had to pick it up.

$2.45, opened, but hopefully complete.

I might build this tonight and have it walk around the corner to surprise my wife.
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5. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:424]
Matt Mallas
United States
Naperville
Illinois
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Tales of Discworld, hardcover book, $1.52 ($1.79 - 15% scratch-off ticket) at Goodwill. Excellent condition!


I've never read any Discworld books, but I've heard great things. Maybe this would be a good starting point?
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6. Board Game: The Guns of August [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:8300]
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Found this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Imperial-War-Museum-Experience-1914-... for £3 in a hadliegh charity shop (Havans). Its in good nick and all the facsimilies are there.
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7. Board Game: Grateful Dead the Game [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
You're ruining one of the best songs ever!!!
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Edmond
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Stopped at semi local thrift where picked up this:


This is a bootleg 4 record collection, used to find these at the back of head shops back when vinyl was king.

Love listening to vinyl, have gathered a small amount of Dead vinyl boots over the years. Stopped in and saw a crate packed with records. The owners were looking up on Amazon and pricing at 1/2 of Amazon. Picked out a bunch of studios that I wanted a 2nd copy of. One of the owners then mentioned that had another box they were going through and I could poke through. This was on top!!!

Picked up for $25

Listening to now and is cherry!! No noticeable pops/crackles/skips so far.

(Make Believe Ballroom still my most favorite, wonderful quality, recorded during "hiatus" in '75, later released as "One from the Vault")
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8. Board Game: Disney Princess Enchanted Dream Ball [Average Rating:4.29 Unranked]
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People must be cleaning out closets in preparation of holiday shopping coming soon, because our previously dead game and toy section at the local Goodwill suddenly exploded this week. First find was this:



http://www.disneystore.com/play-sets-toys-cinderella-castle-...

I'm pretty sure my daughter's Christmas just got turned up to 11. 10 figures, light up castle tower and dance floor, and every one of those turrets on the castle can rotate to move various things inside the castle. All pieces were bagged and clean, nothing missing.

$5.00 @ GW
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9. Board Game: Big Balls [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Next comes a find that I don't think I'll be part counting until the holidays are over: the 3000+ piece K'nex Big Ball Factory (The spheres and tubing are there, but I have no idea if every little connector survived the Goodwilling process). The box is beat up like crazy, but it is stuffed to the breaking point with plastic so it will probably just be dumped in a medium sized tub.

$10.00 @ GW





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10. Board Game: The Game of Bombardment [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Cindy Nowak
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Kenosha
Wisconsin
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Stopped in at Goodwill. As I was entering the store a family was leaving - carrying a box that said 18,000 pc Ravensburger puzzle. wow

When I got back to the game section, not much there. But I did spy a large blue box. Another Ravensburger puzzle. This one was the 9000 piece Bombardment of Algiers puzzle. It was $9.99, but a quick look inside showed that the bags of pieces were still sealed.

I don't know if I can bring myself to sell this one, it is an amazing picture...but then again I don't have a table large enough to build it on!

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11. Board Game Accessory: Memoir '44: Campaign Bag
Scott A. Reed
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Lawrence
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Not the campaign bag, but a wonderful leather satchel/briefcase from Eddie Bauer for $15, this one with a lighter-tone leather -->



(interestingly, the eBay seller on this one wants $189 for it)
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