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Dave Pasquantonio
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Hey, all. I'm looking to winnow down my game collection, and would like to find someplace worthwhile to donate a bunch of gently used gamer's games.

I have a few local thrift shops, but any games beyond basic roll-and-move games just sit there. I offered to give the games to a local toy/game store - he'd get to sell them for whatever he wanted, as long as he had the space to set up a used section - but he lost his lease before we could get it rolling.

I was too late to get things together for the Tom Vasel auction last time around, but that's the sort of thing I'm looking for.

I'm not looking to make any money on this - in fact, if there's a place that would accept the games, I'd pay to ship them there. I'm thinking maybe military bases -- I'm sure they've got their fair share of gamers there -- or some kind of charity auction (someplace where I can just ship the stuff off, clear out the space, and feel like I did something good with the games I'm not playing).

I don't have a list yet, but this could end up being 40-50 BGG-type games, not kid games. I only want to keep what I'm actually playing, not what I've overbought or took on when a few friends got out of gaming.

I'd appreciate any suggestions -- my answer could be buried in a forum someplace, but "donations" seems to be coming up with people wanting to get avatars, or other discussions not related to this. Thanks!

Dave P.
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dpasq wrote:
Hey, all. I'm looking to winnow down my game collection, and would like to find someplace worthwhile to donate a bunch of gently used gamer's games.

I have a few local thrift shops, but any games beyond basic roll-and-move games just sit there. I offered to give the games to a local toy/game store - he'd get to sell them for whatever he wanted, as long as he had the space to set up a used section - but he lost his lease before we could get it rolling.

I was too late to get things together for the Tom Vasel auction last time around, but that's the sort of thing I'm looking for.

I'm not looking to make any money on this - in fact, if there's a place that would accept the games, I'd pay to ship them there. I'm thinking maybe military bases -- I'm sure they've got their fair share of gamers there -- or some kind of charity auction (someplace where I can just ship the stuff off, clear out the space, and feel like I did something good with the games I'm not playing).

I don't have a list yet, but this could end up being 40-50 BGG-type games, not kid games. I only want to keep what I'm actually playing, not what I've overbought or took on when a few friends got out of gaming.

I'd appreciate any suggestions -- my answer could be buried in a forum someplace, but "donations" seems to be coming up with people wanting to get avatars, or other discussions not related to this. Thanks!

Dave P.


I'll happily drive to your house and take them off your hands.
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Things that come to mind:

- local fire department(s). (those guys have run long/late downtime hours)
- college gamerooms
- children's hospitals / Ronald McDonald house
- Military bases / military care packages
- run a contest with prizes (art, storywriting, etc.) This will help whittle down to interested parties
- run your own charity auction. put the lot or lots up for sale with all money going to a charity of your choice. (or the choice of the highest bidder)
- you could donate them to thechive.com to use as charity auction fodder for one of their frequent fundraisers (helping injured vets, cancer victims, etc.)
- local coffee houses (not Starbucks, mind you, but local versions sometimes have game areas)
- Boyscouts / Girlscouts
- random act of kindness threads =) http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1001868/act-of-random-ki...
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hatemachine wrote:
dpasq wrote:
Hey, all. I'm looking to winnow down my game collection, and would like to find someplace worthwhile to donate a bunch of gently used gamer's games.

I have a few local thrift shops, but any games beyond basic roll-and-move games just sit there. I offered to give the games to a local toy/game store - he'd get to sell them for whatever he wanted, as long as he had the space to set up a used section - but he lost his lease before we could get it rolling.

I was too late to get things together for the Tom Vasel auction last time around, but that's the sort of thing I'm looking for.

I'm not looking to make any money on this - in fact, if there's a place that would accept the games, I'd pay to ship them there. I'm thinking maybe military bases -- I'm sure they've got their fair share of gamers there -- or some kind of charity auction (someplace where I can just ship the stuff off, clear out the space, and feel like I did something good with the games I'm not playing).

I don't have a list yet, but this could end up being 40-50 BGG-type games, not kid games. I only want to keep what I'm actually playing, not what I've overbought or took on when a few friends got out of gaming.

I'd appreciate any suggestions -- my answer could be buried in a forum someplace, but "donations" seems to be coming up with people wanting to get avatars, or other discussions not related to this. Thanks!

Dave P.


I'll happily drive to your house and take them off your hands.

Ditto.
 
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Couldn't you just box them all up and send them to Tom?

Or does he not run any part of the auction himself?

I'd expect for the likely return he'd be able to pay shipping.
 
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Daesthai wrote:

- run your own charity auction. put the lot or lots up for sale with all money going to a charity of your choice. (or the choice of the highest bidder)


This seems by far the best option to me. The trouble with donating them to a military base or fire station is that they might get used or they might just sit there forever gathering dust before eventually getting thrown away. If you do a charity auction, you guarantee that:

a) The games go to the people who most want them and will actually use them and
b) The money goes to a good cause

If you want to involve the community even more, maybe take nominations for the recipient charity and then run a poll for which one should get the money.
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