What was your favourite thrift store find of 2015?
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A lot of treasures are dug out of thrift stores everyday. We can't all win Thrift Find of the Week, but we've all got that gem that made thrifting all year worth it.

What was your personal thrift find of the year 2015?


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What was your favorite thrift store find of 2012?
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1. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:277]
Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Frederic Dubois
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Although I have always like visiting shrift stores and flea markets, I didn't do much shifting in the first half of 2015. But in late summer, I caught the shifting bug again and starting making my weekly rounds of all my favourite spots again.

And I ended up having a pretty good year. Looking back, I realize that I have too many good finds to mention. So my favourite of my favourite finds are of games that I don't already own, like an in-shrink copy of The Princes of Machu Picchu for $6.50, 10 Days in Asia for $4, Smash Up! for $3, in-shrink Skyline for $3, King of Tokyo for $5, and a new Killer Bunnies Red Booster for $4.

But easily my absolute favourite find of the whole year was a classic 1982 edition of Survive! in pristine condition! My first and only find of this game, and it was only $4.

I loved this game when I was young, and when the Stronghold reprint came out, I pre-ordered three copies. But even though the board was very well done, I really, really disliked the quality of the wooden components. I actually traded and gifted away my Stronghold editions. The original Survive became a grail game for me, and I was very happy to cross this must have game off of my want list.

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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:118] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe
James Hron
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Crystal
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I don't find great things often, but I was there when the store worker was bringing this off the cart and putting it on the shelf. Ticket to Ride: Europe, 2:50, still in the shrink.

It was awesome. I already had the game, but Game Club at my school just got another great game.

Not epic, but I did break a drought with this one.
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3. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:549] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Board Game: Space Hulk
Mike Wuerthele
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Springfield
Virginia
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When I was a baby sailor in 1992, stationed at the Orlando Naval Training Command, there was a store called Enterprise 1701 that I had visited years before as a young teen on vacation.

There is no way in this earth that I had the money for this. None. And when I did years later, there was no room, as I was still a sailor, this time, on a submarine.

And so, I waited, and waited, and waited.

After five years of pulling cool stuff out of there, with my very first trip in 2011 finding the Illuminati "one with everything" box, I found the original Space Hulk last year at Unique, in Merrifield, VA. SO happy.
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:746]
Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit
Hans Moleman
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Chicago
Illinois
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June 2015
Hands down this one -- granted the palace was missing, but I managed to make one with some foam board 4 metal twist rods -- works perfectly [even though it's not too pretty]. All minis were manufacture bagged.
*Sadly, it didn't win FoTW -- but I guess QG can't always win*

Other fun finds:
1812: The Invasion of Canada -- though it was missing a cube
Concept -- not too thrifty, but has been played numerous times
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age -- fun solo-ing
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5. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:264]
Board Game: Acquire
Robert Forbes
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Alberta
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Its gotta be this - $4.99 - VV - Never thought i would find it, saw it from the other end of the store, it was hard not to run when i eyed it!

Runner's Up: My Agricola/Eurorails/Forbidden Desert - Cart Grab (Or Cart Haul, as one comment so eloquently put it )
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6. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:534]
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Mike Heine
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Minnesota
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Although I have yet to play it, this is likely my favorite pickup from last year.
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7. Board Game: Grow: The Organic Building Game [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
Board Game: Grow: The Organic Building Game
Jason Strong
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Sammamish
Washington
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Single Game Find:

My favorite single game find was this (pictured), found for $9.99 from the Shoreline Goodwill. A serial numbered (single digit) evaluation copy for Grow: The Organic Building Game, a game that didn't yet exist at the time and is still being delivered to Kickstarter backers over the next few months, they hope.

The game is housed in a heavily engraved wooden case, including game credits, and draws attention anywhere I break it out...

Item for Geeklist "Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 27 July - 2 August 2015"

Honorable Mentions:
The '50s era vintage American Carrom NIB found at the Goodwill Outlet (weighing about 5 pounds for $.59 per).

Item for Geeklist "Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 27 April - 3 May 2015"

My first big find that I blame for all of this mess, Firefly for $3.99 from the Ballard GW, complete, partially unpunched, and unused back in March.

Item for Geeklist "Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 30 March - 5 April 2015"

Others...All under $5 except for the first...
FotW Speed Circuit: Accessory Pack 2, 7 Wonders Duel NIS, 3x Puerto Rico in 36 hours, unpunched Imperial 2030, Istanbul, Kingdom Builder, Dungeon Dice, and Suspend (the nephew loves it)...

Single thrift find with multiple games:

The $7 total (four cart grabbed) that I paid for Iron Dragon, Manhattan, Acquire(lame version), Mall World, and Submarine was a pretty awesome and thrifty find.

Item for Geeklist "Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 17 - 23 August 2015"

Honorable mentions:
The Redmond VV Haul of '15 - ~$80 for the following...
Archipelago, Bios: Megafauna, 1830: Railways & Robber Barons, Air Show, Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant, Candamir: The First Settlers, and Rogue Trooper.

Would have been even better (although twice as expensive) had Chris not cherry picked Die Macher and Notre Dame minutes before I arrived, but I am certainly not complaining...

Item for Geeklist "Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 14 - 20 September 2015"

The Mega 3M Haul - I acquired eight 3M games lined up next to each other in the puzzles at VV. $1.99 each. All early editions, all in great to nearly-great shape. Included Acquire, Feudal, Twixt, Facts in Five, Breakthru, Jumpin, Foil, and Stocks & Bonds. Also, I picked up a No Respect: Rodney Dangerfield's Game at the same time. Can't forget that one...

Item for Geeklist "Your Thrift Store/Bargain Finds 27 July - 2 August 2015"
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:38]
Board Game: Power Grid
Kevin O'Hare
United States
San Carlos
California
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There were four that I thrifted that I could have easily listed, Dominion, Battle Cry or Crude (the first production copy). But as Power Grid is among my favorite games, it seems only fitting that I choose this one as my great find of 2015. Paying a mere $2.30 because it was senior discount day was icing on the cake.

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9. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:532]
Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple
jack delavert
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Found in last week of 2015
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10. Board Game: Wizard's Quest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3682]
Board Game: Wizard's Quest
Brad Fuller
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Norwalk
Ohio
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I found a lot of good games last year, but this one got me the most excited, I found it in January and have still not played it.

Other notables
Ingenious
Castle Panic
Monsters Menace America
Huge lot of Middle Earth CCG
and a bunch more
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11. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:81]
Board Game: Troyes
Opus Allen
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Mine was definitely finding Troyes and Ladies of Troyes for $1.29 each at Goodwill.
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12. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:566] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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ted anderson
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Connecticut
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Definite best find of last year was Heroquest. Found at a local Savers for $9.99. The box wasn't the best and when I found it, I was sure it was incomplete due to the huge mess in the box. Upon sorting, cataloguing, and counting, I found the copy to be 100% complete.

The runner up would be the complete, great shape copy of Manhattan (Mayfair version) I found for $2.99 at a (different) local Savers.
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13. Board Game: Brew Crafters [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:642]
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Utah
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So first off not this game. After the year I had in 2014 it seemed that 2015 was pretty disappointing from a games stand point. My favorite thrift store find of 2015 was a nasty old cooler with a 5 pass chill plate.

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I picked this up for $10. With a little work it became this.

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This this was awesome at BBQ's. I also was able to sell the nasty green soda taps and cover the cost that I spent to buy this and all the paint and parts to finish it. The keg and CO2 tank I already had.

If you want to read a bit more you can check this list.

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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:26]
Board Game: Puerto Rico
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
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I think this is probably my best find - in shrink for $3, although I also like my find of Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000, because it's a recent game, and it was only 75¢!

Of course, I'm also partial to the unknown, unloved, and unusual, of which I found several last year, including: Flunkern, Worldwide Pen Pals, The Maui Game, and The Great Railroad Game.

Happy hunting in 2016!

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15. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1129]
Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels
Adam Phelps
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Houston
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My favorite find of 2015 was probably Star Wars: Epic Duels for $2.99 at GW.

Honorable Mentions
History of the World for $2.99 at GW
Age of Mythology: The Boardgame for $2.99 at GW
Libertalia for $1.80 at B&N (new in shrink)

Just to name a few.

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16. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:75]
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Dale Thomson
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It's gotta be this one, with Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore, for just under five dollars from value village. My jaw dropped when I saw it sitting there! I've played it four times so far (won two) and it has been a very welcome addition to the game library.

Honourable mention: The Resistance: Avalon for 3.99. I had thought about paying retail, now I don't have to!
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17. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:365]
Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
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No contest. This was a Grail game for me, i had two copies of the second edition way back in the old days. But they went the way of many other things as other hobbies took over. Finding this was a real suprise, in perfect condition for the criminal price of 95pence!!!!! I honestly felt like i was robbing the store, but i did not hang around. I still have my old miniatures from the old days, several teams painted, some not plus some star players. So this was a great find, hard to better (unless i find Space Hulk or Heroquest).
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18. Board Game: Fireball Island [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3000]
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Byron Morgan
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Freedom
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A thrift minion of mine found this in springville, ny for $2.99

He saw it there and went home and looked it up online and saw its value and ran back to get it for me. He is such a nice guy.

I played it once and didnt really have a connection with it so I traded it to a local Buffalo guy so his family could enjoy it.

Now at least I can say i thrifted it!
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19. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:706]
Board Game: Forbidden Island
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Raleigh
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I had a pretty good year thrifting last year. I can't compete with those in PNW (looking at you, Jason), but not too bad for my part of the world.

I had quite a bit of luck at the B&N, Target, etc. clearance sales. Nothing there for a buck, but half price or less for undamaged NIS is nice. Also picked up quite a few games on the cheap in auctions from other BGG users.

I don't tend to buy for resale, so nothing stands out on that count like in prior years (still holding on to Gulo Gulo and my 1999 Acquire). But it's always fun to find games for regifting that I think others might like.

So I've picked Forbidden Island for my favorite find of 2015. I found it complete, unpunched, and unplayed for $1.50 at a Unique Thrift on my way to an out-of-town meeting. I already owned a copy, which I had played and enjoyed, but knew I could find a good home for a practically new copy. A colleague at the meeting said he liked Pandemic, so I gave him this copy since it was by the same designer, Matt Leacock.

Other relatively highly ranked games that I found last year at thrift stores for $3 or less include TZAAR, Maneuver, Big Boggle (shiny blue box, not worth as much now since the reprint, but nice nonetheless), Dixit, Snake Oil, Manhattan, Vienna, and an original 1959 version of Risk (the version I played as a kid). There were lots of other fun vintage finds with lower or no ratings, but great nostalgia. I only wish I had time to play more of the games I find.
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20. Board Game: Wizard Kings: Expansion Armies [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Board Game: Wizard Kings: Expansion Armies
John Robertson
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Shoreline
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It's been a slow year but it did have a great start:

"ebay 12.24 + 11.30 postage

Wizard Kings expansion armies:
1st Edition

Khurdak
Wildryn
Ferkins
Mortod
Chaos NIS
Chaos open, unstickered"

Apart from that:
Risk & Castle Risk GW 1.99
Sorry! Sliders GW 1.99
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game GW Online 13.99 + 12.62
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21. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:136] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
Board Game: Memoir '44
Kyle Mann
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Fontana
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Memoir 44 on top of Mystery Express, about $3 each. Each was missing one small component. Traded both off pretty quickly.

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22. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:96] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion
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I didn't keep up with posting all my finds in the later part of 2015 but browsing through my contributions was a lovely trip down memory lane. My favourite find has to be the Dominion mini haul from Oct 27. Dominion, Dominion:Alchemy, Dominion:Seaside and Castle Panic for $3.50 each at the south VV.
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23. Board Game: Triplanetary [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:5968]
Board Game: Triplanetary
Steve Zaccardi
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Coral Springs
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This year it was certainly these two... Rift Trooper was the unofficial "Starship Troopers" before Avalon Hill released the licensed version in '76, but Triplanetary was a title I had been hunting for a long time.

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24. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:867]
Board Game: The Lord of the Rings
Jozsef S
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Weybridge
Surrey
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After found basically nothing worthy the whole year, I had three notable finds in December, whit this one being the best.

It has a so much heavily worn and beaten box that first I've left behind as I could not believe that it is in playable condition or even complete. Closed with cellotape... shake

needless to say, 5 minutes later I was in the store again, queuing to the till...

...just to find out at home that is complete and components are in mint, never played condition


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25. Board Game: Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
Board Game: Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned
Tyler Martin
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I've had a pretty quiet 2015 on the thrifting front but when I found this for £3 towards the end of last year it made me a very happy chappy.
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