Happy Hunting Grounds: Thrift Store and Discount Chains
David Spitzley
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One of the more interesting aspects of the weekly "Thrift Store Finds" GeekLists is seeing the different places that people shop. In several cases I've found out about chains that extend into my home turf (southeastern Michigan) which I'd never heard of before, or which I'd assumed wouldn't carry games. So, I thought it would be interesting to set up this GeekList so that people can post information about thrift store, discount, and other chains worth targeting by Thrifters.
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1. Board Game: Get Paul That Promotion [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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David Spitzley
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores
Store Locater Site: http://www.svdpusa.org/Stores/tabid/62/Default.aspx
Range: Entire United States

One of the standard charitable thrift store chains in the US.
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2. Board Game: Salvation! The Game of Saints & Sinners [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Salvation! The Game of Saints & Sinners
David Spitzley
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Belleville
Michigan
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The Salvation Army
Store Locater Site: http://www.satruck.com/FindStore.aspx
Range: Entire United States

Originally a temperance organization, these days they are best known for a national chain of thrift stores. Their game holdings are extremely sparse in my experience, but it sounds like that varies wildly by region.
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3. Board Game: Big Aisle, Small Cart [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
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David Spitzley
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Belleville
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Big Lots
Store Locater Site: http://www.biglots.com/store_locator_adv.aspx
Range: Entire United States, but sparse in the northern interior

As flogged by Jerry Van Dyke on innumerable TV ads, Big Lots doesn't necessarily have earthshakingly low prices, but they do get lots of new product, though because they're closeouts, they aren't necessarily great games.
 
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4. Board Game: Half-board Chess [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
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David Spitzley
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Belleville
Michigan
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Half Price Books
Store Locater Website: http://www.halfpricebooks.com/find_a_store.html
Range: About a dozen states in the US, including California, Illinois and Texas

I'm always seeing great things being found there in the Thrift lists, so I am somewhat annoyed that they aren't in Michigan.
 
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5. Board Game: Library Adventure, The Fun Way to Learn [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Library Adventure, The Fun Way to Learn
David Spitzley
United States
Belleville
Michigan
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Friends of the Library shops

This is not strictly a chain, of course, but it is a common feature of many well-supported libraries. While they will obviously tend heavily towards books, many accept a larger range of paper goods, and may have items of interest.
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6. Board Game: Face Value, Place Value [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Face Value, Place Value
David Spitzley
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Value Village
Store Locater Website: http://www.valuevillage.com/whoweare/locator.php
Range: Central and western US, Canada and Australia

Another one I wish were in Michigan, this shows up frequently in the Thrift lists.
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7. Board Game: Catch That Kiwi [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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David Spitzley
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Belleville
Michigan
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Kiwanis Club Thrift Shops
Website: http://www.kiwanis.org/clubloc/ (not primarily about the shops)
Range: Potentially international, based on the list of countries where Kiwanis operate

Many Kiwanis Clubs operate thrift shops, but unlike some of the groups above they don't appear to be marketed in a connected manner. The one in Ann Arbor is huge, a two story warehouse with at least a bookcase of games.
 
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8. Board Game: Missionary: Impossible [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:17606]
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Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
Washington
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Deseret Industries
Another place you hear alot about. We have one in N Seattle. Several geeks have reported finding some nice games there.


I'm at work, so I don't have time to find it, but I'll post a locator link after work.
 
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9. Board Game: Red Sky Morning [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:13032]
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Ernie Lai
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Forest Hills
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Tuesday Morning

this is a closeout chain, this is where many geeks picked up copies of villa paletti (but not me, mine didn't have any when i looked)

http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/storelocator/storelocator.asp
 
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10. Board Game: What Will You Find [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Ernie Lai
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Forest Hills
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Goodwill

goodwill has thrift shops throughout the country.

http://www.goodwill.org/page/guest/about/howweoperate/shop
 
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11. Board Game: State the Facts [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Ocean State Job Lot
Store Locater site:
http://www.oceanstatejoblot.com/osjlprod/locations/Default.a...

Stores located in: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York

This store reminds me of Big Lots when I shop there.








 
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12. Board Game: Jamie Swise Mystery Games: Murder at the Mission [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Charles A. Davis
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Greeneville
TN
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Union Mission
Store Locater Site: Individual by state
Range: Southeastern United States

Basically, religious based rescue missions. Some have a thrift store, some don't. There are several of these in the southeast that appear to be connected in mission only.
 
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13. Board Game: Grand Army [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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AmVets

One of the best stores in this area is parts of the AmVets chain...

Locator: http://www.amvetsnsf.org/stores.html
Range: Various states of the US...
 
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14. Board Game: Waterworld [Average Rating:4.15 Unranked]
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Liquidation World
Store Locator: http://www.liquidationworld.com/Company/CompanyProfile.html

Range: Across Canada

Late 2006 they received games, gaming magazines, sci-fi/ fantasy books etc. from Games People, a LARGE gaming store in Vancouver, BC, Canada that closed down. Unfortunately I found out about it way too late.cry
 
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15. Board Game: Lucky Town [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Berkeley
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Thrift Town
Store Locator: http://www.thrifttown.com/html/vintage_thrift_stores_locatio...
Range: Arizona, Northern California, New Mexico, Texas, Utah

Thrift Town is simply the best I've seen in the San Francisco Bay Area. The store near my home actually separates out board games from other kinds of stuff and puts them all on shelves that almost seem designed for holding games. Of course like most other thrift stores 95% of the games are usually common dross. But it's great for a store to pick out game boxes from a donation pile and put them in one place in their store. Thrift Town makes board game thrifting easy! thumbsup
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16. Board Game: Baggage Claim [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:17578]
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Unclaimed Baggage

Directions:
http://www.unclaimedbaggage.com/findus.html

This place isn't a chain, but given that it's been written up for Roadside America, I think it deserves a place here. Basically, they specialize in items from unclaimed luggage and cargo. Kind of weird, but there have been games found there over the years.
 
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17. Board Game: Mercy! The Hospital Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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many hospitals and hospices have thrift shops, which are a great source for older games- 3M anyone?
 
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18. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky: Craigdarroch [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
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Chula Vista
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Try your local Craigslist:

http://www.craigslist.org/about/cities.html
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19. Board Game: Trash is Cash! The Recycling Game [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Try your local Freecycle:

http://www.freecycle.org/
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20. Board Game: Public Assistance [Average Rating:4.36 Overall Rank:19147]
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Stephen Roney
United States
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Assistance League Thrift Shops

Many (but not all) Assistance League chapters have thrift stores which may carry games. They will tend to be the normal stuff, probably, but you never know......
 
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21. Board Game: Tracks: The Unique Railroad Quiz Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Frank Holub
United States
Lyons
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Unique Thrift Stores
They currently operate 17 stores in Illinois (Chicagoland area), Northwest Indiana, and Ohio (Cleveland area).

Website: http://www.uniquethriftstore.com/

I make tracks to this chain of stores twice weekly for the great prices and awesome finds: Just last week I picked up a copy of The Omega Virus in near mint condition and and unpunched MB Scotland Yard for $1 each
 
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22. Board Game: Barney Google and Spark Plug Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Not a chain, but another way to learn of local thirftstores is your friendly neighborhood Google Maps. Simply search for thrift + the name of your town, state and you'll get a list that's probalby outdated and incomplete but useful.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
 
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23. Board Game: Uniquely New Jersey [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Uniquely New Jersey
Ernie Lai
United States
Forest Hills
New York
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also called unique, but not the same as the unique 2 entries above. they have a bunch of stores in new jersey, as well as new york, maryland, virginia, minnesota, missouri, kentucky and colorado. the ones i've been to in jersey and ny are very large and well-organized and always have a decent amount of boardgames.

locations:
http://www.imunique.com/pages/Locations/
 
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24. Board Game: Devil's Den [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:6606]
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Jason Lees
United States
Franklin
New Hampshire
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Marden's
Store Locations site: http://www.mardenssurplus.com/index.php/stores
Range: Maine
Much like Ocean State Job Lots/Big Lots. Their selection is hit or miss, but their prices tend to be real good. I hit it everytime I pass one, and usually leave empty handed, but when I find something, it's great!
 
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25. Board Game: Oliver & Co. [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Oliver & Co.
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Ollie's Bargain Outlet

https://www.ollies.us/home.html

A discount chain, somewhat like Big Lots but less organized. They deal in overstock and liquidations. The website touts 303 stores, spread across 23 states. You have to dig but there are some treasures to be found hiding amongst the Monopolies and Yahtzees. I have seen Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem and Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe there, and am planning to go back to my local store soon to see what other goodies may be hiding in the glorious mess.
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