What is your best ever thrift purchase?
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Decided to start my first list here (thrifting guild), this was based on a discussion elsewhere that made me realise that my best thrift buy has never been listed (I was not active at the time) so…
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1. Board Game: White Bear & Red Moon [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:8748]
Board Game: White Bear & Red Moon
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About three years ago I picked this up at the bring and buy at Salute for £1.50. This is still my best ever thrift, I have brought better games and cheaper games, but never a combination of rarity, classicalness and cheapness as this.
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2. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3733]
Board Game: Dragonland
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Not exactly rare or expensive or anything, but for how much fun we've had with this playing with my daughter, I'd have to go with Dragonland. Got it for $1.99 unplayed in a Goodwill in Renton, WA. Wonderful family game we'll be playing for years to come.
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3. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1486]
Board Game: Hoity Toity
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Got it for a buck at a garage sale. Components are nothing special but the game play is fun and fast. Possibly the best gateway game.
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4. Board Game: Battleball [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2788]
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Got at a yardsale for $1.50 but without the little metal football. Thanks to BGG and a very nice geek, it was sent to me as a spare part for free. Just waiting for my son to be old enough to play with me.
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5. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:566] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Board Game: HeroQuest
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For me it would be this & 2 of it's expansion's HeroQuest: Kellar's Keep & HeroQuest: Return of the Witch Lord. I found these when my daughter was around 11 or so & with my brother played this one to death, seriously. Good times. Sorry I don't remember how much I paid for this as this was over 15 years ago but I know it would have been cheap as there was only one thriftstore then & even now the games average between 50 cents to $2.00.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Imperium: Third Edition [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:74]
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$7.99 plus tax at my Goodwill. Ships all bagged up, everything punched and sorted. Clearly, however, never played.

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7. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:264]
Board Game: Acquire
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Considering I only thrifted two games to date, the choice isn't hard.
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:26]
Board Game: Puerto Rico
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I've had great luck at the thrift store near me, although nothing good in the last 8 months (which is getting a little depressing).

Good games I've found:

Puerto Rico
Acquire
Hey, That's My Fish
Apples To Apples: Crate Edition
Tsuro
Scotland Yard
Master Labyrinth
Can't Stop
Bausack
Crokinole (cheap version)

I've also found some cheap war games, old AH Bookcase titles (Twixt, Stocks & Bonds, etc...)

Two of my absolute favorites, however, are:

Old School Peg Hockey - My son and I flick the puck around so fast it's like Crokinole on steroids

Jurassic Park: Lost World Survival Game - This game has real tension, and requires guts. Sending your lone survivors across the middle of the board for one final dash towards freedom is exhilarating. Probably completely luck driven, but I still like this one nonetheless!
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9. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:867]
Board Game: The Lord of the Rings
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5 euro at a local flea-market. Dutch version. Hasn't seen the table very often since then, but was an enjoyable experience on each occasion.

Even though we haven't beaten Sauron yet.
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10. Board Game: Broadsides and Boarding Parties [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:5510]
Board Game: Broadsides and Boarding Parties
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Virginia
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It's either this at $1 in shrink or Vinci for $2 (if I remember correctly) or maybe Zooloretto for $3? One of those...
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11. RPG Item: GURPS Cyberpunk [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:863]
RPG Item: GURPS Cyberpunk
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Got this for $1.00 at the local Goodwill a couple of months ago. An item on my wishlist! What are the odds?
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12. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:264]
Board Game: Acquire
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Vista
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My best find was a '99 acquire at Value Village for $3 last year. The box was a bit dinged, but the components were still in shrink. It doesn't hurt that it sold for triple digits...
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13. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:987]
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2 Euros at a flea market. As good as new.

Great game, you can still find it here in Germany on eBay for about 40 Euros.
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14. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:256]
Board Game: Tikal
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£4 for a SdJ winner? I should say.

Have picked up quite a few pretty good treats over the years, including Coda, Cathedral, Skirrid, 221b Baker Street, a quality Hnefatafl set and Quarto (twice).
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15. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1204]
Board Game: Magic Realm
Michael Debije
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About five years ago, $2 unpunched in a street sale in The Hague.
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16. Board Game: Blood Bowl [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:6408]
Board Game: Blood Bowl
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My post is a little different. I was going to put RoboRally, which I recently found at a great price and is a great game. I listed it in another thread asking for "your ultimate thrift!"

However, the title of this one made me a little more nostalgic, and made me think of this game. I found it about 10 years ago for $1-$2 and it was totally complete. It's not my favorite of the series, I even like the simplified Battleball more (which can often be found at thrift stores too).

I posted it, because as far as I can remember, it is my first trifted game that wasn't a department store staple (Risk, Scrabble, etc.). It was the first game that I found that made me think "I can't believe someone would get rid of this." It's because of this game, that I started checking out thrift stores more often, and why I stumbled across this site. This has led me to find the many other great games I've played and found, all because some mom got rid of an old Blood Bowl game.
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17. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:363]
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This is probably the one that makes people Boggle when I tell them I got it for £6.50 at oxfam

or maybe A Game of Thrones for £2.99 also at oxfam.
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$50 for a stack of 20 Avalon Hill and Victory games at a local indoor flea market a couple years ago. Since I bought the stack, the seller handed me a bag with the pieces she wasn't able to figure out where they went.

Included Rail Baron, Conquistador, Speed Circuit, The Civil War, and many others ranging from well played to near mint condition. Spent a little time inventorying and putting pieces into the correct boxes, kept the ones I wanted, and sold the rest at WBC at reasonable prices.
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19. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:303] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Civilization
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It is hard to pick one but an unpunched Civilization for a buck is hard to beat:

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I've also found a Ticket to Ride (cards still in shrink), a Carcassonne with about 5 expansions included and several Heroscapes.
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20. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2044]
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Stewart Cowan-Harris
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Kingmaker is probably my best in terms of what I paid vs what it's worth.

I got my copy about 20 years ago in a jumble sale at my school. £1.50 for the Ariel Games 1st edition, complete and in good condition - even with an unpunched countersheet!
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21. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:721]
Board Game: Can't Stop
Dan Wojciechowski
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Aurora
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I've only made one game thrift purchase: Can't Stop for $0.25. My family has played and enjoyed the game a number of times. Easily the best 25 cents I've ever spent.

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22. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:344] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I picked up a mostly complete copy at a Goodwill Outlet for just 50 cents. While I never played it, I have sent parts to many fellow geeks! Not a lot left of that copy but there are still some left.
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23. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:853]
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Ryan Rico
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An almost complete copy of Shogun (original version). Only missing 3 pieces, and only $6.ninja
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24. Board Game: Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2208]
Board Game: Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel
Always hard to respond to questions about "best" games.

Fireball Island for a dollar was a great find. After playing a couple times and finding the game not to my tastes, it funded a half dozen games that I actually wanted from the re-sale.

Scotland Yard is probably my most-played thrift find, and a game that I still enjoy playing.

But I finally decided that Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel is my best thrift (yard sale, actually) purchase. The game is in excellent condition and was nearly complete - with the only missing parts later replaced through BGG. It has awesome bits, neat gameplay that walks a fine balance between cooperation and back-stabbing, and could sell for considerably more than the $2 I paid.
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