Thrift Treasure:  Quelf

Thrift Treasure: Quelf

There I was, standing in the living room with my arms outstretched and doing the can-can. Had I lost it? Mid-life crisis? Maybe, but our latest thrift treasure sure helped trigger it! I present to you our latest $1.38 purchase: Quelf.

Buying a used game has its inherent risks. The odds of missing pieces is rather high, especially when there are numerous pieces normally included. Almost everything was here, all 440 cards, the game board, the timer, 8 character game pieces and the pad of paper. Only thing missing, the die. Easy! We must have a dozen or so laying around in a toy box.

Quelf - ContentsQuelf is one of those (award-winning) silly party games that make you say and do goofy things in order to progress. It is not a game for the shy and probably a fantastic activity for the inebriated! Recommended for 3-8 players and marked ‘adult’, but I didn’t encounter any items that would prevent pre-teens from enjoying the game. If we happened across a card that asked them to do something they had no idea about (ie. name Academy Award-winning movies), we just skipped it and drew another card. In fact, among the numerous awards listed on the side of the box are ones from Creative Child Magazine and National Parenting Publications. If you’re still worried, there is a Quelf Jr. version as well.

Quelf - Reading a Card

Our very first card had me speaking like a member of the opposite sex for the rest of the game or take a penalty. I managed to last a couple rounds, but then gave up and took the penalty after my throat became hoarse. My oldest was thrilled to find her first card required her to build a pillow fort and stay in it for one entire round.

Quelf - Pillow FortMy other daughter wasn’t so fortunate. Here she had to find the bathroom plunger and wield it like a sword for the rest of the game (or until another card had her do something different).

Quelf - PlungerWe’ll definitely be bringing this game to our next extended-family gathering. Hopefully there are eight other players so I can sit back and watch and not have to worry about making a fool of myself!

Get your own copy on Amazon and be sure to learn more about Quelf on their official website. You can also see more in-action photos via their Facebook and Twitter pages! Hey, who left the plunger out?!

Scott Brady

About Scott Brady

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an award-winning board game designer with notable titles such as Hues and Cues and boop.

21 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Quelf»

  1. Mary says:

    Lol! This is a game I might enjoy more than my family.

    1. Scott says:

      LOL – do you mean you’d enjoy the game more than your family would? Or you might like the game because you hate your family?! 😉

  2. Tammy says:

    I’ve never heard of this game before, but now I’m interested. Sounds like something my teenager would love playing with her friends!

  3. My husband and I LOVE this game. A couple of our friends brought it over a while back for game night and we’ve been hooked ever since.

  4. My kids would definitely love this one.Sounds like a lot of fun!

  5. Debbie L. says:

    This looks like a fantastic fun game. We have so much fun with family playing games. I checked in out on Amazon – just might buy it for Easter family fun!

  6. Angela says:

    I love games where you can include a lot of players. Sounds like a fun one!

  7. OMG.. this sounds like a hilarious super fun game.. I love board games but this is the best by far.. Love the plunger card..LOL.. thanks for sharing; Have to check it out for my kids

  8. Sharon says:

    What a fun thrift store find! I love games that make you all feel silly and get you laughing! Love it!

  9. I want to come to your house for game night! You guys are always playing something fun!!!

  10. Tina says:

    Welcome to this great group of bloggers! I have never heard of this game. Any idea how old it is? Gee, I’m old enough to remember all kinds of games, but this one has escaped me. Thanks for sharing how much fun you had!

    1. Scott says:

      Quelf isn’t that old, issued within the last 10 years or so. Probably the silliest party game (family friendly) we’ve found yet.

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  12. Amanda says:

    What a fun game for the whole family! Looks really funny and something my family would enjoy

  13. I’ve heard so many people talk about this game. I didn’t get it before but I do now. I’m totally going to buy it… my oldest would love playing it with her friends!

  14. Sounds fun! I had never heard of this game. I’ll have to check it out!

  15. MommyJenna says:

    I bet this would be fun when my teen brothers spend the night with us.

  16. Jeni Flaa says:

    This sounds like a fun game for most any age and fun thrift shop find. Looking forward to exploring your blog further!

  17. We have this game but it looks different, must be a different version. We have fun playing it!

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