Articles About Goodwill

Thrift Treasure: Callisto

Thrift Treasure: Callisto

Usually when we look for games at our thrift stores, we’re hunting for the latest version. Many games go through changes from issue to issue as rules are tweaked, players’ tastes change or additional features are added. Having t ...
Thrift Treasure: Suspend

Thrift Treasure: Suspend

Sometimes patience pays off. At last May’s Geekway to the West convention in St. Louis, our daughters discovered a new-to-them game by Melissa & Doug called Suspend. There were a number of copies in the play-to-win room and play i ...
Thrift Treasure: World War I Game

Thrift Treasure: World War I Game

When we’re shopping at thrift, the best thing we experience is finding a complete copy of a game from our childhood. They say you can’t relive memories, but in this case you can. Just seeing the box or board causes the memories ...
Thrift Treasure: Crossword Cubes

Thrift Treasure: Crossword Cubes

We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve run across a well-worn copy of Scrabble at our local thrift stores. If underpriced, we would pick them up and scavenge the wooden tiles to use in future craft projects. At some point ...
Thrift Treasure: Bull in a China Shop

Thrift Treasure: Bull in a China Shop

I clearly remember the first time I heard the term, “Bull in a China Shop”. I was only about four years old and we were shopping in a department store around Christmas time. While walking down an aisle, someone bumped a glass va ...
Thrift Treasure: Whac-A-Mole

Thrift Treasure: Whac-A-Mole

We swore that we would hold off on purchasing games that used speed or quick reflexes as its main feature. We already broke that promise this week by picking up a copy of Whac-A-Mole by Mattel at our local Goodwill. At only 88 cents, we cou ...
Thrift Treasure: Othello

Thrift Treasure: Othello

Among the games I played all the time as a kid, Othello was one of my favorites. It may not have gotten as much play as some of the other titles in our closet like Stratego, Boggle or Mastermind, but whenever we were looking for an abstract ...
Thrift Treasure: Candy (Speed Game)

Thrift Treasure: Candy (Speed Game)

Many times when we find a game at thrift it causes me to wonder how it got there. Case in point, this week’s Thrift Treasure find is Candy by German company, beleduc. This isn’t a game that was ever offered in the U.S. It also a ...
Thrift Treasure: Shift Tac Toe

Thrift Treasure: Shift Tac Toe

If you asked me what game I would never buy new or at thrift, I would probably answer with “Tic-Tac-Toe”. I mean, why bother paying good money for something that can be played with a pencil and paper? Yet Amazon is full of diffe ...
Thrift Treasure: Take the Cake

Thrift Treasure: Take the Cake

We seem to be fortunate to have thrift stores that actually have a lot of games we want to play. For each game we feature in our weekly Thrift Treasure series there are dozens of games we leave behind for someone else to enjoy. Of course, s ...