Tag Archives: Thrift Treasure

Thrift Treasure: Sudden Death

Thrift Treasure: Sudden Death

Those of you that grew up in the 80’s probably remember the game of Surround on your Atari 2600. It was one of the originally released games in 1977 for the new system and whose concept was later copied into the famous cycle racing sc ...
Thrift Treasure: Ninety-Nine or Bust

Thrift Treasure: Ninety-Nine or Bust

There are a few key things I look for when shopping for a game at thrift. I glaze over all the Scene Its and Trivial Pursuits and start looking for boxes I don’t recognize. Even when looking for used items, packaging does matter. Oddl ...

Thrift Treasure: BattleDome

When shopping at thrift for games, we typically stick to the board or card game kind. Every once in a while we stray from those categories because something catches our eye. We couldn’t resist picking up Crossfire last summer – ...
Thrift Treasure: Spare-Time Bowling

Thrift Treasure: Spare-Time Bowling

One of the cool things about picking up games at thrift stores is you start to understand what was popular in what era. The 80’s and 90’s were full of abstract titles, while the 50’s had its share of trick-taking card game ...
Thrift Treasure: ZOOB – The Game

Thrift Treasure: ZOOB – The Game

If you ask my daughters what their favorite type of board game is, they’ll tell you anything requiring speed or dexterity. This week we found a game by University Games at a Chicagoland Savers that fit both of these categories – ...
Thrift Treasure: Coverup

Thrift Treasure: Coverup

It’s a happy day for us again as we ran across another new-to-us abstract game at our local thrift store. You’d think that by now we’d either tire of or run out of variations of the classic four-in-a-row games. That’ ...
Thrift Treasure: Zillionaire Board Game

Thrift Treasure: Zillionaire Board Game

We live in a time of awareness of social injustice and a high-divided political system. My Facebook feed is filled with complaints from Social Justice Warriors on both sides of the spectrum. One side feels they are being taken advantage of ...
Thrift Treasure: Cromlet Board Game

Thrift Treasure: Cromlet Board Game

Here’s something most of us can’t say every day – “I own all the games this company made!” And I get to add the phrase, “and I bought them all at thrift stores!” Such is what happened to us with Pyw ...
Thrift Treasure: Dizios

Thrift Treasure: Dizios

I’m excited that we’re on an abstract game streak for our Thrift Treasure series. And finding one that was awarded a couple industry accolades (Major Fun Award, MENSA Select) makes the find that much better. This week we discove ...
Thrift Treasure: Cube Checkers

Thrift Treasure: Cube Checkers

Well it finally happened. I’ve preached and preached on how you should check the contents of a game before buying a used copy. I even carry around a tiny pocket knife so I can cut the packing tape used to seal the game boxes at our lo ...