My wife runs a booth at an antique mall, so I spend a lot of time with her shopping for items at thrift stores. My favorite thing to do is to try and find awesome board games that people have basically discarded.
My best finds include some weird games from the sixties, seventies and eighties like this very weird VHS game that I once found for a few dollars (I still haven’t played it because I haven’t bothered to hook a VHS up).
I’ve bought a never open or played copy of Dominion for 2 dollars. It’s funny because the games are rarely missing any pieces because you can tell that they were gifted and never opened.
Sometimes, I find stuff that was clearly the product of an overzealous parent cleaning out their teenager’s closet. I found the original Traveller RPG and its expansions this way. It also was only a few dollars.
On a sad note, I have found and purchased a lot of mystery murder party games that were never once used. This is sad because they are from the eighties, so that means they were in someone’s closet for years with the intent that there would be a party. Sadly, that party apparently never happened once in all those years. Depressing, I know; however, looking on the bright side, my wife and I do mystery murder parties all of the time, so the games have finally been used.
Does anybody do this as well, and what has been some of the cool games that you have found at thrift stores, antique malls, garage sales, etc?