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#1 Happy_Dude OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 12:04 AM

Post you're finds here be they 1 combat cart or a $2 Panasonic Q :D


Today is the last shopping day before christmas and my local
thrift has just put their prices up :( But thats O.k because I found
a MIB SNES on the front counter. It came in a Killer instinct box
that looks like it has seen better days, The game and C.D where
not in there :( but inside was a boxed SNES and it was Minty fresh :)
with a controller in its own box for AU$50.
Also saved a PC Propad6 (6 button gamepad) from beeing bundled in
with yet another megadrive (the prices of which are slowly rising) for $8
and picked 4 Megadrive games I don't have out of a pile of 50 games
I alrady do have for $4.50 each (a lot more than the $1 they where 4 weeks ago)
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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 12:59 AM

Once got a working C-64 with disk-drive a couple carts, and a few disks for $5.

Also got a boxed, mint copy of the first 3 Ultima's, complete with cloth maps and coins for $1

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 1:29 AM

Thats exactly how my C64 collection started :D
I bought a stack of C64 stuff for $1 an item
(inc. 3 C64's,1 tape drive and 1 Disc drive + games )
and a box of atari games. I didn't have an atari at the
time so thats how I started my thrift store addiction,
scouring stores for an Atari ;)

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 8:29 AM

Well I think everyone here should set aside Friday or Saturday to hit all the thrifts in their area VERY HARD. I've done this every year after Christmas and I always come home with tons of goodies. After Christmas everyone is in the giving and donating mood and this usually includes lots of classic gaming goodness.

So remember, bug your local thrift vendors for those boxes of fresh atari games we all know they're going to have! Don't be shy, I've haggled my way into back rooms many a time and it pays off.

Happy hunting all!

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 8:40 AM

Ahhhh the thrift store backroom :)

Employee - "I didn't know we had THAT back here"

Merry Christmas! :party:

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 8:51 AM

Well I think everyone here should set aside Friday or Saturday to hit all the thrifts in their area VERY HARD. I've done this every year after Christmas and I always come home with tons of goodies. After Christmas everyone is in the giving and donating mood and this usually includes lots of classic gaming goodness.

So remember, bug your local thrift vendors for those boxes of fresh atari games we all know they're going to have! Don't be shy, I've haggled my way into back rooms many a time and it pays off.

Happy hunting all!


If you say so.... :ponder: :D :)

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 10:43 AM

Last thing I picked up was Bowling for Intellivision.

I doubt my thrifts will get anything good after Christmas, and if they did, it wouldn't be reasonably priced.

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Posted Tue Dec 24, 2002 2:00 PM

I found this thread. :D :lolblue: :lolblue:

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2002 5:00 AM

My finds today where :

1 NES for $5 with a game and 2 controllers (plus a game still inside like always :D ) Some kid was trying (unsucsesfully) to convince his parents to buy it .
Hahahahahahah ... Ahem
and
1 N64 for way too much (but its for my collection not resale value ;) )
with Conkers bad fur day 1 controller all hookups and an Expansion pak :)

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2002 5:24 AM

Today I did my local rounds in Pawnbrokers arounf the area, and I found one with 12 Used, but CIB Atari Games. No Rare ones, but It adds to my collections which is around the 80 Mark! I alos got a lot of Mlti Language Boxes and Manuals! They Were AU$2 Each, And I got 1 for free! The Games I got were:

Othello
Combat (Text)
Phoneix
Human Cannonball
Outlaw
Atlantis (Not HES)
Bowling
Slot Machine
Marone Joust
Peles Soccer
Video Checkers
Video Pinball
Space Invaders
Video Olympics (I have No Paddles )

Great Find today and since I have long service from work up until Feburary, I'll be able to check every Couple of Days!

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2002 10:24 AM

This Sunday at a fleamarket I got several Atari 2600 cartridges, but most of them I'll put for trade or sale. I finally got a vintage pirate Atari 2600 cartridge with the label from 2001 store (Brazil). I also got one woodgrain and one Coleco Gemini loose, and also one rare Brazilian 8-bit computer.

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2002 12:14 PM

Just picked up the super crappy Firefly for the 2600 for .99 on Sunday. Label is OK with a little wear on the edge.

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2002 7:45 PM

Here's a list of what I discovered at Goodwill. Unfortunately, most stuff is non-Atari, much to my dismayal:

-Sega Control Stick (for the Master System). Still in box with original price tag.

Controller is a bit dusty. Box also contained two Master System controllers.

-Acclaim Double Player System 2 wireless controllers with reciever

Found them unboxed. In good condition. Haven't been tested as none of my NES systems are reliable enough.

-Sega Genesis Games (WWF Raw and Super Street Fighter 2). Loose carts

-5 games for the Commodore 64(and compatible)

It was a good find overall..still some more stuff I didn't get(wireless Genesis controllers and 2 more games)and then the places would be cleared out of games. Went to 2 different Salvation Army stores(Burlington and South Burlington,VT) and they never have many games anyway.

Let me know if anything catches your eye. I might need a Master System seeing how I now have 3 controllers. Just let me know. All items are listed on my webpage link below in my signature.

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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2003 10:15 PM

Now that I've finally started seriously wanting to buy a NES, my thrift stores don't seem to have any! The ones on Ebay are way too expensive, so I hope that someone will get rid of one soon to my local thrift, so I can buy it. If you have any leads, cheap ones....let me know!

I found my 2600 at the local thrift in GREAT condition for 2$. I cried from happiness.......sigh...:D

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Posted Sun Jan 5, 2003 12:04 AM

Today I wandered into a big box of 2600 carts in a junk/antique store for a really good price. There were over 125 of them all told--commons that were picked through over the years. Most of them will go to AtariAge for cartridge case reuse as I already have duplicates of Combat, Space Invaders, Pac-Man etc. But there are some mystery games too that I'll check out as well as a couple Space Jockeys and a dozen or so each of Imagic and Mattel commons. From the looks of it there seems to be no new ones for me in that bunch.

There was also a 5200 Pac-Man, SMS Rambo & California Games, and a couple of TI cartridges--Home Financial Decisions and Early Reading.

It was a BIG box!

Then I wandered over to a couple of thrifts--at one I found a tall Pac-Man Glass (sorta like a beer mug) dated 1982 with two logos on it (same one twice), and at the other place I found ColecoVision LadyBug, and Intellivision carts Pac-Man, Triple Action, Learning Fun I, and Coleco Donkey Kong.

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Posted Sun Jan 5, 2003 1:04 AM

Weekend before Christmas:

Super Skateboardin' (7800)
H.E.R.O. (2600)
BMX Airmaster (2600)
Kung-Fu Master (7800)
Keystoe Kapers (2600)
Commando (2600)
Double Dragon (7800)

All HES distros.

Today:

1x 4-switch 2600
2x 2600Jnrs
1x XEGS w/ floppy drive
Sky Skipper
The Empire Strikes Back
Plaque Attack
Reactor
4 Japanese carts of unknown system (MSX?)

All untested.

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Posted Mon Jan 6, 2003 3:00 AM

On Sunday at the flea market I found a Suncom Tac 5 controller for $1 that needs a good cleaning, and for $2 i picked up a loose Tengen Tetris for the NES. Too bad I don't care much about NES games. I call it tradebait. Oh, I got a whole pineapple for $1 too.....

It was a grand weekend considering yesterdays finds as well as todays!

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Posted Mon Jan 6, 2003 4:53 AM

I found a boxed Eli's Ladder, 15 lab-loaners, a gold plated six switcher ..... oh wait that was a dream. :P

The only thing cool I found during thrift hunting this weekend was a copy of Life magazine issued the day I was born. :)

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Posted Mon Jan 6, 2003 6:48 PM

Not exactly a thrift find, but I did find some rare NES carts at a Gamestop in this area:

-Krazy Kreatures
-Venice Beach Volleyball
-Dudes with Attitude

Krazy Kreatures and Dudes with Attitudes are considered to be "More Rare" on the NES rarity scale while Venice Beach Volleyball is ranked "Hard to Find" on the NES rarity scale. Not bad. All 3 games came without boxes.

Also found Super Sprint for the NES and WWF Royal Rumble for the Genesis.

Not a bad find overall. Not exactly "thrift"..but still darn cheap!

Not a bad find.

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Posted Mon Jan 6, 2003 7:09 PM

I found a boxed, sealed Archer "pro" Atari-compatible joystick at my local Value Village for $4 CDN yesterday, but that's it. If you're looking for good stuff, don't come to Calgary...all of the Salvation Army stores have a standing order NOT to accept any computer equipment that's "lower" than a 486. :(

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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2003 10:58 PM

I got both of these today for $5 each at a local thrift.
One for the Atari, one for the Colecovision.
Both a little beat up, but nice to have. :)

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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2003 11:18 PM

Today I Found:

Sega SR-1000 Data Recorder (For Sega's Computers) With AC Adaptor $AU5!!

Now I've got 2 Sega Computer Accesories, but no Computer :sad:

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Posted Sun Jan 12, 2003 12:38 AM

Not much of a find really, but any type of game is rare around here lately. I found 3 NES games complete in boxes for $5 each. They were Side Pocket (R4), Vegas Dream (R3) & Championship Bowling (R4).

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Posted Sun Jan 12, 2003 1:10 AM

got a bunch of 2600 today:

Street Racer
Super Breakout
Ms. Pac-Man
Basic Programming w/ manual and overlays
Keyboard Controllers w/ box

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Posted Sun Jan 12, 2003 2:53 AM

Oh, And Yesterday, I got:

Pair Of Keyboard Controllers
Pair Of Paddles
1 New Orginal Atari Joystick

All for AU$3.00.




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