One of my newest rituals in life is to go thrift store shopping searching, for furniture and other relics. I really have my wife to thank for getting me into thrift store shopping, because at one point in my life I found it to be boring. I never usually take the time to search for video game treasures but recently I have been striking gold. Two weeks ago I got a perfectly working Rock Band wired guitar for ten dollars for my Xbox 360, which was a rare find. I thought I would tell you of my latest journey to Unique, the Mecca of all thrift stores.
Unique is huge! If you have ever been to a Wal-Mart, thats how big Unique is. A large clothing section, fabrics, books, old electronics, furniture, you name it. I have been here many of times, but this weeks adventure was better than usual. The trick with thrift store shopping, is that half the time youíll find the a system missing cords, or the system itself damaged in some way. I donít blame Unique though, they go through hundreds of donations a day.
The first thing I came across was a black gamecube for about ten dollars. No cords, no controller, but the case was in good condition. Most people would never buy this, because you couldnít even play it without a controller, or cords. For me it would be complete waste of ten dollars, since I already have a Wii that plays any gamecube games.
The second thing I come across is a Playstation 2 with the same problem. Fifteen dollars with no cords or controllers means this item will stay on the shelves for a very long time. The case was in good condition just like the GameCube, but still nothing any regular customer would buy.
As you can see, it is mainly me searching through incomplete or damaged video game goods. A Rock Band drum set without the peddle for forty dollars, a driving wheel with the cord cut off for twenty dollars, and a Nintendo controller missing a button are just a few of things, that are just trash.
Then I found it, the diamond in the rough! It took me about a half an hour to find a beauty like this but it was worth every penny I spent on it. A TI-99 Texas Instrument home computer for fifteen dollars. It come complete with two joy sticks, ac adapter, and classic TV connector. Thankfully, I still have my old TV that uses the old antennas because without it, I would not be able to use it. The best part is the system came with one game, and that one game is Donkey Kong.
99% of what youíll find in thrift stores is video game junk, but if you have the time youíll be able to find video game gold. I also suggest combing the whole store for stuff, half the time youíll find people will pick things up, and not put them back in the proper place. The Rock Band guitar I actually found by accident in the furniture section. Most of these electronics are forgotten because they are damaged, but if you have the time you can find the good ones to add to your collection.
P.S: Here are some more photos, so enjoy!
On second thought I don't want to be in movie. I found fifteen copies of this that were not even opened.
A Playstation with a controller, but still no cords!
Chess obviously gets better when you throw the word "battle" in the front.
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