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Charity Shops

Post by slacey1070 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:59 am

Anyone found any "gold" in charity shops and any particular ones you'd recommend checking? I've had a quick look round my local ones and found nothing more than kipper ties, old handbags and video tapes . .
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by mainvein » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:27 am

i've found some great bargains in charity shops (cdi £2, master system £3, dk Jnr g&w £1) but appears that each shop has its own pricing policy as i've been into different british heart foundations and some have ps1 games for £1 and others have them for £3. The whole thing is just pot luck really, thats part of the fun for me, never know what you will find and for how much. happy hunting though
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by c0nfu53d » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:45 am

I got Grandia 2 (pc) for 50p and a Gameboy colour for £5. You need to check them regularly cause rare stuff doesn't stay in charity shops for long...

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by Roo » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:16 am

Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for someone else), I've never found anything too spectacular. The odd PSone great for 50p/£1 (like Spyro The Dragon, Point Blank 2, Abe's Oddysee and a handful of others) and the very occassional Dreamcast/N64 title is about all I can boast. I always check the local charity shops, but I never go in expecting a bargain.

The only charity shop I don't recommend for retro baragins is British Red Cross. The one nearest me is a rip-off for video games. Last time, they had FIFA 2004 on PS2 for £8!
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by delbert_trout » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:58 pm

The YMCA shop along the road from me in Hove is sometimes great for finding retro consoles/controllers/games etc - always got a large cabinet full of PS1 games for a quid each. Do enjoy a chance for a look in there on my days off!
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by tekaotaku » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:33 pm

me and misses trawl the charity shops once every 2 weeks, gives them chance to get stock on the shelve....its always hit and miss but its part of the fun. The misses has more luck then I do, she's into her retro handbags and retro/old dresses which she cleans up and makes a tidy profit (black morning dress, from about 1950/60's. she paid £2.50 for it, sold it on for £49 a few days back) I dont agree with her doing that, but it keeps her happy and Im sure she's not the only one....

I pick up the odd ps2/ps1/pc games from a choice of 6 charity shops in scunthorpe high street and 5 in Ashby (still part of scunny) so a total of 11 charity shops usualy unearths a few good items. Still to come across boxed old machines/consoles but time will show...
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by nokgod » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:21 pm

All of these have come from local charity shops in the last few months (there's been much more but these are the only pics i have to hand):

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Thing is, you have to trawl them regularly, be prepared to get to know the staff, get used to disappointment on a regular basis.....and c0nfu53d is right...good stuff doesn't stay there long...people like me come and have it all :D :wink:
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by Negative Creep » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:55 pm

A few PS1 games but that's it. Do get a few good DVDs from time to time but it's normally painfully limited
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by slacey1070 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:05 pm

I'm not looking for anything rare or anything worth much - I'd just *love* to stumble on an n64 or something . . you've inspired me to start looking and seeing what I can pick up . .
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by nokgod » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:50 pm

slacey1070 wrote:I'm not looking for anything rare or anything worth much - I'd just *love* to stumble on an n64 or something . . you've inspired me to start looking and seeing what I can pick up . .
Good! It's much better it being in a place where its not seen as junk. :)

To be fair ....a lot of the stuff i find is of little intrinsic value (to me) so i give it away in competitions etc....so at least it finds its way to somebody who appreciates it.
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by dste » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:47 pm

I got really lucky a while back and picked up a Saturn with 14 games (including Guardian Heroes and Virtua Cop with the gun, Nights pad and memory pack, all boxed for £35 as they were not going to put it out as it had a cable missing. I just picked one up from Ebay and it works fine.

Also from a different shop I picked up 12 complete Mega Drive games for 99p each just as the guy was putting them on the shelves which was lucky

Other times I have gone into shops to find a load of sports games or nothing at all.

It's all about perseverance and not being disappointed/annoyed when you don't find anything.
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by JetSetWilly » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:50 pm

Sometimes I've had some good finds in charity shops, like Castlevania Symphony of the Night for £2, but I've not had any luck recently though. But, as others had said, it's about perseverance. I even told a mate at work about it as he likes the MD and stuff, and he's going to do the same :D
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Re: Charity Shops

Post by van » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:51 pm

local one here had a Sega Saturn for $12(us) with no hook ups or controllers, just the console.

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by JazzFunk » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:28 am

Mainly just PS1 games for 50p-£1 a shot, have recently got both Abe games, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, FF7, Resi 1 & 2 for that. Also remember getting a couple of the 'Hack' PS2 RPGs for £1.49 a pop from the PDSA chazza shop. Add to that a few 'video nasty' era horrors and loads of dirt-cheap Levis, but nothing majorly amazing in a retro way.

Nowadays, I've started buying 1999-2004 era PC games from chazza shops, they all run great on my current PC and I've been getting stuff like Thief: Deadly Shadows, Deus Ex, Painkiller, Postal 2, Return To Castle Wolfenstein for pretty much sod-all, it's great I now have a PC capable of playing them properly, I even got a scraggy but sealed Virtua Fighter 2 for 10p not too long back. I really like looking out for the PC stuff, I'm currently seeking out more obscure FPSy stuff as any game at 50p a pop isn't really a gamble.

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Re: Charity Shops

Post by RetroMartin » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:34 am

I must visit the wrong charity shops, all the ones in Ealing never have any video games!
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