November 29, 2012

Thrift Store Treasures: I Heart Scrabble

I feel like a love of books and a love for scrabble go hand in hand. I don't think I've ever met someone who loves to read, but doesn't like to play Scrabble. I'd be lying if I said I didn't love all board games, but one of my top favourites is without a doubt, Scrabble. I will gladly play anyone willing - in person and on my phone. Actually, my lack of blogging as of late can be partly contributed to my obsessive playing of Words With Friends (Scrabble copy-cat) on my phone. In 3D life, my favourite person to play Scrabble with is my sister-in-law, Patty. We both share an equal passion for the game. It's hard to beat her and I love the challenge. Plus, she doesn't cheat to win. I hate cheaters. What's the point?

I've been playing some form of Scrabble for as long as I can remember. I started with Scrabble Junior until I was wise enough to start playing the adult version. Everytime I see a new or different version of Scrabble for sale, I want it. But I only own 3 versions: Scrabble deluxe which has a lazy-susan type board, travel Scrabble, and Book Lovers Scrabble. But then the other day I was at Value Village and I stumbled across these vintage beauties:

Scrabble Crossword/Dominoes circa 1975

Scrabble Sentence Cube Game circa 1971
 
It doesn't even look like it has ever been played!

When I saw these on the shelf I grabbed them so fast and held them to my chest, looking out the corner of my eye at the lady scanning the shelves next to me like, "THEY'RE MINE, THEY'RE MINE! I SAW THEM FIRST". Pretty sure she thought I was more than a little crazy. I actually don't know if these are considered *vintage*, but come on - I didn't even know such versions of my favourite game existed! The boxes are a little banged up, but the pieces don't look like they've ever been used. And they were just 3 dollars a piece!

Now I just need someone to play them with. Jim actually said he'd play them with me, but I think he just felt bad telling me no after I came home and proudly showed them to him, excitedly asking him "WILL YOU PLAY WITH ME, WILL YOU!?" Sadly, my Book Lovers Scrabble (which was a wedding present from my bookstore manager - an awesome present I might add), has never been played yet either. 



So, who wants to come over and play Scrabble?


20 comments:

  1. I had never played scrabble before until earlier this week! And I love to read (and you've met me before) I've been trying out the Words With Friends game after you all were talking about playing Scrabble at our next meet-up. I thought I'd better at least learn the basics.... but I'm not sure I'm enjoying the game very much. I don't really like games in general. I have a feeling I'm going to be one of the cheerleaders watching on the sidelines....

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    1. I cannot believe you have never played Scrabble until recently!! That's crazy talk! What about it aren't you enjoying? Don't worry - I will convert you! :)

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    2. I'm finding it frustrating because I have all these words to put down but theres no where they fit and once I see a word, I don't see anything else.... that and I don't have any kind of strategy..., Oh, and when I do put a word down, it never fits onto the extra points..,. I think I enjoy watching more.... same as every other kind of game.

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    3. I'm finding it frustrating because I have all these words to put down but theres no where they fit and once I see a word, I don't see anything else.... that and I don't have any kind of strategy..., Oh, and when I do put a word down, it never fits onto the extra points..,. I think I enjoy watching more.... same as every other kind of game.

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  2. I wish we lived closer together because I would TOTALLY come over and play Scrabble! Yet another thing that we have in common =P

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    1. And the list keeps on growing! :)

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  3. I'll play Scrabble with you Brie! And that sentence one looks very cool, plus I love the 70's colours. They totally remind me of my parents' camper.

    I'm not great at Scrabble, but I've had some excellent tutors. My mom and aunt (and my Granny when she was still around) would have some EPIC matches. I remember there was always a lot of gloating at the end.

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    1. Yay - game on!! And I agree - I love the retro vibe and colors of the ones I found.

      It doesn't matter to me one's skill level - I just like to play! Plus, a lot of the time it's luck with which letters you happen to draw :)

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  4. I DO I DO I DO I DO! I love Scrabble and I had no idea that those ones you found even existed! What a score. Oh and I totally laughed out loud picturing you grabbing them off the shelf and giving everyone around you dirty looks like "back off bitches these MINE!" bahahaha

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    1. Hahaha, I was so worried the lady standing next to me was going to say something like "Hey! I *was* going to look at that!". My heart was pounding so hard lol! We totally need to plan a night of wine and scrabble. Did you also know there is a "Words with Friends" board game out now, too?

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  5. I'VE MENTIONED THIS BEFORE BUT I'VE NEVER PLAYED IT BEFORE. I love how you just grabbed them, did that lady actually even want it? LOL

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    1. I forgive you for not having played Scrabble yet, but only because you are quite young ;)

      I have no idea if the lady wanted them, but we were standing quite close together and I was so worried she was going to say something like "hey - I was going to look at those!". LOL.

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  6. YAY for scrabble for booklovers. we are SO playing that at the get together. I agree, I hate scrabble cheaters. seriously, no one knows the words rectohigodenosarus. Hah! Only book/'word' lovers can get truly competitive with this game.... it shall be funny!

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    1. Have you played it yet?? I admit - sometimes I try *words* on WWF just to see if it's actually a word and sometimes it is....but I don't really consider that cheating?? I've heard some people go online and cheat that way - I don't know how that works, BUT COME ON, that's so lame!

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  7. I love it! I adore scrabble, though I think I do better with the online versions since I can put in something that's not a word and I don't get points deducted or anything. I'm a HUGE guesser when I'm trying to play! But I love these classics ... that's awesome that you found them!

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    1. I do this too! I'm totally guilty of trying random letters hoping it might be a word...but I don't *really* consider that cheating. It's usually cause I can't make a word with my current letters. But I've heard people actually go online and cheat which is SO LAME.

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  8. I want to play!! I have been a Scrabble lover since I learned to spell. I too would play with my Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother. The day I beat my Grandmother I was absolutely elated. No other win since has been the same. Sadly, these women are no longer with me but they instilled the love of the game in me. My family has nicknamed me "Chuck Norris" of Scrabble :-) I love playing most with my sisters as they are always great contenders. I prefer a real board than the online/phone versions,I own 4 boards. I had to stop playing on my phone because it was taking over my life and it was too tempting to play while I was at work. I also find more cheating while playing the online versions too which is annoying.

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    1. Yes, I *knew* you'd be a scrabble lover too! :) I think it's wonderful you have those memories of the game; I hope to create similar ones with my future children :)

      I agree - I much prefer the real deal. They are more challenging and really make you think, and it's pretty much impossible to cheat. The one on my phone has taken over my life as well! But I can't seem to bring myself to delete the app...

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  9. I have such fond memories of playing Scrabble with my in-laws (before we were married) in the summer in their backyard, and then playing with my parents during the holidays. It's such a fun game and I wish we took the time to play it more frequently. :) I'm so glad you shared these! It made me so happy and super nostalgic too.

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    1. I love hearing how so many people have fond memories of playing scrabble! I wish I played more frequently in real life too :)

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