[Originally posted to rec.games.video.classic.]
I admit, I'm only thrifting infrequently right now, but while out of town this past weekend, I finally found some actual classic games that I didn't already have! I don't remember the last time that happened.
There are four thrifts I usually try to hit while at the in-laws, which are spread out quite a bit. I picked one for no particular reason, but chose wisely as I scored some Colecovision games. The ones I didn't have were Illusions, Ken Uston's Blackjack & Poker, and Threshold. I also picked up 2010: The Graphic Action Game, B.C.'s Quest for Tires, The Heist, Jumpman Junior, and One-on-One for trade bait. I left Donkey Kong, Venture, and Zaxxon for the next person. So yes, for this weekend, I was Sum Guy.
I haven't had time to test them yet, but look forward to doing so.
[10 Nov 2011 comment: I sadly don't remember exactly which thrift store this was any more. Possibly it was the America's Thrift Store located at Airport and Schillinger. (I think it was open back then.) That store has since moved to Tillman's Corner and the old space is now a Dirt Cheap.
The phrase "Sum Guy" originated on rec.games.video.classic to refer to that person who bought up all the classic video game stuff before you got there, even the common games (e.g. Pac-Man, Combat, and Space Invaders). As best I can tell now – because honestly, I don't remember as no one had any idea it would catch on so at the time – it was originated by Terry E. Rutt on 4 Feb 1996. Some credit might also be due to Robert Batina for starting the thread on the phenomenon and CudaBert for following up with "News Flash.....Some Guy spotted in New Jersey area".]