We are in a city where the thrift prices are SHOCKING to me (moved from the South to the East Coast), but we managed to get everything we needed for our new home, under budget, with a mix of secondhand/thrift and Ikea. For around $450 (including front-stoop delivery of our little couch!), we got:
Dinette (table and two chairs) plus a woven center trivet and a tablecloth to cover the less-than-perfect tablecloth
Desk and desk chair
Area rug and nonslip pads for all our rugs (moved from carpet to wood floors)
Antique corner shelf, large mirror in wood frame, pottery lamp, radio with good speakers, mantel clock, wooden coatrack and three unusual modern art posters (all from my FIL's overstuffed shed!)
... And thank goodness, because everything else in this city is just as expensive as its secondhand furniture!