I just discovered a new thrift store in Aurora, IL, called New Uses. It's a fascinating place, a "high-end" thrift store, if you can imagine such a thing. For example, they don't sell single glasses; they shrink-wrap matched sets of four or six, and sell the set. They don't sell single plates, but shrink-wrap and sell the entire dining set.
The truly amazing thing is their prices. The manager says they try to sell for 40% or less of the price of the item new. So we picked up a curio cabinet for DD for $35. Then DH fell in love with an espresso machine. It was $90, which was a little more than I expected, but it was absolutely new and unused in the box, with the instructions and all parts. When we got home, DH looked it up online- it normally sells for $400.
We'll be going back to that store!