Thrift stores are full of treasures for most, some consider them junk, but I have found some great things there. My Mum is an excellent thrift store shopper, she usually knows exactly what she's looking for. Most of the purchases are re-purposed for her art and her fabric packs that are specifically dyed in beautiful colors. You can view them and purchase them at http://www.fabricimagery.com.
It's not all about art and crafting when it comes the thrift shopping.
A few years ago, my parents bought a little place on Pender Island, on the of the Southern Gulf Islands in BC. I would say that she furnished and supplied it with about 85% garage sale and thrift store finds. It's terrific!
One of my friends, Christina, is a fabulous shopper at any time, but thrift store shopping is a great love, she's found some amazing deals!
Here are some examples that I have found in my web travels, enjoy!