I used to stop at out local thrift store a couple of times a week when I was a teacher. BUT, I am very anti clutter in my home so I do not go there much any more. I do take donations and then cruise through the store.
I found a wonderful lamp I have seen many places. It is clear glass and you can fill it with anything you want. I chose to use yo yos I had been making for a discarded project.
I also got a small shelf to house thread. A great day at the store. And a bag of clothes out of my closet.