I shop at thrift stores all the time.
We brought home a dresser from my parents' attic this week and painted it light pink (my daughter's choice). It's very old, real wood, and nice.
I cleaned out the drawers full of momentos, antique dolls, doll clothes, craft stuff--and evidence of critters. We disinfected the drawers, but I still didn't want my daughter's clothes in the drawers, so we used a roll of wallpaper for liners in the drawers. Got the new roll of wallpaper at a thrift store for pennies, so this is a good deal.
Just thought I'd throw this out there for others to use.