Website's not very helpful, but the location I usually go to is at 4121 Forest Park Ave, St Louis, MO 63108
Best for: the occasional vintage find
Level of difficulty: 4 out of 5
Organized by: clothes only organized by type
The Salvation Army has an ok assortment of everything: housewares, clothes, and furniture. In general, the clothes are just old and nothing special, but there are always a few vintage dresses and blouses tucked amongst the rest of the wares, you just have to search harder to find them. Same with the furniture, every once in a while there are nice mid-century finds, but for the most part it's bad 80's junk.
Best find: Bottega Veneta belt for $1, Diane von Furstenberg dress for $7, Frye boots for $10
Best for: Housewares and decorative items
Level of difficulty: 5 out of 5
Organized by: absolutely nothing
The Goodwill outlet is not for the faint of heart. Items are piled in large bins and you have to pick through mounds of stuff that was deemed not good enough for a Goodwill store. Many people actually wear gloves, which is honestly not a bad idea. If you're not scared off by all of that, there is no cheaper thrift store - all items are $.79 (yes, seventy-nine CENTS) a pound, except for books and glassware, which are $.39 a pound. If you are in need of mass quantities of mason jars, glasses, dishes or items to repurpose (spray paint, refinish, etc.) this is your place. Also good if you need books as decorative items, there are lots of vintage books with interesting cover designs. There is some furniture, but not much.
Best find: midcentury dresser in rough condition for $6
So, tell me - if you don't normally frequent thrift stores, is this helpful? Have I missed any? Anyone have any secret locations they want to give up?