My only furniture purchase in the last two years was a new bookcase, the store has since gone out of business, for $40. It would have been the same at the thrift store, for some cruddy one!
I have gotten a few more shelves from the street, set out for free.
I don't even bother looking at furniture at thrift stores, it is overpriced and generally very old and ugly. I would rather wait until we have more money and go to IKEA, about 4 miles away, for inexpensive but fun furniture. That is where we bought a little dresser for dd age 4 when she was born, about $70, it's fun with frosted panels. We went there for a lamp for oldest dd's dorm, $7.
Is there anywhere you can get new inexpensive, hopefully not pressed wood but real wood furniture there?