Genesis: really good deals on some pretty dang nice clothes! They had a few pieces of furniture out front and some inside, with housewares, but I'd hit this place for clothes. I didn't find any apartment-worthy swag (but I did get two Ann Taylor blazers-- $10 and $12).
SVdP: First, this place is super huge. Lots of furniture out front and inside. Maybe not the most current selection, but good quality and clean-looking (which is all we can really ask from a thrift store). The housewares section also had lots of the good, the bad, and the weird weird weird. I ended up with a selection of odds n ends, including a big brass tub with great turquoisey patina that will either be a planter or hold my throw blankets. I may go back for a certain table or two. One disappointment was that they had all these wonderful shoes, but none over a size 9 that I could find, and all of them displayed randomly in no particular order. I realize it would be hard to organize by size, but maybe at least have sections? Obviously it doesn't hamper business because there were lots of people there.
Salvation Army: Okay I may be a cheapo but I really felt like I was at the Weirs outlet. This store had by far the most furniture and the nicest set-up; I really felt like I was at a legit furniture store!?? Especially since the prices were the same as a furniture store!?? Okay, maybe not quite as high as each piece was originally priced, but most pieces were $250 and up. For a second-hand situation I feel this is a little ambitious. On the other hand, if I were someone with more traditional taste I'm sure I could have found the perfect sofa for a real good deal. The best deal by far? The dressers/armoires. Beautiful wooden pieces with absolutely no damage/wear. Still a little steep for my thrift-store mindset, but next time I'm shopping for higher-end items I'll hit this place up! They had lots of clothes but I didn't really look very closely... if they're anything like the furniture, they're good enough to attract a wide range of clientele! Last parting note: I really enjoyed the staff here.