When I'm hunting around thrift stores, I try not to have anything specific in mind (a cardinal rule of thrifting, and perhaps life in general, is that if you're looking for something, you'll never find it. You've got to have no expectations--that's when you stumble upon great things...) but there are a few things that I can't stop hoping I come across.
a dress form:
vintage military/field watch:
old maps (specifically those of Charleston or European cities): a leopard-print coat like the one Anne Bancroft wore as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate: old books with funny covers: On an unrelated note, here's my favorite Christmas song;