Although you won't find the rock-bottom prices that the name of the store would lead you to believe, this is a fairly reasonably priced store that carries very nice furniture. The layout's a bit cluttered, sometimes to the point of having absolutely no rhyme or reason, but the deals you can find make it worth your while to poke your way through mountains of wood and metal.
All in all, a nice little video store. The selection is fantastic, including a wide range of foreign films, arranged by country for easy searching. There's only one problem, but unfortunately it's a doozy. The rental times are scandalously short. I mean honestly, three days is not so terribly long a time to keep a new release. I find myself never renting more than one movie at a time from them, because I know there's no way I'll have time to watch them all before it's time to return them.
If you have any interest in learning to play folk instruments, this is the place you must go. Immediately. They teach a wide range of classes, from basics like guitar to more obscure instruments like banjo or mandolin, all the way to instruments where you wouldn't expect an organized lesson, like harmonica. The teachers are extremely skilled, both at music and education. Their prices are exceptionally reasonable, especially when compared to the cost of private lessons.
The best way to sum up this business is by the fact that, as of the time of this writing, they have an ALF doll in the window. I mean honestly... ALF. They're the place to go for anything old and ridiculous you might want. You can find a jacket with ludicrous lapels to go with your ludicrous muttonchops, or a box full of old Atari games. Although it should be noted that their stock of clothing is far more reliable than anything else, as they are mainly a clothes store.
The second you walk in this store, you get hit by the smell of books. If you don't know what I mean by "the smell of books", then you have no interest in a used bookstore, so don't bother going. Almost everything in the store has a battered cover and a dusty air about it, which is a must for any store of its type. The prices are a bit steep, so much so that the store is, for me at least, a special treat when I have cash to throw around. But it's generally pretty fair, and it's not hard to find a gem on the shelves.
On the whole, not a bad place. As long as you're not looking for anything too obscure, they've got a decent selection. If you're only after mainstream superhero comics, you'll almost definitely find what you're looking for. The prices on back issues are reasonable, and the staff is pretty helpful. It's worth going to if you live down south, and don't feel like hauling yourself all the way out to any of the northern indie comic stores in Lakeview or Evanston.
Reckless is the obvious place to go for music if you wear courdoroys and hoodies out of season. I mean honestly, it's like mecca for indie music kids. If you're an indie music kid, what are you doing reading this review? You should be at Reckless. Go. You know you want to.
However, their used DVD rack is also top shelf. Lots of good deals on TV show sets that would otherwise cost a small fortune, and a smart enough staff to stock good shows that you'd actually want to buy.
As far as thrift stores go, you pretty much know what you're in for. You'll spend a couple hours rooting through absolute garbage hoping to find one article of clothing that makes your jaw drop when you realize how little you're going to pay for it. It doesn't always happen; sometimes you just go home with nothing and are all annoyed. But the number of times I've stumbled on a fantastic find has been higher at Ragstock than at any other thrift store in Chicago. So yay for Ragstock... I have a wondeful leather jacket because of you.
This place is exactly what I think of when I muse on what a bookstore should be like. It's underground, there are pipes running across the ceiling, and the whole place is divided into separate little rooms by bookshelves instead of walls. You could spend ages wandering from section to section, just enjoying the feel of the place, before you even get around to looking for a book. They also have a decent journal selection up front, at least for Hyde Park.
This is, without question, the finest comic book store I have ever encountered. You can find pretty much anything you're looking for, anywhere from the most recent issue of X-Men, to rows and rows of obscure mini-comic published on some guy's xerox machine. Best of all, the indy shelves are better stocked than any I've ever seen. They offer shelf space to local artists, they support intelligent titles... what more could you ask for? Nothing, that's what.