In the past I have tended to ignore the shelves in the back of the thrift store that are filled with electronics and appliances. Too boring - no color or texture to draw me in. But sometimes you find treasures back there, too. I can't count the numbers of bread machines I've found for friends at $8 a pop - some of them expensive brands. Yesterday I found a Cuisinart ice cream maker. No manual, but that's not a reason not to get it - you can find most any owner's manual online. (I found the one for this item easily once I got home.) With the economy in the shape it's in,
don't overlook the local thrift store as a cheap source for expensive appliances. Even frivolous ones like an ice cream maker.