I went to BigLots too, just to see.
We actually did find a bunch of stuff we needed, mainly kitchen stuff. The clerk even told us a "secret" that their trucks come on Monday and that's when all the good stuff is there.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience, JellyBelly. It is like a mini-Wal Mart, but with better prices. The one here was definitely clean and orderly, though, so it may have just been a bad store you went to.