WordPress 2.8. Looking for a new theme.

I like the new theme and widget controls in the all-new WP 2.8!  But my old theme didn’t play very well with it.  It was a freebie off the web anyway.  So I am now in the search for a new theme, and would appreciate any help in this direction.

Several months ago I contacted a custom designer, and gagged at the 2 to 3 THOUSAND dollar pricetag!  since then, I have found another in the 4 to 5 HUNDRED dollar range, but that is still more than I want to spend on a personal blog.

Themeforest has other options, not entirely unique, but almost, in the 15 to 25 dollar range. Now we’re talkin’!  But still, I would love something that says “Ferd!”

I’ll keep looking, but would appreciate any ideas.