If you want magic items, there’s always the secret cow level. Magic items galore. If there’s more than one of you doing it, look for the cow king, he usually has the best item. Even if you can’t find an item you can really use, you make enough cash that you can buy some serious stuff.
Jeff- the Portal Shrine had been in the pre-expansion Diablo II, it was just pretty rare.
I’ve been playing a Druid (though not much; still level 14 and not finished with Act I) and picked up a boatload of magic items. And gems. My god, the number of gems- my pre-expansion characters would have killed to pick up that many gems by the end of Act 3, let alone nearing the end of Act I.
Oops, I recalled seeing something about new shrines for the expansion and I thought that was one. As I said earlier, about half of my assassin stash was gems until she got the cube. IIRC, that assassin is level 12 and is a third of the way through a2q2. I’m not much for BNet, partly because of my unstable connection via AOL. When I am on, I’m in US East. I don’t remember my characters’ names at the moment.