How do you say Isaia?

Just a quick thank you to all of you who donate your very nice items to the Goodwill.

One such item I found was a very seldom seen name unless you visit Barney’s of New York, Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus. That clothing house I’m referring to is Isaia. Well, I found a great looking black coat just yesterday on the Saturday half off day and it was carefully guarded until I could check out at the front door. The buggy was never more than an arm’s length away from me the whole time. The price marked was $9.99 so for less than a five dollar bill, the three thousand dollar coat made it safely to my car a little later.

That wasn’t the only item of value that made it to the car. I found a perfect fitting Michael Kors grey suit for less than a ten dollar bill and a great looking $3,100 Yves Saint Laurent coat for $4.99.

Thank you again for those of you who made my day by donating the items you no longer have any use for. You certainly know how to put a smile on an old man’s face!

By the way, I did finally learn how to say Isaia. It just took a few times of hearing it from this site and trying to look Italian when I said it. 🙂



How much for that necktie?

HerYou never know what to expect to find when browsing around some of the Goodwill stores and that is just a part of the excitement. I decided to visit one of the stores that hadn’t seen my shadow for a few weeks and it paid off. They had one of the better quality ties by the company Hermes but take a look at what the suggested retail price is on the cloth label that was left on it and then what I paid. Do people actually pay that much for this small piece of silk? Amazing, isn’t it!

Maybe I need to visit some of the stores a little more often. There is no telling what I may have missed.

Surprise! Free money.

Thought that would grab your attention.

It actually happened and I don’t know which Goodwill it came from.

I was preparing to take a trip across the country to visit with my parents for Thanksgiving and needed a larger bag to carry my clothing and computer in but it had to be small enough to use as carry-on baggage. Due to having purchased at least a dozen computer bags in perfect condition from the Goodwills over the past year, I picked out one from my collection that “fit the bill”. Taking into consideration that the TSA would be looking through my luggage and might find something I didn’t know existed in the bag, I dug around the compartments an sure enough I found a piece of paper. The paper was actually a money envelope from a bank and I tossed it aside as garbage. As I threw it, I noticed that it felt a bit stiff for the small size it was. This required further investigation to see if there was anything of value within. Sure enough, as you would guess it my first thoughts were that it might be a 5 or even a$100 found 20 dollar bill inside and needed to be withdrawn. That was not the case, though. Turns out it was a crisp, never been used one hundred dollar bill. There was no name or anything to allow me to be honest and return it to the owner and I had no clue as to which Goodwill I bought the bag from. The money was now mine. As it turned out, this was just the amount I needed to make my monthly rent and was quickly put to good use.

I now rank among the many fortunate enough to find a nice surprise that surpassed the amount paid for the item purchased at a local Goodwill store. Moral of this story . . you may not know it but “you’ve got it in the bag.” Goodwill is full of surprises in more ways than one.