July 2015 Summary

July 2015 haulLogo GoodwillBuyer.com smallJuly was a very good month as in the name brands I was able to find and the variety of items on the racks and shelves. I am learning to discern more between what name brands to put in the cart and which ones to leave for others. I was able to find some of my favorites as usual such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Burberry and of course Brioni. There were a few surprises in finding the Versace shirt and glasses, the two expensive Oxxford coats, one with surgeon sleeves, and the Zegna linen jacket that was much more expensive the I would have thought purchased for one dollar! Here is what I found for $328.55 valued at $34,288. That’s a record for me of 104 times as much as I spent if purchased new as a comparison. My goal was to have a month where the value was at least one hundred times as much letting me know that my eye was finding the finer quality/expensive items. It’s nice to have goals you can meet. June was rated at 103 times as much, May was 80 times and the preceding April was 67 times a much. The rate is definitely increasing. I’ll let you know how the statistics show up for August. How are your stats looking?

July 2015 Take

$328.55 $492.69 $34,287.96
Company Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
$1,995 Burberry’s London 13.57 16.98 1,995.00 Brown, dark USA
Dress Coats
$21,860 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.99 9.99 1,195.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 19.96 39.99 995.00 Green Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 1,195.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 63.91 79.99 875.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio MANI 7.98 9.99 1,225.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio MANI 7.98 9.99 1,225.00 Black Italy
Arnold Brant 60497 AB17 0.00 9.99 500.00 White Italy
Burberry London 7.98 9.99 2,195.00 Brown USA
Christian Dior Le Connaisseur 1.00 19.99 925.00 Black USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 1.00 9.99 2,795.00 Tan Switzerland
Hickey-Freeman Boardroom 1.00 9.99 600.00 Black USA
Oxxford Clothes 45 Onwetnsia Crown Cashmr 7.98 9.99 3,620.00 Gray USA
Oxxford Crest Cashmere 7.98 9.99 4,515.00 Brown USA
$6,256 Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.98 9.99 98.00 White China
Armani, Giorgio A|X 10.38 12.99 98.00 Black Hong Kong
Armani, Giorgio Classico 2.99 5.99 235.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.38 7.99 245.00 Plum Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Emporio 6.38 7.99 325.00 White Peru
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 4.79 5.99 295.00 Gray Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 5.99 5.99 645.00 Blue Italy
Canali Sportswear 4.79 5.99 295.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 445.00 Blue Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 445.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.49 5.99 510.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.18 8.99 445.00 Green Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 385.00 Silver Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 5.99 475.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z City 4.79 5.99 445.00 Brown Italy
Hugo Boss Slim fit 5.59 6.99 175.00 Black Italy
Versace Classic V2 11.98 14.98 695.00 Gray Italy
$909 Armani, Giorgio A|X 4.79 5.99 400.00 Black Hong Kong
Armani, Giorgio Armani Jeans 3.19 3.99 385.00 Tan Hong Kong
Aston Martin 2.99 5.99 123.99 Green England
$3,455 Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 375.00 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 375.00 Tan Italy
Brioni Sport 5.59 6.99 900.00 Brown Italy
Burberry’s suit pants 7.98 9.99 475.00 Black England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.49 6.99 565.00 Beige Portugal
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 10.38 12.99 565.00 Beige Italy
Zanetti Zegna 120’s 1.00 6.99 200.00 Gray Italy
$860 Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 3.99 4.99 150.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 1.19 1.49 150.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Lanvin Paris 1.00 3.99 165.00 Tan France
Turnbull & Asser Neiman Marcus 1.49 2.99 190.00 Blue England
$599 Salvatore Ferragamo loafers 4.79 5.99 599.00 Black Italy
$349 Fieldcrest Royal Velvet 0.55 0.69 2.00 White USA
Polycycle Solutions 5 gallon water container 4.99 4.99 26.98 Blue USA
Samsonite Suit case 3.99 4.99 69.99 Black USA
Versace Glasses & case 4.99 9.99 250.00 Black Italy


$5.99 will buy a lot

Ferragamo-for-5-99If you don’t believe your money will stretch out and buy a lot these days, well then, you haven’t been to your local Goodwill store lately. No, I’m not plugging just the Goodwill but it does pay to spend some time and search out some of the thrift stores in the more lucrative neighborhoods surrounding larger cities of expendable income.

This past month was a good month for individual purchases but two stood out among the many for the price marked $5.99. One was this pair of men’s Salvatore Ferragamo black loafers that sold new for around 100 times as much; $599. The other was a blue and white striped Brioni dress shirt sold at Neiman Marcus. This also sells new for more than 100 times as much listed at $635. I paid $4.79 for the shoes and $5.99 for the shirt. A total of $10.78 for what would have cost, if purchased new, $1,234.

Brioni shirt for $635.Most clothing does not typically hold its value but it does pay to know the better quality, especially when you can buy it for no more than the cheaper quality clothing hanging on the same rack for the same price. I can’t think of a better place to view the variety of selection you have than at thrift stores. Shopping at the local Goodwill stores has become more of a treasure hunt, one that I fully enjoy and even more in sharing with you. Here’s hoping you learn the better quality name brands and have as good or better luck finding them in your size! What have you found for less than six bucks lately?