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November 2015 Summary

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Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe month of November this year has proven to be quite a different one for finding high-end items in that there were days when there was nothing to be found and then there were a few days where some great items were located in some of the less likely stores. As an example, just a few days ago when I didn’t have much money to spend but wanted to do some scouting nonetheless, one of the popular haunts not known for a good selection of high-end items had four high end items out of the ordinary on the same rack. One was a beautiful suit (coat and pants) by my favorite Ermenegildo Zegna of their better wool known November 2015 right

as Trofeo. Trofeo, which means trophy in Italian, is made from the very best Australian superfine, long, soft merino wool, approximately 17 microns thick (thin). Another was a suit from Prada of dark charcoal with faint vertical striping and was very tempting but a size too small. A third was a Burberry tan suit coat and the fourth was a brown plaid Salvatore Ferragamo dress coat. I took a chance and bought the Zegna for $15.97 since the jacket was just my size and the pants would require only a little tailoring if they are to fit properly. The suit appeared to be quite new and the fabric label inside the right pocket was crisp indicating it had not been dry cleaned very many times if at all. Another lucky purchase of Zegna proved to be another great find when I located a suit of High Performance material which is especially nice during the summer months when the sun beats down on the dark wool but is quickly reflected off with its Cool Effect finish keeping the open weave material relatively cool.

AnoErmenegildo Zegna Trofeo labelther good example was a dry afternoon of locating anything until I stepped into a good ole reliable Goodwill and quickly found two Versace, six Ermenegildo Zegna, two Armani Collezioni and one Gucci shirt, all within five minutes. My price for each of the shirts was only $4.79. Had I been ten minutes earlier, I would not have found any of these as this was part of their daily 6:30p clothing run. This certainly made up for the dry spell for that day. It pays to know not only where but when to shop.

Don’t forget that this is also the month to make sure Santa’s list is complete and I was lucky to find two black leather purses, one from Gucci and the other from Dooney and Bourke. A wallet from Coach and a gold ladies watch from Citizen would look good with the Ferragamo shoes and Burberry hat hanging from the Christmas tree for the girls. Anyone else in the family need a top quality Ermenegildo Zegna suit, shirt, tie or pair of pants?

Here is some of the take for the month of November of this year.

November 2015 Take

$391.84 $531.43 $29,698.67 75.8x
Company Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
6,590.00 Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 15.97 19.99 3,495.00 Gray Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 15.97 19.99 3,095.00 Gray Italy
Dress Jackets
8,435.00 Armani, Giorgio  Giorgio Armani 11.98 14.99 1,295.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 11.98 14.99 2,295.00 Blue Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 7.98 9.99 2,495.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Dillard’s 4.99 9.99 2,350.00 Gray Canada
Shirts
5,739.07 Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.98 9.99 69.50 Black China
Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.98 9.99 69.50 Gray China
Armani, Giorgio A|X 6.48 12.99 89.50 Peach India
Armani, Giorgio A|X 6.38 7.99 69.50 Black India
Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.18 8.99 69.50 Black China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.79 5.99 295.00 Black Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.79 5.99 275.00 Purple Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Emporio Armani 3.99 4.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Armani, Giorgio Emporio Armani 11.98 14.99 475.00 Orange  –
Christian Dior Plus de Coton 3.99 4.99 214.46 White USA
Christian Dior  – 4.79 5.99 150.12 Blue Sri Lanka
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 4.79 5.99 495.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 495.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 345.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Yellow Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 275.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Soft 4.79 5.99 345.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 3.99 4.99 395.00 White Italy
Eton Ganghester 1928 4.79 5.99 275.00 Black Sweden
Gucci  – 4.79 5.99 475.00 Green Italy
Hugo Boss Hugo Boss Sport 4.79 5.99 95.00 Brown China
Hugo Boss Regular Fit 7.18 8.99 175.00 Black Malaysia
MINI  – 4.79 5.99 21.99 Black Portugal
Sweaters
2,001.00 Christian Dior Monsieur 6.48 12.99 903.00 Tan N Mariana Is
Christian Dior Monsieur 6.48 12.99 903.00 Blue N Mariana Is
Neiman Marcus Egyptian Cotton 4.79 5.99 195.00 Green China
Pants
1,940.00 Ermenegildo Zegna Z Soft 5.59 6.99 550.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Soft 5.59 6.99 550.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.59 6.99 445.00 Brown Rumania
Zanella Boyd’s Philadelphia 7.18 8.99 395.00 Charcoal Italy
Ties
1,629.00 Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 3.99 4.99 150.00 Gray Italy
Burberrys  – 2.39 2.99 150.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.49 2.99 205.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 3.19 3.99 205.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 205.00 Red Italy
Valentino Cravette 0.99 1.99 150.00 Black Italy
Yves Saint Laurent  – 2.49 4.99 154.00 Purple France
Shoes
225.00 Allen Edmonds Nashua 6.38 7.99 195.00 Brown USA
French Shriner Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Maple  –
French Shriner Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Maple  –
 – Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar  –
Hangers
103.50 Butler’s valet Maple 7.98 9.99 100.00 Natural  –
Coat Maple 0.55 0.69 1.75 Natural  –
Coat Maple 0.55 0.69 1.75 Natural  –
Accessories
3,036.10 Burberry London 1.59 1.99 74.66 Tan  –
Citizen 5930 6.99 6.99 275.00 Gold  –
Citizen 6020 8.99 8.99 275.00 Gold  –
Coach Tri-fold wallet 12.47 24.99 150.00 Black China
Dooney & Bourke Purse 14.97 29.99 398.00 Black USA
Gucci Top handle purse 23.96 29.99 1,340.00 Black Italy
Johnston & Murphy Belt 3.19 3.99 59.50 Black  –
Louis Vuitton Purse 9.99 9.99 15.00  –  –
Sak’s Fifth Avenue Belt 3.99 4.99 178.00 Brown  –
Sak’s Fifth Avenue Belt 3.19 3.99 178.00 Black USA
Smith & Wesson single blade knife 2.99 2.99 57.95 Black  –
 – Belt 2.49 4.99 15.00 Brown  –
 – Cedar block 0.55 0.69 3.99 Cedar  –
 – Watch box 0.79 0.99 1.00 Black
 – Belt 4.98 9.99 15.00 Brown USA

 

 

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October 2015 Summary

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Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month (October) was a great month for finding some out of the ordinary items. But then, you might be able to say that for every month which makes Goodwilling a lot fun and much like a treasure hunt, not knowing what you will find. This was the first time I found a CHANEL tie, a GUCCI wallet, a GUCCI purse, two Oxxford Clothes suits with a ticket pocket, a Versace suit for $10, Zegna sport jacket, Zegna brown corduroy pants, Dolce & Gabbana belt, Allen Edmonds belt, Ralph Lauren Purple Label shirt and tie, and a beautiful, expensive, high end Zilli tie. As a side note, many thanks to the people who donate such fine items as these and more so that those of us who would ordinarily not be able to afford such fine things can now own them!

Not only did I find one Oxxford suit (coat and pants) but make that two, one gray and another dark blue. These are, in my opinion as well crafted as some others, great high end American made suits made to measure as well as bespoke. A “Giorgio Armani” black label dress jacket showed up on the rack but didn’t stay there long once discovered. I always like finding clothing by Chiavari and this dress coat fit perfectly. Then, there was the black Zegna silky sport jacket made to fit as well as the new tech Zegna cool shirt I found. There were the purple label shirt and tie by Ralph Lauren I seldom see and the sweaters by Christian Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, Zegna Sport and Hugo Boss that immediately jumped into my buggy. I did not realize that I had purchased as many ties as I had with the regular names of Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry’s, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Christian Dior as well as four more from Hermes. The name Hermes is at the top of the list of high-end clothing and accessories as is their price. Of course, I have already mentioned the ties from Chanel, Gucci and Zilli that are seldom seen. This month also found some great shirts by Armani Exchange, Burberry’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Zanella, John Varvatos, Ike Behar and Christian Dior.  There were not as many pair of pants found this time but the ones I found were really nice, such as: MANI (Giorgio Armani), Ermenegildo Zegna and Christian Dior. The belts located were really nice and these sported the labels of Allen Edmonds, Dolce & Gabbana, and Yves Saint Laurent. The five pair of shoes located looked like new and had the names of Salvatore Ferragamo and Allen Edmonds along with enough cedar trees to fit into twice as many shoes.

In the ladies department, I picked up a Gucci wallet for eleven dollars and a classic grey Gucci purse for less than thirteen dollars. These were nice finds intended for my daughters along with the pair of brand new Ferragamo shoes. You can see from the photo above that this is not all of the items but a good selection you might find if you learn some of the better quality names and get lucky. You have to wonder what Goodwill might have had earlier in the store that you never saw, doesn’t it?

Here is the latest spreadsheet following of this month’s (October) haul and it would appear that the high end items are increasing, percentage wise. This is a substantial increase in the value vs cost (112x vs 90x) while spending $140 less this month compared to last month. November promises to be even better.

 

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October 2015 Take

$387.40 $538.70 $43,536.03 112.4 x
 Item Company Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
13,170.00 Oxxford Clothes Neiman Marcus 15.97 19.99 4,825.00 Gray USA
Oxxford Clothes Neiman Marcus 15.97 19.99 5,595.00 Blue USA
Versace V2 15.97 19.99 2,750.00 Gray Italy
Dress Jackets
8,635.00 Armani, Giorgio Black label 15.97 19.99 1,225.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 10.00 10.00 1,225.00 Charcoal Italy
Chiavari  – 7.98 9.99 1,495.00 Charcoal Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 11.98 14.99 2,295.00 Blue Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 7.98 9.99 2,395.00 Navy Italy
Overcoats
525.00 Christian Dior Monsieur 11.98 14.99 525.00 Green, dark USA
Shirts
6,443.45 Armani, Giorgio A|X 2.49 4.99 34.50 White USA
Armani, Giorgio A|X 4.99 9.99 89.50 Blue China
Armani, Giorgio  – 5.00 5.00 475.00 Blue Italy
Burberry London 6.38 7.99 425.00 Red England
Burberry London 0 14.99 425.00 Navy Portugal
Burberry London  0 7.99 425.00 Red England
Christian Dior  – 7.48 14.99 42.00 Green Argentina
Dolce & Gabanna  – 6.73 8.99 645.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Microcheck 4.79 5.99 495.00 Aqua Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport  2.98 4.99 385.00 Brown Hong Kong
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 245.00 White Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 4.49 5.99 375.00 White Turkey
Ike Behar Nordstrom 4.79 5.99 265.00 Brown Canada
John Varvatos  – 4.79 5.99 268.00 Green China
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 2.49 6.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Versace Collection 10.38 12.99 725.00 Mint Turkey
Versace Collection 7.98 9.99 725.00 Black Turkey
Zanella  – 4.79 5.99 34.95 Gray Italy
 – vest 3.19 3.99 69.50 Black  –
Sweaters/jackets
1,850.00 Armani, Giorgio A|X 6.38 7.99 110.00 Navy China
Christian Dior  – 4.79 5.99 350.00 Navy USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 4.79 5.99 645.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 745.00 Black Italy
Pants
1,746.00 Armani, Giorgio MANI 3.49 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Christian Dior Monsieur 3.49 6.99 461.00 Charcoal  –
Ermenegildo Zegna jeans 5.59 6.99 445.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna jeans 5.59 6.99 445.00 Black Italy
Ties
5,461.40 Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 1.59 1.99 150.00 Green Italy
Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 2.99 5.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio  – 1.99 3.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio  – 1.49 3.99 150.00 Green Italy
Armani, Giorgio  – 2.99 5.99 150.00 Red Italy
Burberry’s London 0.99 1.99 150.00 Green England
Canali  – 2.24 2.99 160.00 Brown Italy
Canali  – 2.24 2.99 160.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.49 2.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 0.99 1.99 205.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.49 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 3.19 3.99 205.00 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Gray Italy
Givenchy Monsieur 1.49 2.99 195.00 Yellow Italy
Gucci  – 3.99 4.99 190.00 Brown Italy
Hermes 7009 TA 1.59 1.99 180.00 Gray France
Hermes 7009 TA 2.38 2.99 180.00 Yellow France
Hermes 7078 OA 2.38 2.99 180.00 Red France
Hermes  – 10.69 10.69 180.00 Brown France
Lands End Bow tie 1.99 1.99 39.00 Red USA
Lands End Bow tie 0.99 1.99 39.00 Red USA
Ralph Lauren Purple label 2.39 2.99 215.00 Black England
Salvatore Ferragamo 1.59 1.99 190.00 Yellow Italy
Valentino Cravatte 2.39 2.99 150.00 Gold Italy
Valentino DIS N. 68113 1.99 3.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent  – 1.99 1.99 98.00 Red Italy
Yves Saint Laurent  – 2.38 2.99 295.00 Red USA
Yves Saint Laurent  – 0.99 1.99 154.00 Black USA
Zilli  – 12.99 12.99 301.40 Brown France
 ?  – 7.98 9.99 35.00  –  –
 ?  – 1.49 2.99 35.00  –  –
Shoes
2,071.50 Allen Edmonds Bratton 4.79 5.99 385.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds Dawson & Hillcrest 4.99 9.99 385.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds Holton 10.38 12.99 250.00 Brown USA
Earl Natural Shoe tree 1.49 2.99 12.00 Maple  –
FootJoy 57037 2013 12 11.98 14.99 500.00 Black China
FootJoy 57086 2012 02 14.37 17.99 500.00 Black China
Larry’s Shoe tree 1.19 1.49 39.50 Cedar  –
Larry’s Shoe tree 1.19 1.49 15.00 Cedar  –
Salvatore Ferragamo Penny Loafer 9.99 9.99 595.00 Black Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Penny Loafer 9.99 9.99 720.00 Tan Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo SR6816 9 2A 3.99 3.99 475.00 Olive Italy
Hangers
60.00  –  – 0.74 0.99 60.00 Natural 3@$20
 –  – 0.55 0.69 3.50 Natural  –
 –  – 0.34 0.69 3.50 Natural  –
 –  – 0.55 0.69 1.75 Natural  –
Pocket Squares
64.95 Lord Ashton  – 0.99 1.99 19.95 Red China
 –  – 0.99 1.99 15.00 Blue Dark
 –  – 0.99 1.99 15.00 Black
 –  – 0.99 1.99 15.00 Purple  –
Accessories
1,694.98 Dolce & Gabbana Belt 3.99 3.99 745.00 Black Italy
Gucci wallet 11.50 11.50 495.00 Green Italy
Hermes pouch 8.00 8.00 39.99 Black Italy
Hermes pouch 1.25 1.25 39.99 Black Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Belt 1.49 2.99 375.00 Black Italy