The only way to meet a goal is to set one and repeatedly strive to achieve it. This month, I was able to meet that goal of obtaining an average purchase of less than 1/100th of the actual retail price. The retail price of all of this month’s purchase would have been 107 times as much as I paid at the local Goodwill stores. I spent sixty dollars less than last month ($262) but the end retail price ($27,931) was $6,300 more. It was a good month.
The month of June this year found fewer items total but the items were of a higher end type of clothing and accessories. A number of the treasures found this month were found in some of out-of-the-way Goodwill stores, not the usual high-end neighborhoods you would suspect to find them in. This certainly makes it worth the while to hit them all at least once a month but you pretty well have to be there when the items hit the floor. What a surprise it was to find a suit in great condition my size from Gianni Versace. I was a little suspect as to the authenticity when I saw that it came from Hong Kong and the jury is still out on this one. Speaking of Versace, two of the black Classic V2 shirts were located. A quality Dolce & Gabbana thick cotton long sleeve shirt with hidden buttons showed up on one of the trips. A pair of Coach men’s black lace up shoes appeared on the shelf with a low price and were quickly snagged. With one of my daughter’s birthdays coming up next month, her favorite black wallet by Kate Spade was found and the price was well within my budget, especially as a birthday present.
Only one suit was located this month and for a great price of $15.97 and this was the one made by Versace. A beautiful gray suit by Canali had me wondering if it should make its way into my buggy but the price tag of $99.99 was just way too much and even if plucked from the rack on half-off day it would still be more than twice as much as the usual suit price of $19.99.
I’ve held off on buying high-end jackets unless they fit now and five beautiful suit jackets are now in this month’s purchase. These were an Armani Collezioni black tuxedo, a white and black hounds tooth Burberry’s from Bullocks, a nice jacket made from Ermenegildo Zegna window pane cloth, an Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ jacket and two English Gieves & Hawkes.
This was the month of shirts, 21 actually. I located a Giorgio Armani Collezioni dress blue shirt, a rare yellow Borelli, two from Brioni (one of my favorites), two from Burberry, three from Canali, the white specialty Dolce & Gabbana, five from Ermenegildo Zegna, two surprise finds from Givenchy, a heavy gray one from Luciano Barbera, the two black shirts from Versace Classic and one brown from Zanella.
Only one pair of pants caught my eye that I bought and these were a beautiful pair of dark brown from Canali. I saw another pair of brown silky wool from Santorelli but didn’t want to pay the high price of $24.99 when I see them in other stores marked at $6.99.
Of course, I picked up some really nice ties, ten less than last month. These were from Bally (1), Brioni (2), Burberry(s) (4), Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (5), Gucci (1), Italo Ferretti (1), one from a company claiming the name Italy but made in Korea, one from Ted Baker and a black silk bow tie without a name. A multicolored silk pocket square was found hiding in one of the jackets, no name either.
In the shoe department, the only pair of Coach men’s black lace ups I have ever seen were located and although they are a size too small, they will help finance further purchases by finding their way to someone else’s feet. A beautiful pair of brown, like new, tassel loafers from Johnson & Murphy shined up like they just came out of the box and they fit perfectly.
There wasn’t much located in the accessories category this month which is probably why the rate went over 100 times as much if purchased retail. Wooden hangers and tie hangers always bring down the difference and not too many were found this month. The Kate Spade ladies wallet made it quickly into this selection as did a pair of Swank golden cufflinks and tie bar. Not included in this month’s listing but rather last month are the Ermenegildo Zegna eye glasses and Parfum bag. Their pictures are shown due to not making it last month.
Here is a synopsis of this last month’s purchases and their retail value with links to where I found the item or one very similar to it since some of these are no longer being made. Goodwill hunting!
|2,850||Versace, Giani||Bespoke||15.97||19.99||2,850.00||Brown||Hong Kong|
|Gieves & Hawkes||Franco’s||4.99||9.99||2,411.00||Black||USA|
|Gieves & Hawkes||Lazarus||4.99||9.99||980.00||Brown||England|
|Dolce & Gabanna||–||11.98||14.99||429.00||White||Italy|
|Luciano Barbera||The Shirt||4.79||5.99||325.00||Gray||Italy|
|Ermenegildo Zegna||Disegno Esclusivo||2.39||2.99||195.00||Red||Italy|
|Italo Ferretti||Silva Marina||3.99||4.99||179.92||Brown||Italy|
|Black bow tie||–||2.39||2.99||20.00||Black||China|
|Johnston & Murphy||Tassel loafers||6.38||7.99||144.99||Brown||USA|
|261||Kate Spade||Cedar Street Nika||19.97||24.99||178.00||Black||USA|
|Richards Tie Hanger||Tie hanger||0.49||0.99||29.77||Natural||USA|
|Velvet tie hanger for 12||1.59||1.99||4.40||Tan||USA|