November 2016 Summary

Logo smallThis is always a good month toward the end to find some good items in the Goodwill as many people are in a generous mood with it being the Thanksgiving holiday and having time off from work to do some much needed house cleaning. This was the case this year as well. A total of only forty items were located for this list.

Some of the treasures located were in the usual categories. A beautiful deep brown herringbone weave Oxxford Clothes suit was located for less than a ten dollar bill and it fit nicely. As usual, there is a reason these items show up at the Goodwill and a little needle and thread will fix this suit’s problem. Ermenegildo Zegna showed up with two jackets of their highest quality with one being a tan 15milmil15 and the other a medium blue Trofeo. These two words always bring out the goose bumps. An older but still beautiful eight hundred dollar Giorgio Armani men’s sweater was picked up for less than six dollars. The real gem in this month’s collection has to be the ladies black leather boots from Prada. The Italians have a way of bringing out the best in leather goods. Not a bad find for less than twenty dollars. A second genuine alligator belt for $3.99 showed up on the rack and was quickly snatched. The last treasure in this month’s find was a Versace black belt with silver buckle for a total of $2.39.

Two beautiful suits from Samuelsohn and Oxxford Clothes.Two suits made the list this month. The first was a great looking deep brown herringbone Super 130’s from Oxxford Clothes. This company has been in business since 1916 and is well supported by comments like those from Forbes magazine calling it the best American suit and the Robb Report calling them “the quintessential American suit maker”. This one was purchased for less than ten dollars and lists for $4,575. Great quality, style and fit for a fantastic price. The second suit is a navy with thin dark grey pen stripes from Samuelsohn, also of Super 130’s wool. It has a small moth hole that can easily be repaired and make a great statement when worn.

Coats of Christian Dior, Lanvin, Ermenegildo Zegna and SamelsohnThis was a good month for name brand dress jackets. This started off with a well refined light grey Christian Dior Boutique Paris jacket of top quality. Then, there were the two Ermenegildo Zegna high end 15milmil15 and Trofeo jackets. A tan patch pocketed Lanvin French jacket was located and the last was a deep gray Samuelsohn. A good collection of suit jackets for anyone’s wardrobe.

Shirts from Ermengildo Zegna, Burberry, Ted Baker, John Varvatos, Michael Kors, Armani Jeans and a sweater from Giorgio Armani.I was being a bit more selective on the shirts to take home this time. There were two from Burberry with one being from the Brit collection and the other from the higher end London category. Some of the other shirts included a very nice cream colored Armani Jeans, brown striped dress shirt from John Varvartos, a Michael Kors black polo style, soft light plum from Ted Baker and an assortment of four from Ermenegildo Zegna. A very expensive Giorgio Armani black sweater was picked up for six bucks.

Pants were found from Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Santorelli and Jack Victor.Only four pairs of pants were found but made for an interesting variety. An higher end pair of Ermenegildo Zegna was snatched as soon as they were found as well as a less formal pair of softer grey slacks. Jack Victor showed up with a great pair of glossy navy pair I’ve been looking for. The fourth pair were a high quality comfortable cotton slacks from Santorelli

Ties from Coach, Versace, 2004 Olympics, Benini, Stefano Ricci, Burberry, Hermes and Ermenegildo Zegna.Eight ties of extraordinary quality made the selection this month. Coach showed up with a very nice blend of silk and linen tan with regimental blue stripes. Versace lived up to its flamboyant colors and designs with a V2 selection. I then found a strange but very well preserved Athens 2004 deep blue Olympics tie. You never know what you might find. Bernini makes some very nice 7-fold ties and this dark green one will look nice with the dark brown Oxxford suit described previously. Stefano Ricci is always a welcome name in my collection and this one fits the category of first pick when matching with a grey suit. A wine red unmarked tie was recognized quickly with the well-known Burberry “Equestrian Knight” logo all over it. One of the highlights this month was seeing and purchasing a lightly used, beautiful dark blue Hermès tie. This is always a name I enjoy seeing for possible purchase! The last tie located was a very dressy silver and white regimental broad striped Ermenegildo Zegna, another name that always bringing up the goose bumps.

Prada boots, versace and alligator belts, watches from Breitling and Bell & RossOne of the better surprises of this collection was finding a pair of ladies Prada boots. They were marked with an affordable price of $24.95 which, with my coupon, brought it down to $19.97. I asked the lady to put my name on them to have the other boot brought out when I was ready to cash out. Both of my daughters tried them on but were just a bit too small. Looks like Santa will have to keep looking.  Speaking of leather, I also located two belts, one black Versace with a silver buckle for $2.39 and another genuine alligator belt for $3.99. A Breitling and a Bell & Ross ladies watch was picked up for a possible Christmas present next month.

Parker Brothers Monopoly and 2006 Burberry fragrance bearThe category of accessories is a fun place to put the “other” items found that are a lot of fun to find. A vintage wooden box of the Monopoly game with all pieces accounted for was picked up. I was not aware Parker Brothers made such an item back then but this has a solid wood box with sliding top and the cards are obviously of the older vintage. Santa did, however, show up with a Burberry bear for the year 2006 which will fit in well with the collection of the other two of the following years for my younger daughter.

Interesting assortment of clothes hangers, diploma folder and a set of Swank cufflinks & shirt studs.Good quality clothes hangers are always a welcome sight. I was able to find a couple of large maple coat hangers but the real find was three huge, Italian walnut colored suit hangers with solid brass hooks and a brass cap atop a vertical wooden dowel. I am not sure what the dowel is for and posted a query with Real Men Real Style to see if they knew. Are you familiar with this type of hanger? They must have cost a small fortune when purchased new. A very large adjustable chrome store clothes hanger with a heavy chrome base came in handy to hang all the winter overcoats on. It will hold up to about twenty with no problem. Also in this photograph are a nice set of Swank black art deco cufflinks and matching shirt studs. These are hard to find for a decent price but were listed for $5.99. The University of Phoenix diploma holder was needed for gift for a friend.

The following chart shows what I paid, the tagged price and the retail if purchased new price with a link to where the price of the item or one similar was found.  Thank you again, to the people who donate such fine articles for those of us who can otherwise not afford the quality of these items.


Nov 2016

$276.56 $375.36 $23,200.93 83.9x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
5,770 Oxxford Clothes Herringbone Super 130’s 9.98 19.99 4,575.00 Brown USA
Samuelsohn Bespoke Super 130’s 9.98 19.99 1,195.00 Navy Canada
Dress Jackets
9,644 Christian Dior Boutique 4.99 9.99 1,314.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 4.99 9.99 2,795.00 Tan Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 7.98 9.99 2,495.00 Blue Italy
Lanvin Neiman Marcus 4.99 9.99 1,545.00 Tan USA
Samuelsohn Bespoke 4.99 9.99 1,495.00 Gray Canada
2,463 Armani, Giorgio Jeans 4.79 5.99 154.00 Cream USA
Burberry London 6.38 7.99 335.00 Blue USA
Burberry Brit 11.98 14.99 265.00 Cream Hong Kong
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 395.00 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 4.49 5.99 395.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 4.49 5.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.49 5.99 345.00 Red Italy
John Varvatos  – 4.79 5.99 148.00 Brown Hong Kong
Michael Kors Michael 4.99 4.99 95.00 Black China
Ted Baker London 6.48 12.99 110.00 Purple England
795 Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 5.99 5.99 795.00 Blue Italy
1,140 Ermenegildo Zegna  – 4.99 9.99 550.00 Tan Portugal
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 5.59 6.99 295.00 Gray Portugal
Jack Victor Collection 5.59 6.99 245.00 Navy Canada
Santorelli Como 2 5.59 6.99 49.97 Tan Italy
1,245 Bernini Excluisive 2.99 2.99 69.99 Brown Italy
Burberry Equestrian Knight 2.29 2.99 190.00 Red USA
Coach  – 4.99  4.99 125.00 Tan USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 6.99 195.00 Silver Italy
Hermès 7932 MA 47.93 59.99 180.00 Blue France
Olympics Athens 2004 2.39 2.99 19.99 Blue China
Stefano Ricci Polidori 1.25 2.49 275.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni V2 Barocco Print 2.24 2.99 175.00 Red Italy
795 Prada Leather ankle boots 19.97 24.99 795.00 Black Italy
134 226 Suit hanger 2.39 2.99 35.00 Wood/metal Italy
226 Suit hanger 2.39 2.99 35.00 Wood/metal Italy
226 Suit hanger 2.39 2.99 35.00 Wood/metal Italy
Esquire Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 9.00 Wood/metal USA
Natural Coat hanger 0.74 1.49 20.00 Wood/metal USA
1,076 Bell & Ross Woman’s watch 19.76 19.76 20.00 Silver Switzerland
Chrome hanger Clothing hanger 10.98 12.99 45.00 Metal China
No name Alligator belt 3.99 4.99 250.00 Brown USA
Swank Art Deco 4.79 5.99 295.00 Black USA
University of Phoenix Diploma holder 2.39 2.99 15.98 Black USA
Versace Belt 2.39 2.99 450.00 Black Italy

Prada Proof

Logo smallJust recently, I received a comment from a gentleman that expressed doubt as to whether I actually found a pair of men’s Prada lace up dress shoes for $6.38 as reported in the October 2016 Summary article. The lack of a photograph was due in part because I did not have the shoes when I took photos of the majority of the clothing I had purchased for October and forgot to include them in the last series of photos at the end of the month. Good catch!

Not everyone is aware of some of the high-end names, no, not even Prada or as in this case, even the public left the shoes to sit on the shoe rack in the store for four days. It never ceases to amaze me which brands people focus on when for the same money or less, they could have much better quality, better appearance, and longevity if only they learned a few names. As another example of this, this past Saturday was half-off day and late in the evening I located a $3,000 Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 jacket that set me back for a total of $4.99. How did everyone, in mass, pass over this beautiful, rare find? They were not aware of the prestige the name carries in Europe or even on the East coast.

Back to the subject, the two photographs were taken of the $650 Prada shoes as proof of their purchase price, $6.38 (80% of 7.99). Part of finding treasures like this is in sharing your excitement with others so that they may take the time to find their own stories.  They may not have otherwise ventured out to look for their own treasures had you not made them aware of your good fortune. An even better example of this is the $35,000 Jeager-LeCoultre watch a gentleman found for $5.99 at a Phoenix Goodwill store. Watch out for these great names you may have just recently overlooked.

 Prada proof 1  Prada proof 2