This month turned out to be a much better than average period of time for collecting some especially good items. I was able to reach the triple digit goal with the total retail accumulation registering 110.9 times what I paid. For the forty items purchased at just $277, the retail would have close to $31,000, most of which I can readily use.
Treasures – This term is relative to the purchases for that month and the following names prove out that this was an especially good month. With names like Zilli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brioni, Oxxford Clothes, Burberry, Chanel, Armani, Hermès, Gucci, Fabergé, Patek Philippe, Versace, Prada and Longaberger, they are all treasures in their rightful turn. I’ll let you determine which might be favored over the next in the following categories.
Suits – Owning a well-made Italian, French, American or English suit can make a tremendous difference in the way you are perceived at a certain event or just at work. I was able to find a very nice dark grey Giorgio Armani Collezioni suit for only $9.59. Although it was too small for my size, it will look very well on some relative of mine. I also found two double breasted suits that showed very little wear and may be a bit out of fashion today but still command a certain respect even in this day. The Ermenegildo Zegna light grey suit looks great since it was definitely my size and shows that it has a serious attitude. The other double breasted black suit is from a name I have not seen in men’s suits before, that of Salvatore Ferragamo. This is also a name certainly associated with the higher end of clothiers in Italy.
Dress Jackets – Only two jackets were picked up this month but were especially well represented by one which is brand new, with tags, brown, window pane from Canali. This one was picked up for less than eight dollars and should sell well on eBay. The other is a seldom seen double breasted tuxedo from Brioni, the epitome of luxury that set the previous owner back close to six thousand dollars and irresistible to me for less than eight dollars as well. The fact that it fit so well carved out a special place in the closet for that certain event in the future I hope to wear with style.
Overcoats – This specific overcoat certainly would be considered a treasure by most standards. I was very lucky when I came upon a chocolate brown, Emperor cashmere, Oxxford Clothes thick pile overcoat for a marked price of $12.99. It is my understanding that Emperor cashmere is considered to be among the best if not the best cashmere available. Of course, it fit just the way it should and will have its special place in the closet next to the Burberry overcoat collection.
Shirts – Shirts are an easy pick since their labels are quickly visible without much trouble in locating. I’m a “label looker” and can run through a rack of shirts much faster than that of, for example, trousers. I was able to find three brand new Burberry London shirts my size with the labels still attached that resale for as much as $320 to $460 each for less than $12 apiece. Since I have more shirts than I need, these will hit the eBay listing shortly to recover my total expenditure. Charles Tyrwhitt shirts are not as expensive but fit my frame very well and the sleeve length is always easy to see within the label provided. The other three shirts that made the list this month were from ErmenegildoZegna, Turnbull & Asser and Vineyard Vines. Turnbull & Asser make the shirts for the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, so they must be above average and they show it.
Pants – The name of Brioni is always a goose bump checker in that they make some of the finest clothing on the market today. Their listed retail price shows the care and pride of the Italians that make each piece. I located two pair of Brioni trousers that list for $900 each, a grey pair and a black pair, that will immediately become a matched set with two Brioni suit jackets that match perfectly. The third pair of pants I selected were that of Canali Pantalone in charcoal, another of my favorite brands for this category.
Ties – Fifteen neckties were located with some especially good names. Four such names have to be considered to be listed with the treasures: Gucci, Hermès, Zilli, and of course a seldom seen Patek Philippe. Any time you see the name Zilli, you can expect to see anything they make to be the very best and their price reflects this. The other brands located are from Giorgio Armani (3), Canali, Chanel, Daniel, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Lanvin, Parfums Fabergé, and Gianni Versace (2).
This was the first time I had discovered a tie from Patek Philippe. If you know watches, you know this name very well as being recognized as the top of the line as far as quality and beauty in the world. The tie peaked my interest in the brand so I stopped by the only place in the state where you can even see a selection of the watches. The informative lady I spoke with informed me that the ties were not available for sale but rather were given to important clients or at special events. I found the following quote that supported this fact: “You will not find for sale this item in the Patek Philippe boutiques, it is offered only to a few VIP customers by the Patek Philippe boutiques!”. What a lucky find and it now has a place of prominence well protected from dust, etc.
Shoes – I am always looking out for a good pair of shoes. If your feet are uncomfortable at your workplace, your work suffers as much as your feet. A co-worker of mine is quite large and takes a size 15 extra wide shoe. I was able to find a pair of Allen Edmonds formal lace ups for the low price of $4.99. The price was adjusted for the upcoming season of Halloween and due to the size, represented a different clientele than what the shoes were intended for but fit my budget very well. Another pair of Allen Edmonds seldom seen were those in white or cream slip on style with a matching tassel. It’s nice to have these in my size should the occasion happen when they are required. The other three pair were a brand new set from Cole Haan for $6.99, Ecco Fusion II for the same price and a pair of $780 Prada Spazzolato Oxford for only $10.39. Of course, each pair had to have a matching set of shoe trees to keep them in pristine shape.
Hanger – A nice, robust black plastic Canali suit hanger has a suit with the same name just waiting to have a suit wrap itself around this hanger.
Accessories – There were not as many miscellaneous items in this category this month but there were two that did warrant my attention. I picked up a like new Christian Lacroix polyvinyl doctor bag I needed for carrying some literature and books and could not resist picking up a 1996 Longaberger Collector’s Club basket for the total price of $1.99. I know someone who collects these nice wooden baskets who might like to have this on their next birthday. Then there is the YSL brown belt that you know is expensive and the quality reflects this.
Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they will bring you a good net satisfaction. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting.
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Great information on what to look for with details on some great treasures you can find at your local thrift store.