December 2018 Summary

Logo small December is always a great month for browsing through your favorite Goodwill stores to find that perfect Christmas present for family and friends. It may not be just what you were looking for but that is part of the fun of locating something you may not have even considered that is just perfect for the hard to buy for person. This month was a great example of just that.


Treasures – With so much inventory accumulated over the past four and half years, I pretty well limit myself to what I would have considered heart thumping treasures when I began this adventure. Of the forty-three items selected, my cost came to more than I should have spent, $344, but it was hard to turn down some of the more expensive items due to their perfect fit and scarcity in this region. The total, if paid retail, came to just over $29,000 making it only 84.4 times as much as I actually spent. All of the names this month, with the exception of a few, are at the top of their category in quality and name recognition worldwide. Therefore, I will let them speak for themselves following. As always, you can click on the small image to view the items full screen.

SuitsTwo of my favorite names came up this month; Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna. The light brown Canali suit fits as though it needs no tailoring and the faint vertical strips cover up the extra twenty or so pounds I have added over Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
     The dark blue Ermenegildo Zegna is at the top of their selection with the name Trofeo printed beneath the name inside on the right hand pocket. If you have been reading these posts then you will know that Trofeo refers to the best wool found in the world and awarded the trophy to reflect this honor. Of course, it fits just as well.

Dress JacketsThere were six special dress jackets picked up this round and each stands alone as representing their clothiers especially well. I will always pick up a piece of clothing with the name of Brioni showing on the label. This was the case with this fine camel colored jacket.
     Another very fine jacket that fits a bit snug but fits is from Carolina Herrera known as being a favorite designer of first lady Melania Trump as well as previous first ladies.
     Dolce and Gabbana are well represented with a special black formal dress jacket with a special pattern woven. The price tag from Goodwill shows that they knew what they had as well.
     Ermenegildo Zegna came in with two very nice jackets, one with the very hard to find and expensive 15milmil15 fabric and the second one a solid black from Switzerland.
     A very special surprise was located with the elusive name of Hermés. I have been able to find at least three dozen ties with this name but this is the first dress jacket I have ever seen in any Goodwill store and you can imagine my excitement which was especially compounded with a very low price. I was able to pay only $7.99 for what I found to be a $1,950 in used condition. It was a very good month for locating top quality dress jackets.

ShirtsA lucky number thirteen shirts were picked out this month. These came from notable dressers’ such as Borrelli Napoli, Burberry London, Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (4) with one being a Su Misura, Eton Etastar, Versace (2) and Vineyard Vines (2). As I mentioned last month, shirts are some of the easiest items to see the manufacturer’s label since it is right at the top of the rack but there are times when the Goodwill tag covers the name. Just remember that there is a reason that article of clothing was sent to the thrift store and it may take close scrutiny to find out why.

PantsAs you may have noticed the name of Canali from Italy showing up in several categories. There is a reason for this and that is that their quality and fit are one of the best I have ever been able to find. This puts their name right at the top of my list of items to place in my buggy.
     One other very nice pair of trousers that made this month’s list comes from Santorelli. Their clothing compliments many of my jackets that need a matching pair of pants to make the pair a nice looking suit.

TiesThis list of ties makes up almost all of my names that one could ever hope to have hanging in the closet waiting for that tie to shine. Take a look at these names: Brioni (2), Burberry London, Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Kiton Napoli, Luciano Barbera, Stefano Ricci (2) and the elusive name of Zilli. I thought the Stefano Ricci ties were expensive beginning at $250 but he Zilli came in at almost $400.

ShoesMy dad asked for a certain type of shoe and I believe I found it with the very nice black loafer from Ecco. I’ll let you know what he takes them off at the end of the first day of wearing them. I have several pair of shoes by this brand and they are a joy to wear.

Accessories – You never know what you will find at the Goodwill stores in my locality and it helps to talk with friends that are looking for that certain item. I was able to find a very nice golf pull cart for less than ten dollars one week after he mentioned he would like to have one.
     Logo smallI knew the name of Pampered Chef represented some great quality cook stoneware and was able to find four pieces that appeared to have not been used. The percentage of the retail price that I paid was quite high but I wanted to have these in my kitchen and bought them just the same. The stoneware takes a bit more care but the results are certainly well worth the comparatively little extra effort. If you have cooked with stoneware of this caliber, you know what I mean!
     A real surprise last week was the white Chanel purse I was able to pick up for less than seventeen dollars. It needs some repair work and a zipper pull but was well worth the price paid for the lamb skin high price item. Judging from the date stamped on the Goodwill tag, I couldn’t believe it sat in the glass cabinet for as many days as it did. I was lucky enough a few months ago to find another, like new, Chanel purse that was appraised in the store for $6,500. This one is a bit more worn but the workmanship is quite evident.
     Another purse item was the Prada shoulder strap that had a price tag of 99 cents on it. The name was small but the quality was unmistakably Italian. I have to wonder why a piece of a high-style purse would end up in the Goodwill separated from the purse it belonged to. Perhaps the previous owner will find it on eBay when I list it and discover she could use just this certain item to attach to her Prada purse.
     A small black case caught my eye and then I saw the name X-Acto. This was just what I needed to take care of some fine work the sharp knife was designed for. The blades are especially sharp but well suited for that extra little effort where the details really count.
     The last item on this list is the Revere ware 6.5 quart pot I find useful for making that winter Russian tea that I love so much during those cold evenings when you need the vitamin C and warm soothing orange juice spiced with cinnamon and clove.

     The following chart (to be included soon) is a breakdown of what I purchased during the month of December 2018. My total expenditure was $343.72 and would have cost me eighty-four times as much, right at $29,018.62, if full retail had been paid. This theme is new and I am still trying to find a way to include the chart which should show up in the near future.

December 2018

$343.72 $435.07 $29,018.62 84.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
5,645 Canali 20.99 27.99 2,250.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 20.99 27.99 3,395.00 Blue Italy
Dress Jackets
11,240 Brioni Roma 14.99 14.99 4,000.00 Yellow Italy
Carolina Herrera 5.99 7.99 699.99 Grey Spain
Dolce & Gabbana 35.99 44.99 3,345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 14.69 17.99 3,195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.49 9.99 1,895.00 Black Switzerland
Hermès Paris 7.99 9.99 1,950.00 Yellow Italy
4,207 Borrelli Napoli 5.24 6.99 367.00 Pink Italy
Burberry London 12.99 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Canali 5.99 7.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Canali 3.37 4.49 275.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 3.49 6.99 510.00 Navy Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.74 8.99 415.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.99 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 395.00 Orange Italy
Eton Etastar 3.49 6.99 245.00 White Sweden
Versace Collection 11.24 14.99 425.00 Black Italy
Versace V2 6.39 7.99 425.00 Blue USA
Vineyard Vines 7.99 7.99 78.00 Blue China
Vineyard Vines 3.99 3.99 52.00 Navy Peru
650 Canali Pantalone 8.99 8.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Santorelli 3.49 6.99 225.00 Brown Italy
2,780 Brioni 5.49 6.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni 5.49 6.99 230.00 Black Italy
Burberry London 3.99 3.99 190.00 Grey Italy
Canali 5.49 6.99 230.00 Grey Italy
Canali 6.39 7.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Kiton Napoli 5.49 6.99 325.00 Brown Italy
Luciano Barbera 5.49 6.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci Saks Fifth Avenue 5.49 6.99 275.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci Saks Fifth Avenue 5.49 6.99 275.00 Red Italy
Zilli 1.49 1.99 395.00 Yellow France
180 Ecco loafers 7.99 9.99 180.00 Black Slovakia
189 Jef World of Golf Golf pull cart 7.49 9.99 44.99 Silver USA
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 4.79 5.99 55.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster bottom 11.99 14.99 88.75 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster cover 15.99 19.99 89.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle stone 5.59 6.99 31.00 Tan USA
Prada Leather purse strap 0.99 0.99 50.00 Brown Italy
Revere 6.5 quart Pot 3.99 4.99 102.50 Silver USA
X-Acto Professional swivel 4.49 5.99 10.39 Black USA

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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.

Key words: Borrelli, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Carolina Herrera, Ecco, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Hermès, Kiton, Luciano Barbera, Pampered Chef, Prada, Revere, Stefano Ricci, Versace, Vineyard Vines, X-Acto, Zilli