July of 2019 was an unusual month in that I was able to focus on a different topic entirely and it had little to do with clothing, my usual motivation. This idea drastically changed the statistics I was looking for with my monthly target being at least 1/100th the actual cost. In sharp contrast to last month, the average retail was less than 25 times what I paid for the 54 items and I spent way over my monthly allocation. The next month will have to be a great event to make up for this factor.
With a bimonthly meeting coming up with our state M.I. Hummel Club, I decided to look for reference material in the book and magazine section of the thrift stores. Not only did I find what I was looking for but also found a number of great examples of the actual topics themselves, Hummels!
Treasures – I was able to locate some very nice items of clothing that can be considered treasures, items to use and possibly pass on. I was able to locate on a pair of ladies Gucci slacks that fit my daughter Goodwill had mistakenly put in the men’s section and were clearly a woman’s higher end pair. Another pair of high-end black slacks that fit me came from Ermenegildo Zegna and would have cost me 232 times as much as I paid if I had purchased them at retail. I believe my sister will love the $750 Stefano Ricci scarf I found for less than ten dollars. A pair of like-new Bally loafers fit perfectly for less than eight dollars.
Then there were the six beautiful M.I. Hummel figurines, in great shape to add to the collection already taking up one wall. There were a great many more items that would qualify as treasures but one additional should be mentioned here. This was a genuine Patek Philippe Geneve wooden watch presentation box made of piano wood valued at close to two thousand dollars. These are very hard to come by so make sure you take a look at it in the accompanying photograph. The little red paper bag can be found on eBay with an asking price of around $90 and the outer cardboard box lists for much more than that. Did I mention that the plastic hang tag sells for as much as $99? It’s a crazy world but anything with the name of Patek Philippe commands a healthy price.
Dress Jacket – Only one dress jacket was picked up but it was a very nice charcoal colored Giorgio Armani. This was a perfect fit and appeared to have never been used and could not be put back onto the rack. Armani has a number of different brands within the company and the black label, like the one inside this jacket, tells me this is on the upper end of his clothing lines. One thing I have noticed with his jackets is the rough texture, not a silky finish like many of the other high-end clothing houses.
Shirts – Just six shirts were located that warranted consideration for making their way into my closet. These included a Giorgio Armani Collezioni, a grey Ermenegildo Zegna Z, an unusual but very nice Il Migliorr Tesla, a white Rag & Bone Standard Issue, a Stetson button down and a Vineyard Vines Slim Fit Tucker shirt. It’s hard to go wrong with the two Italian brands Armani and Zegna and I I am trying to limit my purchases in shirts to either those that fit perfectly, would make a great gift or is from a brand that merits not passing it up.
Pants – Three high-end names of some very nice pair of trousers were located. Anything Canali seems to be made just for me and the light grey Sport Canali pants are great for just kicking around informal events in style. Another nice find was an unusual pair of black dress Ermenegildo Zegna pants with the hard-to-find five-star asterisks (*****) designation to let you know you found their best of the best. These $1,295 pair of pants were picked up for only $5.59, a fantastic find for about the price of a fancy Starbucks flavored coffee! Another surprise was the ladies $980 Gucci black viscose boot cut pants I found in the men’s section that had hung there for 31 days. This meant that they qualified for the Thursday color of the month making my cost just one dollar. This was an even better buy since they fit my younger daughter. She will most certainly agree with that! A photograph will be added shortly
Ties – Two Canali and four Ermenegildo Zegna ties were picked up making this a clean sweep for the Italians. It would appear that this website has educated my town of the better names to pick up and the good selections are becoming harder to find in my local area.
Shoes – I was surprised that the beautiful Bally Cesano loafers actually fit my large feet since they looked a bit smaller on the store shoe rack. I don’t actually need any more shoes but wasn’t about to pass up the $675 like-new pair for only $7.99.
Another great find was a pair of brown Western style Dan Post Miller round toe boots, my size of course. These $179.99 boots, with a Goodwill price tag of $29.99, were a bit rough when I found them showing that they were dirty and dried out to a small extent which would probably explain why they had been on the top of the shoe rack for 30 days. Lucky for me, they had the Thursday “one dollar day” green tag and I grabbed them hoping they would look like new with a bit of elbow grease and leather conditioner. Sure enough, Dan Post makes a very good quality Western boot and they lived up to their brand as I expected. This was a great purchase for only one dollar and is what keeps me on the road checking out all the Goodwill stores. You never know what you might come across.
Accessories – There were 37 items to fit this expanding category. I will mention only a few here and let the photographs provide most of the descriptive catch this month. There was a great book and magazine collection on the M.I. Hummel figurines, six M.I. Hummel figurines (HUM 10/I Flower Madonna, HUM 46/0 Madonna, HUM 56/A Culprits, HUM 87 For Father, HUM 196/0 Telling Her Secrets and HUM 331 Crossroads Limited), a number of books and an old British map I found that can be used as reference material to assist me with my own family history, a much needed butter dish, a small curio cabinet to put the smaller Hummels in, a giant clothespin to use as a “chip clip”, a coffee mug, a soup mug, three Pampered Chef stoneware items, a Patek Philippe Geneve wooden watch presentation box, a Pyrex 3-quart dish with lid, and a very expensive Stefano Ricci scarf. All in all, a very nice month.
As always, the following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.
|Rag & Bone||Standard Issue||9.99||9.99||90.00||White||Peru|
|Vineyard Vines||Slim Fit Tucker Shirt||5.59||6.99||89.50||Green||China|
|Gucci||Viscose boot cut pant||1.00||12.99||980.00||Black||Italy|
|Dan Post||Miller Round Toe||1.00||29.99||179.95||Brown||USA|
|Barry||The History of Mass 3 vol set||20.87||20.87||72.98||Black||USA|
|Better World Books||Hummel: Her Life and Work||3.73||3.73||55.21||Orange||Germany|
|Collectors News||HUMMELS 1978-98 Miller On Hummel||3.98||3.98||55.21||Grey||USA|
|Free Wind Press||Tall Ships of Newburyport||3.49||3.49||171.14||Blue||USA|
|Goebel||1979 Hummel Festival Eaton, OH||6.68||6.68||29.99||White||Germany|
|Goebel||7 Hummel Figurines Catalogs||0.99||0.99||50.00||Red||Germany|
|Goebel||Hummel Figurines Catalog 1955||19.00||19.00||20.70||Blue||Germany|
|Goebel||Insights Hummel Club Magazines||9.79||9.79||72.00||Many||Germany|
|Goebel||Insights Hummel Club Magazines||11.34||11.34||36.00||Orange||Germany|
|Goebel||Insights Hummel Club Magazines||18.42||18.42||180.00||Blue||Germany|
|Goodspeed||Hickman Co. Tennessee Biographies||11.50||11.50||12.00||Yellow||USA|
|Krause Publications||Official Hummel Price Guide 2013||13.26||13.26||32.20||Green||USA|
|Morison||Maritime History of Mass 1784-1869||12.99||12.99||186.70||Blue||USA|
|Portfolio Press||Hummels and Me: Skrobek, Gerhard||4.29||4.29||65.73||Orange||USA|
|Terence Dalton||Ipswich, Town on the Orwell||3.28||3.28||38.03||Grey||England|
|Wonsch||Hummel Copycats with Values||3.49||3.49||118.86||Purple||USA|
|Curio cabinet||Wood and glass||5.99||5.99||161.95||Brown||USA|
|M.I. Hummel||HUM 10/1 Flower Madonna TMK-2||30.98||30.98||450.00||White||Germany|
|M.I. Hummel||HUM 46/0 Madonna TMK-2||21.49||21.49||125.00||White||Germany|
|M.I. Hummel||HUM 56/A Culprits TMK-1||28.49||28.49||1,100.00||Brown||Germany|
|M.I. Hummel||HUM 87 For Father TMK-3||15.60||15.60||200.00||Brown||Germany|
|M.I. Hummel||HUM 196/0 Telling Her Secrets TMK-5||31.36||31.36||390.00||Green||Germany|
|M.I. Hummel||HUM 331 Crossroads Limited TMK-6||28.37||28.37||500.00||Brown||Germany|
|Crown Manor||Butter dish||1.59||1.99||18.00||Tan||USA|
|Darice||9192-08 Super jumbo clothespin||1.99||1.99||6.34||Wood||USA|
|Dennis East Inter.||Coffee mug||1.19||1.49||22.00||Brown||USA|
|Home Décor S18||Red Collection 28.7 oz soup mug||1.00||3.99||11.99||Red||China|
|Pampered Chef||Bean dip bowl||6.99||6.99||55.00||Tan||China|
|Pampered Chef||Dutch Oven Large Roaster bottom||3.99||3.99||88.75||Tan||England|
|Pampered Chef||Family Heritage Collection||4.99||4.99||39.00||Tan||Italy|
|Pyrex||Oblong 3-qt dish with blue lid||4.99||4.99||41.00||Blue||USA|
|Encyclopædia Brit.||1890 Suffolk England map||13.78||13.78||124.99||Tan||USA|
|Encyclopædia Brit.||Suffolk England 1890 map||23.77||23.77||13.00||tan||Japan|
|Goodwill bag||Goodwill reusable bag||0.99||0.99||0.99||Blue||China|
|Patek Philippe||Patek Philippe Wooden Watch Box||135.00||135.00||1,937.11||Brown||Switzerland|
You can expect to find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.
Key words: Bally, Canali, Dan Post, Encyclopædia Britannica, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Goebel, Gucci, Il Migliorr, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Patek Philippe, Pyrex, Stefano Ricci, Stetson, Vineyard Vines