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April 2015 Summary

April 2015 total take so far
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This past month was a lot of fun but it wasn’t until I pulled it all together just now that I realized how nice it had been. I was excited about last Friday finding a pair of Zegna Sport black pants and until now did not realize how good a find I had with the little white belt with the opposing chrome C’s (Salvatore Ferragamo) until just now. Of course, there was the excitement of finding the unused fake Louis Vuitton wallet with checkbook that proved out to be the real thing. Speaking of Ferragamo, there was a pair of boots with his name on the inside that I was able to purchase on half-off Saturday for $24.95. I couldn’t believe that no one had picked them up when the store opened that day. It was also that day that I found a really nice “like new” YSL linen summer coat that fit me perfectly. The best quality shirts I have ever found were picked up earlier this month for less than seven dollars apiece with the name of Brioni on the label. One of them was with French cuffs and commanded a few unsolicited compliments the day I wore it to work. At another Goodwill later that day I found an Armani Le Collezioni overcoat with all the belts and buttons intact for $12.49. It goes new for almost one hundred times that amount new and looks great! Of course, it wouldn’t be a great month without finding some great values in suit coats from Armani, Burberry, Boss and Oxxford. Total amount spent was $382.96 with a retail price estimated at 66 times that amount coming in at $25,484. A detailed chart of the major purchases is listed below.

 

April 2015 Take

$382.96 $554.23 $25,484.12  Retail vs Paid=66.5x
Manufacturer Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Coats
$10,000.00 Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 23.96 29.99 1,445.00 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Georgio Armani 10.38 12.99 1,195.00 Gray Italy
Burberry’s Prorsum 4.99 9.99 2,195.00 Gray USA
Hugo Boss Carleone/Catania 5.40 9.99 650.00 Gray USA
Oxxford Clothes Knickerbockers 7.98 9.99 4,515.00 Blue USA
Overcoat
$1,045.00 Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 12.49 24.99 1,045.00 Tan Italy
Shirts
$4,718.61 Armani, Giorgio Emporio 4.79 5.99 325.00 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.98 9.99 325.00 Gray Italy
Battaglia Beverly Hills 4.79 5.99 575.00 Brown Italy
Brioni French cuff 6.38 7.99 635.00 White Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 4.79 5.99 575.00 Orange Italy
Ellen Tracy 4.99 9.99 148.00 Black China
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 385.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 4.79 5.99 395.00 Brown Rumania
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 7.98 9.99 385.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 8.63 8.63 385.00 Brown Italy
Hugo Boss BOSS 4.79 5.99 182.61 White
Michael Kors 2.99 5.99 225.00 Purple Thailand
Michael Kors 1.98 3.99 89.00 White China
Michael Kors 3.49 6.99 89.00 Black Mexico
Jackets & Sweaters
$4,059.98 Alpaca 111 4.79 5.99 189.00 Red Peru
Armani, Giorgio Emporio Armani 14.99 16.20 395.00 White Italy
Armani, Giorgio A Milano Borconuovo 21 7.98 9.99 120.00 Brown Italy
Calvin Klein 4.99 9.99 128.00 Black India
Christian Dior Monsieur 4.99 9.99 350.00 Cream USA
Juicy Couture 7.98 9.99 268.00 Brown USA
Steve Madden Faux Leather Short Jacket 11.98 14.99 109.98 Black China
Wilson Maxima 7.49 14.99 650.00 Brown China
Yves Saint Laurent 4.99 9.99 1,850.00 Tan Hong Kong
Pants
$1,955.00 Armani, Giorgio A|X 14.37 17.99 140.00 Blue USA
Dolce & Gabbana G1P2MT 23.96 29.99 695.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 345.00 Black Turkey
Yves Saint Laurent 5.59 6.99 450.00 Black Canada
Zanella Devon 113839 3.49 6.99 325.00 Gray Italy
Ties
$1,296.55 Armani, Giorgio NEW 6.38 7.99 150.00 Silver Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 3.19 3.99 150.00 Black Italy
Bally 0.99 1.99 31.95 Blue Switzerland
BOGGI Milano 3.99 4.99 49.00 Blue Italy
Burberry 4.79 5.99 150.00 Pink England
d’este 1.49 2.99 49.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.39 2.99 205.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.39 2.99 205.00 Green Italy
Fendi Cravatte 3.19 3.99 111.60 Blue Italy
Givenchy Gentlemen Paris 1.99 3.99 195.00 Green France
Shoes
$745.00 Bally Shoe tree 0.99 0.99 10.00 Cedar Wood
Salvatore Ferragamo UH 09974 327 8 /D 24.95 49.99 695.00 Brown Italy
Shoe Keepers Shoe tree 0.00 0.00 10.00 Cedar
The Enterprise Shoe tree 3.99 4.99 20.00 Cedar Wood
Shoe tree 1.48 1.99 10.00 Cedar Wood
Pocket Squares
$79.99 Christian Dior Brown with ornate decorations 6.48 12.99 59.99 Brown France
0.99 1.99 10.00 Green
1.99 1.99 10.00 Brown
Accessories
$1,583.99 Christian Dior Shawl 8.98 17.99 145.00 Red France
Christian Dior Reversible belt 4.79 5.99 80.00 Brown/Black France
Christian Dior Belt 3.99 4.99 45.00 Brown/Black Spain
Coach Coach purse bag cover 1.99 1.99 12.00 Brown
Louis Vuitton Wallet 19.97 24.99 800.00 Brown France
Prada Gift box 0.79 0.99 18.00 Black
Salvatore Ferragamo Bet 3.99 4.99 440.00 White Italy
 – Coat clear cover 1.59 1.99 12.00 Clear China
 – Coat clear cover 1.59 1.99 12.00 Clear China
 – Coat clear cover 1.59 1.99 12.00 Clear China
 – Foot massager 0.49 0.99 7.99 Wood

I spent a bit more than usual this month because the better quality “BQ” items were more abundant and there were more donations of the nicer items such as the LV purse/checkbook, dress coats and the great little Salvatore Ferragamo belt that I could not resist. There are links provided in the Retail column that will give you more information on the actual items or items very similar to the ones I found. As with last month, I have subtotaled the amount for each category as a reference for future monthly comparison. I visit the Goodwill stores in the surrounding area quite frequently and look for the higher end items now that I know more what to look for. Your findings will vary greatly depending upon your location and the stores that supply your area. Happy hunting in May!

 

One thought on “April 2015 Summary”

  1. Wow! Thank you! I continuously wanted to write on my website something like that. Can I include a part of your post to my blog?

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