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April 2016 Summary

April top leftLogo smallThe purpose of these blogs is to encourage you to look through a variety of local thrift stores for some great items of apparel as well as other items of quality you may not have known existed. The items listed are from some of the best clothing houses in Europe and the United States.

April-top-rightApril, this year, was a great month, almost as good as last month’s record breaker. I spent a little less this month, on purpose, and the result was 80 times the value I spent on ninety-five items which is still a good comparison to last month’s seventy items worth 95 times the amount paid. There were some great surprises this month due to keeping my eyes open and looking in different places. By looking in the women’s better quality pants, I found a mislabeled pair of black Armani Exchange jeans with a Goodwill label of size 12/13 but the inside label had my size of 38 waist. Picked it up for ten dollars. Located a nice brown suit from Canali, one of my favorites, for right at 100 times less than retail. To beat that, a really nice Oxxford Clothes jacket was found for $7.98 with a retail of more than 800 times as much. Plan to wear it with my Armani pants that match. Also found an item I’ve looked for a long time and found just this week by looking in the bottom of the dark jewelry cabinet; a Louis Vuitton men’s wallet. The $615 April botton leftMindoro monogram wallet was grabbed for less than $24. Some other nice items selected were the top of the line Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura, 15 milmil 15, navy jacket for $21 as well as some great ties described further on. I found another Hummel figurine that will make a nice gift for a young ladies birthday coming up and a number of well-known shoes that fit perfectly. The latest item to fit the bill (or foot in this case) was a pair of men’s Prada ankle Chelsea’s boots.

Toward the last week of the month, I located a really great brown Canali Milano suit. Since it fit perfectly and I was encouraged by another buyer, it jumped into my buggy.

April-2016-last-groupI was able to find seven more top quality dress jackets. Two were from Ermenegildo Zegna with one being the Su Misura 15 millmill 15, two from Burberry which is one of my favorites, one from Armani and the other a Corneliani Linea Sartoria. The other real prize was the Oxxford Clothes gray wool and cashmere jacket.  The jackets cost me $59.90 with a retail value of a little less than $19,000. Oxxford Clothes makes some of the most beautiful and soft quality jackets right here in Chicago. Not a bad month for jackets!

I’m becoming more selective with my shirts since I am in the need of getting rid of a lot of them. I found five from Armani, two from Ermenegildo Zegna, one each from Brioni, Canali, McKenzie Tribe and another from Zanella. Two shirts that provided a good set of goose bumps each were the Ralph Lauren purple label and the elusive Kiton dress shirt. The thirteen shirts cost the better part of $75.00 with a value comparison of a little less than $3,900.

April botton leftTwo sweaters came in for less than eight dollars with a very nice tan alpaca from Peru and a strange large button hoodie from Guess.

Only four pairs of pants found their way to my place with two from Armani and one each from Burberry as a nice pair of dress linen slacks and another from Ermenegildo Zegna.

This was the month for finding high-quality ties, forty in all. My favorite, Ermenegildo Zegna, ended up with a total of twelve costing a total of $16.84. Not a bad comparison if you place a new value of $205 each on them. There were six from Burberry(‘s), five from Armani, four each of Brioni and Canali, two from Yves Saint Laurent and one each from Artesania Landa, Christian Dior, English Laundry, Hermes, Prada, Valentino and Gianni Versace. That’s right at $7,300 worth of high-end ties for my cost of $67.59 this month alone if purchased at retail.

The shoes brought in four very nice pairs from Allen Edmond, Bally, Prada and Tod’s with two sets of Johnston & Murphy and a set of Bass cedar shoe trees enough to put in each pair of the shoes.

The accessories department always has some interesting items show up and this month was no exception. Less than a hundred dollars spent yielded a little over thirteen hundred dollars retail. With so many items of clothing, the closets are full and overflowing so extra ways of hanging the suits, shirts, coats and pants is in demand. I located an industrial oak and chrome platform that will handle twenty suits and looks great. I also found a solid brass five-foot hat tree to take to work so that I might hang my suit coat properly in the corner and not on the end of my chair where the collar gets “smashed” and a black tube rack to hand at least a good number of the shirts.  Some of the other nice surprises found were two Ermenegildo Zegna suit garment bag covers, matching Christian Dior black, silk bow tie and cummerbund for those black tie events, the Hummel Little Helper (#72) figurine, a Kiwi shoe shine oak box, the Louis Vuitton men’s wallet, a new Oster three cup food chopper, a plastic torpedo level and a Teletubby Laa-Laa talking doll to keep my fellow co-worker awake and on the level. I don’t smoke cigars but the high-quality solid cherry humidor for a little more than three dollars had to be kept.

Following is a chart of April’s expenditures by category, company, description, my price paid, tagged price, and retail new price with a link to the item or one similar if found. Good luck Goodwilling.


April 2016

$443 $629 $35,355 79.7x
Item Company Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
1,795 Canali Milano 15.97 19.99 1,795.00 Brown Italy
Dress Coats
18,877 Armani, Giorgio MANI 1.00 12.99 1,225.00 Charcoal Italy
Burberry London 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Navy Italy
Burberry’s 2-button 7.48 29.99 1,495.00 Gray USA
Corneliani Linea Sartoria 4.99 9.99 1,296.59 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna double-breasted 9.98 19.99 2,395.00 Charcoal Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 20.99 20.99 4,175.00 Navy Switzerland
Oxxford Clothes Wool & Cashmere 7.48 9.99 6,295.00 Gray USA
3,897 Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.99 7.99 88.50 Black China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.99 9.99 235.00 Blue Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.98 9.99 79.50 Black China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.98 9.99 79.50 Black China
Armani, Giorgio MANI 2.99 5.99 325.00 Gray Hong Kong
Brioni   – 2.99 5.99 545.00 Gray Italy
Canali   – 4.99 9.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 2.49 4.99 245.00 Cream Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Kiton   – 12.00 12.00 795.00 Brown Italy
McKenzie Tribe   – 2.99 5.99 195.00 Red Turkey
Ralph Lauren   – 7.98 9.99 450.00 Navy Italy
Zanella   – 7.18 8.99 189.00 Gray Italy
136 Craecione Yuly alpaca 2.99 5.99 94.95 Tan Peru
Guess Buttoned hoodie 4.99 9.99 40.99 Gray Vietnam
1,305 Armani, Giorgio A|X 10.38 12.99 99.50 Black USA
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 5.99 5.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Burberry Saturn-U 14.37 17.99 435.00 Tan England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 9.99 9.99 345.00 Taupe Italy
7,329 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 1.59 1.99 150.00 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 2.49 4.99 150.00 Red Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 2.49 4.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 1.99 3.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 1.99 1.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Artesania Landa  – 1.49 2.99 17.56 Gray Peru
Brioni Roma 2.39 2.99 230.00 Navy Italy
Brioni  – 2.39 2.99 230.00 Silver Italy
Brioni  – 1.99 3.99 230.00 Silver Italy
Brioni  – 1.49 1.99 230.00 Green Italy
Burberry London 0.99 1.99 190.00 Red Italy
Burberry London 3.99 4.99 190.00 Red Italy
Burberry London 0.01 0.00 190.00 Blue England
Burberry London 2.99 3.99 190.00 Pink Italy
Burberry London 3.74 4.99 190.00 Navy England
Burberry’s  – 1.59 1.99 190.00 Red Italy
Canali  – 3.99 4.99 160.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 2.99 3.99 160.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 2.99 3.99 160.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 1.99 3.99 160.00 Purple Italy
Christian Dior Monsieur 3.19 3.99 141.27 Brown USA
English Laundry Christopher Wicks 1.49 2.99 70.00 Black China
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 0.01 1.42 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 0.01 1.42 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Copper Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 3.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.49 2.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 3.99 205.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 2.39 2.99 205.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 0.01 1.42 205.00 Blue Italy
Hermes 740 TA 2.39 2.99 180.00 Red France
Prada Holiday & Brown 3.99 4.99 195.00 Red Italy
Valentino DIS. N. 63150 2.49 4.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 1.59 1.99 275.00 Yellow Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Heather Mist 1.99 3.99 195.00 Gray Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Square 1.99 3.99 195.00 Brown Italy
2,382 Allen Edmonds Nashua 6.38 7.99 195.00 Brown USA
Bally Lavent loafers 5.58 6.99 495.00 Oxblood Italy
G. H. Bass Shoe tree 3.19 3.99 19.99 Cedar  –
Johnston & Murphy Shoe tree 1.49 1.99 22.50 Cedar  –
Johnston & Murphy Shoe tree 1.49 1.99 22.50 Cedar  –
Johnston & Murphy Shoe tree 1.49 1.99 22.50 Cedar  –
Johnston & Murphy Shoe tree 1.49 1.99 22.50 Cedar  –
Prada Men’s Chelsea boots 39.94 49.99 957.00 Black Italy
Tod’s Black laceup 7.98 9.99 625.00 Black Italy
80 Natural Oak suit hanger 1.19 1.49 20.00 Wood/metal USA
Setwell 3 Oak suit hangers 1.59 1.99 60.00 Wood/metal USA
1,351 Cedar Hook-Up Cedar block 1.59 1.99 3.99 Cedar USA
Cedar Hook-Up Cedar block 0.79 0.99 3.99 Cedar USA
Cedar Hook-Up Cedar block 0.79 0.99 3.99 Cedar USA
Christian Dior Bow tie 1.49 1.99 20.00 Black USA
Christian Dior Cummerbund 1.49 1.99 20.00 Black USA
Cigar humidor 3.19 3.99 85.95 Cherry USA
Coat Rack Oak 7.98 9.99 75.77 Chrome USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Suit garment bag 8.50 8.50 40.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Suit garment bag 9.99 9.99 40.00 Brown Italy
Hat Rack Brass 10.38 12.99 72.99 Brass China
Hummel Little Helper #72 11.98 14.99 105.00 Multicolored Germany
Kiwi shoeshine box 3.19 3.99 44.95 Oak USA
Louis Vuitton Mindoro Wallet 23.99 29.99 615.00 Brown France
Mainstays Canister 3.19 3.99 3.97 Red China
Mainstays Canister 2.39 2.99 3.97 Red China
Oster 3-cup food chopper 7.98 9.99 33.99 Black  –
Playskool Laa-Laa TeleTubbie 2.39 2.99 34.99 Yellow USA
Torpedo leveler Plastic 1.59 1.99 3.13 Black Taiwan
Uline Clothes stand 3.74 4.99 139.00 Black  –



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