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August 2019 Summary

Logo small     As with any month you could pick out of the year, each has their own fantastic surprises when you least expect it. This month of August was no exception. I certainly went over my budget for the month but it was well worth it, or so I keep telling myself. I was over the 100 times mark until I found the Hummel figurines and the retail purchase price dropped to 37 times what I paid. Each visit to the Goodwill stores is a new education in “what in the world is that made for” or “how much did someone give for that shirt” or “it actually cost five hundred times as much as what I just paid for it”? August is always a fun month to go “thrifting” and here are 68 examples why . . .

Treasures – A quick measure of what would be considered a valuable gem on these treasure hunts would be how much more it would cost than what I was able to pay for the item. The $6,495 Brioni tuxedo would hit the top of the list in this category in that case. I paid only $12.98 for it. Next in line would be the beautiful Canali windowpane mohair grey jacket and then the plush Ermenegildo Zegna sweater. Another rare find was a beautiful regimental striped Kiton neck tie that would look great with any brown, blue or grey suit.

Suit – As mentioned earlier, the goose bumps hit their ceiling when I found the Brioni tuxedo jacket that listed for $7.99. I looked through the pants section one more time and found the matching trousers and they were tagged for only $4.99. Although the name was not listed inside the pants, the familiar pattern inside the waist band and the satin side stripe running down both legs gave it away quickly. Total price for the suit by the company that dressed James Bond in several movies came to only $12.98 and is listed at Neiman Marcus for $6,495. As a side note, Brioni suits are worn by Pierce Brosnan in all of his Bond movies and by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Brioni, a famous Italian bespoke house, was introduced to Bond by costume designer Lindy Hemming in the movie GoldenEye. I’m not saying that you will become a secret agent if you wear this suit but it sure does make you look the part! Brioni is a name to keep your GoldenEye looking for while shopping your favorite thrift stores.

Dress Jacket – The Italian company of Canali makes some fantastic men’s clothing and the dress coat I found with this name fit as though it was tailor made for me. The grey plaid/windowpane wool and mohair will dress very well with any shade of grey trousers or even a pair of khakis. This jacket is made from a special blend of comfortable wool along with mohair. According to, “mohair can be twisted and bent without damage to the fiber; it is the most durable animal fiber.” It has the ability to take wear due to its surface smoothness. “Canali has represented tailor-made Italian luxury and men’s elegance since 1934, promoting the values of Made in Italy excellence through its artisanal know-how and creating sartorial masterpieces of exceptional wearability and comfort season after season”. You can expect high end quality with anything from Canali but not have to pay high end prices.

Shirts – For any man, the shirt is one of the most versatile means of showing your style and how you define who you are. Nine of these shirts made the list this time. Listed alphabetically are the Aster 1873, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (3), Lululemon (2), Psycho Bunny and one from Tesla. I’ve thought of putting on the Tesla shirt and visiting their car dealership in the big city for the fun of it to see what their response would be. I was told that clothing from Lululemon should last a long time since they are so well made and expensive. Compared to the three Zegna and Canali shirts, they really are not that expensive making this a great buy for the long haul. The new shirt on the block is Aster. They are known more for women’s clothing but the quality of this shirt stood out for me. The Canali shirt was a natural pick up since it was my size and a color I did not have in the closet. The three Ermenegildo Zegna shirts were quite different from one another with one being a Su Misura (very high end), another leisure wear and the last quite ugly according to my daughter. You can figure out which one she was talking about in the photograph above. She also told me I was too old to be wearing the Psycho Bunny but I’m not that old . . . yet.

Sweaters – I ran across four very nice sweaters with one being a very thick pile high end from Ermenegildo Zegna and two of the others being from a younger Zegna Sport. Total combined retail price of the four sweaters would come to over three thousand dollars but cost me only $31.56. The one Zegna sweater is certainly a very nice one but I find it amazing that someone would pay over a thousand dollars for it and then donate it to the Goodwill. The multicolored brown is 100% alpaca, light and very warm for those cold evenings coming up in the next few months. We raise alpacas so this makes a great example to show what can be made from their fur. Many thanks to those who can afford and donate such nice clothing and then provide an opportunity for those of us who recognize the great names but are not otherwise able to afford such nice apparel!

Pants – Three unusual pair of pants, each from Ermenegildo Zegna, showed up in my shopping buggy. A pair of tan casual wear fit perfectly while another blue “jeans” were made for a 6’ 7” tall basketball player with much longer legs than mine. It isn’t often that I find a brand new pair of Ermenegildo Zegna trousers with the store tags still attached. This pair even came with a plastic zip lock pouch with extra buttons. One pair of tan colored trousers were a similar cotton cargo style pair and had the drycleaner’s tag still attached. This pair also had the waist adjusters to let out or pull in the waist to better fit you after the Thanksgiving dinner coming up shortly. Another tan pair fit perfectly that I paid less than five dollars for would have cost 110 times as much retail. If I had purchased thee two together at a retail store, they would have set me back more than fifteen hundred dollars. My actual cost combined for the three high end pair was only $21.37. A price I could more easily afford.

Ties – Twenty ties made it to the list this month hitting their usual high number in comparison to the other categories. Listed in alphabetical order are an Armani, Bally, Brioni, Burberry, Canali (3), Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci (2), Hermès (2), Kiton, Lanvin Paris, Luciano Barbera, and Massimo Bizzocchi (4). I was quite thrilled to have found the Hermès but one of them was clearly a fake. Can you tell which is the real and which is not? It is very seldom and a highlight of my search to find anything made by the fashion house Kiton. There it was mixed in with the four seldom seen from Massimo Bizzocchi. Kiton is considered by many in the clothing industry to be the Best! “Massimo Bizzocchi has his own line of ties and is the Chairman of the Kiton Corporation, producer of arguably the finest (and maybe the most expensive) suits in the world.” When you find a cache of the highest quality clothing in one group, you have to wonder if someone died or if he made his wife so made she found a way to get rid of her anger (and the clothes). Enough said about that except that I was a lucky person to be at the right place at the right time.

Shoes – Five Allen Edmonds and one Tod’s cost me $27.95 but had a retail value of over two thousand dollars. I’ve already promised by father a pair of black Greyson dress loafers from my favorite brand – Allen Edmonds. These included the following styles: Boulder, Greyson Dress loafer, Shelton, St. Thomas V.I., and Verona II. The Tod’s were a pair of Gommino drivers that I plan to wear around the house since I already have a pair of Gucci drivers for the car. This was an exceptional find with this many of my favorite brand. It doesn’t happen very often. I’ve learned that Tod’s last a long time and these list for almost five hundred dollars, more than one hundred times what I paid!

Accessories – Here is where it gets a bit interesting. My youngest just enrolled in a college and I found a pair of winter socks with the college logo all over it. She’ll like keeping her feet warm with her stocking stuffer this Christmas. She is also interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and I found a scarf from this organization for her to let her know the application is in the works.

     Two Honeywell fans were located, one for keeping my cool in the office and the other for those hot summer evenings at home. The fans are easily located in any department store, are relatively quiet and not that expensive. They were on the shelf and I needed both.

     My other daughter will love the Justin Mutton Bustin’ bandana since she is the cowgirl of the family. She later informed me this was not a “real” cowboy bandana but rather, a child’s lookalike that are handed out at the local rodeo. Chalk this one up to experience.

     Lane makes some very fine furniture and their cedar sample shown here works great for putting those special high-priced neck ties in a safe place. Just roll up the tie and it’s just the right size for four of your very best.

     Another fantastic assortment of M.I. Hummel figurines were located as compared to last month, with all but a couple in perfect condition and most with the earlier TMK-2 trademark placing them being created in the early 1950s. The list of these figurines is a bit lengthy with a total of 16 but well worth the steep price I had to think twice of paying. They are detailed below as to what each is called. They cost more than $500 total but have a market value in excess of seven thousand dollars. That could of course change any time for the better or for the worse.

     Last on the list were two very nice Pampered Chef stoneware items, one being a glazed deep dish pie plate and the other is a popular medium baker.

     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.

August 2019

$784.85 $838.43 $29,580.63 37.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
6,495 Brioni Tuxedo 12.98 12.98 6,495.00 Black Italy
Dress Jacket
1,995 Canali Windowpane mohair 17.99 17.99 1,995.00 Grey Italy
2,416 Aster 1873 4.50 8.99 175.00 Brown Italy
Canali 5.59 6.99 345.00 Peach Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 3.99 3.99 510.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 545.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 545.00 Green Italy
Lululemon Athletica 14.99 19.99 58.00 Purple Canada
Lululemon Athletica 11.24 14.99 68.00 Purple Canada
Psycho Bunny 8.79 10.99 120.00 White Peru
Tesla 2.25 4.49 50.00 Black China
3,235 Calidad de Exportacion 9.99 9.99 200.00 Brown Peru
Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 895.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 845.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 10.39 12.99 1,295.00 Navy Italy
1,530 Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 4.99 4.99 550.00 Tan Honduras
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 9.99 9.99 485.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 495.00 Blue Italy
4,153 Armani, Giorgio 1.99 1.99 150.00 Navy Italy
Bally 1.99 1.99 195.00 Navy Italy
Brioni 1.99 1.99 230.00 White Italy
Burberry 6.39 7.99 190.00 Blue England
Canali Milano 2.39 2.99 250.00 Brown Italy
Canali 1.59 1.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Canali 1.59 1.99 230.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Gucci 0.99 1.99 200.00 Red Italy
Gucci 2.24 2.99 200.00 Pink Italy
Hermès 5435 FA 0.99 1.99 180.00 Grey France
Hermès 1.99 3.99 388.00 Pink China
Kiton 1.59 1.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Lanvin Paris 2.39 2.99 140.00 Yellow Italy
Luciano Barbera 0.99 1.99 195.00 Black Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 1.59 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 1.59 1.99 150.00 Black Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 1.59 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 2.99 2.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni 6.39 7.99 275.00 Yellow Italy
2,042 Allen Edmonds Boulder 4.79 5.99 195.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Greyson Dress loafer 5.59 6.99 395.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds Shelton 4.79 5.99 247.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds St. Thomas V.I. 3.99 4.99 364.95 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Verona II 3.99 4.99 345.00 Brown USA
Tod’s Gommino drivers 4.79 5.99 495.00 Tan Italy
1,668 Local University Winter socks 1.49 1.49 13.99 Red China
DAR National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 1.49 1.49 38.74 Blue China
Honeywell Small black electrical fan 5.59 6.99 14.00 Black USA
Honeywell Small black electrical fan 5.59 6.99 14.00 Black USA
Justin Mutton Bustin’ bandana 1.99 1.99 18.00 Red China
Lane small cedar box 1.99 1.99 89.00 Tan USA
M.I. Hummel 1976 20-year plaque 4.99 4.99 40.00 White Germany
M.I. Hummel 1976 20-year plaque 4.99 4.99 40.00 White Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 2/II Little Fiddler TMK-6 157.89 157.89 1,000.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 14 Bookends TMK-3 41.00 41.00 400.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 47 3/0 Goose Girl TMK-2 9.25 9.25 200.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 74 Little Gardner TMK-2 5.02 5.02 200.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 81 2/0 School Girl TMK-2 5.08 5.08 350.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 82 2/0 School Boy TMK-2 8.50 8.50 350.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 92 Plaque TMK-2 16.05 16.05 189.95 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 99 Eventide TMK-2 75.00 75.00 1,200.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 99 Eventide TMK-2 19.50 19.50 750.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 152/0/A Umbrella Boy TMK-4 40.00 40.00 875.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 152/0/B Umbrella Girl TMK-4 53.00 53.00 875.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 186 Sweet Music TMK-2 24.30 24.30 225.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 360/B Boy wall vase 37.45 37.45 375.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 360/C Girl wall vase 37.45 37.45 375.00 Tan Germany
Pampered Chef Glazed deep dish pie plate 3.99 4.99 40.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Medium baker 3.99 4.99 42.00 Tan USA

     You 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: Allen Edmonds, Armani, Aster, Bally, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, DAR, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Hermès, Honeywell, Justin, Kiton, Lane, Lanvin, Luciano Barbera, Lululemon, M.I. Hummel, Massimo Bizzocchi, Pampered Chef, Tesla, Tod’s, Versace

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