This weekend turned out to be a great one for finding some quality gems I’m always searching for. Who would have known how exciting this weekend would be in that regard. An old haunt yielded two fantastic neckties I never dreamed of owning and a first visit to an out-of-the-way Goodwill produced some very nice products for both myself and one of my children’s birthday coming up just around the corner.
I am always asking questions as to how our local Goodwill stores work so I can try to find an edge over other customers to increase my chances of finding that certain treasure of the year. As it turns out, each store has a manager with different ideas when it comes down to small details but overall, the stores are pretty much run in the same way within this locality. I was interested in how and where they placed the new items if there was indeed any pattern to follow. Do they place the ties on the front of the hangers or hide them within and do they put the new stuff on the end or as some do, go to the trouble of placing the ties based on colors together. As luck would have it, in one certain store the last hanger of ties was the adrenaline rush I was seeking just as I was about to give up and move on.
There they were, right up front, one behind the other, two beautiful ties, a Burberry and a Brioni. Once again, my eyes glazed over trying to make sure what I was looking at was actually in my hands. In looking up prices for comparison to see which ties to search for, these two names always come up in the upper realm of expense at the few stores that sell these brands. During this search I also found several Christian Dior, a couple of Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass black label and Valentino ties each and a beautiful Giorgio Armani Cravatte that I wore to church the next day.
I’ve been looking for a set of cedar shoe trees (shaped cedar blocks that fit within your good shoes) and found a pair from Nordstrom at one store. It didn’t have a price on it but the attendant answered my question by quickly taking them in the back room and had the manager place a price of $1.99 on the pair. Sold! A sheet of sandpaper run across the surface and they looked and smelled like new! I also found three solid blocks of cedar with brass hangers to place in amongst my suits and wool coats to keep the moths away. Got them for half price of their original $2.99.
This was the start of the weekend cruise around the valley. I visited seven Goodwill stores in the vicinity and picked up wooden hangers in almost every one of them. Saturday was half-off day so most of the hangers were 49 cents each, even the suit/pants combination hangers.
But this wasn’t all that was half the price. I found a double-breasted Burberry suit that had been marked as $19.99 but paid half of that; $9.98. Looked it up on the Burberry site and found that it sold new for $2,295.00. I’m not into double-breasted suits but I learned that I had no problem getting in to Burberry. I was about ready to call it a day as I was so excited over this last find but decided to continue looking through this new store that had not made it to my regular weekly route. Glad I did as there on the Better Quality rack in the center of the store was a shiny, black, pinstripe Ermenegildo Zegna jacket for $4.99, a dark grey alpaca Richard Tyler women’s jacket ($9.99) for my daughter, medium grey Hugo Boss wool dress coat for $4.99 and pants at $6.99 each from Hugo Boss, Pazoni, Ashbridge, Pronto-Uomo and Brooks Brothers.
It was a great weekend!