Category Archives: Clothing

Clothing articles found at the local Goodwill stores. This includes items such as shirts, pants, coats, suits, shoes, dresses, blouses, you name it.

June 2017 Summary

The month of June this year had a similar number of purchases (53) as that of last year’s June (58). But the retail value of this year’s items of $40,142 increased by twelve thousand dollars over that of last year at $27,916.  Purchased retail was a close second to the record which has run me right at 154 times a much. The fifty-three items were purchased as compared to only thirty-six last month and had a retail value worth seventeen thousand dollars more than May. Once again, there were no overcoats, shoes or pocket squares located. These increases were attributed to the purchase of higher end items.

Treasures – Once you’ve been bitten, and it doesn’t take long, the treasures you didn’t know existed begin to take over your focus even before you walk through the doors of thrift stores. Some of the lucky finds this month were an Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suit and a Zegna Trofeo jacket. The word trofeo in Italian literally means trophy so you can imagine what it means to find one of these seldom seen suits or jackets made from some of the finest merino wool on the planet.

With two daughters, it is always fun to pick up something they say I will never see at a thrift store. One such item was a Coco Chanel black and white clutch. The price tag was $24.99 so I was skeptical at first because of the low price but then I saw the holographic verification and quality you don’t usually see in knock offs. Someone will have a surprise birthday gift.

Dolce & Gabbana, for its unusually different graphics, is toward the high end in quality and well worth keeping an eye out for when cruising through the racks of clothing. I found two shirts and a pair of brand new, unhemmed dress pants with their name on them. Versace is another name that falls into that category and I was able to find another two shirts as well as a very nice dress jacket. The final shirt with a name that is quite exclusive and very hard to locate used is that of the Ermenegildo Zegna Napoli Couture XXX. Not only is it expensive but seldom seen in any thrift store.

A big surprise came when I saw a Burberry patterned poncho lying in a buggy in the middle of the isle. The unwritten rule in shopping is to never take an item out of someone else’s buggy so I kept an eye on this for a little while. After twenty minutes or so, no one claimed the prize so it made its way into my own keeping. I could not believe the price on the item of $2.99 and even more surprised when I found one very much like it on the Burberry web site listing it for $850. My parents are hard to buy for nowadays so this should make for a nice winter covering for my mother when watching her favorite television programs.

2 suits by Ermenegildo ZegnaSuits – Whenever I find a good example of a suit by Ermenegildo Zegna, I pick it up, whether it is my size or not. You can imagine my excitement of seeing another entire suit with the name of Trofeo inside on the chest pocket. Zegna Trofeo is a worsted fabric made of prestige Australian Superfine merino wool with long fibers. This same suit sells at the Neiman Marcus store down the street tagged for $3,395. A second suit was also picked up from Ermenegildo Zegna, a very nice navy colored outfit that will go great for those special occasions.

Dress Jackets - Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Burberry's (2), Canali and VersaceDress Jackets – A total of six jackets were picked up this past month. These included names like Burberry’s (2), Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (2) and Versace. I was quite fortunate to find the Zegna Trofeo (yes, another one) jacket, a beautiful, solid black that will be easy to match with a pair of black dress slacks. I always like to find the name of Canali as it generally fits very quite close to my measurements and wears very well. The Burberry’s is also a favorite name to locate as the quality is what you would expect to find from this British brand. The least expensive of this half dozen jackets comes in with the Versace. Nonetheless, the name denotes an Italian fit with the quality you expect from this clothing house. The grey Bloomingdale Burberry’s jacket was purchased for only one dollar since it had the colored tag for that week. That was the best dollar I spent this entire month!

ShirtsShirts – The shirt category once again took the greatest number of items with nineteen being pulled from the racks. This is a low number in comparison to the past months but represents some high quality names. Representing this group were Giorgio Armani,  Burberry (2), Canali (2), Dolce & Gabbana (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (9), Eton and Versace (2). A very good collection of high end clothing houses were well represented here.

Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni sweaterSweater – One sweater was located that grabbed my attention. With this being the middle of the summer season, you would not expect to find very many cold weather items. When you do, they are usually due to closet cleaning realizing they are not needed for this area of the country. A very nice, grey Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni with zipper will make someone back home a nice winter item to consider before heading out for the cold evening.

Dolce & Gabbana dress pants - newPants – One pair of pants that I could not resist and sent the chills up and down my arms was this brand new pair of Dolce & Gabbana dress slacks. These had never been hemmed and had just gone on the half-price sale due to it being Friday when the color of the tags updates their status. The initial price of $19.99 was a bit high but when reduced to half of that were certainly worth grabbing. The size of the 32 waist is definitely too small for my closet but will make for a great surprise for a cousin that it will fit perfectly for that upcoming birthday.

Ties - Brioni, Canali, Charles Trywhitt, Zegna, Faconnable, Faberge, Larson and ValentinoTies – Now that I have way too many examples of the bright colored silk strands, the company name dictates more which items of this category make their way into the buggy. One exception to this was a tie to acknowledge the upcoming celebration of the national past time of football and my favorite team; Alabama. There were only eleven items for this category and they are: Brioni, Canali, Charles Tyrwhitt (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (3), Fabergé, Façonnable, Larson and Valentino. You can’t go wrong with anything from Brioni or Canali and these automatically make it to my collection and are first picks when looking to match a shirt and suit. The two Charles Tyrwhitt are black silk bow ties of which you never know when you will need to pull them from the rack for that “black tie” event. The Fabergé is quite colorful and beautiful and surprisingly, not that expensive but neither is it easy to find. I have held off buying any from Façonnable but this certain example from them was quite nice.

Wooden hangersHangers – A well-made clothing hanger is well worth the few cents I usually find them listed for and they certainly are picked up quickly by other bargain hunters who know their value. The nine suit hangers made of thick wood and the cedar shirt hanger were well received. One item to check on these is to make sure the pants clips are strong enough to hold the cuffs of your trousers lest they let go and drop the pants to the bottom of the closet. These usually have springs that loosen over time.

Burberry blanketAccessories – This category is always where the surprise items can be found. This month proved out to be no exception. A large Burberry Haymarket check plaid blanket poncho grabbed my attention quickly and had to be verified that it didn’t belong to another customer in the store. The extremely low price of $2.99 generated a lot of unanswered questions but only Coach beltafter it made it through the cashier and on to my car. I was also surprised to find a Coach leather belt for such a low price in the same store at the same time. The $150 belt was marked at $6.99, appeared to be in great shape and was just my size. Another good find. The last item was found in a seldom checked Goodwill store generally out of my routine hunting Chanel purse, coin purse and authentication documentsground. The black and white quilted Coco Chanel clutch purse had just been placed into the jewelry cabinet when I asked if I could look more closely at it. After finding the authenticating documentation within an inside pocket, I told the clerk to place my name on it and I would pay for it after looking through the store a little longer. The price marked was at $24.99 and though I was not able to find that identical clutch on the Chanel.com website to find the retail value, the quality was unmistakable and though it may be a few years old it doesn’t appear to have been mistreated and looks new.

It is well worth putting aside your modesty to take a closer look at the buried items inside the jewelry cabinet. Be sure to take along a small but bright flashlight for these close inspections. You never know what you might find but you certainly will not find it if you don’t take the time to look for it! It was a good month even though I didn’t spend near as much but was able to find some great items and that is only part of the fun of searching through the miles of cotton, polyester, leather and wool known as the Goodwill stores.

As with previous months, the following chart is broken down into different categories with the subtotal for each, the amount paid, tagged amount and the retail price with a link, where available, as to where the price was located. I hope this chart becomes a valuable tool for you in making a choice when locating the high-end item you might run across.

June 2017

$259.97 $363.87 $40,142.45 154.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits (2)
6,390 Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 18.72 24.99 3,395.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 18.72 24.99 2,995.00 Navy Italy
Dress Jackets   (6)
13,905 Burberry’s  – 7.98 9.99 1,595.00 Brown USA
Burberry’s Bloomingdale’s 1.00 9.99 1,550.00 Grey USA
Canali  – 7.48 9.99 1,595.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.48 9.99 2,995.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 7.48 9.99 4,895.00 Black Italy
Versace Collection 7.98 9.99 1,275.00 Brown Croatia
Shirts (19)
8,505 Armani, Giorgio 1.00 9.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Burberry London 11.98 14.99 350.00 Tan USA
Burberry’s Oxford 5.59 6.99 275.00 Blue USA
Canali Sportswear 3.99 4.99 475.00 Black Italy
Canali  – 7.18 8.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Dolce & Gabanna  – 5.59 6.99 675.00 Blue Italy
Dolce & Gabanna  – 9.98 19.99 545.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Napoli Couture 5.59 6.99 495.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport Techmerino 5.59 6.99 695.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport Techmerino 5.59 6.99 695.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.49 6.99 450.00 Cream Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 395.00 Cream Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 450.00 Cream Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Golden rod Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 6.99 6.99 450.00 Brown Italy
Eton Signature twill 5.59 6.99 245.00 Grey Sweden
Versace Collection 5.59 6.99 425.00 White Italy
Versace Jeans Couture 5.59 6.99 395.00 Orange Italy
Sweaters (1)
1,695 Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 5.59 6.99 1,695.00 Grey Italy
Pants (1)
1,145 Dolce & Gabbana  – 9.99 19.99 1,145.00 Black Italy
Ties (11)
1,527 Brioni Roma 3.99 3.99 230.00 Red Italy
Canali  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt barathea self-tie 1.59 1.99 49.00 Black USA
Charles Tyrwhitt barathea self-tie 1.59 1.99 49.00 Black USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Fabergé des. N. 133 1.59 1.99 49.00 Green USA
Façonnable  – 2.39 2.99 115.00 Navy Italy
Larson Univ Alabama 2.99 2.99 39.95 Red China
Valentino 1.59 1.99 150.00 Black Italy
Hangers (10)
76 Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Retro Suit hanger 0.74 0.99 9.00 Maple Taiwan
Natural Suit 0.55 0.69 1.75 Maple USA
Natural Shirt 0.55 0.69 1.75 Cedar USA
Accessories (3)
6,900 Burberry Poncho 2.24 2.99 850.00 Black USA
Coach Belt 5.24 6.99 150.00 Brown Costa Rica
Chanel Clutch 19.97 24.99 5,900.00 Black Italy

Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they will bring you a good net satisfaction. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting.

 

May 2017 Summary

This month of May, I decided to limit my shopping to fewer items until I can get rid of enough previous purchases to be able to see the floor and have more than one place to sit down. In the four years that I have been keeping up this investment inventory, this is the least number of items purchased in a month; 36. This was very close to the average value if purchased retail of 88 times as much. One third of the number of items were purchased but almost half the value of last months came to $22,767. Once again, there were no overcoats located, and this time no shoes or pocket squares either.

3 Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suitsTreasures – Some real treasures showed up in a few surprising places. I was able to find three Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suits on the rack together but could only afford one of them at this time. These three expensive suits were certainly worth a photo opportunity. The suits sell at Neiman Marcus for right at $3,400 each. Another very special item was a practically new, ladies Salvatore Ferragamo leather jacket. Another Italian name, Brioni, showed up on the last day of hunting with a beautiful French cuffed shirt. At the end of the work week, I decided to hit the road and see what I could find at a seldom visited Goodwill. There I found two shirts from Ralph Lauren but it was late in the evening and my eyes were tired. I asked a gentleman and his wife nearby if the color of the label appeared to be purple. The gentleman said it definitely was and if I was going to put the shirts back to let him have them. I held onto them seeing his extreme eagerness. The name of Brioni once again showed up as a tie retrieved from a hidden rack of ties. Two additional ties from the highly sought after company of Stefano Ricci were also located. A final treasure was two brand new Ermenegildo Zegna leather belts, one black, the other brown with a special latching system.

Brown Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suitSuits – Ermenegildo Zegna has as one of their best fabrics the name Trofeo which is about a Super 130 or 17 micron in width and 250 grams, a very expensive wool fabric. Zegna sponsors a wool competition in Australia, and under the terms of the contest, the sheep farmers have to promise to sell their wool to Zegna if they win. The winning wool gets a trophy and forms (at least some) of the raw material for Zegna Trofeo fabrics. Of the three suits available at the time, I chose the brown since I already have a number of grey suits and I liked the pattern.

Dress Jackets – There were five high-end dress jackets picked out of the many available on the racks. A beautiful brown Burberry London of great quality was found. Three Ermenegildo Zegna jackets from different cuts, a ~Soft~, Traveller μicronsphere and a Z. The last jacket was a ladies fine Italian Zegna Z Jacketleather made by Salvatore Ferragamo. The Italians certainly know their methods of creating a buttery soft fabric that will last for generations if taken proper care of. Can’t wait to see which of my daughters will offer the best reason they “need” this jacket.

Shirts – Twelve shirts were selected with some of these being really nice selections. An Armani A|X blue shirt with snap buttons will make a nice birthday present for my father soon as he likes this better than button-up shirts. The Brioni shirt retails Shirts and sweatersfor more than 110 times as much as I paid in Neiman Marcus and is one of my favorites but is a scarce name to find. Four Ermenegildo Zegna shirts were pulled off the racks. Two shirts from Eton were snapped up, one being a very formal bow-tie tuxedo only shirt, the other a very soft grey Contemporary-Fit. Two Shirts Brioni and ZegnaRalph Lauren Purple Label orange striped shirts were found for a very good price. They look brand new but I am not too sure about the color. Vera Wang showed up with a nice white striped shirt and the final was a quite expensive Yves Saint Laurent pour homme navy shirt.

Sweaters – Zanella is well known as being a quality shirt and pants clothier but not as well-known for its sweaters. I found this to be true when searching the Internet about their sweaters but the name definitely spells quality. (See the shirts above for the photo.)

Pants – I also shop an auction website sponsored by Goodwill; ShopGoodwill.com. There, I found a pair of pants from J. Ferrar but my interest was far more centered on the two brand new leather belts with the name of Ermenegildo Zegna on the inside of them and on the metal buckles. I won this auction, being the only person to bid on the “pants”.

Brioni, Charles Wain, Zegna, Trussardi and Stefano Ricci.Ties – Only nine ties were found this month. A beautiful blue one from Brioni is always a welcome name whether it is a tie, shirt or a pair of pants. I purchased another really nice example from Charles Wain as a speculation for a name I was not familiar with. Though it comes from China, it will look great with any grey suit in my closet. Four Ermenegildo Zegna ties were located, one a couture with the five *s. A real prize was the two Stefano Ricci ties purchased for less than four dollars each. These luxury ties begin at $250 and some go for as much as $2,000. Stefano Ricci is a great name to remember and they make a beautiful tie as well. The last was a very nice brown, good quality example from Trussardi.

Hangers – It is funny how you will find certain items in bulk and then you don’t see them again for a long time. Good quality, thick maple hangers are an example of this. The name of Setwell is a great quality name to watch for when looking for well-made clothes hangers of various types. These pants cuff hangers hold the pants very well and seldom let a pair fall to the floor as do some of the other less expensive brands. (See pants above for the hanger photo).

Kate Spade and Ermenegildo Zegna.Accessories – My oldest daughter has taught me a few things about ladies fashion such as what she likes in purses, coats, etc. One of her favorite names is Kate Spade. I was able to locate a very nice purse with this name on it and authenticated it to make sure it didn’t come from China or Mexico as a knock-off. Though this brand is not as expensive as some of the better known Italian leatheriers, it is certainly well made and worth the twenty dollar bill they were asking for it after my discount. The prize of this category, however comes from the auction I won from ShopGoodwill.com when I was able to bid on a pair of black pants and the photo showed two leather belts from Ermenegildo Zegna. I paid the beginning price of $8.98 as the only bidder and received the pair of pants and two brand new black and brown belts that have a list for $495.00 each on the Zegna.com website.

It was a good month, even though I didn’t spend near as much, but was able to find some great items and that is only part of the fun of searching through the miles of cotton, polyester, leather and wool known as the Goodwill stores. You never know what treasure lies beneath the folds of fabric lining the clothes racks or sitting pretty upon a shelf.

As with previous months, the following chart is broken down into different categories with the subtotal for each, the amount paid, tagged amount and the retail price with a link, where available, as to where the price was located. I hope this chart becomes a valuable tool for you in making a choice when locating the high-end item you might run across.

May 2017

$266 $330 $22,767 85.6x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
3,395 Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 18.72 24.99 3,395.00 Tan Italy
Dress Jackets
11,775 Burberrry London 7.98 9.99 1,795.00 Brown USA
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 9.99 9.99 2,895.00 Brown Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Traveller μicronsphere 14.39 17.99 2,700.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.48 9.99 1,395.00 Grey Spain
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 63.91 79.99 2,990.00 Brown Italy
Shirts
4,368 Armani, Giorgio A|X 5.59 6.99 98.00 Blue China
Brioni Tonal Micro-stripe 5.24 6.99 575.00 Peach Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.24 6.99 375.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.99 6.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 255.00 Grey Romania
Eton Royal 5.59 6.99 275.00 White England
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.98 9.99 450.00 Orange Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.98 9.99 450.00 Orange Italy
Vera Wang Black 5.59 6.99 70.00 White Indonesia
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 5.24 6.99 525.00 Navy France
Sweaters
98 Zanella  – 3.49 6.99 48.95 Black Italy
Zanella  – 3.49 6.99 48.95 Blue Italy
Pants
45 J. Ferrar  – 6.68 6.68 44.99 Black China
Ties
1,768 Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Charles Wain  – 0.99 1.99 25.00 Grey China
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 2.39 2.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 1.99 2.49 205.00 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 2.39 2.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 2.99 2.99 205.00 Gold Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 3.99 3.99 250.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 3.99 3.99 250.00 Brown Italy
Trussardi  – 1.99 1.99 193.00 Brown Italy
Hangers
30 Setwell Pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Maple USA
Setwell Pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Maple USA
Setwell Pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Maple USA
Setwell Pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Maple USA
Accessories
1,288 Kate Spade Cameron street maise 19.97 24.99 298.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Pelle Tessuta belt 6.68 6.68 495.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Pelle Tessuta belt 6.68 6.68 495.00 Black Italy

Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they will bring you a good net satisfaction. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting.

 

April 2017 Summary

April is the month for tornadoes in my area and it felt like I was creating one running through all the Goodwill stores locally. Two large goals were met this month: hitting the three-digit mark of having the items worth more than 100 times what I paid and having the total reach over $50,000 if purchased at their retail value. Of course, it wouldn’t have hit that last mark had I not found right at ninety items. Surprisingly, there were no pants or overcoats located to add to this list this month. The following is what I was able to locate and purchase this past April.

Aquascutum, Burberry's and Sartoria Castangia jacketsTreasures – Every now and then you run across a name you haven’t heard of but the quality is clearly apparent. Such was the case of a Castangia Sartoria jacket with its beautiful hand stitching, surgeon sleeves and a great Italian fit. I had never heard of this brand but a quick search on my cell phone while standing in the aisle said to put it immediately in the basket and enjoy it later. L-R: Lubium Loro Piana, Oxxford, Versace, Zegna x2Another great jacket, but a name I am well acquainted with is that of Oxxford Clothes. The $4,600 Gibbons two-button jacket landed in my basket for only $5.59. A number of tuxedo shirts from Armani and Jos. A Bank were picked up for those special occasions as well as a very nice Brioni plaid shirt. As sweaters go, you can’t do much better than those from Brioni, Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Carolina Herrera. These three make any trip well worth the while. The names of Bvlgari, Stefano Ricci and Oxxford Clothes represented special pickups in the neck tie section. Salvatore Ferragamo is always a welcome name to locate when cruising through the shoe rack looking inside each and every shoe for that reclusive brand. Finding a Louis Vuitton purse always begs the question as to whether it is the real thing or a very good fake. Kiton shoe bagsThis one that I purchased for $14 appears to be the real thing and should make for a great birthday present for one of my daughters in the near future. It’s always good to plan ahead for special events like these and have an item worthy of this celebration without spending a fortune. Another fantastic but relatively scarce name is that of Kiton. They make the very best clothing, shoes, belts … everything. I picked up two pair (4) of Kiton shoe bag covers for a total of $10. Anything with that name located on it shows that it lives up to its slogan of the “Best of the best plus one”.

Burberry London and Givenchy Monsieur suitsSuits – One of my favorite names in suits, well everything else they make as well, is Burberry. When you can find a very nice navy Burberry London suit that is just your size for less than twelve dollars, it makes its way to the buggy, post haste. The same goes for a brown Givenchy Monsieur suit. Prices at the Goodwill stores in my area have recently been marked down for suits from the usual $19.99 to $14.99 and with my 20% discount coupon, each was purchased for $11.97. A good investment for those days when you want to present your best and go from navy (power) to brown (trust) while looking professional.

Canali dress jacketsDress Jackets – Sixteen dress jackets were picked up this month. I was trying to cut back since they take up a lot of room but check out this list of jackets and you will understand why it made it to sixteen. Aquascutum double breasted, Burberry’s (3), Giorgio Armani, Canali (4 in cashmere, silk, super 120’s), Castangia Sartoria, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Lubiam Loro Piana tuxedo, Oxxford Clothes Gibbons, Versace double breasted, and Yves Saint Laurent. Great names for some great quality jackets! (See also photographs above)

April shirt purchaseShirts – Twenty-eight shirts were picked up. Shirts are easy to cruise through with their tags sitting up next to the neck of the hanger just begging to be seen. Here is what I was able to locate. Again, I am trying to limit my selection but some of these just jumped into my buggy wanting to go home with me. Tuxedo shirtsGiorgio Armani (3, Collezioni tuxedo), Bogosse, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (7), Eton, Façonnable, Harry & Sons, I Love Ugly, Ike Behar, John Nordstrom, Jos. A Bank (tuxedo), Lorenzini, Psycho Bunny, Rag & Bone, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent pour homme, and Zumo.

Sweater April purchaseSweaters – I have experienced a new awakening about the retail price some sweaters go for on the high end scale of clothing. The Brioni I located has a retail in Neiman Marcus of almost two thousand dollars and the Ralph Lauren Purple Label is right behind it at more than twelve hundred. Wow! Each of these was purchased for only $4.99. Others located worth grabbing were from Giorgio Armani A|X, Carolina Herrera, I Levrieri (2) and a grey Lyle & Scott merino.

April tie purhaseTies – Once again, the number of ties fell behind the number of shirts this month with only thirteen picked out of the hanging racks. A name I didn’t expect to find was that of Bvlgari. The tie is in the upper region of pricing coming in at $245 just above Canali at $230 but quite a bit less than the Oxxford Clothes tie I found that sells for $295. Other ties located were from English Laundry, Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stefano Ricci and Valentino.

April shoe purchaseShoes – My son needed some good quality shoes that were slip resistant so I located two of the Ecco brand in his shoe size and this met his requirement. Two other shoe brands worth having in my closet are the Salvatore Ferragamo wing-tip tassel loafers and the To Boot New York Calhern. The other items found in this category are the shoe trees from FootJoy, Men’s Wearhouse and Rumson Whitehouse Hardy New York.

Setwell hangersHangers – I was surprised at the high price some of these maple suit hangers retail for. Setwell is one of the best brands to look for and has a retail price of more than $57 each but are well worth the price I paid of $1.19 per item. Suits last much longer when well supported by the wide, smooth maple from this company of hangers. I was lucky to come across seven which had been put out on the floor that same day.

Pocket Square – It was an unusual month for locating good pocket squares. I found a brown plaid pocket square with the quickly recognizable Burberry Equestrian Knight and a beautiful Dominie plain white. Two others of notable quality but no name on their tags were from Japan and China.

Louis Vuitton purseAccessories – This is another category, always with interesting surprises. Here they are in order: Budweiser select cigar humidor (great for storing photographs), Drake’s silk suspenders, Hanes socks, Kiton Munich shoe bag covers (2 sets), Louis Vuitton Alma PM monogram cloth purse, Lucien Piccard 11567-01 Adamello Chronograph new in the box, full bottle of Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum, and a US Mint set of 2003 quarters.Lucien Piccard watch

As with previous months, the following chart is broken down into different categories with the subtotal for each, the amount paid, tagged amount and the retail price with a link, where available, as to where the price was located. I hope this chart becomes a valuable tool for you in making a choice when locating the high-end item you might run across.

April 2017

$508.64 $664.14 $51,987.85 102.2x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
3,590 Burberry London 11.98 14.99 1,995.00 Navy USA
Givenchy Monsieur 11.98 14.99 1,595.00 Brown USA
Dress Jackets
28,155 Aquascutum Dbl breasted blazer 1.00 9.99 405.00 Brown Canada
Armani, Giorgio CG1216 7.98 9.99 610.00 Grey Italy
Burberry’s Jacobson’s 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Grey USA
Burberry’s Saks Fifth Avenue 7.48 9.99 1,550.00 Brown USA
Burberry’s  – 7.98 9.99 1,550.00 Navy USA
Canali 100% cashmere 4.99 9.99 1,595.00 Grey Italy
Canali Proposta 9.99 9.99 1,295.00 Tan Italy
Canali Silk & cashmere 4.99 9.99 2,695.00 Tan Italy
Canali Super 120’s 5.59 6.99 1,895.00 Navy Italy
Castangia Sartoria 7.98 9.99 1,500.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 4.99 9.99 2,495.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 7.48 9.99 2,495.00 Grey Switzerland
Lubiam Loro Piana tuxedo 5.59 6.99 750.00 Black Italy
Oxxford Clothes Gibbons 2Btn Notch 5.59 6.99 4,575.00 Gray USA
Versace Dbl breasted Classic 4.99 9.99 599.99 Navy Italy
Yves Saint Laurent  – 9.99 9.99 2,150.00 Green France
Shirts
9,400 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 2.49 4.99 295.00 Purple Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni tuxedo 7.98 9.99 545.00 White Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni tuxedo 11.99 14.99 545.00 White Italy
Bogosse Pierre 32 3.74 4.99 185.00 Green Turkey
Brioni Plaid cotton sport 5.59 6.99 625.00 Blue Italy
Burberry Golf 5.59 6.99 325.00 Grey Italy
Canali  – 4.99 4.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Dolce & Gabanna Gold 10.38 12.99 358.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 14.99 14.99 495.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 495.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 450.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 6.38 7.99 495.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 7.98 7.99 495.00 Pink Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 4.99 4.99 495.00 Cream Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 3.99 4.99 395.00 Brown Turkey
Eton Slim 3.99 4.99 245.00 White Romania
Façonnable  – 2.49 4.99 165.00 Blue Hong Kong
Harry & Sons  – 5.59 6.99 107.00 Peach Italy
I Love Ugly Hi Stranger 3.99 4.99 105.00 Green China
Ike Behar Neiman Marcus 3.99 4.99 265.00 White Canada
John Nordstrom Canclini 3.99 4.99 99.50 Blue China
Jos. A Bank tuxedo 2.49 4.99 99.50 White Hong Kong
Lorenzini Neiman Marcus 4.49 5.99 158.00 Yellow Italy
Psycho Bunny v-neck 5.24 6.99 95.00 Grey Peru
Rag & Bone Beach button 4.99 4.99 250.00 Tan China
Versace Jeans Couture 3.99 4.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 5.24 6.99 890.00 Grey Malaysia
Zumo Long Black Iggy 6.38 7.99 73.20 Black India
Sweaters
4,121 Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.98 9.99 150.00 Grey China
Brioni  – 4.99 5.99 1,815.00 Grey Italy
Carolina Herrera CH HC 2.49 4.99 95.00 Black China
I Levrieri  – 3.99 4.99 134.49 Blue Italy
I Levrieri polo 2.49 4.99 472.00 Grey Italy
Lyle & Scott V-nect 2.49 4.99 160.00 Grey India
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 4.99 5.99 1,295.00 Yellow Italy
Ties
2,660 Bvlgari  – 2.39 2.99 245.00 Orange Italy
Canali  – 2.39 2.99 230.00 Orange Italy
English Laundry By Roffe 1.59 1.99 70.00 Brown England
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.59 1.99 205.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 3.19 3.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 3.19 3.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 2.39 2.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 1.99 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Oxxford Clothes  – 1.99 1.99 295.00 Navy USA
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 3.99 4.99 190.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci Maus & Hoffman 4.00 4.00 250.00 Grey Italy
Valentino Cravatte 1.00 4.99 155.00 Brown Italy
Shoes
436 Ecco Holton’ Venetian 14.37 17.99 179.95 Brown China
Ecco Johannesburg GTX 5.99 5.99 170.00 Black Indonesia
FootJoy Antique shoe tree 0.49 0.99 19.30 Brown USA
FootJoy Antique shoe tree 0.49 0.99 19.30 Brown USA
Hugo Boss RS Pattern socks 1.59 1.99 17.00 Black Italy
Men’s Wearhouse Cedar shoe tree 0.99 0.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Men’s Wearhouse Cedar shoe tree 0.99 0.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Rumson Whitehouse Hardy Shoe tree 0.79 0.99 5.00 Wood USA
Rumson Whitehouse Hardy Shoe tree 0.79 0.99 5.00 Wood USA
Salvatore Ferragamo wing-tip tassel loafer 13.47 17.99 695.00 Black Italy
To Boot New York Calhern 9.98 19.99 398.00 Brown USA
Hangers
203 Setwell Maple suit (7) 1.19 1.49 202.93 Maple USA
Pocket Square
205  – Silk 0.99 0.99 15.00 Bronze China
 – Silk 1.99 1.99 15.00 White Japan
Burberry plaid 0.79 0.99 90.00 Brown Italy
Dominie plain 0.79 0.99 85.00 White USA
Accessories
2,125 Alfani Bow tie 0.01 0.01 55.00 Black China
Budweiser Select humidor 5.59 5.99 78.00 Black USA
Drake’s Silk suspenders 1.59 1.99 75.00 Black England
Hanes socks 0.79 0.99 2.83 Black USA
Kiton Munich shoe bag cover 9.75 9.75 39.95 Black Italy
Kiton Munich shoe bag cover 9.75 9.75 39.95 Black Italy
Louis Vuitton Alma PM monogram 14.37 17.99 1,500.00 Brown France
Lucien Piccard 11567-01 Chronograph 37.44 49.99 224.99 Black Switzerland
Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum 19.97 24.99 94.00 Clear USA
United States Mint 2003 Quarter Mint 7.49 9.99 2.99 Silver USA
Black shirt studs 0.01 0.01 12.00 Black China

Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they will bring you surprisingly great net satisfaction. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting.

March 2017 Summary

A big thank you to everyone who donates to all of the Goodwill stores! You may even see something you donated on this site if you live in my area of hunting.

This month of March yielded a fresh assortment of selections due to a couple of new stores opening within their expanded area of collection.  Although I spent more than usual on ninety items and didn’t meet the target three-digit retail goal of 100 times what I paid (this time only 81x), there were some real gems worth purchasing. I have set my focus upon only higher-end items despite Goodwill trying to tempt all of us with their renewed selection of month old merchandise offered at only $1 each. It isn’t out of the ordinary to see a little old lady trying her best to push two buggies full and overflowing to the checkout once again.

Treasures – There were a good number of “treasures” found this past month. Two suits worth mentioning in this category were a Prince of Wales Burberry pants and jacket picked up for less than twelve dollars and a like-new Classic V2 Gianni Versace tuxedo that fits very well. Along the lines of Italian suits were also located a couple of dress jackets from Versace and Gucci. I always like finding anything from Brioni and a deep green shirt showed up on the rack at a favorite haunt. Due to my creating a new web page comparing shirt prices at the high-end stores locally, I also located a shirt from Yohji Yamamoto where they can be purchased new at Barney’s beginning with a price of $630. When the snow birds come down for the winter, they will typically “dump” their high priced sweaters and overcoats, not needing them in this warmer climate. Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Lanvin and a purple label Ralph Lauren were picked up for as little as $3.74. Ties are always a favorite due to finding expensive names for affordable prices. Kiton, Tiffany, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Loro Piana, Charvet and Stefano Ricci were a few of the names that showed up. A number of items in the accessories category were found with names like Fendi, and Prada in the form of purses that my daughters will probably fight over as to who gets which one. I also picked up three older Hummel figurines, two of which dated to 1956.

Suits – The nice thing about finding suits that fit you in the Goodwill is that you do not have to look around to match a pair of pants to a jacket that you like, especially when it is of a shade of blue or brown that you don’t have pants to go with. Burberry is a great brand to find and wears very nicely, is well made and should last a long time if taken proper care of. I found a charcoal colored Burberry Prince of Jackets and suits for March 2017Wales just my size for $11.98 and can’t wait to wear it to church this coming Sunday. A second great find well worth the $15.97 paid was a Gianni Versace Classic V2 tuxedo that looked as though it had never been worn. Luckily, both suits fit very well and should need no tailoring adjustments. Total retail for the two suits amounted to $5,670 with my out-of-pocket being only $27.95.

Dress Jackets – Four jackets were added to my closet this month. The name of Canali is always a welcome brand to find as they are well made, soft to the touch and look quite remarkable when worn with a nice pair of matching pants. I paid less than five dollars for such a black, classic blazer. A second, more casual, tan corduroy jacket with the name of Emile Lafaurie fit nicely and was added to this month’s selection. The next two dress jackets have a story of their own. Goodwill sorts their merchandise into various categories, hangs the items together on a mobile rack and make their way into the area of the store where the items are to be placed. I spotted just such a rack and being the first to see it, I had first choice after asking permission from the attendant. There were a few jackets hanging together and as I looked to identify the first black wool coat, the inside pocket label with the name of Versace showed it’s black lettering and prominent head of medusa. What a nice way to start the day’s search.  The next jacket added to the excitement as I opened an obvious well-made jacket to discover that it showed an equally recognizable name of GUCCI! The attendant saw my excitement and asked what I had discovered. I showed her the two names and she asked how much they were tagged for. When I showed her the prices of $9.99, she said that someone in the back obviously didn’t know what they were doing. I just smiled. Total retail for all four jackets picked up this month amounted to $5,430 with my out-of-pocket being only $28.93.

Shirts – A total of 33 shirts were selected this month. These included some nice welcome surprises such as Armani (5), Breuer, Brioni, Burberry London, Canali (3), Charles Tyrwhitt (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (14), Givenchy, Ike Behar, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Versace, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent (4) and two from Zanella. These are all very nice shirts and I am trying to be more selective in choosing only those that fit my size and still came up with thirty-three. I always welcome the name of Brioni as they are obviously made with special attention and the very best materials. Since I had recently created a special page for high-end shirts, the name of Yohji Yamamoto looked familiar when I saw his signature on a shirt label. After looking up the page on my cell phone and seeing that the brand sold at Barney’s for a range of $630 to $1,310, I quickly snagged it. Total retail for all of the shirts amounted to $11,283.50 with my out-of-pocket being only $152.40.

SweatersSweaters – The winter months typically bring out the cold weather clothing deposited by the “snow birds” coming in from the northern states and Canada. Overcoats and sweaters are in abundance more so this time of the year at some of the better Goodwill stores. Eight sweaters were picked up with the names of Burberry Brit, COOGI (2), Ermenegildo Zegna Sport, Giorgio Armani, Lanvin, Michael Kors and a purple label Ralph Lauren. Total retail for the sweaters amounted to $5,954.98 with my out-of-pocket being only $45.05.

PantsPants – Four pairs of pants were picked up, three from Italy. You just can’t pass up a great pair of slacks from Armani for less than three dollars, especially when they are black. A pair of dress slacks from Ermenegildo Zegna of wool and cashmere were found for those cool evening dinners. Another pair of brown pants from Canali were located for a little less than five dollars with a fourth good quality dark blue pants with no name that match a beautiful jacket completed a set for a suit. Total retail for the pants amounted to an estimated $1,415.00 with my out-of-pocket being only $17.36.

Ties – The number of ties were once again just short of the number of shirts this month for a total of 29. Some especially good finds were those of Charvet, Ermenegildo Zegna Quindici couture, Gucci (4), Kiton, Loro Piana, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stefano Ricci and Tiffany & Company. Others located were from Armani, Bresciani, Burberry’s, Dries Van Noten, Ermenegildo Zegna (10), Robert Talbott (bow tie) and Sartori. Total retail for all of the ties amounted to $5,710.00 with my out-of-pocket being only $74.65.

Clothing hangers, shoe trees and a banana hanger.Shoes – I wasn’t able to find any shoes that were either my size or of a higher end brand I am interested in. I did however, find some nice cedar shoe trees that sell anywhere from twenty to twenty-eight dollars for a pair. These brands were Cole Haan, Johnston & Murphy, Jos. A Bank and Nordstrom. These add life and comfort to your leather footwear.

Hangers – Thick plastic hangers are great for placing wet clothing on to dry after washing but not for regular use in the closet. A better quality hanger is typically made of either cedar to keep the moths at bay or maple for longer life. When I see a good example of a wide maple hanger with pants cuff snaps, the price of $1.99 is well worth grabbing, especially those that sell new for about twenty dollars. Of all the hangers, I have found the brand Setwell to be a very good name to look for.

Fendi and Prada pursesAccessories – Also known as the miscellaneous category, accessories are items that I must have which don’t fit into any of the above groups. Two purses that proved to be originals and not fakes were picked up for my daughters and/or presents were from Fendi (Zucca Elegant Tote) and Prada (small Esplanade). One of the Goodwill stores always has a great selection of purses in the jewelry cabinet but are often hard to see in the dark corner unless an attendant pulls them out to verify the brand and if they are made in Italy and not a fake from China.  Hummel figurines, Kate Spade iPhone cover, crocodile belt and Swank cuff-linksHummel figurines are very collectible and when I find these for less than ten dollars, they are well worth picking up. You have to be careful in that if the figurine has a small chip or is repaired in any way, they are then worth no more than one-half the suggested market price. I found three perfect examples, two with an earlier TMK 2 dating them to 1956. This category also brought in a much needed banana holder, a Kate Spade iPhone 7 cover, a black crocodile belt and a Swank set of pearl cuff-links. Total retail for all of these items amounted to $4,529.99 with my out-of-pocket being $134.27, the purses taking the bulk of this.

Note: Some items have been added at the end of the month that were not photographed if you happen to notice the discrepancy.

March 2017

$495.00 $653.46 $40,220.55 81.3x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
5,670 Burberry Prince of Wales 11.98 14.99 1,995.00 Charcoal USA
Versace Classic V2 tuxedo 15.97 19.99 3,675.00 Black Italy
Dress Jackets
5,430 Canali Classic blazer 4.99 9.99 1,395.00 Black Italy
Emile Lafaurie corduory 7.98 9.99 450.00 Tan Portugal
Gucci  – 7.98 9.99 2,490.00 Black Italy
Versace Leone 7.98 9.99 1,095.00 Black Italy
Shirts
11,284 Armani, Giorgio A|X 3.99 4.99 98.00 Blue China
Armani, Giorgio Black Label 3.99 4.99 225.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani le Collezioni 4.99 4.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 3.99 4.99 695.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio  – 4.99 4.99 695.00 Brown Italy
Breuer  – 1.00 5.99 275.00 White France
Brioni Tonal 2.49 4.99 585.00 Green Italy
Burberry London 14.97 19.99 275.00 Yellow USA
Canali 100% linen 4.99 4.99 325.00 Green Italy
Canali  – 3.99 4.99 395.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 3.99 4.99 395.00 Blue Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.99 4.99 199.00 White England
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.99 4.99 199.00 White England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 375.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 375.00 Black Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 250.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.49 4.99 250.00 Navy Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 4.99 4.99 495.00 Grey Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 2.49 4.99 375.00 Black Turkey
Givenchy Monsieur 7.98 9.99 480.00 Red Hong Kong
Ike Behar 3.74 4.99 265.00 Brown Canada
Michael Kors Regular Fit 4.99 4.99 129.50 White Indonesia
Rag & Bone Yokohama 3.74 4.99 250.00 Grey China
Versace Collection Trend 4.99 4.99 295.00 Black Turkey
Yohji Yamamoto pour homme 4.99 4.99 630.00 Grey Japan
Yves Saint Laurent 4.99 4.99 295.00 Grey Italy
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 4.99 4.99 119.00 Tan Taiwan
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 4.99 4.99 119.00 Orange Italy
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 3.74 4.99 525.00 Tan Italy
Zanella  – 3.99 4.99 325.00 Tan Italy
Zanella  – 4.99 4.99 325.00 Brown Italy
Sweaters
5,955 Armani, Giorgio silk & linen 7.98 9.99 1,225.00 Black Italy
Burberry Brit 10.38 12.99 650.00 Gray China
COOGI 3.99 4.99 349.99 Black Australia
COOGI 3.99 4.99 349.99 Blue Australia
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 4.99 4.99 1,195.00 Black Italy
Lanvin  – 3.74 4.99 995.00 White Hong Kong
Michael Kors V-neck 4.99 4.99 195.00 Black China
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 4.99 9.99 995.00 Black Italy
Pants
1,415 Armani, Giorgio MANI 2.99 5.99 395.00 Black Italy
Canali 1934 4.79 5.99 425.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Cashmere 4.79 5.99 495.00 Black Portugal
No name  – 4.79 5.99 100.00 Navy Italy
Ties
5,710 Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 2.99 2.99 245.00 Green Italy
Bresciani  – 3.74 4.99 50.00 Grey Italy
Burberry’s 1.49 1.99 50.00 Red USA
Charvet Place Vendôme 10.38 12.99 245.00 Blue France
Dries Van Noten  – 2.99 5.99 185.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Quindici couture 1.99 1.99 285.00 Pink Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 0.99 1.99 205.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 1.59 1.99 205.00 Orange Italy
Gucci Paolo Gucci 1.99 1.99 200.00 Red Italy
Gucci  – 0.99 1.99 200.00 Gray Italy
Gucci  – 0.99 1.99 200.00 Gray Italy
Gucci  – 3.19 3.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Kiton Napoli 0.99 1.99 325.00 Brown Italy
Loro Piana  – 1.59 1.99 350.00 Brown England
Marc Jacobs  – 3.99 3.99 95.00 Brown Italy
Robert Talbott Bow tie 2.39 2.99 95.00 Black USA
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 3.99 4.99 190.00 Brown Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 3.99 4.99 190.00 Brown Italy
Sartori  – 2.99 3.99 40.00 Green Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 1.49 2.99 250.00 Silver Italy
Tiffany & Co. Hermès 4.79 5.99 125.00 Orange Korea
Shoes
69 Cole Haan Cedar shoe tree 0.99 3.99 14.00 Cedar USA
Johnston & Murphy Cedar shoe tree 0.79 0.99 9.98 Cedar USA
Johnston & Murphy Cedar shoe tree 0.79 0.99 9.98 Cedar USA
Jos. A Bank Cedar shoe tree 3.99 4.99 25.00 Cedar USA
Nordstrom Cedar shoe tree 0.99 0.99 9.98 Cedar USA
Hangers
159 Hangorize Plastic (50) 0.99 0.99 47.98 White China
Natural Maple 0.25 0.25 31.15  – China
Natural Maple 0.25 0.25 20.77 Natural China
Natural Suit 1.59 1.99 15.75 USA
Natural Suit 0.99 0.99 1.75  – USA
Natural Suit 0.99 0.99 1.75  – USA
Setwell Suit 0.99 0.99 20.00 Maple USA
Setwell Suit 0.79 0.99 20.00 Maple USA
Accessories
4,529 Fendi Zucca Elegant 31.95 39.95 1,500.00 Brown Italy
Hummel 81 2/0 Tmk 2 9.98 19.99 175.00 Tan W Germany
Hummel 82 2/0 Tmk 2 9.98 19.99 175.00 Tan W Germany
Hummel 197 2/0 Tmk 3 9.98 19.99 200.00 Tan W Germany
Kate Spade phone cover 4.99 9.99 40.00 White China
Lipper Int. banana holder 0.49 0.99 10.99 Wood China
No name Crocodile belt 4.99 4.99 119.00 Black  –
Prada Small Esplanade 55.92 69.99 2,280.00 Black Italy
Swank pearl cuff-links 5.99 5.99 29.00 Gold USA

The recent addition of price comparison pages I created for the shirts, suits and ties has been a quick resource in helping me eliminate some of the brands that sound like something they are not. Although higher prices do not dictate higher quality, it is still nice to know where a brand is ranked in your local high-end stores. Future pages for shoes, sweaters, pants and watches are in the works with this same idea in mind. I hope this information works for you as well. The pages will be updated as time allows, probably annually. Knowing your brands as to which command a greater return on your investment is good business sense. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting.

 

February 2017 Summary

For the month of February this year, less than four hundred dollars was spent on sixty individual items for a retail value of right at thirty-nine thousand dollars. That equates to just over one hundred times the amount spent and meets a highly sought after triple-digit goal for each month. With a house full of much more than I will ever need or be able to sell, the selections are becoming more focused and have to either be of a high-end caliber or something that is actually of great use around the house. This rule isn’t always followed, especially right after payday but I’m working hard on that specific problem.

Treasures – There was a good number of what I consider treasures found this month of February. The trips to the local Goodwill stores has become more of a treasure hunt than locating quality clothing lately. Some of these treasures speak for themselves. When I discover the more elusive high-end items you rarely find outside Neiman Marcus, Saks or Barney’s for an affordable price and in like-new condition, this qualifies as a treasure. Any time I run across a “never thought I could ever afford” an item and it was in hand when I left the store, this qualifies as a treasure. Some of these this month were three tuxedo suits from Armani, Burberry and Zegna. Another suit located was from Oxxford Clothes. Jackets and vests with the names of Burberry, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Valentino are always a welcome site. Other treasures come with the names of Brioni, Alain Figaret and Bernini. The last item to fit this category is the early 1920s lady’s working wrist watch from A. LeCoultre, a name that later joined with another to form the famous Jaeger-LeCoultrè known today for expensive, well-made watches. Some treasured and hard to find names of ties were located this month: Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Fendi, Isaia, Stefano Ricci, and Tiffany & Co (Hermès).

Suits – This was an especially great month for finding high-end suits. Four to be exact. I decided to head back to one of my favorite haunts to see if an Armani tuxedo was still hanging in the better quality rack but since it was now the following Friday, it would be half the tagged price. Sure enough, there it was. The tuxedo included the pants and judging from the inside pocket label, it had not been dry cleaned often but still looked quite new. The day started off right. Later, in the same store, I found an Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo jacket just my size and with excitement, it quickly joined the other Italian tuxedo. It wasn’t until I was ready to check out that the cashier said that the price of $14.99 included a pair of Zegna tuxedo pants that should have been hanging with the jacket. After a quick look through the other suits, I was able to locate the pants hanging with a different tuxedo jacket. My thanks to the observant cashier!  The very next Goodwill visit that day yielded a third tuxedo suit. This was a very nice example created by Burberry and looked very much the quality you expect from this British clothier. This one day yielded three very new looking tuxedo suits for a total of less than $82.  While talking about suits, a few days previous located a nice but one size too small chocolate brown Oxxford Clothes Manhattan from Neiman Marcus. The suit cost me less than twelve dollars but lists for just under five thousand new. It was an especially good month for suits.

Dress Jackets – Nine high-end dress jackets were purchased out of pocket for the grand sum of $72 but list new for a total of $15,325. These included, in alphabetical order, a blue Burberrys Millbank, a grey Cartier vest, three Ermenegildo Zegna jackets, a lady’s navy 1973 vintage Fendi Roma 365 by Contir, a dark grey Marc by Marc Jacobs and two from Valentino. The Fendi will have to find another owner of course and both of my daughters are trying to decide which of the two of them it fits best.

Shirts – Twenty shirts found their way into my crowded closet this month. These included, in alphabetical order, Alain Figaret, Armani (2), Bernini, Boss, Brioni, Ermenegildo Zegna (7), Ike Behar (3), Michael Kors, Valentino and Zanella (2). The French made Alain Figaret was a new brand to me but the quality was unmistakable. The Brioni, picked up for less than four dollars, is perhaps one of the best examples of a tuxedo shirt I will ever see and the list price is $790 on the Brioni website. It will look right at home with any of the three newly purchased tuxedos. Another great find like this was the Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura that sells for $510. Anything from Valentino can be expected to list for a high price and this white shirt had a price of $450.

Sweaters – Only two sweaters were picked up but both were quite nice. One was from Armani Exchange and the other was from a company I was not as familiar with. I Levrieri produces a very nice cashmere and silk blend that is super soft and very warm.

Pants – I’ve not had much luck lately finding the high-end slacks as before. Hopefully, that will change. I was able to find a brown corduroy pair of Ermenegildo Zegna made in Portugal for little more than a five-dollar bill. That name is always a good find.

Ties usually have the greatest number but not this month. That title went to the shirts this time. I still found thirteen very nice examples of silk and they are listed alphabetically as follows: Brioni, Canali, Charles Tyrwhitt (2), Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Isaia, Lanvin, Stefano Ricci, Tiffany & Co. and Valentino. The solid gold Brioni is the perfect example of how a tie should be made. The Dolce & Gabbana came in as the highest priced retail at $275. This was the first time I had found a Dunhill, Isaia and a Tiffany & Co. and each produced the customary goose bumps and need to show the closest customer what I had found. The small number of ties was offset by the quality located in this case.

Hangers – Good, wooden clothing hangers are becoming harder to locate so when I find some at a good price, they immediately go into the buggy. This month, I picked up two thick, well made CedarScents hangers and nine other wooden hangers well suited for the needs of the recent purchased shirts, suits and dress jackets. I am still looking for a number of good pants cuff hangers made by Setwell.

The accessories category yielded some interesting items. A 1920s Swiss made 14K gold filled lady’s A. LeCoultre watch will make for a great birthday present for one of my daughters. Some of the other items located was a brand new American Girl Julie 6-book set with game, Peter Pauper Press Butterflies blank journal, Hermès Eau D’Orange Verte bath soap in the original plastic container, wall clock from FirstTime that keeps time, a Fossil purse, an Adams Titian Ware platter and two Royal Tudor Ware Olde England salad plates. That’s quite a variety of items but each was purchased for its uniqueness and desire to fit a certain niche.

The following table below shows this month’s expenditures with my cost, the tagged price and a link to the retail prices where I could find the item or one similar.

February 2017

$388.99 $532.57 $39,030.95 100.3x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
12,710 Armani, Giorgio Tuxedo 29.94 59.99 2,495.00 Black Italy
Burberry Tuxedo 39.94 49.90 2,295.00 Black England
Ermenegildo Zegna Tuxedo 11.98 14.99 3,095.00 Black Italy
Oxxford Clothes Manhattan 11.98 14.99 4,825.00 Tan USA
Dress Jackets
15,325 Burberrys Millbank 7.98 9.99 1,550.00 Blue USA
Cartier  – 3.99 3.99 99.89 Gray France
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 7.98 9.99 2,495.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 2,495.00 Navy Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 9.99 9.99 2,495.00 Charcoal Italy
Fendi Roma 365 Contir 7.98 9.99 180.00 Navy Italy
Marc Jacobs Marc 15.97 19.99 1,310.00 Gray Turkey
Valentino Saks 5th Ave 5.18 12.99 2,350.00 Blue Italy
Valentino  – 7.98 9.99 2,350.00 Charcoal Italy
Shirts
6,684 Alain Figaret Dbl Retors 4.99 4.99 131.23 Blue France
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.79 5.99 358.00 Brown Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Emporio 2.39 5.99 395.00 Blue Tunisia
Bernini  – 1.79 5.99 145.00 Tan Italy
Boss Hugo Boss 2.98 14.99 195.00 Yellow Hong Kong
Brioni Tuxedo shirt 3.99 4.99 795.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 5.99 5.99 510.00 White Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 395.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 395.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Soft 3.99 4.99 250.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.99 5.99 375.00 Black Italy
Ike Behar New York 2.39 5.99 245.00 Gray USA
Ike Behar Rochester Big & Tall 2.99 5.99 265.00 Blue Canada
Ike Behar Rochester Big & Tall 2.99 5.99 265.00 Blue Canada
Michael Kors  – 7.99 7.99 95.00 Black China
Valentino  – 4.79 5.99 450.00 White Italy
Zanella  – 3.99 4.99 325.00 Tan Italy
Zanella  – 3.99 4.99 325.00 Grey Italy
Sweaters
264 Armani, Giorgio A|X 11.98 14.99 130.00 Gray China
I Levrieri  – 3.99 4.99 134.49 Gray Italy
Pants
485 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 485.00 Brown Portugal
Ties
2,374 Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Gold Italy
Canali  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Navy Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt  – 1.59 1.99 49.00 Red Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt  – 1.59 1.99 49.00 Red Italy
Dolce & Gabbana Cravatte 3.99 3.99 275.00 Navy Italy
Dunhill  – 2.39 2.99 150.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.59 1.99 205.00 Gold Italy
Fendi  – 1.99 4.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Isaia Napoli 1.59 1.90 225.00 Gray Italy
Lanvin NY – Paris 0.40 1.99 165.00 Navy France
Stefano Ricci  – 1.59 3.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Tiffany & Co. Hermès 1.59 1.99 125.00 Red France
Valentino DIS.N.63100 1.99 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Hangers
46 CedarScents Suit hanger 2 0.52 0.69 30.00 Wood/metal USA
Natural Suit hanger 9 0.52 0.69 15.75 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
1,160 A. LeCoultre Ladies wrist watch 60.95 60.95 970.00 Gold Switzerland
Adams Titian Ware platter 3.99 3.99 79.00 Cream England
American Girl Julie 6-book & game 6.38 7.99 29.95 Yellow China
FirstTime wall clock 3.99 3.99 22.65 Silver China
Fossil purse 5.38 17.99 20.00 Green China
Hermès Eau D’Orange Verte 6.98 6.98 38.00 Green France
Peter Pauper Press Butterflies Journal 1.99 1.99 8.99 Yellow China
Royal Tudor Ware Olde England 1.99 1.99 10.00 Yellow England
Royal Tudor Ware Olde England 1.99 1.99 10.00 Yellow England

January 2017 Summary

The year of 2017 started off very well with a good variety as well as some very nice items I had not counted on finding. My triple-digit goal was surpassed beyond my expectations with the retail being almost 200 times as much as I spent on the 44 items located;  $283 spent for $55,147 retail. That’s a goal that probably won’t be surpassed for quite a while.

Giorgio Armani Black Label tailsJanuary offered a great number of items most anyone would probably consider a treasure. I was able to obtain at half the Goodwill price of $99 an Armani black label tuxedo. Not only is it a tuxedo but a more formal tailcoat tuxedo, you know, the penguin style. It is the same item as what Richard Gere wore on the 1980 movie American Gigolo. I was going through the coats looking for my preferred labels and ran across Giorgio Armani, A Milano Borgunonuovo 21 and instantly knew it was a great find. As I laid it up on the cashier’s counter, we were talking about the find and I Neiman Marcus label under the collarnoticed under the left collar a Neiman Marcus price tag which reflected a suggested price of $2,595. Not bad for my price of $49.99. Not only was this a great find but the suit was obviously brand new and had never been worn. Another extraordinary find was picked up at a local auction so I’ve included it in my thrift finds. That is a Rolex ladies Presidential Day Date watch. I offered a high price of $26 on it just in case no one else bid on it and to my surprise that was the price the auction gavel went down on. The watch is a bit too splashy for me but worth the risk of the possibility of it being a fake after researching it through the Internet for others that looked just like it. The jury is still out on whether it is a good fake or the real thing.

Giorgio Armani Black Label for the tux tailsOnly one item was found to fit the suit category and that is the Armani tails located in an out-of-the-way Goodwill store. This store is the smallest of all the stores I frequent but I’ve found some of the best items here including an $8,500 Kiton jacket. The store is in a less prolific part of town but this is to an advantage in that the locals are not as familiar with some of the high-end names I like to look for. Click the photographs to see a higher resolution version.

Four coats were picked up this month well worth mentioning. The name of Burberrys’ with an apostrophe is always a welcome sight. This navy jacket is a Super 100s and looks like it wasn’t worn very often. Another great label is from Italy and that is of Canali. I was not familiar with the KEI Collection but the quality is definitely Canali. The dark brown plaid has a hint of blue in it and should look great with dark brown or dark blue slacks. The two other coats come from one of my favorite brands; Ermenegildo Zegna. Both of these are jet black with one being made in Switzerland and the other from Italy.

Burberrys' Commuter II overcoatIt always makes my day when I see an overcoat from Burberry. I’ve noticed the price of this brand commands a higher number than most but is well worth paying the amount, especially when you can find it with the Goodwill color tag indicating it is half the sticker price. This Burberrys’ Commuter II overcoat was picked up for a little more than twelve dollars. Not bad!

A lucky number of thirteen shirts were gathered this month with the great names of Armani, Burberry, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (5), Luigi Borrelli, Ted Baker, Yves Saint Laurent and Zanella (2). This was only the second Borrelli shirt I’ve located and raised a few goose bumps when the name popped up amongst the other shirts on the rack. I like the tighter fit of the Italian shirts around the waist and those from Canali seem to fit me as though they were Made To Measure. The same is true for the Zegna shirts where I normally wear the size XL but with European shirts, I’ve learned to check the L section of shirts for a better fit.

A few months ago, I found five Ermenegildo Zegna sweaters in a row in the shirt section. One of these retailed for $1,200 so I have learned to grab this seldom seen brand where sweaters are hanging. This certain item lists for about half this ($595) but it fits and feels great on these cold Winter mornings.

This colorful category of ties brought in some new names this month that I seldom see.  Some of these included Alberto Piano, Anthime Mouley, Aquascutum, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Luciano Barbera, Oxxford Crest, Symmetry, and Vineyard Vines (7). The tie from Oxxford Crest is my first and what a beautiful tie this US company makes. I picked it up for less than two dollars and it retails for right at three hundred. The French made Anthime Mouley is super soft and of the highest quality. My youngest daughter mentioned earlier that I would never find any clothing from her favorite Vineyard Vines but here are seven new ties with price tag examples I can show her. She is right on one account. This is the first time I’ve seen this brand in the tie section.

Tory Burch pumps & Bally sneakersIn the field of shoes, Tory Burch is a highly sought after brand of women’s quality footwear. I located a brand new, black, patent leather pair with the large gold logo squarely placed on the toe. Ironically, the shoe I found was on the floor behind the jewelry counter but you had to be tall enough to see it lying next to the counter. My older daughter has mentioned a time or more that I should buy a nice pair of these for her if I should ever encounter them at the Goodwill. I called her to make sure I had her size correct and had to put up with a 3-second scream over the phone which told me they were indeed her size. Another brand I enjoy looking for is Bally made in Switzerland. These are always of top notch quality but only affordable within my budget when located on the shoe rack at the Goodwill. This pair of high-priced sneakers was picked up for less than eight dollars and retails for close to six hundred. Should I say it was a good month for shoes?

Gucci glasses, cuff links and moreThe accessories section of the blog is always fun due to the fact that it is the miscellaneous area that could include anything that does not fit any other category. This month was no exception. A variety included silver cufflinks from Anson, gold cufflinks from Swank, a Sterling silver tie bar from Swank, a Sterling silver Alabama charm, a nice silver tie tack, a pair of Gucci titanium rimmed glasses with case and the super nice Rolex ladies Super President gold and diamond encrusted watch. Rolex women's Super Presential watchYou never know what you will find but make sure you have enough money in your account just in case you find a great deal you don’t want to pass over.

As always, the table below shows this month’s expenditure with my cost, the tagged price and a link to the retail prices. How has your year started out?

January 2017

$283.44 $415.06 $55,147.51 194.6x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
2,595 Armani, Giorgio A Milano Borgunonuovo 21 49.90 99.99 2,595.00 Black Italy
Dress Jackets
6,835 Burberrys’ Super 100s 15.70 19.99 995.00 Navy USA
Canali KEI Collection 7.98 9.99 1,850.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Black Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Black Italy
Overcoats
129 Burberrys’ Commuter II 12.47 24.99 129.00 Brown England
Shirts
3,765 Armani, Giorgio Armani Jeans 2.99 5.99 44.50 Black Hong Kong
Burberry London 6.48 12.99 265.00 Blue USA
Canali  – 5.99 5.99 375.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 375.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 375.00 Peach Turkey
Luigi Borrelli  – 4.79 5.99 367.00 Blue Italy
Ted Baker Endurance 2.99 5.99 165.00 Blue China
Yves Saint Laurent 3.19 3.99 295.00 Blue Malaysia
Zanella  – 4.79 5.99 189.00 Brown Italy
Zanella  – 2.99 5.99 189.00 Black Italy
Sweaters
595 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 595.00 Brown Italy
Ties
1,904 Alberto Piano  – 1.59 1.99 37.29 Blue Italy
Anthime Mouley 1.99 1.99 19.99 Blue France
Aquascutum London 0.99 1.99 120.00 Brown England
Canali  – 2.79 3.49 200.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.99 1.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Black Italy
Luciano Barbera  – 2.99 2.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Oxxford Crest  – 1.99 1.99 295.00 Black USA
Symmetry  – 0.79 1.99 31.65 Purple China
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Red USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Red USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Pink USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Pink USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Yellow USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Blue USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Green USA
Shoes
845 Bally Ascar 7.99 7.99 595.00 Brown Italy
Tory Burch Hope Pump 31.95 39.99 250.00 Black China
Accessories
38,470 Anson Cuff links 2.49 4.99 20.00 Silver USA
Gucci #139 4.99 9.99 325.00 Black Italy
Rolex Ladies Super President 26.00 26.00 38,000.00 Gold Switzerland
Swank Tie bar 2.49 4.99 95.00 Silver USA
Alabama charm 5.99 5.99 6.08 Silver USA
Cuff links 1.99 1.99 24.00 Gold USA
Tie tack 0.55 0.99 10.00 Silver USA

December 2016 Summary

Merry Christmas this month and I hope you received nice gifts from those who have found the perfect items for you at the local Goodwill and other thrift stores. This month has always been a very busy one and as indicative of the following chart, there was not near enough time to do the usual shopping and the number of purchases certainly reflected this.

“One man’s treasure is another man’s garbage” and I was fortunate to find some really nice garbage this month. To top the list, in my opinion, one of the number one items I search for is a Burberry trench coat, preferably one dated before the year 2000. I paid a bit for the one I found but it was just my size and in perfect condition. Another jewel located brought to mind what one of my daughters might like to have but both turned it down. This was a dressy, black, Ralph Lauren Collection purple label ladies jacket. For what I paid and what it retails for, I thought for sure one of them would be excited about this find. The name Brioni is at the top of my list and a great pair of brown dress pants were found for 152nd their retail price. One other jewel worth mentioning came in late as an Ermenegildo Zegna 15MilMil15 gray suit. The perfect suit to wear to any special occasion.

3 suits & one cashmere jacket
3 suits & one cashmere jacket

On the last few days this month, I was able to locate three very nice suits. Saying very nice is an understatement. A very traditional Burberry London gray pen striped, a splendid example of solid gray Ermenegildo Zegna in 15MilMil15 cloth no less, and another Ermenegildo Zegna in medium brown High Performance topped out these three. Lucky for me, all three were just my size.

Ralph Lauren Purple label
Ralph Lauren Purple label

The category of dress jackets was well represented with five examples, that of the ladies black from the best of Ralph Lauren and a very soft Ermenegildo Zegna cashmere gray jacket.  Three other late arrivals were from Giorgio Armani Collezioni and one of my favorites; Oxxford Clothes. Although I didn’t find the exact item online for the Ralph Lauren for a good price comparison, I was able to find one similar in the Purple Label Collection that looked very much like Oxxford and Armani make a good selection.what I had just found. You can imagine my surprise to find that even though I paid a little more than usual few dollars, it listed for 225 times as much if purchased retail. Nice find! Now, if only to find a young lady who would like to receive it.

‘Burberrys’ Westminster trench coat

A banner day was had when I was able to find this “like new” Burberrys’ Westminster trench coat for the overcoats category. It was located in a store out of the usual path but at times a great source of the finer goods. The newer trench coats, since 2000, have removed the letter “s” from the name Burberrys and now sport one of the three; Brit, London or Prorsum suffixes. As mentioned in the previous October summary, Sven Raphael Schneider of the Gentleman’s Gazette has a preference for the earlier coats. I will say that I have to agree from my own personal taste. This overcoat is a great looking one and just my size. The price I paid was quite a bit more than usual but still well worth the price.

Armani, Canali & Zegna
Armani, Canali & Zegna

Three shirts from three different Italian houses were purchased. These were from some of my very favorites; Giorgio Armani, Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna. I have noticed lately that I am much more selective about which brand of shirts I purchase now that I have a good selection to choose from.

Armani sweater
Giorgio Armani sweater

Speaking of Giorgio Armani, a beautiful sweater found its way into my buggy as a potential Christmas present. I was looking for something similar for a relative and this fit the bill superbly. I know my cousin will like it and he lives in an area where he can put it to immediate use this season. What a great reason for shopping Goodwill!

Brioni dress slacks
Brioni dress slacks

Only one pair of pants were purchased this month. At the top of my list of clothing houses is the brand Brioni. This company uses the finest Italian fabrics, hand-stitches just about everything by hand and always the name automatically sends chills up and down my spine when I spot it on any clothing hanging from a rack. I was able to locate a medium brown set of Brioni dress pants and yes, the chill bumps stayed a little longer than usual. This pair of pants were picked up for less than six dollars but the list price for a new pair at Neiman Marcus shows up at $850. Another good find!

December tiesThe number of ties usually outnumbers any other category and without exception, such was the case this month. Only eight of these colorful items were located that I thought needed to go home with me but represented some great names nonetheless. These included Burberrys’, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna (5) and Gucci. You may have noticed that one of the Zegna ties has woven in high relief designs  and also has still attached the Ermenegildo Zegna price tag showing a discounted amount of $130. A few of the late purchases made this a total of ten ties and was well worth the couple of dollars and some change. Another was a dark green from Coach while the other two were from Hermès and Ermenegildo Zegna couture. You can see one of the late entries immediately below.

When you have more hangers than you have space to hang your better clothing, it’s time to quit buying. This is easy to say but hard to enforce when you find beautiful, broad maple suit hangers you know you will later wish you had bought if you don’t do so when you find them.  I’ve noticed a trend of the expensive wooden hangers showing up less frequently and seeing more of the skinny plastic, white hangers. Wool jackets and sweaters need a broader shoulder support so as to not damage the clothing and the maple hangers provide this. When I can purchase three twenty-dollar well-made suit hangers for less than a dollar each, it’s worth the purchase.

Christian Dior handkerchiefs
Christian Dior handkerchiefs

In the accessories category, another wooden entry I always look for are a good set of quality cedar shoe trees, especially when you can find both left and right matching items. I am amazed how much some companies charge for identical wooden inserts just because they have their name on them. In their defense, there are some parts of a cedar tree that work better and last longer than other parts so when I find a name brand set for less than a five-dollar bill, it automatically goes in the buggy. Cigar humidor for papers and photographsBelieve it or not, I do not smoke but do have a nice collection of cigar humidors. The reason for this is since I have some very old photographs and genealogical papers that date quite a while back, what better place to keep these valuable documents than a portable humidor? I want to make sure these items are around long after I’ve passed on.

Belts from Allen Edmond
Belts from Allen Edmond

One other item I couldn’t resist was a brand new set of two monogrammed Christian Dior handkerchiefs (see photo above) with my last name monogram.  The $40 set was purchased for a little more than a dollar. A more recent purchase was a nice find with three Allen Edmond belts just my size. I always like seeing this name whether it is inside a set of shoes or on the inside of a belt. The name reflects great quality and a professional appearance.

This was a good month for some eagerly sought after items. Though I only purchased twenty-four pieces, and the three-digit retail target didn’t come close, the high quality was what I ended up with and that is always a better target to shoot for. This month’s total purchase of $275 netted me close to twenty-nine thousand dollars if purchased at the retail price.   That comes to 104.4 times as much as I spent. The break-out chart below shows details of these amounts.  Hope you have a very merry Christmas. I know my relatives will and isn’t this what it is all about?

December

$291.52 $375.14 $28,851 99x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
8,585 Burberry London 14.97 19.99 1,995 Gray USA
Ermenegildo Zegna 15MilMil15 14.97 19.99 3,595 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 14.97 19.99 2,995 Brown Italy
Dress Jackets
12,950 Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.99 9.99 1,295 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.99 9.99 1,295 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Cashmere 9.73 12.99 2,690 Black USA
Oxxford Clothes Super 130’s 7.99 9.99 4,575 Navy USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 11.98 14.99 3,095 Gray Switzerland
Overcoats
1,895 Burberrys’ The Westminster 79.89 99.99 1,895 Brown USA
Shirts
1,260 Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 4.79 5.99 345 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 2.99 5.99 345 Brown Italy
Canali  – 4.79 5.99 295 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 5.99 345 Blue Italy
Sweaters
595 Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 13.47 17.99 595 Grey Italy
Pants
850 Brioni Flat Front 5.59 6.99 850 Brown Italy
Ties
2,210 Burberrys London 1.59 1.99 190 Brown Italy
Coach  – 6.38 7.99 125 Blue USA
Coach  – 3.99 7.99 125 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection 4.99 4.99 195 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection 1.49 2.99 205 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 3.99 195 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.24 2.99 205 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.98 7.99 385 Orange Italy
Gucci  – 3.74 4.99 200 Black Italy
Hermès 7110 OA 1.99 3.99 180 Red France
Hangers
58 Natural Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 20 Maple USA
Nevco Esquire Suit hanger 0.99 0.99 20 Maple USA
Richards 12 tie Tie hanger 0.99 0.99 18 Maple USA
Accessories
448 Allen Edmonds belt 39590 6.38 7.99 98 Walnut USA
Allen Edmonds belt 32117 6.38 7.99 98 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds belt 39590 7.98 9.99 98 Walnut USA
Christian Dior Handkerchief 1.19 1.49 40 White Malaysia
Dillard’s shoe tree 2.39 2.99 10 Cedar USA
Dillard’s shoe tree 2.39 2.99 10 Cedar USA
Tuscany cigar humidor 15.97 19.99 94 Red USA

My hope is that these months of purchases will show you what you can find if you are in the right place at the right time and know the brands that suit your tastes whether it be for yourself, family, friends or to simply sell for a profit. The treasures you find may also be someone else’s idea of a treasure. Here is to encouraging you to have a profitable new year and will be able to look back on what you have learned and enjoyed the trip through the Goodwill stores finding great values and meeting fascinating people of all types. Merry Christmas.

November 2016 Summary

This is always a good month toward the end to find some good items in the Goodwill as many people are in a generous mood with it being the Thanksgiving holiday and having time off from work to do some much needed house cleaning. This was the case this year as well. A total of only forty items were located for this list.

Some of the treasures located were in the usual categories. A beautiful deep brown herringbone weave Oxxford Clothes suit was located for less than a ten dollar bill and it fit nicely. As usual, there is a reason these items show up at the Goodwill and a little needle and thread will fix this suit’s problem. Ermenegildo Zegna showed up with two jackets of their highest quality with one being a tan 15milmil15 and the other a medium blue Trofeo. These two words always bring out the goose bumps. An older but still beautiful eight hundred dollar Giorgio Armani men’s sweater was picked up for less than six dollars. The real gem in this month’s collection has to be the ladies black leather boots from Prada. The Italians have a way of bringing out the best in leather goods. Not a bad find for less than twenty dollars. A second genuine alligator belt for $3.99 showed up on the rack and was quickly snatched. The last treasure in this month’s find was a Versace black belt with silver buckle for a total of $2.39.

Two beautiful suits from Samuelsohn and Oxxford Clothes.Two suits made the list this month. The first was a great looking deep brown herringbone Super 130’s from Oxxford Clothes. This company has been in business since 1916 and is well supported by comments like those from Forbes magazine calling it the best American suit and the Robb Report calling them “the quintessential American suit maker”. This one was purchased for less than ten dollars and lists for $4,575. Great quality, style and fit for a fantastic price. The second suit is a navy with thin dark grey pen stripes from Samuelsohn, also of Super 130’s wool. It has a small moth hole that can easily be repaired and make a great statement when worn.

Coats of Christian Dior, Lanvin, Ermenegildo Zegna and SamelsohnThis was a good month for name brand dress jackets. This started off with a well refined light grey Christian Dior Boutique Paris jacket of top quality. Then, there were the two Ermenegildo Zegna high end 15milmil15 and Trofeo jackets. A tan patch pocketed Lanvin French jacket was located and the last was a deep gray Samuelsohn. A good collection of suit jackets for anyone’s wardrobe.

Shirts from Ermengildo Zegna, Burberry, Ted Baker, John Varvatos, Michael Kors, Armani Jeans and a sweater from Giorgio Armani.I was being a bit more selective on the shirts to take home this time. There were two from Burberry with one being from the Brit collection and the other from the higher end London category. Some of the other shirts included a very nice cream colored Armani Jeans, brown striped dress shirt from John Varvartos, a Michael Kors black polo style, soft light plum from Ted Baker and an assortment of four from Ermenegildo Zegna. A very expensive Giorgio Armani black sweater was picked up for six bucks.

Pants were found from Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Santorelli and Jack Victor.Only four pairs of pants were found but made for an interesting variety. An higher end pair of Ermenegildo Zegna was snatched as soon as they were found as well as a less formal pair of softer grey slacks. Jack Victor showed up with a great pair of glossy navy pair I’ve been looking for. The fourth pair were a high quality comfortable cotton slacks from Santorelli

Ties from Coach, Versace, 2004 Olympics, Benini, Stefano Ricci, Burberry, Hermes and Ermenegildo Zegna.Eight ties of extraordinary quality made the selection this month. Coach showed up with a very nice blend of silk and linen tan with regimental blue stripes. Versace lived up to its flamboyant colors and designs with a V2 selection. I then found a strange but very well preserved Athens 2004 deep blue Olympics tie. You never know what you might find. Bernini makes some very nice 7-fold ties and this dark green one will look nice with the dark brown Oxxford suit described previously. Stefano Ricci is always a welcome name in my collection and this one fits the category of first pick when matching with a grey suit. A wine red unmarked tie was recognized quickly with the well-known Burberry “Equestrian Knight” logo all over it. One of the highlights this month was seeing and purchasing a lightly used, beautiful dark blue Hermès tie. This is always a name I enjoy seeing for possible purchase! The last tie located was a very dressy silver and white regimental broad striped Ermenegildo Zegna, another name that always bringing up the goose bumps.

Prada boots, versace and alligator belts, watches from Breitling and Bell & RossOne of the better surprises of this collection was finding a pair of ladies Prada boots. They were marked with an affordable price of $24.95 which, with my coupon, brought it down to $19.97. I asked the lady to put my name on them to have the other boot brought out when I was ready to cash out. Both of my daughters tried them on but were just a bit too small. Looks like Santa will have to keep looking.  Speaking of leather, I also located two belts, one black Versace with a silver buckle for $2.39 and another genuine alligator belt for $3.99. A Breitling and a Bell & Ross ladies watch was picked up for a possible Christmas present next month.

Parker Brothers Monopoly and 2006 Burberry fragrance bearThe category of accessories is a fun place to put the “other” items found that are a lot of fun to find. A vintage wooden box of the Monopoly game with all pieces accounted for was picked up. I was not aware Parker Brothers made such an item back then but this has a solid wood box with sliding top and the cards are obviously of the older vintage. Santa did, however, show up with a Burberry bear for the year 2006 which will fit in well with the collection of the other two of the following years for my younger daughter.

Interesting assortment of clothes hangers, diploma folder and a set of Swank cufflinks & shirt studs.Good quality clothes hangers are always a welcome sight. I was able to find a couple of large maple coat hangers but the real find was three huge, Italian walnut colored suit hangers with solid brass hooks and a brass cap atop a vertical wooden dowel. I am not sure what the dowel is for and posted a query with Real Men Real Style to see if they knew. Are you familiar with this type of hanger? They must have cost a small fortune when purchased new. A very large adjustable chrome store clothes hanger with a heavy chrome base came in handy to hang all the winter overcoats on. It will hold up to about twenty with no problem. Also in this photograph are a nice set of Swank black art deco cufflinks and matching shirt studs. These are hard to find for a decent price but were listed for $5.99. The University of Phoenix diploma holder was needed for gift for a friend.

The following chart shows what I paid, the tagged price and the retail if purchased new price with a link to where the price of the item or one similar was found.  Thank you again, to the people who donate such fine articles for those of us who can otherwise not afford the quality of these items.

 

Nov 2016

$276.56 $375.36 $23,200.93 83.9x
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Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
5,770 Oxxford Clothes Herringbone Super 130’s 9.98 19.99 4,575.00 Brown USA
Samuelsohn Bespoke Super 130’s 9.98 19.99 1,195.00 Navy Canada
Dress Jackets
9,644 Christian Dior Boutique 4.99 9.99 1,314.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 4.99 9.99 2,795.00 Tan Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 7.98 9.99 2,495.00 Blue Italy
Lanvin Neiman Marcus 4.99 9.99 1,545.00 Tan USA
Samuelsohn Bespoke 4.99 9.99 1,495.00 Gray Canada
Shirts
2,463 Armani, Giorgio Jeans 4.79 5.99 154.00 Cream USA
Burberry London 6.38 7.99 335.00 Blue USA
Burberry Brit 11.98 14.99 265.00 Cream Hong Kong
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 395.00 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 4.49 5.99 395.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 4.49 5.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.49 5.99 345.00 Red Italy
John Varvatos  – 4.79 5.99 148.00 Brown Hong Kong
Michael Kors Michael 4.99 4.99 95.00 Black China
Ted Baker London 6.48 12.99 110.00 Purple England
Sweaters
795 Armani, Giorgio Giorgio Armani 5.99 5.99 795.00 Blue Italy
Pants
1,140 Ermenegildo Zegna  – 4.99 9.99 550.00 Tan Portugal
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 5.59 6.99 295.00 Gray Portugal
Jack Victor Collection 5.59 6.99 245.00 Navy Canada
Santorelli Como 2 5.59 6.99 49.97 Tan Italy
Ties
1,245 Bernini Excluisive 2.99 2.99 69.99 Brown Italy
Burberry Equestrian Knight 2.29 2.99 190.00 Red USA
Coach  – 4.99  4.99 125.00 Tan USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 6.99 195.00 Silver Italy
Hermès 7932 MA 47.93 59.99 180.00 Blue France
Olympics Athens 2004 2.39 2.99 19.99 Blue China
Stefano Ricci Polidori 1.25 2.49 275.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni V2 Barocco Print 2.24 2.99 175.00 Red Italy
Shoes
795 Prada Leather ankle boots 19.97 24.99 795.00 Black Italy
Hangers
134 226 Suit hanger 2.39 2.99 35.00 Wood/metal Italy
226 Suit hanger 2.39 2.99 35.00 Wood/metal Italy
226 Suit hanger 2.39 2.99 35.00 Wood/metal Italy
Esquire Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 9.00 Wood/metal USA
Natural Coat hanger 0.74 1.49 20.00 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
1,076 Bell & Ross Woman’s watch 19.76 19.76 20.00 Silver Switzerland
Chrome hanger Clothing hanger 10.98 12.99 45.00 Metal China
No name Alligator belt 3.99 4.99 250.00 Brown USA
Swank Art Deco 4.79 5.99 295.00 Black USA
University of Phoenix Diploma holder 2.39 2.99 15.98 Black USA
Versace Belt 2.39 2.99 450.00 Black Italy

Prada Proof

Just recently, I received a comment from a gentleman that expressed doubt as to whether I actually found a pair of men’s Prada lace up dress shoes for $6.38 as reported in the October 2016 Summary article. The lack of a photograph was due in part because I did not have the shoes when I took photos of the majority of the clothing I had purchased for October and forgot to include them in the last series of photos at the end of the month. Good catch!

Not everyone is aware of some of the high-end names, no, not even Prada or as in this case, even the public left the shoes to sit on the shoe rack in the store for four days. It never ceases to amaze me which brands people focus on when for the same money or less, they could have much better quality, better appearance, and longevity if only they learned a few names. As another example of this, this past Saturday was half-off day and late in the evening I located a $3,000 Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 jacket that set me back for a total of $4.99. How did everyone, in mass, pass over this beautiful, rare find? They were not aware of the prestige the name carries in Europe or even on the East coast.

Back to the subject, the two photographs were taken of the $650 Prada shoes as proof of their purchase price, $6.38 (80% of 7.99). Part of finding treasures like this is in sharing your excitement with others so that they may take the time to find their own stories.  They may not have otherwise ventured out to look for their own treasures had you not made them aware of your good fortune. An even better example of this is the $35,000 Jeager-LeCoultre watch a gentleman found for $5.99 at a Phoenix Goodwill store. Watch out for these great names you may have just recently overlooked.

 Prada proof 1  Prada proof 2

October 2016 Summary

The month of October is typically when you think of ghouls and goblins due to the end of the month supporting one of the nation’s favorite holidays; Halloween. I usually do not celebrate this event but did find the perfect shirt for the occasion, a black Versace t-shirt with a rather large pronounced medusa in the center. I’ll see if I can scare some of the younger kids in the neighborhood with “ole snake head”.

burberry-trench-coatThere were quite a few really nice treasures located this month even though it wasn’t an especially busy one. As with this past July, I found a really nice Burberry trench coat but had to pay a bit more for this one. It was half price and I still paid more for this item than any other I have ever purchased from any Goodwill. It was complete with the zip out wool lining but surprisingly did not have any indication of a belt ever having been included with the coat. It does have the preferred logo of Burberrys’ indicating it is of the era before 1999.  Sven Raphael Schneider of the Gentleman’s Gazette provides a good history of this and other trench coats at GentlemansGazette.com/trench-coat-guide and recommends this series. Another treasure was a medium gray Brioni Roma gentleman’s jacket while in the same category, a seldom seen shiny Versace Halloween shirtblack Isaia Stewart G was quickly added to the list. Speaking of black, I quickly recognized the label of a shirt that someone had hidden the Friday before half-off Saturday. This was a black t-shirt from Versace with a raised relief medusa head over silver and white lines to emphasize the snakes. The $4.79 I paid for this shirt netted a $795 Halloween costume. The last treasure literally fell at my feet in locating a black pair of dress shoes from Prada. The size was too small for myself but I couldn’t pass up a nice pair of these name brand for only $6.38.

This month was also a little different than last in that I finally found a suit my size, a beautiful, gray pinstripe suit from Givenchy for less than $16. Ironically, another customer had found the pants separately priced which had been hung with the jacket. It is a recent, two-button medium gray that goes with practically any shirt and tie and “fits to a t”.

Coats are left to right: Brioni, Givenchy suit, Isaia, Zegna Su Misura (x2), Zegna cashmereThe dress jackets purchased were from some of the finest names that I currently search for. These included a gray double-breasted Brioni Roma picked up for little more than eleven dollars. The label had been clipped out but the gold lining with the embossed name made it obvious it was from this high-end house of tailors. This is definitely one of the more expensive in my increasing collection. Another two of three Ermenegildo Zegna jackets were the Su Misura (made to measure) while the third was a fine example of Zegna cashmere.  To top off the list, a much sought after name that I have learned to look for in top quality of gentleman’s suits is that of Isaia. The silky black jacket fit nicely and will go well with a pair of black, shiny Ermenegildo Zegna pants to match. A late addition to the collection is a like new Dolce & Gabbana black striped jacket. It will be hard to match the stripe but should look good with either dark charcoal or black pants.

Regency Cashmere overcoatTwo overcoats were added this month and placed in the buggy for different motives. The first was the Burberrys’ trench coat (see the first photo above) which I will grab at almost any price offered in the Goodwill stores. These overcoats wear well and are meant to last through rough weather as well as rough wear. They look great and this black version will go well with anything I put on as long as the weather is cold and damp. The other overcoat is a calf length, black, made of thick, 100% cashmere (see immediately above). Couldn’t pass up either for the price offered on each.

Shirts including the Versace HalloweenThe eleven shirts purchased represent some of the finest clothing houses in Europe as well as here in the U.S. These were from Giorgio Armani, Barney’s of New York, Brioni (2), Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Neiman Marcus, Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent (2). Three of the shirts represent the best that money can buy as a tuxedo and command a responding retail price to prove it.

Pants including hangers and suit coverOnly two pairs of pants were snagged this month with both being from Ermenegildo Zegna. One pair was a brown informal set and the other was a more formal gray for special occasions. Both are too small but for the price of less than a five dollar bill, each was too hard to pass up.

tiesAs usual, the ties brought in the largest number of items (18) in a category due in part to their less expensive price and also because many men in this area no longer find the occasion to wear a tie. These included a hard to find Armani black label, a coveted gray Charvet Place Vendôme, a silver Dolce & Gabbana, two Ermenegildo Zegna, two from Gucci, a red Salvatore Ferragamo, three Stefano Ricci and six Gianni Versace. Turned out to be quite an interesting selection from the Italians and French. I had never seen Stephano Ricci before but after finding that the brand has a retail price of $275, you know it will be sought out more enthusiastically.

Only one pair of shoes was picked up but these were at a fantastic price for being a high-end example; Prada. The black lace-ups have super soft leather and the quality is evident when you hold them in your hand and feel the soft leather. The price paid was only $6.38. I was genuinely surprised that they sat on the shoe rack for four days without anyone else taking them to the checkout.

I am always on the lookout for good quality wooden clothes hangers and found a few for a great price. Large, maple coat and suit hangers are always put to good use and should outlast the clothes that hang on them. I also found a really nice suit hanger from Ralph Lauren and a good pants cuff hanger from Setwell is always welcome.

The little blue cotton pocket square I picked up for thirty-four cents looks like it came from Hermès with the typical horse regalia but is definitely not of the quality you would expect from this company. From a distance, you may not know the difference.

Louis Vuitton for $15.97Only three items found their way into the accessories category this month. One was a small Louis Vuitton Monogram Mini Papillon Pochette bag that made a great gift for my youngest daughter just in time for her special birthday this month. The price was right and as luck would have it, the pochette was definitely the real thing. Isn’t it amazing how the Goodwill has just the perfect treasure at just the right time? The second item was a black Sak’s Fifth avenue suit garment bag to help keep the moths and dust away from those expensive suits recently purchased. The last item found was an American Girl doll, Kit, in the box but without the usual clothing. The hair had been cut to a shorter length but my other daughter fell in love with it just the same and added the little blond to her collection of twenty or more other American Girl dolls well displayed in her bedroom.

The 50 items purchased this month would have had a retail price right at 104 times as much using the Internet as a shopping guide. This was another triple-digit target I was shooting for and the resulting items were certainly worth the effort. Not only is it a thrill in finding treasures of such high caliber for an affordable price but you meet some interesting people along the way. See the article I wrote on shoplifting about the interesting people I ran into this month.

End of month haulUpdate – (27-29 Oct) Shortly after work yesterday, I checked a couple of stores that had not been visited in about a month and it was a great time to look through their items. The tie racks yielded the most but a shirt turned out to be quite another surprise. The four ties ($12.96) and shirt  ($4.79) cost a total of $17.75 but the retail for the five items came to a retail sum of right at $1,810.  The two beautiful faille ties from Gucci were located on their website with a retail of $200 each. The Dolce & Gabbana cravatte was priced at $235 but the real find was a beautiful, black label Giorgio Armani Classico A Milano Borgonuovo 21 priced around $325. Stefano Ricci tie with a like new Dolce & Gabbana striped jacket.The shirt is a velvety gray Yves Saint Laurent pour homme with the front buttons hidden behind a strip of the cloth. I was not able to find this exact shirt on the YSL website but found one of lesser grade very similar. The shirt retails for about $850. Two of the ties need a little attention to some details but the other items appear to be right out of Neiman Marcus or Barney’s.  With a little extra time that evening, I hit another Goodwill. Found two beautiful Stefano Ricci ties, a black with gray and dark red striped Dolce & Gabbana jacket, like new and of course had to pick up a maple suit hanger to hang the jacket on. On the very last hunt of the month, I had a quick conversation with a couple of gentlemen behind me in the checkout line about finding a Stefano Ricci tie and how it retailed for close to one hundred times the marked price of $2.99. As I was ready to check out, one of the gentlemen told the cashier to put my tie on his tab. You never know when it is a good time to share your good fortune with others. The table below has been updated accordingly with the latest purchases.

A special thank you to all of the people who donate these high-end items enabling those of us who can not otherwise afford such nice things. Many of these are like-new and help with our professional careers more than you would believe. Thank you!

See also, the article on shoplifting that went on during one of this month’s visits.

The following chart shows the purchases for the month of October as well as links to where I found the retail price or one similar to it. Happy hunting! This was a most definitely a good month. Hope yours was as well.

October 2016

$323.51 $475.35 $33,634.35 104x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
2,090 Givenchy Monsieur 15.97 19.98 2,090.00 Gray USA
Dress Jackets
17,645 Brioni Roma 11.23 14.99 6,765.00 Grey Italy
Dolce & Gabbana 19.99 24.99 1,600.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 7.98 9.99 2,495.00 Brown Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 7.98 9.99 2,495.00 Blue Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Charcoal Italy
Isaia Stewart G 7.98 9.99 2,295.00 Black Italy
Overcoats
2,225 Burberry Chelsea Long Heritage 74.85 149.99 1,895.00 Black England
Regency Cashmere 6.48 12.99 329.99 Charcoal USA
Shirts
5,685 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.48 12.99 275.00 Gray Tunisia
Barney’s New York tuxedo 6.38 7.99 285.00 Black Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 5.99 5.99 675.00 Tan Italy
Brioni tuxedo 4.79 5.99 795.00 White Italy
Canali tuxedo 13.47 17.99 425.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Soft 4.79 5.99 395.00 Brown Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.99 5.99 395.00 Blue Italy
Neiman Marcus twill 4.79 5.99 225.00 White Hong Kong
Versace, Gianni Sport 4.79 5.99 795.00 Black China
Yves Saint Laurent 4.79 5.99 570.00 Black Malaysia
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 4.79 5.99 850.00 Gray Macao
Pants
945 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.49 6.99 550.00 Gray Italy
Ties
3,855 Armani, Giorgio Classico 3.99 4.99 325.00 Black Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.59 1.99 245.00 Gray France
Dolce & Gabbana Cravatte 2.99 2.99 235.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.49 2.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 195.00 Yellow Italy
Gucci faille 1.99 1.99 200.00 Purple Italy
Gucci faille 3.99 4.99 200.00 Silver Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo – 2.24 2.99 190.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci 2.39 2.99 275.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci SFA 0.01 2.99 275.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci SFA 1.49 2.99 275.00 Black Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 9.79 12.99 175.00 Purple Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 0.01 0.01 175.00 Red Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 0.01 0.01 175.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 0.01 0.01 175.00 Pink Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 0.01 0.01 175.00 Purple Italy
Versace, Gianni  – 0.01 0.01 175.00 Purple Italy
Shoes
650 Prada Saffiano Oxford 6.38 7.99 650.00 Black Italy
Hangers
98 Maple coat hanger  – 0.79 0.99 20.00 Natural USA
Maple suit hanger  – 0.79 0.99 20.00 Natural USA
Ralph Lauren Suit hanger 0.01 0.99 15.21 Wood/metal USA
Sears Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 20.00 Natural USA
Setwell Pants cuff 0.74 0.99 7.50 Wood/metal USA
 –  – 0.34 0.69 15.00 Blue Dark
Pocket Square
15  –  – 0.34 0.69 15.00 Blue Dark
Accessories
427 American Girl Kit 20.00 20.00 115.00 Natural China
Louis Vuitton Monogram Papillon Pochette 15.97 19.99 295.00 Brown France
Saks Fifth Avenue garment travel bag 3.99 3.99 16.65 Black Taiwan