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.

September 2017 Summary

This was an especially great month for brand names!  I wasn’t able to meet the triple digit goal this time hitting only 87 times what the retail would have been but this month was the third largest retail grab this year with $53,730.80 and surpassed all but one from last year. The total retail for this year alone has already matched the 2016 total for the entire year and we are only 3/4ths the way through the year.  The spreadsheet follows the list below.

Balenciaga price differenceTreasures – How do you select a treasure when there are so many to choose from? I guess the one item that put the biggest smile on my face, gave me the most goose bumps and got my heart to racing was a ladies silk jacket from the French fashion house of Balenciaga. This was the first time I had seen this name on an item in the Goodwill and had been watching for it for a few weeks when it hung on the rack for $395. Ironically, it hung with the men’s dress coats and not with the women’s.  I found it again a couple of weeks later in the glass case at the front door and asked to look at it because it was just a bundle of dark brown cloth stuck on the lower shelf in the corner. The price had been marked down to $149.99 and the color of purple for that week meant it was half price. Still a bargain but too hefty for my pocket book. I had looked it up previously just out of curiosity and found one similar to it with a retail suggested price going for $2,100.  Just per chance this past weekend, I saw what looked like it again tucked away in the corner of the glass case and asked to see it. Sure enough, a week past the half off week for it’s color meant I could get this $2,100 item for only one dollar. Now, that’s what I call a treasure and if it is my youngest daughter’s size on her upcoming birthday, it’ll put just as big a smile on her face as well.

Before this month, I was able to find only two Ralph Lauren brand of his highest offering in the Purple Label. This month yielded this label in a suit jacket, sweater, shirt and tie in three separate Goodwill stores. The color this month is obviously purple.

Gieves and Hawkes suitSuits – Only one suit was purchased this month but it falls into a category few other companies can boast about. I was able to locate a nice fitting Gieves & Hawkes grey formal suit. The company has been in business since 1771 and has dressed leaders and known patrons such as Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Nelson, The Duke of Wellington, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush,  Sean Connery and Diana, Princess of Wales. With an address of No. 1 Savile Row, London, you know that it has to be at the top of it’s game.

Suit jackets from Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Oxxford Clothes, Gucci and Dolce & GabbanaDress Jackets – I am trying to cut down on the number of dress jackets I purchase as they are harder to sell but at the same time offer the best buy for the money when you find a high-end quality suit jacket.  This month brought in some exceptional brands as I am sure you will recognize some of the names. Balenciaga silk jacket
The lady’s silk Balenciaga Le Dix was a fantastic bargain I was very fortunate to find and to be at the right place at the right time. This jacket will receive the respect the name demands and will have a special place for the care it deserves.
Another very nice jacket was the cream colored corduroy Dolce & Gabbana sport jacket. This looks great with a dress shirt and khakis. Another was the recent purchase of an Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance silk and wool jacket and a small design hounds-tooth wool jacket from Gucci.  Both of these jackets retail for around $2,800 each.  What is a collection of super suits without the name of Giorgio Armani showing?  A beautiful dark grey silk suit jacket was picked up from this fashion house and fits like an Italian suit jacket should. Two other suit jackets I located well above even this price were from the makers at Oxxford Clothes located in Chicago averaging around $4,000 between the two.  I especially like the blue with the striped dark and light blue silk lining. A 100% cashmere brown coat from Ralph Lauren with the Purple Label found it’s way into my Goodwill buggy and will look great with a pair of dark brown slacks. The final coat was a dark blue from Versace Classic V2 purchased for less than a five dollar bill. Who says you can’t afford to dress in the finest?

Burberrys' trench coatOvercoats – When one thinks of overcoats, you normally think of the cold winter wind of Ontario, Canada or the wet cold of England. I was able to locate a Burberry’s Long Heritage trench coat purchased in England at the Baron of Piccadilly. it turns out to be just my size and will be worn this coming Winter in the style it demands.  The overcoat shows no signs of wear and was a great value at any price.

A wide selection of shirtsShirts – There were 27 very nice shirts selected with some very notable names. It is unbelievable how much the retail price can be for some of these top of the line items of clothing. Here they are listed in alphabetical order. Astor & Black, Borelli, Brioni (3), Burberry (2), Canali (3), Coogi, Corneliani, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Eton (4), Givenchy, Ike Behar, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Tiglio, and Yves Saint Laurent. I was quite surprised to find not just one but three Brioni shirts. These are the one brand I always have the most excitement in finding. I was also quite surprised to find a Ralph Lauren Purple Label shirt my size as well as one by Prada and Louis Vuitton. The black tuxedo Givenchy comes in with the second highest retail price of $685 just behind tan Prada sporting a price of $740.  The two of these shirts were purchased for less than seven dollars each. Needless to say that these shirts do command a second glance from the ladies where I work but are worn only on certain occasions.

Zegna Sport and Ralph Lauren Purple Label silk and cashmereSweaters – When you think of what some of the best sweaters are made of, you normally think of wool or cashmere. Rarely do I ever think of combining silk with cashmere to make the  sweater light and comfortable. The attention to the detail on the Ralph Lauren Purple Label sweater and hand sewn seams are probably what make this sweater worth the retail price of $1,300. I was more than happy to find it for a total of $5.59, more of a price that I could afford and will wear with pride for many years to come. Many thanks to the person who took the time to donate it to the local Goodwill store.
One other sweater worth selecting was from Ermenegildo Zegna, the Zegna Sport with a 1/3rd zipper front. I have always found the quality of Zegna sweaters to be top notch.

Pants from Brioni, Burberry and Ermenegildo Zegna.Pants – It may appear that pants/trousers/slacks are less abundant than most of the other categories listed here. Possibly due to wearing out in the seat, spilling something on them or wearing them more often than the matching suit jacket. Who knows. I was able to locate three great names at some fantastic prices. If you know what the waist band on the inside of a pair of pants looks like from a manufacturer, it helps to identify certain brands. I have found that most suit manufacturers do not place their name inside a matching pair of pants when purchased with a suit jacket. This makes it difficult to identify the brand when separated. I was able to find a nice pair of Brioni slacks for a dollar as no one was able to identify it without the name inside but I recognized the striping that is the trademark of this name. The $695 pants were worth the effort to identify in this case.
Another great brand I look for is from Burberry. They have fantastic cloth for pants and wear nicely all during the day.
Another brand I look for is from Ermenegildo Zegna and located a pair for $5.59 which also retails for $695.

Ties from Brioni, Broletto, Burberrys, Campagnia della seta, Canali, Charvet, Zegna, Givenchy, Gucci, Isaia, Oxxford Crest, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Santorelli and Stefano Ricci.Ties – One of my favorite categories is that of the ties. I located 28 for my cost of $72 which retailed for $5,500 if purchased at one of town’s local Neiman Marcus, Barney’s or Saks Fifth Avenue stores.  Some of the best names are represented here with Oxxford Crest at $295 and Stefano Ricci at $260 coming in at the highest retail prices. The twenty-eight ties that were picked up this month have the names of Brioni (4), Broletto, Burberrys, Campagnia della Seta, Canali, Charvet (3), Ermenegildo Zegna (6), Givenchy, Gucci (2), Isaia, Oxxford Crest, Paul Smith (3), Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Santorelli and Stefano Ricci. Seventeen of these were found in one store at one time. I hate to say it but it looked like either some gentleman with money died or the wife sought revenge and found it. I prefer to think the last idea was what happened.

Shoes - Bally, Johnston & Murphy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Allen Edmonds and GucciShoes – It’s hard to pass up a great pair of shoes made from one of the best fashion houses. I’m talking about Bally from Switzerland, Johnston & Murphy from the US, the Italian Salvatore Ferragamo Studio, Gucci from Italy and another great US made brand from Allen Edmonds.
I just happened to be speaking with one of the Goodwill staff in one of my favorite stores and he said he was in charge of the shoe department. He knew I was looking for top end shoes and suggested that I come with him and see what he had in the ladies section. He pulled out two bright yellow platform shoes which immediately garnered the attention of one of the ladies standing nearby. She quickly asked if she could look at them and the Goodwill gentleman who had them in hand said she could if I decided not to buy them. I decided to buy them and she expressed a very sour face in return. My oldest daughter tried them on later that day and immediately claimed them even though they appeared to be a bit too tight. She didn’t care, they were GUCCI! Nothing  else needed to be said and I knew better than to argue with her.

Suit hangers, I've already made use of four of them.Hangers – When I find large wooden suit hangers made of maple for less than a dollar each, it’s a good shopping day. I found nine such hangers and didn’t mind paying 79 cents apiece for these great additions for properly hanging the best of my suits. There are some very good articles on why you should hang your clothing on hangers made for that certain type of suit, pants, shirt or tie. Plastic is cheap but wood is typically a better choice for a variety of reasons.
Check out these two great references for additional information:  Why to Buy Better Hangers by Men’s Journal and The Best Hangers by SweetHome.com.

Accessories – This is another area for great monthly surprises and this month was certainly no exception. Even though I didn’t find this first certain item at a Goodwill, I was in need of another leather watch strap for my high-end gentleman’s watch by Audemars Piguet and located a $650 item with that name for only one dollar and a quarter. My other watch band broke from sweat and needed replacing. What a great price!
Another great item I was looking for was a set of headphones from Bose and I couldn’t pass up this set for $14.99.
Chanel silk scarfI couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a dark blue and gold scarf and concluded that it would be worth the $6.38 I would have to pay even if it were not an original. My suspensions came true when I validated the authenticity from a knowledgeable friend that I had found a genuine Chanel scarf. The chance I took paid off for this $450 item.  The hard part of this now will be to decide who to give it to as a present this Christmas.
One other item not found at a Goodwill but worth mentioning was a certain belt I’ve been wanting for the past few years but wasn’t able to afford one. In The Footsteps of Jesus, Hermes belt, suspenders and war metalThis was an Hermès silver “H” with a reversible black and brown belt. My total cost was $34.55 for a ridiculously priced $1,095 item to hold up your pants. The belt came new, wrapped in plastic, inside a fancy cotton bag, in a  recognizable orange Hermès box.
Another item I will enjoy and use for reference is a National Geographic leather bound book, “In The Footsteps of Jesus”. This is a great resource showing what was going on at the time of Christ. Scala fedora hat
I also found a much needed hat from Scala, their Classico, Zoot Fedora. My daughter took one look and said I looked ridiculous in it so I guess it will have to find another head to sit upon.
A nice set of British black silk suspenders will also help Hermès hold up my pants when the time permits.  These will fit the bill when an occassion presents itself to reside beneath one of my formal tuxedos.
Finally, I found a nice little box with a war metal presented to a soldier as the Army Achievement award and it’s accompanying ribbons. It brings back stories I heard of my predecessors war stories during WW II.

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 that high-end item you might run across.

September 2017

$616.56 $934.92 $53,730.80 87.1x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits – 1
1,224 Gieves & Hawkes  – 19.97 24.99 1,224.23 Charcoal USA
Dress Jackets – 9
11,740 Balenciaga Le Dix 1.00 149.99 2,000.00 Brown France
Dolce & Gabbana  – 7.98 9.99 2,000.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 9.99 9.99 2,795.00 Black Italy
Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 2,195.00 Grey Italy
Gucci  – 7.98 9.99 2,750.00 Grey Italy
Oxxford Clothes Kepp’s Men’s Shop 7.98 9.99 3,595.00 Navy USA
Oxxford Clothes Nordstrom 4.99 9.99 4,575.00 Charcoal USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 15.97 19.99 2,495.00 Brown England
Versace Classic V2 4.99 9.99 1,550.00 Navy Spain
Overcoats – 1
1,895 Burberrys’ Kensington 47.99 59.99 1,895.00 Tan England
Shirts – 27
10,913 Astor & Black  – 5.59 6.99 275.00 Purple London
Borrelli Neiman Marcus 14.37 17.99 333.33 Blue Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 3.49 6.99 550.00 Blue Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 22.46 29.99 595.00 Purple Italy
Brioni  – 6.99 6.99 550.00 White Italy
Burberry Brit 6.99 6.99 350.00 Grey Peru
Burberry London 5.59 6.99 265.00 Yellow USA
Canali exclusive 11.98 14.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 11.98 14.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 5.59 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Coogi Hunt Club 6.99 6.99 110.00 Blue China
Corneliani ID 5.59 6.99 295.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Pinstripe 5.59 6.99 450.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 5.59 6.99 895.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.38 7.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 275.00 Grey Estonia
Eton  – 5.59 6.99 245.00 Yellow Romania
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 255.00 Red Estonia
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 275.00 Grey Estonia
Givenchy Slim Fit 6.48 12.99 685.00 Black France
Ike Behar New York 5.59 6.99 265.00 Tan USA
Louis Vuitton Uniformes 6.99 6.99 350.00 Black Portugal
Prada  – 6.99 6.99 740.00 Tan Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.18 8.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Tiglio Doppio Ritorto 5.59 6.99 250.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 6.99 6.99 570.00 Brown France
Sweaters – 2
2,290 Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 995.00 Blue China
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 5.59 6.99 1,295.00 Tan Italy
Pants – 3
1,840 Brioni  – 1.00 6.99 695.00 Navy Italy
Burberry London 11.98 14.99 450.00 Black USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Soft 5.59 6.99 695.00 Black Portugal
Ties – 28
5,499 Brioni  – 3.74 4.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 2.99 3.99 230.00 Green Italy
Brioni  – 2.99 3.99 230.00 Tan Italy
Brioni  – 2.99 3.99 230.00 Orange Italy
Broletto  – 2.24 2.99 24.97 Black USA
Burberrys  – 4.99 4.99 190.00 Red USA
Campagnia della Seta 1.49 1.99 34.00 Charcoal Italy
Canali  – 2.99 3.99 280.00 Brown Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 2.49 4.99 245.00 Blue France
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.99 3.99 245.00 Blue France
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.99 3.99 245.00 Red France
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 2.24 2.99 195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.24 2.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.24 2.99 195.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.39 2.99 205.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.99 3.99 195.00 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.49 1.99 195.00 Red USA
Givenchy Monsieur 3.19 3.99 190.00 Black USA
Gucci  – 1.59 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Gucci  – 3.74 4.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Isaia Napoli 2.99 3.99 225.00 Pink Italy
Oxxford Crest  – 1.49 1.99 295.00 Green USA
Paul Smith  – 3.74 4.99 125.00 Charcoal Italy
Paul Smith  – 2.99 3.99 125.00 Pink Italy
Paul Smith  – 1.59 1.99 125.00 Navy Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 3.99 4.99 235.00 Grey England
Santorelli  – 1.99 1.99 155.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci Luxury Collection 2.24 2.99 260.00 Blue France
Shoes – 8
3,560 Allen Edmonds Hastings 10.38 12.99 395.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Heyden 7.98 9.99 295.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Wilbert 10.38 12.99 295.00 Brown USA
Bally Brignant 4.99 9.99 595.00 Black Italy
Bally Suver 7.98 9.99 550.00 Black Switzerland
Gucci Platform espadrille 31.95 39.99 695.00 Yellow Italy
Johnston & Murphy XC4 Stanton Moc Venetian 7.46 14.99 159.00 Black China
Nordstrom Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 7.99 Wood USA
Nordstrom Shoe tree 0.01 1.99 7.99 Wood USA
Salvatore Ferragamo loafers 19.97 24.99 560.00 Black Italy
Hangers – 9
40 Natural Suit x 9 0.79 0.99 39.60 Natural USA
Accessories – 8
2,515 Audemars Piguet watch strap 1.25 1.25 650.00 Black Switzerland
Bose TriPort headphones 14.99 14.99 169.95 Silver Germany
Chanel chain scarf 6.38 7.99 450.00 Navy France
Hermès H black/carmel 34.55 34.55 1,095.00 Black France
In The Footsteps of Jesus National Graphics 1.49 2.99 40.00 Navy USA
Scala Classico Zoot Fedora 6.99 6.99 46.00 Grey USA
US military Army Achievement Metal 6.38 7.99 40.00 Blue USA
 – silk suspenders 1.59 1.99 23.75 Black England

Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. A good example of this was the silk women’s jack by Balenciaga. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have a long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they may bring you an excellent net satisfaction. Until next month, good luck with your Goodwill hunting.

 

July 2017 Summary

Due to some last minute shopping this month, some very good items were located and of course, at some very good prices. A total of 61 items were purchased which is twelve more than last year’s number. A little over three hundred and fifty dollars was spent but netted just over sixty three thousand dollars if purchased at retail prices. This month ranked as the second best collection resulting a bit more than 174 times the value retail. The following items support the reason for this.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label logoTreasures – A good number of treasures were found. Ralph Lauren showed up with a Purple Label suit including the extra ticket pocket, just my size as well as a Burberry navy colored window pane style suit, both for less than a twenty dollar bill. The real treasures were the two suit jackets from Brioni, one of which was made of the rare Escorial wool. Other great suit jackets were from Oxxford Clothes (4), Isaia and Lubiam. These retailed from four thousand to over eight thousand dollars each. Some very nice shirts were located from Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Armani Collezioni and Ermenegildo Zegna. Two pair of Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo pants were picked up made of the finest wool they offer. Brioni and Salvatore Ferragamo came in with some beautiful ties and some really nice shoes were purchased with the names of Bally, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Buberry London suitsSuits – The last store I checked this month yielded the two suits. It is quite rare, even in this area of the country, that you would find anything Ralph Lauren with a Purple Label but hanging on the rack was a very nice, grey, pin stripped suit with the additional ticket pocket. I was amazed how well it fit. Another suit right behind it was from Burberry with its supple, navy colored window pane cloth. Two gentlemen had been sharing a conversation with me previously and were curious as to my sudden excitement upon discovering the suits. Their expressions peaked when I showed them how much each suit cost by looking them up on their smart phones. They obviously had no idea you could pay that much for a suit.

Jackets 2Oxxford, Brioni and Isaia jacketsJackets – There were a total of ten suit jackets located this month. They were from Giorgio Armani Emporio, Brioni Aurelio Escorial, Brioni Nomentano, Ermenegildo Zegna, Isaia Stewart, Lubiam made of Zegna Trofeo cloth, Oxxford Clothes Manhattan, two black Oxxford Clothes Renaissance and an Oxxford Clothes houndstooth Laurent. Three of the four Oxxford Clothes suit jackets, two Brioni jackets from Neiman Marcus and the Isaia were found at the same time in one store. I have to wonder what other jackets might have been there earlier that caught someone else’s eye. It turns out that the next day is the half-off Saturday and I know there has to be one or more people who didn’t want to spend the thirteen to fifteen dollars but would part with half of that for a top of the line suit jacket.  One of the Brioni jackets is a very expensive selection made of some of the finest wool and commands a price to reflect that. As a side note, I was genuinely surprised to find that Ermenegildo Zegna is making some of their line of Z suits and other clothing in the country of Mexico. I’ll have to check further into this as to what prompted them to make this choice.

ShirtsShirts – The one item of men’s clothing that makes a clear statement of color, quality and fit is a shirt. Twenty-two shirts were purchased with the names of Armani (2), Burberry (3), Canali (2), Carlo Pacini, Ermenegildo Zegna (5), Eton (2), Ike Behar, Lanvin, Psycho Bunny, Rag & Bone, Versace, Vineyard Vines and Yves Saint Laurent.

Psycho Bunny and Rag & Bone sweaters.Sweater – Three sweaters caught my eye and they were each a very nice, shade of grey offering. You might hesitate with a name like Psycho Bunny or Rag & Bone but they do make a great piece of clothing. I’m a bit more selective of the name Christian Dior these days as I find most of their items available in the Goodwill are made more and more outside the European continent. I prefer those made in France or Italy for their known history of quality.

Pants 1Pants 2Pants – This category made a surprising hit this month over past collections for some reason. The pickings were especially good and I was able to find not only the brands I liked, but also the size and length that fit my tall frame. These were from the manufacturers of 7 for all Mankind, Burberrys’, Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo (2), Pazoni and Santorelli. The Zegna Trofeo were especially nice in that they are made from the finest wool you can find on this planet. That’s what the people at Zegna say anyway and they can’t be too far wrong by ow soft it feels and its resistance to wrinkling.

tiesTies – With the great number of ties I now have; it was time to back off any more purchases of these unless they were from some of the more desirable high-end French and Italian companies. Some great examples representing these were from Brioni, Christian Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Massimo Bizzocchi (Kiton) and of course, Salvatore Ferragamo.

Bally, Ferragamo and Prada shoesShoes – Three great names are represented by looking inside at the soles of these shoes: Bally, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo. Finding a great pair of shoes is like putting on a good pair of tires on your car. They need to be dependable in all kinds of weather and super comfortable all day long. These fit the bill perfectly.

Clothing hangersHangers – As always, a good set of maple or cedar clothing hangers works well for preserving your best clothing. Setwell is the name I look for and I was able to find some good examples this month. In addition to these, there was a very nice tie hanger that I’ve been needing to make the daily selection easier by seeing the ties hanging instead of lying in a bundle under the others.

Allen Edmonds, Dolce & Gabbana and SetwellAccessories – I have a good number of Allen Edmonds shoes but having a wide selection of belts from these people works great when trying to match the color of your shoes to your belt. I located one such belt and snatched it up for the low price of $6.38. A different item in this category was from Dolce & Gabbana. This was a clam shell container for a pair of glasses but has many other uses in my line of work such as keeping the cell phone cable properly wrapped up and protected as well as a good container for my prize ink pens. I’ve collected coins since I was knee high and when I find a good quality collectors book to place my coins in to preserve them I automatically pick it up. On a rare occasion it may even have a few coins in it. I don’t have many old silver dollars but it’s nice to have a place to put them when I do find one. One other last minute purchase was a very nice maple, free standing clothes valet I picked up for a little more than a five dollar bill. I have found that it saves time when I prepare my clothes on the weekend for the following business week and have a place to hang each item on the five valets I now own for the upcoming work days.

This was indeed one of my best months in the four plus years I’ve been recording these transactions. 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 that high-end item you might run across.

July 2017

$363.47 $503.78 $63,338.93 174.3x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
3,890 Burberry  – 12.47 24.99 1,395.00 Navy USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 19.97 24.99 2,495.00 Grey USA
Jackets
46,375 Armani, Giorgio Emporio 7.98 9.99 1,595.00 Black Italy
Brioni Aurelio Escorial 7.98 12.99 8,450.00 Black Italy
Brioni Nomentano 0.01 14.99 5,395.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 2,995.00 Grey Mexico
Isaia Stewart A. 2094 7.98 9.99 3,995.00 Brown Italy
Lubiam Zegna Trofeo 7.98 9.99 4,895.00 Black Italy
Oxxford Clothes Manhattan II N2 0.01 17.99 4,825.00 Black USA
Oxxford Clothes Renaissance 11.98 14.99 4,825.00 Black USA
Oxxford Clothes Renaissance 0.01 17.99 4,575.00 Black USA
Oxxford Clothes Laurent 7.48 9.99 4,825.00 Brown USA
Shirts
4,345 Armani, Giorgio A|X 6.99 6.99 70.00 White Hong Kong
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 5.59 6.99 545.00 Grey Italy
Burberry London 12.99 12.99 195.00 Yellow Great Britian
Burberry London 6.39 7.99 350.00 Brown USA
Burberrys  – 9.99 9.99 325.00 Grey USA
Canali  – 5.59 6.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 5.59 6.99 295.00 Cream Italy
Carlo Pacini  – 5.99 6.99 19.99 White Korea
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Cream Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Cream Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.59 6.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 6.99 6.99 450.00 Peach Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 6.39 7.99 450.00 Cream Turkey
Eton Ganghester 5.99 6.99 275.00 Grey Sweden
Eton  – 5.59 6.99 275.00 Grey Sweden
Ike Behar  – 5.99 6.99 265.00 Red Peru
Lanvin  – 5.99 6.99 361.06 Grey France
Psycho Bunny v-neck 5.99 6.99 95.00 Grey Peru
Rag & Bone New York 7.98 9.99 325.00 Grey China
Versace Collection 5.59 6.99 425.00 Purple Tunisia
Vineyard Vines  – 5.99 6.99 78.00 Blue China
Yves Saint Laurent  – 6.99 6.99 525.00 Purple France
Sweaters
285 Christian Dior 5.59 6.99 285.00 Grey USA
Pants
2,364 7 for all Mankind Austyn 10.38 12.99 189.00 Black USA
Burberrys’  – 5.59 6.99 395.00 Black USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo trousers 5.24 6.99 695.00 Brown Portugal
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo trousers 5.24 6.99 695.00 Black Portugal
Pazoni Como 2 5.24 6.99 195.00 Black Italy
Santorelli Luxury Serge / Romeo 6.99 6.99 195.00 Tan Italy
Ties
1,256 Brioni Roma 0.79 0.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Chanel 1.99 1.99 189.00 Navy Italy
Christian Dior Cravates 1.99 1.99 197.00 Brown France
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Eton  – 0.79 0.99 145.00 Grey England
Massimo Bizzocchi Louis, Boston. 0.79 0.99 99.00 Silver USA
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 1.59 1.99 190.00 Red Italy
Shoes
1,805 Bally Suver 5.59 6.99 550.00 Black Italy
Prada Newac Sneaker 39.94 49.99 595.00 Black Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Loafer 6.38 7.99 660.00 Black Italy
Hangers
245 Kenneth Cole Clothing valet 5.24 6.99 99.00 Maple USA
Setwell maple suit 0.99 0.99 28.99 Maple USA
Setwell maple suit 0.99 0.99 28.99 Maple USA
Setwell maple suit 0.99 0.99 28.99 Maple USA
Setwell maple suit 0.99 0.99 28.99 Maple USA
Setwell pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Natural USA
Setwell pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Natural USA
Natural for ties 0.79 0.99 14.99  –  –
Accessories
150 Allen Edmonds belt 6.38 7.99 105.00 Brown USA
Dansco Silver dollar book 1.49 2.99 35.95 Brown USA
Dolce & Gabbana glasses holder 1.59 2.99 8.99 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.

 

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