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.

November 2019 Summary

Logo small     This was a busy month but not with the Goodwill shopping and this was reflected in the month’s total shopping list. The twenty-nine items cost less than two hundred dollars total but netted almost ten thousand dollars for a little over fifty times my cost. The chart below shows where the money went this past month and this was due in part to the sudden scarcity of high-end products for some reason. I have been checking the website after I learned that most of their good jewelry was being sold in this manner through their auction site. I have yet to find any high-end clothing from this area on their auction block though. Some of the names I regularly look for are not showing up in any quantity at the eighteen or so stores I frequent like Brioni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Oxxford Clothes, Stefano Ricci or Versace.

Treasures – The name of Isaia is seldom seen in this area where I shop but it is definitely one of those that can make your heart rate increase as they are well known for their attention to fine detail and exceptional quality. One of these beautiful pinstripe jackets was picked up this month as a great example of this workmanship. Two names in the line of shirts, better known for quality and style, were found with the names of Giorgio Armani and Eton. Burberry’s, Canali and Ralph Lauren Purple Label are also a quick pick up when the brand names show up on beautiful dress pants and my size. There were three names of neckties worth mentioning which were located: Brioni, Massimo Bizzocchi and Stefano Ricci. These are just some of the names that are becoming more difficult to find.

Dress Jacket – A beautiful dark gray pinstriped dress jacket created by the fashion house Isaia was located and well worth the unusually high price of thirty-one dollars considering it runs on the retail market for about four thousand. This is an uncommon name located in my area and is not as well known as it should be. Their logo is that of a bright red piece of coral.

Shirts – Four shirts were located; a beautiful Alton & Lane gingham purple (new brand in my collection), a grey dress shirt by Giorgio Armani from his Collezioni series put me back only $4.99, a solid black dress shirt by Eton and a bright yellow fun shirt for my youngest daughter showing the ASU Sun Devils mascot for her favorite university.

Pants – Four pair of dress trousers were grabbed, two of which bring in a retail of well over seven hundred dollars each showing the names of Burberrys’ and Ralph Lauren with the Purple Label. The other two were from Canali, tan and black, always a good fit with their own respectable high retail listing.

Ties – Only nine neckties were picked out from the racks of silk this month with the names of Albert Goldberg, Brioni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi Roma, Fendi Cravette, Massimo Bizzocchi, Stefano Ricci Firenze and a Yves Saint Laurent Paris PGLR Homme. A good representation of the French and Italian designers!

Shoes – Two pair of Western boots from the well known company Justin were picked out sitting right beside each other and just my size for a total of a little over thirty dollars. One was a pair of black lizard skin and the other was a very soft light tan elk skin, both of which provide great support to my ankles and look great with anything I wear.

Accessories – A beautiful Ryrie black leather study bible quickly found its way into my buggy. I am quite surprised how much a good Christian Bible costs and this is a nice one. Two pair of cedar shoe trees were located, one from Allen Edmonds and the other from Vintage to fit my collection of dress shoes that I need to take better care of. A Bentley’s Finest Tea wooden box with square separations works great for those expensive ties I just picked up and so does the JR Cigar humidor. A humidor is also a great place to store important papers you would like to pass on to the next generations. Two Pampered Chef stoneware items were located, a 12-inch bowl and a 12 muffin pan, always a useful item in any chef’s kitchen. The small Lane cedar box and a Shoeshine Express horsehair brush finish off this month’s collection of useful products.

     The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

November 2019

$192.19 $223.25 $9,729.40


Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin

Dress Jacket

3,995 Isaia 130’s 31.00 31.00 3,995.00




747 Alton & Lane Gingham 3.99 3.99 135.00 Purple
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.99 4.99 325.00 Grey Italy
Eton 6.99 6.99 275.00 Black Romania
Russell ASU Sun Devils 3.49 3.49 11.99 Yellow Honduras


2,405 Burberrys’ 19.99 24.99 760.00 Tan USA
Canali Pantalone 9.74 12.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Canali Pantalone 3.50 6.99 425.00 Black Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 15.99 19.99 795.00 Grey Italy


1,707 Albert Goldberg Faconnable 1.00 2.99 12.00 Black Italy
Brioni 7.99 7.99 240.00 Brown Italy
Canali 3.74 4.99 230.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.49 1.99 205.00 Navy Italy
Fendi Roma 1.49 1.99 200.00 Red Italy
Fendi Cravette 3.74 4.99 200.00 Red Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 8.50 8.50 150.00 Silver Italy
Stefano Ricci Firenze 0.99 0.99 275.00 Navy Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Paris PGLR Homme 2.24 2.99 195.00 Red USA


460 Justin Boots Roadhouse exotic 15.20 19.00 309.95 Black USA
Justin Boots Soft elk leather 15.20 19.00 149.99 Tan USA


415 Allen Edmonds Cedar shoe trees 2.24 2.99 25.00 Cedar USA
Bentley’s Finest Teas Wooden box with 6 compartments 1.99 1.99 24.99 Brown USA
JR Cigar Cigar humidor 4.99 4.99 50.00 Wood USA
Lane small cedar box 3.99 3.99 89.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef 12 muffin stoneware 6.99 6.99 22.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef 12-inch stoneware bowl 2.99 2.99 25.00 Tan USA
Ryrie Study Bible New American Standard 3.99 3.99 67.99 Black USA
Shoeshine Express horsehair brush 1.49 1.49 13.49 Brown USA
Vintage shoe trees Cedar shoe trees 2.24 2.99 98.00 Wood USA

     You find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key words: Albert Goldberg, Allen Edmonds, Armani, Bentley’s Finest Teas, Brioni, Burberrys’, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Faconnable, Fendi, Isaia, JR Cigar, Justin, Lane, Massimo Bizzocchi, Purple Label, Ralph Lauren, Russell, Shoeshine Express, Stefano Ricci, Vintage, Yves Saint Laurent

October 2019 Summary

Logo small     I was about to give up on finding anything in the area of high-end clothing when this past week made up for this shortfall. It turns out that my return on investment approached a record for this year of the retail being almost ninety times as much as I spent. It wasn’t my target of the three-digit number of 100 times, but it came close. This is also the month where people go crazy looking for Halloween costumes and where better to find the best ideas than the place with the greatest variety; Goodwill of course. They even help you look for that certain theme that fits you best. My costume you may ask? A wealthy Wall Street business man, of course. That should scare everyone!

Treasures – The treasures located were quite nice even though the total number of items was one of the lowest, with only 32 this month. My closet space overflow is quickly disappearing so my taste for the finer things is sharpening in relative proportion. I’d like to think so anyway. Research is showing the one item that loses the greatest percentage against the initial cost in my collection is that of men’s suits. As an example, a barely worn, six thousand five hundred dollar Brioni tuxedo from Neiman Marcus was purchased for less than thirteen dollars (See last month). I just picked up one of Ermenegildo Zegna’s more expensive like-new suit jackets for one dollar this month as another example. A rare label with the name Isaia had my heart racing as I checked the size to make sure the beautiful shirt would fit, and it does! A different kind of personal treasure was the large print, very large King James Bible. It will serve me well. Additional treasures worth mentioning would be the two original water colored paintings, one of which brings our family closer to their six hundred year old English roots. The following provides more details and photographs which can be clicked for enlargement.

SuitsErmenegildo Zegna came in with two very nice suits with my expenditure of $28.49 for the $6,400 retail value of this collection on the last Sunday afternoon of the month. One of the suits is a very nice medium grey in color two-button “Trofeo” while the other is a grayish dark brown “High Performance”. The jackets fit very well and all I had to do was let the pants cuff out for the required extra length. Ermenegildo Zegna sells very well in this area and the number of suits located at Goodwill in comparison to other brands reflects this. As an example, I have as many Ermenegildo Zegna suits as the next two brands put together; Armani and Burberry. The Trofeo (trophy) wool is described as the “superfine Australian Merino wool characterized by longer and more elastic fibers that make garments smoother and more comfortable” ( This also allows for less wrinkling, softer and longer wearing, thus a better buy for the money in my opinion.

Dress JacketsErmenegildo Zegna shows up again with two more items in this category. A very lucky find was a light brown “15milmil15” made in Switzerland on the higher scale of the Zegna brand that I was able to walk away with for only one dollar! Thursday is “Dollar Day” for the tag of a certain color for that week and blue was that color. It is hard to believe that no one picked this one up for the 35 days it was hanging on the rack. What a beautiful and super soft coat this one is to have found its way into my buggy. On the opposite end of the scale of the Zegna brand is the Z style with the price tag of $7.99. This one is made in Mexico but adheres to the stringent refinements of the brand headquartered in Italy.

Shirts – Six very nice shirts were located with two of them sporting name brands that are new to my collection. These new brands are the very respectable Marc Jacobs and Lubiam. It was quite a surprise to find the Marc Jacobs with the tag showing “Made in Sri Lanka” but the Lubiam was “Made in Italy”. The other four that were also made in Italy were a cream colored Canali, a seldom seen plaid Isaia Napoli and two other white and blue dress shirts from a much sought after Ralph Lauren Purple Label. My cost for the six shirts was less than $10 per item netting a total retail of an impressive $2,256.

Pants – Now that I basically have a matched pair of trousers for each of the dress jackets, I am very selective as to what brand and color to pick up these days. The only pair of trousers selected this month was a tan Canali Pantalone, just my waist size and the length, so it automatically made its way into my collection. This company is top notch in both design, fashion and quality in all their mens wear. The attention to detail and fit make their name one to keep on your list to look for.

Ties – One of the managers of a frequented Goodwill store reminded me that I now have stiff competition from a young man he referred to as the “new” tie guy. He said he sees him almost daily which probably explains why I found the racks deficient of the name brands I usually come across from week to week. You have to wonder where he gets his information. I was able to locate four very nice pieces of silk from Ermenegildo Zegna and Gianni Versace. I was not aware that Zegna carried the more personal line of the “Su Misura” in ties and also located a five-star version (*****), their top of the line for neck-wear. These were located in a less effluent area where the typical customer may not be as familiar with the higher-end name brands. These stores are always worth checking at least every couple of weeks.

Accessories – The library of books found on my shelves quickly shows an interest in what I like to research. Three such books are new to the shelves with one of the topics intended to revive my ability to have an intelligent conversation in the German language. The other two are very nice leather bound King James Version Bibles, one of which I was surprised to find with a list price of $229. My home church always has someone who appreciates a beautiful leather bound Bible.

     In the category of accessory clothing, four sets of cedar shoe trees will find good homes stuffed in the empty leather shoes that are looking to be properly stretched. A very nice leather Gucci belt found its way into my collection to be hung on the inside of the closet door, although there is some speculation to its authenticity. With the large number of high-end neckties growing weekly, some of the very expensive ones require a specialized storage container and the two small Lane cedar boxes are just the right size for such items.

     With the cold weather pushing its way across the country this time of year, a great item for keeping the chill off the rooms was located with the circulating oil Pelonis heater. This great little portable radiator filled with a viscous oil gives off a constant controlled radiant temperature with very little use of electricity. It has a thermostat and a heat control to maintain a constant, comfortable atmosphere within a large room. The $13.49 spent on this item will more than make up for the difference it makes this winter provided it works properly. There is always a reason things show up in the Goodwill stores and I checked to make sure it worked before it made its way to the cashier. The large picture in the black frame was purchased to frame a pen and ink drawing I did years ago that is gathering dust. It is time to put it on the wall behind glass now.

     The kitchen will become more efficient with the three Pampered Chef stoneware pieces located for making the pizza and bean dip as well as countless other recipes that are made that much more tasty. A great collection of plastic measuring cups and spoons was found in a plastic bag for a great price compared to what I would have had to pay at our local grocery store. My youngest daughter borrowed my old set and “forgot” to return them. She can keep them now that I have a more complete set. That worked out well for both of us.

     Last on the list are two spectacular water color originals that the Goodwill stores are well known for carrying in my metropolitian area. It helps to know your local artists or perhaps just appreciate a beautiful piece of artwork that fits well within your home color scheme. I actually won an auction as the only bidder at with a five dollar bill for an original of the “The Ostrich Inn, Wherstead” located just outside of Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Geoff Pleasance painted this in great detail in 1976 and I am the very fortunate person to now be able to pass it on through the line of our family to come. The Inn was built in 1612 just down the road from where our paternal family lived before they removed to the New World in 1635. Chances are pretty good that they were very familiar with what was on the menu at that time since it was within a mile of where they lived on the main road to the city of Ipswich.

     The other water color, from Hugh Riker, is a much larger rendering of a Western stage coach heading across a sparse barren desert in the direction of a local storm. The artist evokes a sense of future action if the slow moving transport is to follow the faint path shown in the picture. The painting works great in my office against a complimentary colored wall just above my computer. It’s a great way of removing myself for a moment from the technology of today to that of yesterday when a cool storm revived the travelers from the hot summer desert heat. You can click on the photograph for a closer view of the stage coach.

     The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

October 2019

$189 $248 $16,481 87.0x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
6,390 Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 18.74 24.99 2,995.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 9.74 12.99 3,395.00 Grey Italy
Dress Jackets
4,690 Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 1.00 17.99 3,195.00 Brown Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.99 7.99 1,495.00 Grey Mexico
2,256 Canali 4.50 8.99 275.00 Cream Italy
Isaia Napoli 9.99 9.99 495.00 Blue Italy
Lubiam 1911 6.99 6.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Marc Jacobs Marc 10.39 12.99 386.00 Blue Sri Lanka
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 12.99 12.99 450.00 White Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 10.39 12.99 450.00 Blue Italy
425 Canali Pantalone 5.59 6.99 425.00 Tan Italy
1,070 Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.00 1.99 275.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 2.39 2.99 245.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni 1.59 1.99 275.00 Red Spain
Versace, Gianni Classic 1.99 1.99 275.00 Red Italy
1,650 G.E.M. Publishing King James Ver. Large Print 3.99 3.99 299.00 Purple USA
Gucci belt 15.99 19.99 450.00 Black Italy
Harris Cedar shoe trees 2.00 2.00 20.00 Cedar USA
Hugh Riker water color 19.19 23.99 125.00 Tan USA
Lane small cedar box 1.99 1.99 89.00 Tan USA
Lane small cedar box 1.99 1.99 89.00 Tan USA
Measuring cups Measuring cups 0.01 1.49 5.00 White USA
Necklace cabinet Necklace box 3.74 4.99 62.80 Brown USA
No name Cedar shoe trees 2.24 2.99 20.00 Cedar USA
no name Large black frame with glass 3.74 4.99 19.25 Black USA
Nordstrom Cedar shoe trees 2.00 2.00 20.00 Cedar USA
Pampered Chef Large Round Stone Pizza 2.99 2.99 35.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Large Round Stone Pizza 2.49 2.49 35.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle stone 2.99 2.99 31.00 Tan USA
Pelonis Oil heater 13.49 17.99 69.99 Cream USA
Thomas Nelson King James Ver. Giant Print 2.24 2.99 29.99 Red USA
Wie geht’s 7th Edition German introduction 2.99 2.99 249.95 Black USA

     You find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key words: Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, G.E.M Publishing, Gianni Versace, Gucci, Harris, Hugh Riker, Isaia, Lane, Lubiam, Marc Jacobs, Nordstrom, Pampered Chef, Pelonis, Ralph Lauren, Thomas Nelson

September 2019 Summary

Logo small     September is typically a bit short of great items, but this month was exceptional. I spent right at the budget limit and though the retail was only 36.4 times what I paid; the collected items rate up there with some of the best.

Treasures – I am quite surprised as to the certain stores where I find a variety of gems that keep me attached to the afternoon visits. First on the list must be the Ralph Lauren purple label pen striped suit I had to piece together since the pants were separated from the jacket.

     Next on the list would certainly be the Brioni French cuff white dress shirt. You just don’t get any better than this brand when it comes to men’s wear.

     Karl Lagerfeld’s shirt comes in right among these treasures since he is known world wide for his associations with Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Balmain, Fendi and previously as the creative director designer for clothing house Chanel.

     It is one thing to find a rare name that comes close to fitting you but it is quite another when you can find a perfect fit in a dress jacket with a top brand like Samuelsohn.

     DolcePunta is a name worth remembering due to the quality and scarcity of clothing items to be found. The tie I found lists as the highest in my collection with a retail price of $330.

Suits – Due to the fact that dress suits are taking up so much room and another that I have many more than I need, my tastes have had to become much more refined and selective. I still run my hand through the racks at each store checking the neck label for the all-important tag “Made in Italy” and pulling the jacket open to see who’s label graces the inside below the pocket but it has to be quite a nice find or one just my size; 43 long.

     Two such items fit this category. One is a dark brown Burberrys’ suit that fits very well in both the length of arms and legs as well as the chest. More importantly, it fits the wallet with a price of only $14.38. Most of the time I find that the pants become separated and is well worth the time to take the jacket with you when looking for the matching trousers.

     The second suit is a purple label Ralph Lauren chocolate brown with vertical pen stripes made in England. I have the identical black version of this suit and it certainly gets attention with its angle cut pockets and Italian fit.

Dress Jacket – The company Samuelsohn is well known on the East Coast and Europe but not as well-known elsewhere. The quality is outstanding, and in this case, the fit was spot on. The navy jacket will look great with a matching pair of pants or even a pair of khakis for those less formal times.

Shirts – A total of fourteen shirts were located that found their way into my buggy this month. Listed in alphabetical order are the Brioni, Canali 1934, Canali Sportswear, Charles Tyrwhitt (3), Eton, Karl Lagerfeld, Lululemon Athletica (3), Lululemon Engineered warmth, Lululemon Evolution LS Polo, and the Rag & Bone Tailored Workwear.

     My favorite of all brands of shirts is that from Brioni. Although I paid a bit more for this shirt, it was still worth paying 1/20th the retail price for one of the best brand shirts in the world.

     Canali brought in two very nice shirts, one was a 1934 dress blue and another was a sportswear linen.

     A large surprise find was the Karl Lagerfeld, better known in the world of fashion as a designer. He has his own line and this shirt caused a fight between my daughters as to who would fit best in it. It’s still in my possession to avoid any further fighting. It is a strange looking shirt with a silky shirt sewn within the raggedy outer shirt.

     I paid too much for the five Lululemon shirts in comparison as to what they cost but this name is picked up almost as soon as it is put out in the jewelry case in the stores. Once again, this caused some shuffling between the two daughters. Luckily, I have a variety to suit their two different sizes.

     Rag & Bone is produced in Asian countries but sold in Neiman Marcus and thereby very much sought after. This $225 shirt is another good name to look for since it only cost $5.24.

Sweaters – The white Lululemon hoodie is certainly well made and even has a hidden pocket on the back for hiding your cell phone or a snack for later on. This item was quickly claimed by a family member but I believe I’ll keep this one for myself!

Right now, anything with the Tesla logo on it sells quite readily. I was able to put my hands on two of these black sweaters.

     Another quick pickup was the green Valentino Studio v-neck. This brand has been a popular worldwide name for many decades and still demands respect as a top notch quality clothing house.

Pants – When I find a pair of Burberry trousers my length and waist size, they automatically go in the buggy. I already have more pairs of pants in this name than any man deserves but it is nice to be able to match a shirt or suit perfectly by holding it against the variety of shades of colors stacked one upon another. Eight dollars is well spent money on a like-new pair of $450 black pants.

Ties – Surprisingly, only four neckties were picked out from the sea of silk at each store. One of the store managers proudly said that I had some stiff competition with another that spent many a day each week going through the better brands. I believe it.

     I was however, able to locate a top brand few people know about, that being the name of DolcePunta. This $330 bright yellow silk tie was picked up for less than two dollars. The three other ties were from Ermenegildo Zegna (2) and a new name of Fellini.

Shoes – I needed some “flip flops” to slip into when walking my daughters’ dogs and she recommended the Teva Original Mush pair to me. They look and feel great.

     A pair of black $475 Brunomagli Ranuncolo dress shoes should look good on my feet, especially for the $7.49 paid.

     Two pair of boots were located. A very nice pair of black Dan Post Miller Round Toe and a brand-new pair of black Nocona Brownwood will make great presents for some birthdays coming up.

Accessories – The Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona is a top notch museum and this book proves it with its colorful and heavy photographs of the permanent collections. The little ceramic bear in a sweater is from Boyds Bears and is collected by a family member. I needed a couple of towels to wipe down the car and found these two, like new green hand towels that fit that requirement. The old cedar Griffin Shinemaster shoe box was packed full of expensive ingredients to keep the foot leather healthy and looking good. A good pair of black John W. Nordstrom thin high quality socks always has a special place in the sock drawer. Always an eye catcher are the M.I. Hummel figurines, especially the older ones made before World War II. These six were a quick pickup. A nice leather box to keep the high priced neckties is just the thing for organizing the colorful silk and great for holding next to a suit and shirt to see which blends the best. Pampered Chef brought in three more great items for those special cooking occasions to make the food taste that much better. Lastly, I located two very bright quartz halogen goose neck Regan lamps for those evenings when research is required.

     The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

September 2019

$420 $501 $15,293 36.4x



Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
4,985 Burberrys’ 14.38 17.98 1,995.00 Brown USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 18.38 22.98 2,990.00 Brown England
Dress Jackets
1,198 Samuelsohn SB Como Super 110s 5.24 6.99 1,198.00 Navy Canada
2,866 Brioni 31.99 39.99 625.00 White Italy
Canali 1934 12.99 12.99 475.00 Blue Italy
Canali Sportswear 4.99 4.99 245.00 White Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt Classic Fit 3.99 4.99 110.00 Grey England
Charles Tyrwhitt Non Iron 6.39 7.99 110.00 Blue England
Charles Tyrwhitt Non Iron 6.39 7.99 110.00 Blue England
Eton Wrinkle free 6.39 7.99 275.00 Blue Sweden
Karl Lagerfeld Paris 7.49 9.99 249.00 Grey Turkey
Lululemon Athletica 14.99 19.99 98.00 Grey Canada
Lululemon Athletica 18.74 24.99 98.00 Grey Canada
Lululemon Engineered warmth jacket 14.99 19.99 148.00 Grey Canada
Lululemon Evolution LS Polo 11.24 14.99 98.00 Grey Canada
Rag & Bone Tailored Workwear 5.24 6.99 225.00 Grey China
1,048 Tesla 5.24 6.99 150.00 Black China
Tesla 5.24 6.99 120.00 Black China
Lululemon Athletica 22.49 29.99 148.00 Grey Canada
Valentino Studio V-neck 7.99 7.99 630.00 Green Italy
450 Burberry 7.99 9.99 450.00 Black USA
800 DolcePunta 1.99 1.99 330.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.49 1.99 205.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 2.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Fellini 2.39 2.99 60.00 Brown Italy
964 Allen Edmonds Full toe cedar tree 5.24 6.99 25.00 Cedar USA
Brunomagli Ranuncolo 7.49 9.99 475.00 Black Italy
Dan Post Miller Round Toe 18.74 24.99 179.95 Grey USA
Nocona Brownwood black 14.39 17.99 259.00 Black USA
Teva Original Mush 6.38 2.99 25.00 Grey China
2,983 Abrams Phoenix Art Museum Coll. 2.39 2.99 60.00 Green Hong Kong
Boyds Bears Bear in sweater and hat 2.24 2.99 10.00 Tan China
Canon Green towel 0.74 0.99 4.99 Green USA
Canon Green towel 0.74 0.99 4.99 Green USA
Griffin Shinemaster box 5.99 7.99 75.00 Brown USA
John W. Nordstrom MiniSquare Dot Cotton 1.99 1.99 16.50 Black China
M.I. Hummel Hum 37 Herald Angels 16.01 16.01 450.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel Hum 111/1 Wayside Harmony 20.50 20.50 550.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel Hum 141 Apple Tree Girl 8.00 8.00 375.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel Hum 142 Apple Tree Boy 8.00 8.00 375.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel Hum 314 Confidentially 10.50 10.50 390.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel Hum 399 Valentine Joy 23.57 23.57 300.00 Tan Germany
noname D100 4.49 5.99 89.50 Brown China
Pampered Chef Personal size round stone 3.19 3.99 17.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan 4.99 4.99 40.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Large Serving Bowl 4.99 4.99 45.00 Tan USA
Regan Halogen lamp goose neck 4.79 5.99 89.95 Black China
Regan Halogen lamp goose neck 3.19 3.99 89.95 Black China

     You find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key Words: Abrams, Allen Edmonds, Boyds Bears, Brioni, Brunomagli, Burberrys’, Canali, Canon, Charles Tyrwhitt, Dan Post, DolcePunta, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Fellini, Griffin, John W. Nordstrom, Karl Lagerfeld, Lululemon, M.I. Hummel, Nocona, Pampered Chef, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Regan, Samuelsohn, Tesla, Teva, Valentino

August 2019 Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

August 2019

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

     You find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

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

July 2019 Summary

Logo small     July of 2019 was an unusual month in that I was able to focus on a different topic entirely and it had little to do with clothing, my usual motivation. This idea drastically changed the statistics I was looking for with my monthly target being at least 1/100th the actual cost. In sharp contrast to last month, the average retail was less than 25 times what I paid for the 54 items and I spent way over my monthly allocation. The next month will have to be a great event to make up for this factor.

     With a bimonthly meeting coming up with our state M.I. Hummel Club, I decided to look for reference material in the book and magazine section of the thrift stores. Not only did I find what I was looking for but also found a number of great examples of the actual topics themselves, Hummels!

Treasures – I was able to locate some very nice items of clothing that can be considered treasures, items to use and possibly pass on. I was able to locate on a pair of ladies Gucci slacks that fit my daughter Goodwill had mistakenly put in the men’s section and were clearly a woman’s higher end pair. Another pair of high-end black slacks that fit me came from Ermenegildo Zegna and would have cost me 232 times as much as I paid if I had purchased them at retail. I believe my sister will love the $750 Stefano Ricci scarf I found for less than ten dollars. A pair of like-new Bally loafers fit perfectly for less than eight dollars.

     Then there were the six beautiful M.I. Hummel figurines, in great shape to add to the collection already taking up one wall. There were a great many more items that would qualify as treasures but one additional should be mentioned here. This was a genuine Patek Philippe Geneve wooden watch presentation box made of piano wood valued at close to two thousand dollars. These are very hard to come by so make sure you take a look at it in the accompanying photograph. The little red paper bag can be found on eBay with an asking price of around $90 and the outer cardboard box lists for much more than that. Did I mention that the plastic hang tag sells for as much as $99? It’s a crazy world but anything with the name of Patek Philippe commands a healthy price.

Dress Jacket – Only one dress jacket was picked up but it was a very nice charcoal colored Giorgio Armani. This was a perfect fit and appeared to have never been used and could not be put back onto the rack. Armani has a number of different brands within the company and the black label, like the one inside this jacket, tells me this is on the upper end of his clothing lines. One thing I have noticed with his jackets is the rough texture, not a silky finish like many of the other high-end clothing houses.

Shirts – Just six shirts were located that warranted consideration for making their way into my closet. These included a Giorgio Armani Collezioni, a grey Ermenegildo Zegna Z, an unusual but very nice Il Migliorr Tesla, a white Rag & Bone Standard Issue, a Stetson button down and a Vineyard Vines Slim Fit Tucker shirt. It’s hard to go wrong with the two Italian brands Armani and Zegna and I I am trying to limit my purchases in shirts to either those that fit perfectly, would make a great gift or is from a brand that merits not passing it up.

Pants – Three high-end names of some very nice pair of trousers were located. Anything Canali seems to be made just for me and the light grey Sport Canali pants are great for just kicking around informal events in style. Another nice find was an unusual pair of black dress Ermenegildo Zegna pants with the hard-to-find five-star asterisks (*****) designation to let you know you found their best of the best. These $1,295 pair of pants were picked up for only $5.59, a fantastic find for about the price of a fancy Starbucks flavored coffee! Another surprise was the ladies $980 Gucci black viscose boot cut pants I found in the men’s section that had hung there for 31 days. This meant that they qualified for the Thursday color of the month making my cost just one dollar. This was an even better buy since they fit my younger daughter. She will most certainly agree with that! A photograph will be added shortly

Ties – Two Canali and four Ermenegildo Zegna ties were picked up making this a clean sweep for the Italians. It would appear that this website has educated my town of the better names to pick up and the good selections are becoming harder to find in my local area.

Shoes – I was surprised that the beautiful Bally Cesano loafers actually fit my large feet since they looked a bit smaller on the store shoe rack. I don’t actually need any more shoes but wasn’t about to pass up the $675 like-new pair for only $7.99.

     Another great find was a pair of brown Western style Dan Post Miller round toe boots, my size of course. These $179.99 boots, with a Goodwill price tag of $29.99, were a bit rough when I found them showing that they were dirty and dried out to a small extent which would probably explain why they had been on the top of the shoe rack for 30 days. Lucky for me, they had the Thursday “one dollar day” green tag and I grabbed them hoping they would look like new with a bit of elbow grease and leather conditioner. Sure enough, Dan Post makes a very good quality Western boot and they lived up to their brand as I expected. This was a great purchase for only one dollar and is what keeps me on the road checking out all the Goodwill stores. You never know what you might come across.

Accessories – There were 37 items to fit this expanding category. I will mention only a few here and let the photographs provide most of the descriptive catch this month. There was a great book and magazine collection on the M.I. Hummel figurines, six M.I. Hummel figurines (HUM 10/I Flower Madonna, HUM 46/0 Madonna, HUM 56/A Culprits, HUM 87 For Father, HUM 196/0 Telling Her Secrets and HUM 331 Crossroads Limited), a number of books and an old British map I found that can be used as reference material to assist me with my own family history, a much needed butter dish, a small curio cabinet to put the smaller Hummels in, a giant clothespin to use as a “chip clip”, a coffee mug, a soup mug, three Pampered Chef stoneware items, a Patek Philippe Geneve wooden watch presentation box, a Pyrex 3-quart dish with lid, and a very expensive Stefano Ricci scarf. All in all, a very nice month.

     As always, the following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

July 2019

$624.70 $674.76 $15,430.75 24.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
2,295 Giorgio Armani 6.39 7.99 2,295.00 Charcoal Italy
1,239 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.99 6.99 495.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Il Migliorr Tesla 9.99 9.99 45.00 Grey China
Rag & Bone Standard Issue 9.99 9.99 90.00 White Peru
Stetson button down 4.99 4.99 69.99 Grey China
Vineyard Vines Slim Fit Tucker Shirt 5.59 6.99 89.50 Green China
2,700 Canali Sport 3.99 3.99 425.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 5.59 6.99 1,295.00 Black Romania
Gucci Viscose boot cut pant 1.00 12.99 980.00 Black Italy
1,075 Canali 5.99 5.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Canali 1.00 1.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Orange Italy
855 Bally Cesano 7.99 7.99 675.00 Brown Italy
Dan Post Miller Round Toe 1.00 29.99 179.95 Brown USA
7,266 Ars Edition Lebensweisheiten 5.61 5.61 35.43 Tan Germany
Barry The History of Mass 3 vol set 20.87 20.87 72.98 Black USA
Better World Books Hummel: Her Life and Work 3.73 3.73 55.21 Orange Germany
Collectors News HUMMELS 1978-98 Miller On Hummel 3.98 3.98 55.21 Grey USA
Free Wind Press Tall Ships of Newburyport 3.49 3.49 171.14 Blue USA
Goebel 1979 Hummel Festival Eaton, OH 6.68 6.68 29.99 White Germany
Goebel 7 Hummel Figurines Catalogs 0.99 0.99 50.00 Red Germany
Goebel Hummel Figurines Catalog 1955 19.00 19.00 20.70 Blue Germany
Goebel Insights Hummel Club Magazines 9.79 9.79 72.00 Many Germany
Goebel Insights Hummel Club Magazines 11.34 11.34 36.00 Orange Germany
Goebel Insights Hummel Club Magazines 18.42 18.42 180.00 Blue Germany
Goodspeed Hickman Co. Tennessee Biographies 11.50 11.50 12.00 Yellow USA
Krause Publications Official Hummel Price Guide 2013 13.26 13.26 32.20 Green USA
Morison Maritime History of Mass 1784-1869 12.99 12.99 186.70 Blue USA
Portfolio Press Hummels and Me: Skrobek, Gerhard 4.29 4.29 65.73 Orange USA
Terence Dalton Ipswich, Town on the Orwell 3.28 3.28 38.03 Grey England
Wonsch Hummel Copycats with Values 3.49 3.49 118.86 Purple USA
Curio cabinet Wood and glass 5.99 5.99 161.95 Brown USA
M.I. Hummel HUM 10/1 Flower Madonna TMK-2 30.98 30.98 450.00 White Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 46/0 Madonna TMK-2 21.49 21.49 125.00 White Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 56/A Culprits TMK-1 28.49 28.49 1,100.00 Brown Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 87 For Father TMK-3 15.60 15.60 200.00 Brown Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 196/0 Telling Her Secrets TMK-5 31.36 31.36 390.00 Green Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 331 Crossroads Limited TMK-6 28.37 28.37 500.00 Brown Germany
Crown Manor Butter dish 1.59 1.99 18.00 Tan USA
Darice 9192-08 Super jumbo clothespin 1.99 1.99 6.34 Wood USA
Dennis East Inter. Coffee mug 1.19 1.49 22.00 Brown USA
Home Décor S18 Red Collection 28.7 oz soup mug 1.00 3.99 11.99 Red China
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 6.99 6.99 55.00 Tan China
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster bottom 3.99 3.99 88.75 Tan England
Pampered Chef Family Heritage Collection 4.99 4.99 39.00 Tan Italy
Pyrex Oblong 3-qt dish with blue lid 4.99 4.99 41.00 Blue USA
Encyclopædia Brit. 1890 Suffolk England map 13.78 13.78 124.99 Tan USA
Encyclopædia Brit. Suffolk England 1890 map 23.77 23.77 13.00 tan Japan
Goodwill bag Goodwill reusable bag 0.99 0.99 0.99 Blue China
Patek Philippe Patek Philippe Wooden Watch Box 135.00 135.00 1,937.11 Brown Switzerland
Stefano Ricci scarf 27.98 27.98 750.00 Blue USA

     You can expect to find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key words: Bally, Canali, Dan Post, Encyclopædia Britannica, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Goebel, Gucci, Il Migliorr, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Patek Philippe, Pyrex, Stefano Ricci, Stetson, Vineyard Vines

June 2019 Summary

Logo small     This month of June was a very good time to search for some of the better names in clothing and items that interest me specifically. I had set my goal to not spend as much each month but when you hit a number of stores and spend only just over twenty dollars each to take advantage of the twenty percent off coupon, it adds up quickly. This time to the tune of just short of four hundred dollars. The retail comparison came to $32,398.73 giving me a better comparison of 82.7 times what I would have spent if the items were new off the shelf. That is by far the best goal this year but not up to the three-digit range I try to aim for.

Treasures – Just about everything this month could be considered a treasure but here are the highlights that qualify with the goose bump test. There was the pair of $980 Gucci pants I picked up for $1 since it was a ladies pair hanging in the men’s section for 31 days. Then, there were the two Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura suits I picked up for $17.58 each, just my size of course. Speaking of suits, I also found two Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suit coats for $8.79 each and a Zegna High Performance Cool Effect jacket for $11.99. My daughter loved the $1,100 Versace Vela Single-Pocket Backpack I paid just over ten dollars but don’t tell her. Did I mention the $730 Gucci Jordaan horse bit loafers for less than seven dollars or the Versace shirt and Ermenegildo Zegna Couture ***** pants that each list for over $1,200?

Suits – One of the better-quality names in men’s dress suits is that of Ermenegildo Zegna. This company pushes the envelope regarding comfort and fit as well as coming up with technological innovations to appeal to a younger age group with money to spend. I located three suit jackets from this fashion house and, two of which were Su Misura made specifically for someone with my measurements and the third was a “High Performance Cool Effect”. With the newly snatched jackets in my buggy, the next stop was the pants section to find the matching trousers for the three expensive suit coats to make them a complete suit. I only found the trousers for the two Su Misura coats after carefully making three passes through the entire selection, but this was still a great accomplishment. My total cost for the two suits was $35.17 and would have cost new $7,190.

Dress Jackets – As mentioned previously, I located a great Ermenegildo Zegna “High Performance Cool Effect” suit jacket for $11.99. With pants, this suit retails for $3,595. I also located two more Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo pen striped suit jackets and will visit the store again to see if the matching trousers show up. These suits, made in Switzerland, have a retail price of $3,250 each. I paid $8.79 each. One other brand name that I favor is anything from Burberry. A traditional navy blazer with brass buttons was found with this name for $8.79 as well.

Shirts – A lucky thirteen number of shirts were picked out from the cotton rows of long sleeve shirts. These included the following brands: Burberry London (2), Cody James, Dutch Bros, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Eton (2), Versace (2) and Vineyard Vines. The two Burberry shirts are for Winter and were a bit small, but the price was right at $5.00 each. The Cody James and Dutch Bros Oregon Moto Club shirt are not in the photograph due to one of my daughters grabbing them too early. Two of the Ermenegildo Zegna’s are dress shirts while the other two are more for sport activities. I love the fit and feel of Eton shirts and they were just my size. The two Versace shirts are not my style but for $15.98 total, the two shirts retail at $2,100 and there is no discussion as to whether they go to the cash register with me or not. My youngest daughter loves Vineyard Vines and this one definitely put a smile on her face. That’s an even better reason.

Pants – On a rare occasion, the employees marking the clothing at Goodwill make mistakes as to whether it should be placed in the men’s or the women’s section. This has proven to be to my advantage more than once. This time, a pair of black silky pants from Gucci were marked as men’s size 38 but were obviously too small even though the European tag indicated this size. This pair of pants hung on the men’s pants rack for thirty-one days qualifying them for the Thursday dollar sale for that color tag. I picked up the viscose boot cut $980.00 pants for one dollar. They fit my youngest daughter perfectly.

     When you learn the words that specify the very best within a brand, you know you have hit “gold” and this is one of the reasons I love to visit the Goodwill stores in my area. I find some of this gold from time to time. One such example is that of Ermenegildo Zegna where the prominence of five asterisks (*****) indicate this is their best, their couture. I located a beautiful set of these pants, my size, for $5.59. I was astonished to learn later that this same pair of pants sold at Neiman Marcus for $1,295.00.

Ties – Neck wear ties are a great place to locate some of the high-end names for a couple of dollars that others have spent more than a couple hundred in some cases. Some of my favorite names were located this month were: Brioni, Burberrys, Giorgio Armani, Hermès (2), Luciano Barbera (2), Salvatore Ferragamo, and Vineyard Vines (2). The ties are beautiful and work great with adding a contrasting splash of color to a black, blue or brown suit.

Shoes – There were one pair of shoes and five pair of Western boots located this month along with some very nice cedar shoe trees. The boots were in a variety of sizes but well worth the price, especially with my twenty percent discount when spending twenty dollars or more. The brand of boots were Ariat, Code West Mignon snip toe, Justin 3133, Lucchese men’s 1883 Pull-On, and Lucchese men’s Shane round toe. A total of $70.46 was spent on boots retailing for $1,285.84. I was especially proud to have found two of the Lucchese brand, the most expensive and best that Boot Barn locally carries./p>

     The Florsheim cedar shoe trees were picked out for the next set of shoes I was hoping I could restore to a better presentation. Having a good pair or shoe trees or boot trees that fit your footwear ensures the longevity of your leather coverings.

     Now, as to the pair of shoes I found, the $6.99 Goodwill sticker didn’t do the brand justice. The brass horse-bit addition to the leather loafers indicated a possible high-end shoe but not necessarily. There are a lot of want-a-bees out there and it is quite rare to see the “real thing”. The first clue were the last few letters inside the shoe …CCI. Just two more letters and I knew these rough shoes had the best shoe leather the Italians are best known for. This was one of those “both arm chill bump moments” when I came to a quick realization that these $730 Gucci shoes were the real thing and at 1/104th the cost. A bit of leather conditioner, shoe polish and a lot of elbow grease would have these shoes looking much better. The photograph shows a contrast between the left shoe I worked on and the other showing the original condition I found both in on the bottom shelf of the Goodwill shoe rack. Now, it’s time to get to work on the right shoe. The Italians don’t work on just the outer layer of the leather but the entire skin and here is the proof.

Pocket Square – You meet all kind of people at any Goodwill store and some can be quite informative. One such gentleman was clearly running down the row of dress pants feeling inside all the pockets for money or whatever might be left worth putting in his own pocket. He said he had found a twenty dollar bill some time earlier. When I got home one evening, I pulled a suit coat out of the Goodwill bag and hung it up with the pants in the bathroom ready to steam it but decided to check the pockets first. Lo and behold, I pulled out a beautiful silk pocket square I was unaware that was taking up that space in the coat front pocket (see the tie photograph). The name of the designer was on the corner of the pocket square and was one I was unfamiliar with, Edward Arman. It turns out that this free piece of beautiful silk has a retail price of $80. What a lucky find. Check the pockets!

Accessories – This category has some of the more interesting purchases but also some of the least expensive, but necessary items.

     There it was, straddled across a suit coat with the words Burberry blazoned across the mid-section of the cloth belt. Not a place I would expect to find another expensive British belt, but I grabbed this one for a total of two dollars.

     With the volume of wool clothing I have, there is always room for another piece of cedar furniture to protect my investment from moths. In this case, the Footfitter shoeshine box fit the bill for $2.50. Inside was a Valentine Garemi horsehair brush, like new, for another $1.50.

     I have an original ink line drawing I wanted to place in a frame behind glass before something happened to it and located a very nice frame with an interesting watercolor painting inside. I didn’t expect to purchase an original by Gail E Walter so it is off to the Goodwill again to find another frame.

     I have run out of space to safely show any more M.I. Hummel figurines I have but it is difficult to pass over a great buy when it jumps out at you. The grand kids don’t care too much for grandmother’s collection of the German porcelain statues of children but when you can locate a rare example for a few dollars, it’s a no brainer. I located three nice examples of some of the older pieces: HUM-62 Happy Pastime (TMK-1 & 2), HUM-82 School Boy (TMK-2) and HUM-20 Prayer Before Battle (TMK-2).

Notice the placement of the incised M.I. Hummel on the back of the bowl instead of the girl as well as this piece having both the incised TMK-1 and stamped TMK-2 trademarks.
     There were relatively few of the older figurines produced with the first two trademarks and these are highly sought after by those who collect these figurines. I also found a 1976 Catalog and Price List for these. Check out my sister site with much more information at

     With so many neck ties and many of these with a retail price over $200, it is good to find the perfect wooden box to store the better examples in and the red wooden wine bottle latched box was just the ticket. This makes the second such find and a welcome find for those very special, hard to come by, very expensive pieces of colorful silk. I tend to favor some of those made in Italy and France like Zilli, Brioni, Stefano Ricci, Hermès, etc. and was looking for the perfect place to safely store these high-end names.

     Pampered Chef hit the mark again this month as it has in the past few months. The stoneware pizza pan makes the perfect pizza that much better, especially when it can be picked up for less than a five dollar bill.

     My youngest was looking for a black backpack and I found a fantastic example of what she was looking for. She starts college this year and will be in style with the black Prada Vela single-pocket backpack. I asked the lady behind the better-quality counter if I could look at it and quickly told her to put my name on it for purchase when I finished cruising the rest of the store. Just as I was leaving her counter, another lady came running over asking if it was still available. She shook her head and pointed at me. I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. It had my name on it and would soon have my daughter’s back holding it full of books. The $1,100 item was purchased for $10.39.

     The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

June 2019

$391.99 $499.63 $32,398.73 82.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
7,190 Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 17.58 21.98 3,595.00 Black Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 17.58 21.98 3,595.00 Navy Switzerland
Dress Jackets
11,645 Burberrys’ blazer 8.79 10.99 1,550.00 Navy USA
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance Cool 11.99 14.99 3,595.00 Black Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 8.79 10.99 3,250.00 Navy Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 8.79 10.99 3,250.00 Grey Switzerland
5,128 Burberry London 5.00 9.99 260.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 5.00 9.99 260.00 Blue USA
Cody James Regular Fit 7.99 9.99 44.00 Blue China
Dutch Bros Oregon Moto club 3.49 3.49 24.95 Grey China
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 7.19 8.99 450.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 450.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.39 7.99 450.00 Pink Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 275.00 White Sweden
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 275.00 L Blue Sweden
Versace Collection 5.59 6.99 850.00 Brown Italy
Versace Jeans Couture 10.39 12.99 1,250.00 Tan Italy
Vineyard Vines 5.59 6.99 89.50 Blue Peru
2,275 Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 5.59 6.99 1,295.00 Black Romania
Gucci Viscose boot cut pant 1.00 12.99 980.00 Black Italy
1,680 Brioni 3.19 3.99 230.00 Yellow Italy
Burberrys 3.74 4.99 190.00 Green USA
Giorgio Armani Cravatte 1.59 1.99 150.00 Grey Italy
Hermès 163 TA 2.99 2.99 180.00 Yellow France
Hermès 7319 EA 2.99 2.99 180.00 Blue France
Luciano Barbera 4.79 5.99 195.00 Orange Italy
Luciano Barbera 4.79 5.99 195.00 Orange Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo 1.49 1.99 190.00 Blue Italy
Vineyard Vines Expect Miracles Foundation 1.49 1.99 85.00 Green USA
Vineyard Vines Whales 2.39 2.99 85.00 Green USA
2,041 Ariat 10010933 14.99 14.99 179.95 Brown Vietnam
Code West Mignon Snip toe 15.00 29.99 169.95 Brown USA
Florsheim shoe tree 3.99 3.99 24.95 Tan USA
Gucci horsebit loafer 6.99 6.99 730.00 Oxblood Italy
Justin 3133 7.99 7.99 84.95 Black USA
Lucchese Mens 1883 Pull-On 13″ 12.50 24.99 495.99 Brown USA
Lucchese Men’s Shane Round toe 19.99 24.99 355.00 Black USA
Pocket Square
80 Edward Arman 0.01 0.01 80.00 Blue Italy
1,011 Burberry Vintage check leather belt 2.00 3.99 320.00 Tan Italy
Footfitter Cedar shoe shine box 2.50 4.99 47.00 Tan USA
Gail E Walter watercolor and frame 7.99 9.99 119.00 Tan USA
Hummel HUM 20 Prayer Before Battle 16.95 16.95 200.00 Tan Germany
Hummel HUM 62 Happy Pastime 46.68 46.68 325.00 Tan Germany
Hummel HUM 82 2/0 School Boy 15.98 15.98 175.00 Tan Germany
Hummel 1976 catalog Catalog and price list 6.99 6.99 7.50 Tan Germany
No name 12″ latched box with lid 4.99 4.99 12.00 Red China
Pampered Chef Large Round Stone Pizza #1371 4.99 4.99 35.00 Tan USA
Prada Vela Single-Pocket Backpack 10.39 12.99 1,100.00 Black China
socks Plain grey socks 0.99 0.99 0.99 Grey China
Valentine Garemi horse hair brush 1.50 2.99 18.00 Black Germany

     This was indeed one of my nicer months of finding some great surprises in among the ocean of other items unselfishly given for others to make use of. It reminds me of going with my grandparents to look for Indian arrow heads on the shores of the great rivers when I was just knee high. You find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key Words: Ariat, Brioni, Burberry, Code West, Cody James, Dutch Bros, Edward Arman, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Florsheim, Footfitter, Gail E Walter, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Justin, Lucchese, Luciano Barbera, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentine Garemi, Versace, Vineyard Vines, Zilli

May 2019 Summary

Logo small     For the purchases in the area Goodwill stores, only 16 items with an average retail of about 24.4 times as much as I paid were purchased this month but the names were certainly noteworthy. This month was quite scarce in the number of purchases as compared to any month preceding it due to some unexpected expenses as well as the lack of time to cruise through the waves of cotton and wool. As with any visit to the local Goodwill stores, there were a number of hidden surprises just waiting to be uncovered. I was quite surprised as to the retail value of some of the items following as you will see.

Treasures – There were two primary items I consider to be treasures. You know, a treasure is something that has lasting value and in most cases can be passed down through the generations. These gems begin with two distinctive and well-known names in their respective circles: Patek Philippe and M.I. Hummel.

         I located the fifth of five volumes of the Patek Philippe 2018 Collection Volume V to complete my set of this series up to the current publication. It sells for $658.72 and I was able to find it still in the factory sealed plastic for a total of $41.34. This is the most I have paid for one of the books of this series but was well worth it since I have read the previous four cover to cover of the 300+ pages each. The other Patek Philippe item is the 16-250 watch movement without the watch case or strap I purchased purely out of curiosity to view such perfect expertise in the field of handmade watches. More on this further down.

         The other name I became familiar with is that of M.I. Hummel initially created by the German firm Goebel. These porcelain figurines were created beginning in the year 1935 from the drawings of the Catholic nun Maria Innocentia Hummel. They now command a very high price and are quite collectible. Six of these were picked up earlier for a fantastic price and have increased the interest with my family and friends in the already growing collection to be handed down to the next generation.

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Shirts – There were two shirts that had to be picked out of the huge collection available. The small number is a result of the large numbers accumulated earlier. There simply isn’t room in the closet for another folded piece of cotton. The $350 Burberry with its Haymarket plaid was an easy pick and had just been placed on the rack when I followed in behind the lady placing these for general consumption. She laughed when she saw my expression after seeing the British label. The other shirt was a no brainer due to the scarcity in the area I live. This is my Alma Mata and I wear the red with pride. Roll Tide, Alabama!

Pants – With more than a quarter million miles under my belt on motorcycles, I know the value of a good pair of leather pants. This, like new, $400 pair from Wilson’s Leather in my size was quickly picked up for less than seven dollars. This pair of pants didn’t appear to have been worn any at all, no scratches, smudges or smears whatsoever. With a name like Wilson’s Leather, I was surprised that they were still hanging on the rack before I found them. What a buy.

Shoes – For a total of less than $25, I was able to select three pair of top quality Western boots that retail for a corresponding $590 retail. Two of the pair were from Tony Lama, one being a round toe boot and the other a 11” Stockman boot. The third boot was a Justin Classic Roper boot, a good ranch working footwear for around the coral. These are quite valuable for working around animals and rough weather. It is nice to have several pair of well fitting boots to match the color of your outfit and to make sure you rotate your selection so that you don’t wear the same pair two days in a row.

Accessories – Ever since I found my first piece of Pampered Chef stoneware and learned how great food is when cooked on this valuable piece of cookware, I’ve been keeping an eye out for the easy to recognize tan stoneware. I now have eleven pieces and here too am running out of room to store them where they are easy to grab when the occasion dictates it. Two additional pieces now adorn my pantry with a 12½ inch round baking bowl with handles and a 4 mini-loaf bread pan. The kitchen never smelled as good as it does now.

         Patek Philippe arguably makes the finest time pieces in the world and I never thought I would own anything with this name on it that once adorned someone’s wrist. I found a small round box with the movement of a tiny woman’s watch within and walked away with it for less than a five-dollar bill. The Patek-Philippe 16-250 watch movement is known to be one of the smaller, if not the smallest, movements created by this company and with it being about the size of a penny and only 2½ mm thick, I believe it. The company reports that Queen Elizabeth owns a watch with this very same movement within. Some additional information I found was, “16-250 is a mechanical caliber with manual winding; this is Patek’s smallest movement, designed especially for ladies’ watches; 18 jewels; 28,800 vph, 4 Hz; power reserve approx. 38 hours, 101 parts, height 2.5mm, diameter 16.3mm, bridges 4, Balance: annulaire, displays hours and minutes, Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.” Reference.

         One other item I purchased is a brand new book from the museum of Patek Philippe, still within the protective plastic, the latest of a set of five that alone retails for $658.72. I now have all five of the set of 300+ pages each of this magnificent collection of hard back books published by Patek Philippe. Now that I own a small example of their workmanship, this collection means all the more to me. “These publications – from a detailed catalog to a unique book for a unique watch – contribute to a greater appreciation of horology and increase the pleasure of owning a fine watch. They will form the nucleus of every collector’s library.”

         As an art form, the M.I. Hummel figurines popularity has declined over the past couple of decades but the value of the hard to find items has since increased to the same degree. It is amazing how those little porcelain children that our grandparents collected have since lost some of their appeal with the younger generations but I predict that this will reverse itself and I am having a good time finding some worthy and beautiful pieces for some comparatively low prices. Six of the latest figurines I was fortunate to locate are the HUM 43 March Winds, HUM 114 Let’s Sing, HUM 139 Flitting Butterfly, HUM 251 A & B bookends, HUM 340 Letter to Santa and a very nice HUM 387 Valentine Gift. Two of these are the older versions, TMK-2, which were created shortly after 1945 and not as plentiful as the more recent versions. My investment of about $150 is worth a current value of about $2,735. As an art form, where each piece is handled by many artists with hours of painstaking detail, the beautiful workmanship increases their value as they grow older.

         The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. A local community college uses this website in their fashion courses for the students to familiarize themselves with the price comparisons of the different brands as well as some of the details I have been able to find in one easy to use web site.

May 2019 $268.51 $281.50 $6,562.48 24.4x  
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
25 Burberry London 9.74 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Fanatics Alabama Crimson Tide 4.99 4.99 24.99 Red Honduras
400 Wilson’s Leather Pelle Studio 6.74 8.99 400.00 Black China
590 Justin Classic Roper boot 4.99 4.99 139.95 Brown USA
Tony Lama round toe boot 5.99 5.99 199.95 Brown USA
Tony Lama 11″ Stockman boot 13.49 17.99 249.95 Black USA
5,198 M.I. Hummel HUM 043 March Winds 18.98 18.98 210.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 114 Let’s Sing 23.00 23.00 350.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 139 Flitting Butterfly 18.25 18.25 250.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 251AB Bookends 45.99 45.99 900.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 340 Letter to Santa 32.00 32.00 425.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 387 Valentine Gift 19.60 19.60 600.00 Tan Germany
Pampered Chef 12.5″ round baking bowl 5.24 6.99 39.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef 4 loaf mini bread pan 3.74 4.99 64.97 Tan USA
Patek Philippe 16-250 watch movement 14.42 14.42 1,699.95 Silver Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Volume V 2018 41.34 41.34 658.72 Brown Switzerland

         Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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.

Key Words: Burberry, Fanatics, Justin, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Patek Philippe, Tony Lama, Wilson’s Leather

April 2019 Summary

Logo small     For the purchases in the area Goodwill stores, only forty-one items with an average retail of about 39 times as much as I paid were purchased this month but the names were certainly noteworthy. Each day is a new surprise mixed in the past weeks run through at each store. I’ve learned to pay more attention to the current color tag for that week eliminating the past colors since they were scrutinized previously.

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Treasures – It is difficult to choose what would be considered a treasure and what is not when my taste changes in these close to 5,000 items gathered over the past five years. I will admit that the Ermenegildo Zegna dress shoes, the Valentino sport jacket, the three Gucci ties and the very large M.I. Hummel figurine definitely fit this category. The rest of these items are right behind this class and deserve special mention as well.

Dress Jackets – Suits and dress jackets physically take up more room than most items that I look for so I have had to cut back and choose only those jackets that warrant closer inspection. Two such items were the black Burberrys suit jacket that a random woman made comment while I had it on how good it looked. That sold it right then and there. My daughter reminded me that the color black washes me out and is not a color that looks good on me. Looks like this might make its way to eBay shortly.
     The other “had to have” jacket bears a seldom seen name where I shop and that is the name of Valentino. At first, it appeared to be made for a woman with the built-in shoulder pads but the buttons are located on the proper side in front. Besides, it looks great in the mirror.
     Another last minute pick up was for a friend who needed a tuxedo for an upcoming prom. Isn’t it funny how you earn a certain reputation and all of the sudden you are the expert in that field.

Shirts – Shirts are typically the easiest to run through since the brand label is clearly visible at the very top. This isn’t always the case when the rack becomes so full that you are unable to pull the hangers away from one another to see who made the shirt. The plastic hangers usually don’t fair very well under the pressure of the tug and pull and break easily. This was the case this month but I did find some really nice shirts.
     These included a Western style brown Ariat Rebar VentTek picked up for my daughter for her work with Western wear.
     On the opposite end of the spectrum, I located a nice Giorgio Armani Collezioni dress shirt for half price making it well worth the five-dollar bill asked for it.
     Next on the list was a beautiful blue Burberry London dress shirt that will look great with blue jeans or a Sunday suit. It’s hard to go wrong with this British brand which holds its value for a very long time.
     Charles Tyrwhitt is always worth a second look over and this light blue window pane will look good under a grey suit any day.
     I have reservations in purchasing recently made Christian Dior shirts from certain parts of Asia but this one comes from Hong Kong and I know it represents the European quality Christian Dior I remember from years past. The light green is just the right shade to work with blue jeans on that certain event or special occasion.
     The next four come from Ermenegildo Zegna and cover quite a wide spectrum of dress. The thick red window pane shirt would feel great on a cold winter evening, while the other three would meet the requirements for a dressier circumstance.

Sweaters – There are some brands you see on a rare occasion and in my area of shopping the name of Rag & Bone is one that sends chill bumps up and down my arm. This certain item is a full length sweater and was sold as a marketing venture with Target. My daughter told me that some of these one day only sales are sold out in a matter of minutes when Target announces the limited sale ahead of time. This four-hundred-dollar item was one of those that I was lucky to pick up for less than seven dollars.

Ties – I am always on the lookout for the higher end name brands you can usually find with men’s neckties and was fortunate to find some all together on a certain lucky visit. The brands I found are listed in alphabetical order: Barindelli & Trezzi, Burberrys (2), Charvet, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Gucci (3), Holland & Sherry and a Ralph Lauren Purple Label.

Shoes – A very lucky find was that of the brand Ermenegildo Zegna. Not only did I find one but there was a second pair of black dress shoes the very next week. This makes only the third pair of this brand of shoes I have been able to locate with the first pair showing up the very month before. My $15.98 for the two shoes yielded $1,945.00 if purchased at the retail price.
     Another great name in footwear can be found with the Lucchese Western boots. These are some of the more expensive boots I was able to find which are sold at our local Boot Barn store. They are super comfortable, very high quality, last a life time and are great looking. Although I paid quite a bit more for one pair, the fit was great and I know these will outlast me if properly taken care of. A second pair were located high on a shoe rack just waiting to be picked up. These are a beautiful golden brown pair of Lawrend Round Toes. On the next to the last day of the month, I ran across a third pair of Lucchese boots. This time they were the L1505 black cherry goat skin that I picked up for $14.99 and retail for $895.00 and they look like new. Of course, they were my daughter’s size and she immediately said they belonged to her. Of course they do. Here is a last minute photo of these great pair of boots.
     Rated as one of the Top 35 most expensive shoes for men, Church’s is listed with a beautiful set and I can see why with the suede pair I purchased with this name I was able to find the last week of the month. These are waterproof, good looking and super comfortable. This English made pair look like they would last a long time and their timeless beauty shows the quality built in.
     Another pair of cedar shoe trees were located for $2.39 but good examples are becoming more scarce for some reason. I just purchased two new pair of cedar boot trees from the Boot Barn that were listed for $27.99 each set. It is important for the longevity and keeping the shape of your expensive footwear by making sure each has a matching set of cedar trees whether they be boots or dress shoes.

Accessories – There are a few names in cookware that spell quality and two of those names are Longaberger and Pampered Chef. I located a very nice 9” square Nature’s Garland vegetable bowl by Longaberger for eight dollars to be used as a present to someone I know that collects this very nice product.
     Pampered Chef is easy to spot with the rough looking tan stoneware. I was unaware that I now own eleven pieces of this product in various shapes and uses. Five of these were picked up just this month. It didn’t take long to run out of storage space in my kitchen but most of the pieces I have are like new and cost one tenth of the retail price by purchasing them at my favorite Goodwill stores. Now on to learning to cook with this great set of cookware!
     With a very nice collection of expensive neck ties, it was time to find a way of storing them properly separate from the others I have learned from. A narrow wooden container with a latch just the width of a tie works great when the ties are rolled and neatly placed within. This container works great and holds some of my more prized selections for those special occasions when only the best silk will do.
     Saving one of the best purchases for last is an 11½” HUM 7/III Merry Wanderer M.I. Hummel figurine. I was able to purchase it for a little over one hundred dollars but it comes in with a value of right at $1,650.00. The sticker price is still on the bottom showing the initial price of $600 for this older piece but to replace it with a brand new one of this size would cost me $1,700.00.

     It was a good month! The following is a list of the items purchased this month with the price I paid, the tagged price and a representative retail value of that item or one much like it.

April 2019

$453.07 $505.56 $17,492.28 38.6x




Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
5,170 Burberrys 14.99 14.99 2,190.00 Black USA
Valentino Uomo 8.24 10.99 2,980.00 Tan Italy
3,135 Ariat Rebar VentTek 4.49 4.49 44.95 Brown China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 5.00 9.99 265.00 Black Tunisia
Burberry London 9.99 9.99 350.00 Grey Tunisia
Charles Tyrwhitt 4.99 4.99 110.00 Blue England
Christian Dior 5.00 9.99 630.00 Green Hong Kong
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 5.24 6.99 385.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.99 6.99 450.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 7.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 7.99 450.00 Red Italy


Rag & Bone Target/Neiman Marcus 6.99 6.99 395.00 Black China
2,530 Barindelli & Trezzi Bellagio 2.24 2.99 42.95 Black Italy
Burberrys London 1.99 1.99 190.00 Red Italy
Burberrys London 1.99 1.99 190.00 Green Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 2.39 2.99 245.00 Black France
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.59 1.99 275.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.59 1.99 275.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Gucci 1.99 1.99 200.00 Orange Italy
Gucci 5.59 6.99 210.00 Orange Italy
Gucci 5.59 6.99 210.00 Orange Italy
Holland & Sherry 1836 2.24 2.99 89.99 Green USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 1.59 1.99 235.00 Silver England
4,323 Church’s Stefan 4.49 5.99 548.45 Brown England
Ermenegildo Zegna Monk strap 9.99 9.99 995.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Wingtip Derbies 5.99 7.99 950.00 Black Italy
Lucchese Cole embossed 71.12 71.12 355.00 Black USA
Lucchese L1505 black cherry goat 14.99 14.99 895.00 Cherry USA
Lucchese Lawrence Round Toe 44.99 59.99 345.00 Brown USA
Nocona Vintage leather 23.99 29.99 214.95 Tan USA
Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
1,884 Hummel Merry Wanderer – 7/III 118.34 118.34 1,650.00 Tan Germany
Longaberger 9″ square vegetable bowl 7.99 7.99 25.00 Tan China
Pampered Chef 6-section deep muffin cake stoneware 7.99 7.99 59.99 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Mini fluted Bundt Baking Pan 5.99 5.99 36.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle flat stone 3.99 3.99 31.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle flat stone 3.99 3.99 31.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Square baker 3.74 4.99 51.00 Tan USA
12″ lockable box with lid 3.99 3.99 12.00 Red China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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.

Key words: Ariat, Armani, Barindelli & Trezzi, Burberrys, Charles Tyrwhitt, Charvet, Christian Dior, Church’s, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Holland & Sherry, Longaberger, Luccehese, M.I. Hummel, Nocona, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Pampered Chef, Rag & Bone, Valentino

March 2019 Summary

Logo small     The month of March has historically been about average as far as the amount retail recorded but below the number of items located. This shows up with the percentage of the retail being only 58 times what I paid based on the prices located online. This is balanced however, by the type and quality of items as well as the brands I was able to find this past month.

Treasures – If a designer’s name can be equated to quality, then I found some of the better lines of clothing and treasures this time around. I typically seek out the Italian and French brand names but this month was a bit different with some great American labels. Of course, you can’t go wrong with brand names like Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna Eton, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Loro Piana, Luciano Barbera, M.I. Hummel, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vera Wang, Versace, or Yves Saint Laurent but you might also want to consider some a little closer to home. Labels from this side of the Atlantic you may wish to consider might be Allen Edmonds, Coach, Dan Post, Justin, Luccehese, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Pampered Chef, Resistol, and of course Tom Ford. I was able to find all of these treasured names and more. Read on for more details.

Dress Jackets – There are two names that generally come up when you speak with men being well dressed and these might include Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna. These two gentlemen have made quite an impact on the way men present themselves in a better light. These two names came up on nice examples of their brand with a black Armani jacket made in Italy and a black Su Misura jacket by Zegna from Switzerland. The quality is evident and reflects immediately when you have your arms outstretched within the soft woolen coverings.

Shirts – Twenty-one shirts made up the fantastic selection of a mix between dress shirts and those you would find on someone riding a horse. In alphabetical order, here is what could be found and selected this month: Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (6), Eton (4), Gucci, Luccehese (3), Luciano Barbera, Ralph Lauren Purple Label (2), Tom Ford and Vera Wang.

     The light blue Tom Ford shirt had a very worn label but was clear that it had to go into the shopping cart no matter the condition, especially for a low price of $4.99. This was the first Tom Ford of any item I have run across and was quite an exciting experience.

     It goes without saying that any time I see the five letters GUCCI that it is a good day. I read that this brand is internationally recognized above all others and for good reason. The shirt will help my appearance if for no other reason than that of the continual smile you will see on my face when wearing it.

     Dolce & Gabbana is not only on the forefront of creativity but they also produce some really great quality merchandise. A white dress shirt of this brand was located in an out-of-the-way store, one I will frequent more often now.

     Six Ermenegildo Zegna dress shirts were selected ranging in price from $2.25 to $6.39 each. Not a bad price for shirts ranging from $345 to $450 at Neiman Marcus.

     I love the look and feel of the shirts made by the company Eton. Four of these had just been added to the clothes rack while I was shopping.

     Luccehese is well known for having the highest quality in Western boots and this transcends on to their shirts as well. Three more shirts were located in the same store this time. This apparel goes right along with the hat and boots picked up this past month.

     The purple label that is visible on the inside collar of Ralph Lauren shirts jumps right out at you after you have seen one or two and realize that this is his best line of quality clothing. Two such shirts jumped right into my buggy from the same store that is known for finding the higher end clothing. I’ve noticed recently that there are several other companies that have begun copying the purple theme denoting this as their better line of quality. Be careful and read the label before placing the article of clothing in your buggy.

Sweaters – The three sweaters all came from Ermenegildo Zegna with one being a lush tan pure cashmere, another a 1/3rd zipper black and the third being a beautiful mix of colors that was quickly claimed within the family. Each of these has a list price in the range of $800 to $900.

Pants – The pickings for the trousers this month were on the upper end of the scale with the three Loro Piana brand retailing for close to $1,000 each. My total for the three Italian pair was $10.50.

     I am always excited to find the name of Brioni proudly blazoned inside the waistline of any pair of slacks but especially those of a pair of dress pants. These $850 tan wool slacks fit perfectly and are smooth as silk.

     Another brand that fits just right all the time is that of Canali. They have just the right colors to match most of my dress jackets as well. Many times you will find a very nice jacket but the pants have been worn down much quicker.

     This was not the case with a pair of brown Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo trousers. The color matches very well a Zegna Trofeo jacket I’ve been looking for a pair of pants to match.

     My cost for these seven high end pants was $36.55 and would have pushed me back $5,435 if I had purchased them new at the retail store.

Ties – Fifteen ties were the count this month. My cost was $53.27 for the $3,095 set if I had paid retail. The brands I was lucky to find were as follows: Alfred Dunhill, Burberrys (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gucci, Mario Borelli, Prada, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Versace (2) and Yves Saint Laurent (4). Interestingly, I noticed that the Yves Saint Laurent were made in China which was quite a shocker for me.

Shoes – This was quite a mix of the high end dress shoes and the down to Earth Western cowboy boots. Allen Edmonds is always a favorite since they are right in there as the most comfortable shoes I have measured by how my feet feel at the end of a rough work day.

     Another lucky find was a beautiful, older pair of brown Salvatore Ferragamo Akon penny loafers. These look good with almost any dress suit.

     I then found four Dan Post boots, two of which I can wear quite comfortably with one of the others going to one of my daughters and the other ready for a quick sale.

     There was then one pair of black Justin Roadhouse exotics that I picked up for $3.50.

     The last pair of boots were a very lucky find since they are considered the “Cadillac” of Western wear boots; Lucchese 1883 snip toes. I’ll definitely be looking for this brand a bit more carefully in the near future.

Accessories – This category is always fun to report on since it is the wildcard of the group. My daughters have taught me to differentiate between the real Burberry Haymarket plaid and the “wantabees”. I was fortunate to locate a medium size purse including a vintage wallet. The checkout clerk couldn’t believe the two were one price until I showed her the “2 of 2” on the ticket. I picked up the $2,150 combo for $20.
     A small LED penlight comes in handy in a darkened corner of a store when looking a details and this was the case that revealed the faint Coach brand stamped inside a leather belt. The $95 belt was picked up for the full price of $5.99.
     It is not always the stores in the best locations that have the items in most demand. I seldom frequent one such store but was lucky enough to be at the right place just after a Hermès Grand Manege scarf was placed in the jewelry counter. It was well worth $15.99 and will make that certain someone a very special birthday gift coming up this summer.
     M.I. Hummel figurines are an art form that has lost favor with the upcoming generation it is reported. The grand children are not interested in their grandmother’s collection so these usually hit the stores in mass at times. Although the price for the new items is hitting records, you can still find some of the prized pieces for great prices. Make sure there isn’t any damage to the porcelain kids though. I located five beautiful Hummels for $129.64 that appraised for $2,845. This keeps me interested in creating a collection I hope my grandkids will appreciate one of these days. My interest in this has branched out to set up an educational website to show the value of these pieces of handcrafted art forms that can now be located at the web address
     If you are into cooking to any degree (high or low), you are familiar with the quality stoneware Pampered Chef. Food just tastes better when cooked or baked in this heavy, tan hardened cookware. I found another piece, a bean dip bowl to add to my growing collection. The $55 piece was picked up for two dollars. I already have one but this might come in handy for a present or to loan out.
     To go with the collection of quality Western boots I have been fortunate enough to locate, there appeared a black Resistol 7X beaver cowboy hat hanging on a rack near the necktie assortment. There was no price on it but I knew the brand was one to pay attention to and the fact that it was of beaver meant it would probably outlast me. Since it didn’t have a price tag on it, they quickly added one seeing that the hat wasn’t in top notch condition making me a fantastic price of only $4.99. I took the hat to Boot Barn and, after they steamed it and conditioned it for thirty minutes for free, it looked fantastic. A great deal for a $430 hat!

March 2019 $574.61 $736.03 $32,966.69 57.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
5,470 Armani, Giorgio 13.49 17.99 1,295.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 10.99 10.99 4,175.00 Black Switzerland
7,320 Canali 1934 6.39 7.99 345.00 Blue Italy
Dolce & Gabbana 14.99 14.99 395.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna City 3.50 6.99 345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 2.25 4.49 385.00 Brown Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.50 6.99 450.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.50 6.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.50 8.99 450.00 Green Italy
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 255.00 Blue Romania
Eton Contemporary 5.59 6.99 275.00 Purple Romania
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 245.00 Pink Romania
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 275.00 Blue Romania
Gucci 10.00 19.99 660.00 Blue Italy
Luccehese 1883 7.49 9.99 150.00 Brown China
Luccehese 1883 7.49 9.99 150.00 Brown China
Luccehese 1883 12.99 12.99 150.00 Brown China
Luciano Barbera 6.99 6.99 425.00 Blue Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.49 9.99 395.00 Black England
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 6.50 12.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Tom Ford Spread collar 4.99 4.99 710.00 Blue Switzerland
Vera Wang SimplyVera 4.49 4.49 70.00 Grey Jordan
2,580 Ermenegildo Zegna Pure Cashmere 5.59 6.99 895.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 9.99 9.99 895.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 12.99 12.99 790.00 Blue Italy
5,435 Brioni Cannes 3.50 6.99 850.00 Tan Italy
Canali Pantalone 4.99 4.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Canali Pantalone 10.39 12.99 425.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 7.19 8.99 750.00 Brown Portugal
Loro Piana cotton trousers 3.50 6.99 995.00 Brown Italy
Loro Piana thick wool trousers 3.50 6.99 995.00 grey Italy
Loro Piana thick wool trousers 3.50 6.99 995.00 grey Italy
3,095 Alfred Dunhill 2.99 2.99 195.00 Black Italy
Burberrys London 3.99 3.99 190.00 Brown England
Burberrys London 4.49 5.99 190.00 Red USA
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 2.99 2.99 275.00 Brown Italy
Fendi Cravatte 5.99 5.99 200.00 Brown Italy
Gucci 4.49 5.99 200.00 Red Italy
Mario Borelli 4.99 4.99 85.00 Blue USA
Prada Milano 4.99 4.99 195.00 Grey Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 3.99 3.99 235.00 Gold England
Versace, Gianni V2 2.39 2.99 275.00 Red Italy
Versace, Gianni V2 2.39 2.99 275.00 Red Italy
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Red China
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Red China
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Blue China
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Blue China
3,065 Allen Edmonds Stockbridge 7.99 7.99 425.00 Black USA
Dan Post Milwaukee Western 22.49 29.99 169.95 Red USA
Dan Post Raleigh lizard skin 15.00 29.99 299.95 Black USA
Dan Post Raleigh lizard skin boot 15.99 19.99 299.95 Black USA
Dan Post Renegade 15.99 19.99 169.95 Brown USA
Justin Roadhouse exotic 3.50 12.00 309.95 Black USA
Lucchese 1883 snip toe boot 19.99 24.99 495.00 Brown USA
Ferragamo Akon 2 Penny loafer 9.99 9.99 895.00 Brown Italy
5,005 Burberry Med. Banner 10.00 25.00 1,690.00 Brown England
Burberry Cont. Wallet 10.00 25.00 460.00 Brown England
Coach Brown plain belt 5.99 5.99 95.00 Brown Turkey
Hermès Grand Manegè scarf 15.99 19.99 415.00 Red France
Hummel Apple Tree Boy – 142/I 10.00 10.00 250.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Crossroads – 331 TMK7 51.00 51.00 525.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Puppy Love – 1 12.59 12.59 219.95 Tan Germany
Hummel Stormy Weather – 71 41.20 41.20 1,350.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Strolling Along – 5 14.85 14.85 500.00 Tan Germany
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 2.00 3.99 55.00 Tan USA
Resistol W420 7x beaver 4.99 4.99 429.99 Black USA
Rug Brown, small rug 3.99 3.99 12.00 Brown China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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.

Key words: Alfred Dunhill, Allen Edmonds, Armani, Brioni, Burberrys, Canali, Coach, Dan Post, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna Eton, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hermès, Justin, Loro Piana, Luccehese, Luciano Barbera, M.I. Hummel, Mario Borelli, Prada, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Pampered Chef, Resistol, Su Misura, Tom Ford, Trofeo, Vera Wang, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent.

February 2019 Summary

Logo small     This was a very good month for finding some very special items you would not expect to find in any thrift store. Sometimes, it is hard to pass over a seldom seen treasure at any price but especially for the discount prices you can find at any Goodwill store. Read in the following paragraph some of the gems I was able to locate and you will see what I mean.

Treasures – The name of the luxury design house Stefano Ricci should be on your list of names to watch for. The company slogan is that they begin where others leave off and their products show the quality and expense they put into their merchandise. I found a brand new, with tags, hoodie with this name on it and found that it was well worth the $51 paid since it lists for $4,270. Check out their website or eBay for other fantastic items to catch your eye.

     It cannot go without saying that the name of Brioni is at the top of my list of names to realistically look for and even this name is not as prevalent as I would like. I was able to locate a grey double breasted top of the line dress jacket as well as a new pair of black corduroy pants with this label prominently showing. This company really knows how to dress you so that others will show you the utmost respect when properly outfitted in their name.

     The single name I long most to find in dress shirts is that of Kiton. There are many blogs on the subject of the finest shirts that come from this design house and the general consensus is that these are the best. I was able to locate a beautiful blue striped shirt, only my second to find with this name so that made it ever the more special.

     One other name that I never thought I would locate was that of Alexander McQueen. There it was, a simple, white, very wrinkled shirt with the easily recognized logo inside waiting to be grabbed. Amazingly, the shirt had been hanging on the rack for eleven days without anyone recognizing the nature of its scarcity. This was the first item in five years I had ever seen from this company.

     There were many more treasures, too numerous to mention here, so I will comment on them in the following categories in greater detail.

Dress Jackets – There was only one jacket taken home this month and it was a great find. The double breasted, grey with metal buttons showing the stylized B of Brioni was located on a rack in the nearest Goodwill to my house. It is just my size and now I need to make sure I have a pair of trousers to properly match the shade of grey and design in the jacket.

Shirts – There were sixteen shirts that I picked out of the waves of rows of cotton lining the racks within the many Goodwill stores I visited the past four weeks. Four of these shirts need further explanation. I have never seen an Alexander McQueen label in the five plus years while visitin the front door of the local Goodwill stores but this was definitely one that put the goose bumps on my arm for sure. The shirt is a plain white cotton dress shirt but has the collar logo as well as an embroidered logo near the belt line.

     Another favorite name to search for is that of Dolce & Gabbana. This blue striped shirt is soft to the touch and exhibits quality you would expect from the Italian firm.

     The third name, Kiton, is my most sought after brand and makes this item only the second that now resides in my closet. You almost need a magnifying glass to see the thread and the hand sewn button holes are a work of art. My cost for this like new shirt was only $7.33 but the retail at Neiman Marcus is $895. This is definitely a shirt to wear only on those very special occasions.

     The last name to command respect among the shirts collected is Luciano Barbera. The plaid cotton shirt comes from a company that excels in beautiful Italian fabric craftsmanship and I am always glad to see the brand available for the picking though seldom seen. This makes my third shirt with this brand.

     The remaining shirts I was able to select were from Alan Flusser, Ariat, Giorgio Armani, Burberry Brit, Burberry London (3), Charles Tyrwhitt (2), LaCoste, Ralph Lauren and Sartorial.

Sweaters – Although I am not a huge fan of the Coach brand, their quality and ability to know what people are interested in is quite evident. I found a rather large and heavy but well-made roll collar sweater in the shirt rack recently and after looking it over decided to grab it anyway. Well worth the twenty dollars I spent on it especially since it lists for right around $550 retail.

     The second sweater type article of clothing certainly did bring about a lot of excitement. The brand is Stefano Ricci and this hoodie was brand new with tags attached. I located it on the website, Goodwill’s auction site much like that of eBay. I came in second place with a bid of $51 and thought I had lost the article. It turns out that the winner must have defaulted or used an unethical means of picking up the win and the hoodie showed up in my selection to be paid for a few days later. I gladly plunked down the “winning bid” amount for the new with tags (NWT) elusive article of clothing that lists for an amazing $4,270.

Pants – It is not often that I find a brand new pair of black trousers with the name of Brioni on them, much less a pair of higher end corduroy with a tag of $725. These were on the pants rack on the Saturday, half-off day available for $12.50. More amazing was the fact that they had been placed on the floor a full twelve days earlier.

Ties – Always a good number in this category, the fourteen ties had a couple of notable names to describe. The name of Stefano Ricci is one of the primary brands I look forward to seeing with all of the neck ties hanging just beneath the wall of baseball hats. This makes quite a contrast between the type of customer looking for a $300 dress tie versus the typical dude needing another baseball cap.

     The Hermès company is well known and some of their ties actually sell used for more than what they were purchased for new. This says a lot about the company and how well their products are received by those that know the name associated with quality and hard to find items. One such tie, of the three I found, actually was new and had the tag still attached.

     Fourteen ties and some really nice ones not usually seen were available this month. I was able to locate the following: Burberry London (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi Cravatte (3), Hermès (3), Ralph Marlin & Co., Stefano Ricci, Gianni Versace (2), and Vitale Barberis Canonico.

Shoes – My older daughter drew my interest toward that of cowboy boots, the real thing and not those that imitate. I’m learning which names to look for as to the better quality and price. I was able to find a couple, one of which was my size and one her size. The Dan Post Nogales waterproof ($185) fits me well and didn’t have to be broken in on my feet and a pair of Tony Lama lizard skin that sell for $420 were just right for her.

     I also found my first pair of Ermenegildo Zegna shoes to add to my collection selling for $595 but were too small. I just happened to be talking with a customer that I had been looking for that name in shoes but in the past five years had never seen a pair. He pulled out one from the shelve and said, “You mean one like this one?” Incredible!

     Two additional pair of patent leather shoes were found with the name of Prada on them were hard to pass up, especially with my price of $5.24. Both of these had a retail price of $620.

     Another name that is hard to pass up comes from the Italian leather specialist of Salvatore Ferragamo. One pair of brown Derbys, my size, that sell for $795 were picked up for less than ten dollars and another pair of ladies, like new with a bow on the top, were grabbed for right at thirty dollars. They have a retail of $650. This was indeed another good month for finding high quality shoes.

Pocket Square – I have too many pocket squares and find that no longer wear them but couldn’t pass up a very nice blue silk one made in England for little more than a dollar.

Accessories – My youngest daughter will be graduating in a couple of months and will be needing some very nice items as a gift to celebrate this once in a life occasion. I was able to find favorite brand of hers in a beautiful dark green leather purse with a bow on it from Kate Spade. I hope it will look great with the Ferragamo shoes with a matching bow she will also receive.

     My oldest daughter let me in on a secret that one of the best names in cowboy hats, besides Stetson of course, comes from Resistol. This one wasn’t expensive but I know with this name that it will look great for a long time.

     Lastly, an old hobby of mine is locating and purchasing some of the oldest M. I. Hummel figurines I can come across. This month includes a couple of eleven-inch Apple Tree Boy and Girl, numbers 141 and 142, a perfect Stormy Weather, number 71 and a Band Leader, number 129. I’m running out of room to house this collection that started in the late seventies but each figurines is in a protective environment away from dust and direct light.

     The following chart is a breakdown of the forty-nine items purchased during the month of February, 2019. My total expenditure was my record high at $813.69 and the full retail would have cost me only thirty-seen times as much, right at $30,351.15.

February 2019 $813.69 $921.95 $30,351.15 37.3x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
8,450 Brioni Aurelio 19.99 24.99 8,450.00 Grey Italy
4,370 Alan Flusser 7.33 7.33 29.99 Brown China
Alexander McQueen 7.99 7.99 525.00 White Italy
Ariat Fitted 5.59 6.99 56.99 Red China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.74 8.99 265.00 White Italy
Burberry Brit 11.24 14.99 300.00 Navy Hong Kong
Burberry London 9.74 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 5.24 6.99 300.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 7.50 14.99 350.00 Red USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.99 4.99 110.00 White England
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.99 4.99 110.00 Grey England
Dolce & Gabbana Slim Fit 16.88 16.88 445.00 Blue Italy
Kiton 7.33 7.33 895.00 Brown Italy
LaCoste Modern fit 7.49 9.99 89.50 Blue Hong Kong
Luciano Barbera 6.99 6.99 425.00 Brown Italy
Ralph Lauren Polo 7.33 7.33 79.50 Blue Sri Lanka
Sartorial 5.24 6.99 39.28 Blue Bangladesh
4,820 Coach Roll neck 19.99 24.99 550.00 Black China
Stefano Ricci Hoodie 51.00 51.00 4,270.00 Grey Italy
725 Brioni Pinwale Corduroy 12.50 24.99 725.00 Black Italy
2,660 Burberry London 2.24 2.99 190.00 Brown USA
Burberry London 2.24 2.99 190.00 Red USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno esclusivo 2.24 2.99 205.00 Grey Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.99 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 200.00 Brown Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 200.00 Red Italy
Hermès 5485 FA 2.24 2.99 180.00 Navy France
Hermès 5618 EA 3.74 4.99 180.00 Blue France
Hermès 758956T 2.24 2.99 180.00 Blue France
Ralph Marlin & Co. Harley Davidson 2.24 2.99 34.99 Tan USA
Stefano Ricci 2.24 2.99 250.00 Red Italy
Versace, Gianni 2.39 2.99 275.00 Orange Spain
Versace, Gianni Classic 2.99 2.99 275.00 Gold Italy
Vitale Barberis Canonico 1.50 2.99 100.00 Gold Italy
3,885 Dan Post Nogales waterproof 15.99 19.99 184.95 Brown USA
Ermenegildo Zegna loafers 9.74 12.99 595.00 Black Italy
Prada Patent leather loafer 5.24 6.99 620.00 Black Italy
Prada Patent leather loafer 37.49 49.99 620.00 Black Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Derby 9.74 12.99 795.00 Brown Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow Pump 29.99 39.99 650.00 Black Italy
Tony Lama Lizard boots 15.99 19.99 419.95 Brown USA
Pocket Square
15 silk 1.19 1.49 15.00 Blue England
5,426 Hummel Apple Tree Boy – 142 160.00 160.00 1,600.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Apple Tree Girl – 141 160.00 160.00 1,600.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Band Leader – 129 20.50 20.50 500.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Stormy Weather – 71 54.50 54.50 1,350.00 Tan Germany
Kate Spade Crossbody bow 18.74 24.99 298.00 Green China
Resistol Western cowboy hat 15.99 19.99 74.00 Brown USA
socks thin 0.74 0.99 1.00 Black China
socks thin 1.49 1.99 2.00 Brown China
socks thin 0.74 0.99 1.00 Grey China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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.

Key words: Alan Flusser, Alexander McQueen, Ariat, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Charles Tyrwhitt, Coach, Dan Post, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Hermès, M. I. Hummel, Kate Spade, Kiton, LaCoste, Luciano Barbera, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Martin & Co., Resistol, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sartorial, Stefano Ricci, Tony Lama, Gianni Versace, Vitale Barberis Canonico.