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May 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com 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
Shirts  
25 Burberry London 9.74 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Fanatics Alabama Crimson Tide 4.99 4.99 24.99 Red Honduras
Pants
400 Wilson’s Leather Pelle Studio 6.74 8.99 400.00 Black China
Shoes
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
Accessories
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

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April 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com 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

Item

Company

Detail

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
Shirts
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
Sweaters

395

Rag & Bone Target/Neiman Marcus 6.99 6.99 395.00 Black China
Ties
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
Shoes
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
Accessories
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

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March 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com 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 mihummel.org.
     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
Shirts
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
Sweaters
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
Pants
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
Ties
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
Shoes
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
Accessories
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.

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February 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com 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 ShopGoodwill.com 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
Shirts
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
Sweaters
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
Pants
725 Brioni Pinwale Corduroy 12.50 24.99 725.00 Black Italy
Ties
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
Shoes
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
Accessories
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.

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January 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     January has historically been a good month for the number of items collected following closely behind the Christmas holiday. with this period of time reflecting 68 items. I have cut back on what I purchase, preferring the higher end and less available pieces due in part to educating myself on what sells for a higher profit and the pure fact that there is less room to store anything else. My goal of three digits fell way below with the retail showing only 46.7 times as much but the brands purchased were well worth it as you will see.

Treasures – There were many treasures this time but here are some that really stand out that still provide the goose bump test. The top of the list has to be the Louis Vuitton monogram business brief case. It appears to be brand new and everyone in the family has put their claim on it. A white lambskin Chanel purse was also a lucky find and well worth the sixteen dollars. My daughter was the lucky recipient of a five-hundred-dollar pair of El Dorado ostrich western boots I picked up for less than twenty dollars. They look like new after she worked them over. Brioni came in with two six hundred dollar shirts and five ties, a name I always look forward to seeing. Another shirt, a Purple Label Ralph Lauren plaid was located for less than five dollars. Last but not least, Dolce & Gabbana produced a brand new pair of tan jeans and well worth the twenty-eight dollars. Everything else following can be considered a treasure as you will agree after you see the names represented.

Suit jackets - Canali and ArmaniDress Jackets – Two very nice suit jackets made the list this month. One of these was quite different, a grey Canali with the Exclusive label on it and another grey Giorgio Armani LeCollezioni very fancy jacket with three flower button holes were hard to pass over. Both fit nicely and it was easy to find a pair of pants that matched each.

Shirts – A grand total of fifteen shirts were picked up with some great names like Giorgio Armani (2), Brioni (2), Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Eton Classic, Gieves & Hawkes, Ike Behar New York, Luccehese 1883, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Turnbull & Asser and a Wrangler Jack Daniels. I am forever looking for anything with the name of Brioni on it but especially their fine shirts. This brand fits fantastic and looks even better. The red Jack Daniels from Wrangler was picked up for a certain cowgirl I know.

Pants – Only three pair of trousers were located that I wanted but they could not be passed over. The name of Burberry looks great but especially a dress pair of black pants that pair up with most of my black and grey dress jackets. Dolce & Gabbana was a great surprise with a brand new pair of tan jeans sporting a large label for everyone to see who made this pair of pants.

Ties – This was a good month for locating some great ties, 29 to be exact. Check out some of these names and the photo for some great examples. These included the brands from Armani Collezioni, Brioni (5), Canali (2), Chiavari, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (8), Fendi Cravatte (2), Hermès, Lanvin Paris (2), Stefano Ricci, Valentino, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent (2).

Shoes – I believe this was the greatest number of shoes purchased in one month which included an Ecco Windsor slip on, El Dorado handmade boot with Ostrich ($500), Giorgio Armani sneaker ($875), a Gucci driver ($590), a Justin Bay Apache leather cowboy boot ($185), Prada penny loafer ($695) and a Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford ($795). There were also a set of cedar shoe trees from Maus & Hoffman and Nader.

Accessories – This category held quite a variety as usual. Some of these items included an HDMI cable from AudioQuest, a white Chanel purse ($834), a Coach cloth and leather belt ($225), DIY wood book cover, Louis Vuitton Monogram business bag ($3,400), Macon glass top watch box, Michael Kors large leather smartphone wristlet ($118), Stetson Osceola Stingy Brim linen hat ($120) and a Vera Bradley Iconic Ultimate diaper bag ($128).

     The following chart is a breakdown of the sixty-eight items purchased during the month of January, 2019. My total expenditure was $537.44 and the full retail would have cost me forty-seven times as much, right at $25,073.44.

January 2019

$537.44 $706.32 $25,073.44 46.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
3,790 Armani, Giorgio LeCollezioni 8.99 8.99 2,295.00 Grey Italy
Canali Exclusive 5.00 9.99 1,495.00 Grey Italy
Shirts
4,992 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.99 7.99 265.00 White Italy
Armani, Giorgio 5.24 6.99 445.00 Black Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 5.59 6.99 630.00 White Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 7.99 7.99 630.00 Blue Italy
Canali 6.99 6.99 275.00 White Italy
Canali 6.99 6.99 275.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 10.40 12.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.99 6.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Eton Classic 5.59 6.99 245.00 White Sweden
Gieves & Hawkes 4.99 4.99 125.00 White USA
Ike Behar New York 6.99 6.99 225.00 White Peru
Luccehese 1883 5.59 6.99 150.00 Brown China
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 4.99 9.99 450.00 Blue G Britain
Turnbull & Asser London 5.59 6.99 335.00 White England
Wrangler Jack Daniels 6.99 6.99 41.99 Red China
Pants
1,490 Burberry London 7.99 9.99 450.00 Black USA
Dolce & Gabbana denim 27.99 34.99 595.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.99 9.99 445.00 Yellow Portugal
Ties
5,950 Armani Collezioni 2.39 2.99 150.00 Grey Italy
Brioni 3.99 3.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Brioni 2.99 3.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Brioni 2.39 2.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Brioni 1.59 1.99 230.00 Red Italy
Broni 2.39 2.99 230.00 Red Italy
Canali 1.59 1.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Canali 4.79 5.99 230.00 Yellow Italy
Chiavari 2.99 2.99 100.00 Gold Italy
Christian Lacroix Paris 2.24 2.99 95.00 Yellow France
Dolce & Gabbana 1.50 2.99 195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 7.49 9.99 205.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.49 9.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.24 2.99 205.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.49 9.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.59 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 3.59 4.49 395.00 White Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Fendi Cravatte 3.19 3.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Hermès 2.99 2.99 180.00 Blue France
Lanvin Paris 2.99 3.99 165.00 Orange France
Lanvin Paris 1.59 1.99 165.00 Red France
Stefano Ricci 2.99 2.99 250.00 Red Italy
Valentino 1.59 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni 1.99 1.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme 4.99 4.99 190.00 Gold Italy
Yves Saint Laurent 5.99 5.99 195.00 Yellow Italy
Shoes
3,918 Ecco Windsor Slip On 3.50 6.99 250.00 Black China
El Dorado boot handmade Ostrich Leg 17.50 34.99 499.99 Brown Texas
Giorgio Armani Sneaker 7.99 9.99 875.00 Black Italy
Gucci Drivers 14.39 17.99 590.00 Brown Italy
Justin boot Bay Apache Leather Cowboy Boots 30.00 59.99 184.99 Brown USA
Maus & Hoffman Shoe tree 1.50 2.99 10.00 Maple USA
Nader Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 9.25 Maple USA
Nader Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 9.25 Maple USA
Prada Penny loafer 39.99 49.99 695.00 Brown Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford 10.39 12.99 795.00 Black Italy
Accessories
4,933 AudioQuest HDMI cable 1.59 1.99 29.98 Black China
Chanel purse 15.99 19.99 834.00 White France
Coach cloth & leather belt 6.50 12.99 225.00 Brown China
DIY wood book cover 1.19 1.49 17.99 Brown USA
Louis Vuitton Monogram business bag 103.99 129.99 3,400.00 Brown France
Macon watch box watch box for five 2.00 3.99 60.00 Black China
Michael Kors large leather smartphone wristlet 5.00 9.99 118.00 Black China
Stetson Osceola Stingy Brim Linen hat 4.99 4.99 120.00 Tan China
Vera Bradley Iconic Ultimate Diaper bag 12.99 12.99 128.00 Blue 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: Armani, AudioQuest, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Chanel, Chiavari, Christian Lacroix, Coach, DIY, Dolce & Gabbana, Ecco, El Dorado, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Fendi, Gieves & Hawkes, Gucci, Hermès, Ike Behar, Justin, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Luccehese, Macon, Maus & Hoffman, Michael Kors, Nader, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stefano Ricci, Stetson, Turnbull & Asser, Valentino, Vera Bradley, Versace, Wrangler, Yves Saint Laurent.

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December 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small December is always a great month for browsing through your favorite Goodwill stores to find that perfect Christmas present for family and friends. It may not be just what you were looking for but that is part of the fun of locating something you may not have even considered that is just perfect for the hard to buy for person. This month was a great example of just that.

 

Treasures – With so much inventory accumulated over the past four and half years, I pretty well limit myself to what I would have considered heart thumping treasures when I began this adventure. Of the forty-three items selected, my cost came to more than I should have spent, $344, but it was hard to turn down some of the more expensive items due to their perfect fit and scarcity in this region. The total, if paid retail, came to just over $29,000 making it only 84.4 times as much as I actually spent. All of the names this month, with the exception of a few, are at the top of their category in quality and name recognition worldwide. Therefore, I will let them speak for themselves following. As always, you can click on the small image to view the items full screen.

SuitsTwo of my favorite names came up this month; Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna. The light brown Canali suit fits as though it needs no tailoring and the faint vertical strips cover up the extra twenty or so pounds I have added over Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
     The dark blue Ermenegildo Zegna is at the top of their selection with the name Trofeo printed beneath the name inside on the right hand pocket. If you have been reading these posts then you will know that Trofeo refers to the best wool found in the world and awarded the trophy to reflect this honor. Of course, it fits just as well.

Dress JacketsThere were six special dress jackets picked up this round and each stands alone as representing their clothiers especially well. I will always pick up a piece of clothing with the name of Brioni showing on the label. This was the case with this fine camel colored jacket.
     Another very fine jacket that fits a bit snug but fits is from Carolina Herrera known as being a favorite designer of first lady Melania Trump as well as previous first ladies.
     Dolce and Gabbana are well represented with a special black formal dress jacket with a special pattern woven. The price tag from Goodwill shows that they knew what they had as well.
     Ermenegildo Zegna came in with two very nice jackets, one with the very hard to find and expensive 15milmil15 fabric and the second one a solid black from Switzerland.
     A very special surprise was located with the elusive name of Hermés. I have been able to find at least three dozen ties with this name but this is the first dress jacket I have ever seen in any Goodwill store and you can imagine my excitement which was especially compounded with a very low price. I was able to pay only $7.99 for what I found to be a $1,950 in used condition. It was a very good month for locating top quality dress jackets.

ShirtsA lucky number thirteen shirts were picked out this month. These came from notable dressers’ such as Borrelli Napoli, Burberry London, Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (4) with one being a Su Misura, Eton Etastar, Versace (2) and Vineyard Vines (2). As I mentioned last month, shirts are some of the easiest items to see the manufacturer’s label since it is right at the top of the rack but there are times when the Goodwill tag covers the name. Just remember that there is a reason that article of clothing was sent to the thrift store and it may take close scrutiny to find out why.

PantsAs you may have noticed the name of Canali from Italy showing up in several categories. There is a reason for this and that is that their quality and fit are one of the best I have ever been able to find. This puts their name right at the top of my list of items to place in my buggy.
     One other very nice pair of trousers that made this month’s list comes from Santorelli. Their clothing compliments many of my jackets that need a matching pair of pants to make the pair a nice looking suit.

TiesThis list of ties makes up almost all of my names that one could ever hope to have hanging in the closet waiting for that tie to shine. Take a look at these names: Brioni (2), Burberry London, Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Kiton Napoli, Luciano Barbera, Stefano Ricci (2) and the elusive name of Zilli. I thought the Stefano Ricci ties were expensive beginning at $250 but he Zilli came in at almost $400.

ShoesMy dad asked for a certain type of shoe and I believe I found it with the very nice black loafer from Ecco. I’ll let you know what he takes them off at the end of the first day of wearing them. I have several pair of shoes by this brand and they are a joy to wear.

Accessories – You never know what you will find at the Goodwill stores in my locality and it helps to talk with friends that are looking for that certain item. I was able to find a very nice golf pull cart for less than ten dollars one week after he mentioned he would like to have one.
     Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallI knew the name of Pampered Chef represented some great quality cook stoneware and was able to find four pieces that appeared to have not been used. The percentage of the retail price that I paid was quite high but I wanted to have these in my kitchen and bought them just the same. The stoneware takes a bit more care but the results are certainly well worth the comparatively little extra effort. If you have cooked with stoneware of this caliber, you know what I mean!
     A real surprise last week was the white Chanel purse I was able to pick up for less than seventeen dollars. It needs some repair work and a zipper pull but was well worth the price paid for the lamb skin high price item. Judging from the date stamped on the Goodwill tag, I couldn’t believe it sat in the glass cabinet for as many days as it did. I was lucky enough a few months ago to find another, like new, Chanel purse that was appraised in the store for $6,500. This one is a bit more worn but the workmanship is quite evident.
     Another purse item was the Prada shoulder strap that had a price tag of 99 cents on it. The name was small but the quality was unmistakably Italian. I have to wonder why a piece of a high-style purse would end up in the Goodwill separated from the purse it belonged to. Perhaps the previous owner will find it on eBay when I list it and discover she could use just this certain item to attach to her Prada purse.
     A small black case caught my eye and then I saw the name X-Acto. This was just what I needed to take care of some fine work the sharp knife was designed for. The blades are especially sharp but well suited for that extra little effort where the details really count.
     The last item on this list is the Revere ware 6.5 quart pot I find useful for making that winter Russian tea that I love so much during those cold evenings when you need the vitamin C and warm soothing orange juice spiced with cinnamon and clove.

     The following chart (to be included soon) is a breakdown of what I purchased during the month of December 2018. My total expenditure was $343.72 and would have cost me eighty-four times as much, right at $29,018.62, if full retail had been paid. This theme is new and I am still trying to find a way to include the chart which should show up in the near future.

December 2018

$343.72 $435.07 $29,018.62 84.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
5,645 Canali 20.99 27.99 2,250.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 20.99 27.99 3,395.00 Blue Italy
Dress Jackets
11,240 Brioni Roma 14.99 14.99 4,000.00 Yellow Italy
Carolina Herrera 5.99 7.99 699.99 Grey Spain
Dolce & Gabbana 35.99 44.99 3,345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 14.69 17.99 3,195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.49 9.99 1,895.00 Black Switzerland
Hermès Paris 7.99 9.99 1,950.00 Yellow Italy
Shirts
4,207 Borrelli Napoli 5.24 6.99 367.00 Pink Italy
Burberry London 12.99 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Canali 5.99 7.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Canali 3.37 4.49 275.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 3.49 6.99 510.00 Navy Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.74 8.99 415.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.99 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 395.00 Orange Italy
Eton Etastar 3.49 6.99 245.00 White Sweden
Versace Collection 11.24 14.99 425.00 Black Italy
Versace V2 6.39 7.99 425.00 Blue USA
Vineyard Vines 7.99 7.99 78.00 Blue China
Vineyard Vines 3.99 3.99 52.00 Navy Peru
Pants
650 Canali Pantalone 8.99 8.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Santorelli 3.49 6.99 225.00 Brown Italy
Ties
2,780 Brioni 5.49 6.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni 5.49 6.99 230.00 Black Italy
Burberry London 3.99 3.99 190.00 Grey Italy
Canali 5.49 6.99 230.00 Grey Italy
Canali 6.39 7.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Kiton Napoli 5.49 6.99 325.00 Brown Italy
Luciano Barbera 5.49 6.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci Saks Fifth Avenue 5.49 6.99 275.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci Saks Fifth Avenue 5.49 6.99 275.00 Red Italy
Zilli 1.49 1.99 395.00 Yellow France
Shoes
180 Ecco loafers 7.99 9.99 180.00 Black Slovakia
Accessories
189 Jef World of Golf Golf pull cart 7.49 9.99 44.99 Silver USA
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 4.79 5.99 55.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster bottom 11.99 14.99 88.75 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster cover 15.99 19.99 89.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle stone 5.59 6.99 31.00 Tan USA
Prada Leather purse strap 0.99 0.99 50.00 Brown Italy
Revere 6.5 quart Pot 3.99 4.99 102.50 Silver USA
X-Acto Professional swivel 4.49 5.99 10.39 Black USA

     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: Borrelli, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Carolina Herrera, Ecco, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Hermès, Kiton, Luciano Barbera, Pampered Chef, Prada, Revere, Stefano Ricci, Versace, Vineyard Vines, X-Acto, Zilli

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September 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallSeptember is a good transition month from the hot summer to the cooler autumn/fall time of the year. It is also a time of the year that some families filter through their closets and chest of drawers and donate clothes that are no longer required. The following are some great items picked up this month.

My older daughter tells me over and over that clothes drop in price after they are purchased percentage wise worse than buying a new automobile. My response to her is that I buy items based on the name knowing that certain brands are very well made and of the best materials.  According to a figure I found on CreditDonkey, the average person my age spends about $209 per month on clothing. I’m a bit over that but much of my monthly purchase also goes to gifts and resale.

Treasures – There are different ways to define a personal treasure. You can determine a treasure by the price tag, the value, rarity, or simply because it satisfies your taste. Many times, a price tag can help determine the value of an item but not always. As an example of this, one of my favorite Goodwill stores had a sweater with a price tag of $4.49 and I picked it up on half price day for only $2.25. The suggested retail price of the Ermenegildo Zegna sweater was $1,395.00. It is certainly a beautiful item and was well worth the small amount of pocket change that I paid for it – a treasure!

Some of the other treasures located would certainly be the $5,895 suit by Oxxford Clothes that I found for only $18.74. Another suit by Giorgio Armani, black label, with a retail of $3,495 was picked up for less than a twenty-dollar bill. One of my favorite, elusive, brands to look for (and find) is that of French made Isaia and this was a $3,250 chocolate colored Napoli Super 140s window pane sport jacket just my size. It will look great with a $900 pair of dark brown Brioni trousers picked up just last month.

Another obscure brand label I look for is that of the Purple Label Ralph Lauren. He has a good number of brands but this is his very best.  This beautiful Italian made salmon colored $425 dress shirt was located for only $7.49. No one will know the brand once I put it on but I will know and the fit is perfect. One other shirt worth mentioning is a thick denim blue western style by Versace for only twelve dollars with a retail price suggested of $795.00.

The accessories category did very well this month with two treasured Italian made belts by Salvatore Ferragamo and Coach. My cost for the two totaled $8.18 with a retail value of $424.22. The last treasure was a Kate Spade black leather purse with dust bag I was hoping to offer as a birthday present for my daughter this coming month but her older sister said she wouldn’t like it. Back to the Goodwill drawing board.

Suits – The two suits mentioned earlier are certainly worth providing more information on. The Giorgio Armani, black label, is made of their finer wool and is suited for a slender build offering what the Italians are so well at doing, making you look great. The other suit is a charcoal colored Gibbons style made here in the USA by Oxxford Clothes. The bespoke suit cost someone just under six thousand dollars according to their website. The two cost me $38.73 with a retail of right at $9,390. Not a bad find and they fit well to boot.

Dress Jacket – A name I love to find but rarely see is that of Isaia. This company has a rich history of suiting the royal families of Europe as well as well-known celebrities around the world. I was lucky to find a like-new sport jacket that fits so well. This jacket alone is priced almost as much as the Armani suit I just mentioned and I paid less than ten dollars for it.

Shirts – Thirteen shirts were picked up from some well-known brands that fit and wear well. These include a Burberry London, a quite fancy white Canali, six from Ermenegildo Zegna including one of their nice 100fili, a not so well known brand Jared Lang Tessuto Italiana, a white Lorenzini tuxedo shirt, a beautiful Purple Label Ralph Lauren, and two from Versace. Shirts are an easy item to sort through on the rack where the brand name shows quickly just beneath the hanger and gives that hard hitting goose bump thrill when you find one of these distinguished names.

Sweaters – Summer time is always a good time to find cold weather clothing. I was able to find three very nice sweaters for a total expenditure of $11.83 showing a retail price of $2,166.43. The beautiful chocolate colored zip front Ermenegildo Zegna was quickly picked up and will make a great Christmas present for someone back home. It needs a little work and the two pulled threads are probably the reason it made its way to the store where I found it. A second name of Lothlorian is one I am not as familiar with but the quality was quite evident and it has a blend of New Zealand possum and merino wool making it very light weight but super warm. The third sweater comes from Versace and I was pleasantly surprised to find I could pick up the $650 item for $5.59.

Pants This category is either a hit or miss area in that I usually find a few pair of pants in the month or none at all. This month I was able to locate three pair of tan colored trousers and one very nice black pair. One pair was a great example of Giorgio Armani Collezioni dress pants with a retail price suggested at $775. The other three come from Ermenegildo Zegna. It’s nice to be able to have a good selection of different colored high quality pants to hold a shirt next to for properly matching the colors.

Ties It is quite unusual to have found only three ties in the entire month but this was the case this September. One of the ties was an out of the ordinary brightly colored orange and red item from the French company Lanvin. Lanvin creates very expensive and highly sought after ladies clothing in Europe and this tie reflects the quality they exhibit. The other two ties were from a favorite name of mine in any category; Hermès. Both of the blue ties will look great with any blue, grey or black shirt and suit.

Shoes – I’ve been looking for a good brown monk strap pair of shoes and found my size in a pair from Aldo. This brand is well liked and appears to be practically new and the price to me was well worth the $11.24 paid.

Hanger Just one suit hanger was picked up and from my favorite, Setwell.

Pocket Square – What a surprise to see the well known Haymarket pattern on a dark brown pocket square but the price of $1.19 really made it worth grabbing. The pattern has to come from only one company and that would be Burberry!

Accessories A great collection of names for this category was located this month. Two black belts, one from Coach for a lady with a price tag of $1.49 (retail of $175) and another $6.99 belt with ostrich on one side and calf skin on the other fit the heavy chrome buckle with the name of Ferragamo embedded in it (retail of $249.22). My older daughter said that if I find the name of Lucchese on a pair of boots to grab them as these are some of the finest on any shelf. I didn’t find a pair of boots but did find a shining cloth with the name on it she will like as a Christmas stocking stuffer later on this year. My youngest daughter will, hopefully like the Kate Spade Cameron Street Candace black purse I found for her birthday coming up, with dust bag included.

The following chart lists what I purchased for the month of September 2018.  My total expenditure was $268.90 and if you purchased these items at full retail, you would have paid 88.8 times as much or $23,858.13.  I like to show what brands I find to be the more desirable and why as I would otherwise not be able to afford such luxury or expensive taste. I use coupons for 20% off in most cases or use the 50% off colored tag for that week selected. Links are provided for your convenience where I found the retail price, whether it is for the same item or one very much like it. Here is this past month’s selection:

September 2018

$268.90

$352.67

$23,868.13

88.8x
Item Company Detail

Paid

Tagged

Retail

Color

Origin
Suits

9,390

Armani, Giorgio Black Label

19.99

24.99

3,495.00

Black

Italy
Oxxford Clothes Gibbons

18.74

24.99

5,895.00

Charcoal

USA
Dress Jackets

3,250

Isaia Napoli Super 140s

9.99

9.99

3,250.00

Brown

France
Shirts

5,417

Burberry London

11.99

14.99

320.00

Blue

USA
Canali

5.24

6.99

550.00

White

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~

7.99

9.99

450.00

Brown

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 100fili

7.49

9.99

495.00

Violet

Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

10.39

12.99

395.00

Black

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

10.39

12.99

395.00

Blue

Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

10.39

12.99

395.00

L Blue

Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna

5.59

6.99

450.00

Cream

Italy
Jared Lang Tessuto Italiana

5.59

6.99

179.00

Violet

China
Lorenzini tuxedo

2.25

4.49

350.00

White

Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label

7.49

9.99

425.00

Pink

Italy
Versace Classic

11.99

14.99

795.00

Denim

Italy
Versace Italia 1969

7.99

9.99

218.00

Grey

Italy
Sweaters

2,166

Ermenegildo Zegna Z

2.25

4.49

1,395.00

Chocolate

Italy
Lothlorian Possum Merino Ladies 9936

4.00

7.99

121.43

Tan

New Zealand
Versace V2

5.59

6.99

650.00

Black

Italy
Pants

1,960

Armani, Giorgio Collezioni

12.50

24.99

775.00

Tan

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

3.50

6.99

395.00

Tan

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

5.24

6.99

395.00

Tan

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna

6.99

6.99

395.00

Black

Turkey
Ties

565

Hermès 470HA

1.59

1.99

180.00

Blue

France
Hermès

1.59

1.99

180.00

Blue

France
Lanvin

1.59

1.99

205.00

Orange

France
Shoes

130

Aldo Monk strap

11.24

14.99

130.00

Brown

China
Hangers

29

Setwell Suit hanger

0.99

0.99

28.99

Wood/metal

USA
Pocket Square

156

Burberry haymarket

1.19

1.49

155.99

Brown

England
Accessories

805

Coach Leather belt

1.19

1.49

175.00

Black

Italy
Kate Spade Cameron Street Candace

47.99

59.99

378.00

Black

USA
Lucchese Boot cloth

0.99

0.99

2.50

Black

USA
Salvatore Ferragamo adjustable belt

6.99

6.99

249.22

Black

Italy

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

Key words:  Aldo, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali,  Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna,  Hermès, Isaia, Jared Lang, Kate Spade, Lanvin, Lorenzini, Lothlorian, Lucchese, Oxxford Clothes, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Salvatore Ferragamo, Setwell, Versace

 

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August 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month turned out to be a much better than average period of time for collecting some especially good items. I was able to reach the triple digit goal with the total retail accumulation registering 110.9 times what I paid. For the forty items purchased at just $277, the retail would have close to $31,000, most of which I can readily use. Treasures – This term is relative to the purchases for that month and the following names prove out that this was an especially good month. With names like Zilli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brioni, Oxxford Clothes, Burberry, Chanel, Armani, Hermès, Gucci, Fabergé, Patek Philippe, Versace, Prada and Longaberger, they are all treasures in their rightful turn. I’ll let you determine which might be favored over the next in the following categories. Suits – Owning a well-made Italian, French, American or English suit can make a tremendous difference in the way you are perceived at a certain event or just at work. I was able to find a very nice dark grey Giorgio Armani Collezioni suit for only $9.59. Although it was too small for my size, it will look very well on some relative of mine. I also found two double breasted suits that showed very little wear and may be a bit out of fashion today but still command a certain respect even in this day. The Ermenegildo Zegna light grey suit looks great since it was definitely my size and shows that it has a serious attitude. The other double breasted black suit is from a name I have not seen in men’s suits before, that of Salvatore Ferragamo. This is also a name certainly associated with the higher end of clothiers in Italy. Dress Jackets – Only two jackets were picked up this month but were especially well represented by one which is brand new, with tags, brown, window pane from Canali. This one was picked up for less than eight dollars and should sell well on eBay. The other is a seldom seen double breasted tuxedo from Brioni, the epitome of luxury that set the previous owner back close to six thousand dollars and irresistible to me for less than eight dollars as well. The fact that it fit so well carved out a special place in the closet for that certain event in the future I hope to wear with style. Overcoats – This specific overcoat  certainly would be considered a treasure by most standards. I was very lucky when I came upon a chocolate brown, Emperor cashmere, Oxxford Clothes thick pile overcoat for a marked price of $12.99. It is my understanding that Emperor cashmere is considered to be among the best if not the best cashmere available. Of course, it fit just the way it should and will have its special place in the closet next to the Burberry overcoat collection. Shirts – Shirts are an easy pick since their labels are quickly visible without much trouble in locating. I’m a “label looker” and can run through a rack of shirts much faster than that of, for example, trousers. I was able to find three brand new Burberry London shirts my size with the labels still attached that resale for as much as $320 to $460 each for less than $12 apiece. Since I have more shirts than I need, these will hit the eBay listing shortly to recover my total expenditure. Charles Tyrwhitt shirts are not as expensive but fit my frame very well and the sleeve length is always easy to see within the label provided. The other three shirts that made the list this month were from Ermenegildo Zegna, Turnbull & Asser and Vineyard Vines. Turnbull & Asser make the shirts for the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, so they must be above average and they show it. Pants – The name of Brioni is always a goose bump checker in that they make some of the finest clothing on the market today. Their listed retail price shows the care and pride of the Italians that make each piece. I located two pair of Brioni trousers that list for $900 each, a grey pair and a black pair, that will immediately become a matched set with two Brioni suit jackets that match perfectly. The third pair of pants I selected were that of Canali Pantalone in charcoal, another of my favorite brands for this category. Ties – Fifteen neckties were located with some especially good names. Four such names have to be considered to be listed with the treasures: Gucci, Hermès, Zilli, and of course a seldom seen Patek Philippe. Any time you see the name Zilli, you can expect to see anything they make to be the very best and their price reflects this. The other brands located are from Giorgio Armani (3), Canali, Chanel, Daniel, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Lanvin, Parfums Fabergé, and Gianni Versace (2).

You cannot buy this tie, it’s a gift from Patek Philippe.

This was the first time I had discovered a tie from Patek Philippe. If you know watches, you know this name very well as being recognized as the top of the line as far as quality and beauty in the world. The tie peaked my interest in the brand so I stopped by the only place in the state where you can even see a selection of the watches. The informative lady I spoke with informed me that the ties were not available for sale but rather were given to important clients or at special events. I found the following quote that supported this fact: “You will not find for sale this item in the Patek Philippe boutiques, it is offered only to a few VIP customers by the Patek Philippe boutiques!”. What a lucky find and it now has a place of prominence well protected from dust, etc. Shoes – I am always looking out for a good pair of shoes. If your feet are uncomfortable at your workplace, your work suffers as much as your feet. A co-worker of mine is quite large and takes a size 15 extra wide shoe. I was able to find a pair of Allen Edmonds formal lace ups for the low price of $4.99. The price was adjusted for the upcoming season of Halloween and due to the size, represented a different clientele than what the shoes were intended for but fit my budget very well. Another pair of Allen Edmonds seldom seen were those in white or cream slip on style with a matching tassel. It’s nice to have these in my size should the occasion happen when they are required. The other three pair were a brand new set from Cole Haan for $6.99, Ecco Fusion II for the same price and a pair of $780 Prada Spazzolato Oxford for only $10.39. Of course, each pair had to have a matching set of shoe trees to keep them in pristine shape. Hanger – A nice, robust black plastic Canali suit hanger has a suit with the same name just waiting to have a suit wrap itself around this hanger. Accessories – There were not as many miscellaneous items in this category this month but there were two that did warrant my attention. I picked up a like new Christian Lacroix polyvinyl doctor bag I needed for carrying some literature and books and could not resist picking up a 1996 Longaberger Collector’s Club basket for the total price of $1.99. I know someone who collects these nice wooden baskets who might like to have this on their next birthday. Then there is the YSL brown belt that you know is expensive and the quality reflects this.

August 2018

$277.25 $334.39 $30,760.48 110.9x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
8,490 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 9.59 11.99 1,695.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Double Breasted 19.97 24.99 3,995.00 Grey Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Double Breasted 19.97 24.99 2,800.00 Black Italy
Dress Jackets
7,745 Brioni Tuxedo 7.99 9.99 5,850.00 Black Italy
Canali 1934 (NWT) 7.99 9.99 1,895.00 Brown Italy
Overcoats
4,350 Oxxford Clothes Emperor’s cashmere 10.39 12.99 4,350.00 Brown USA
Shirts
2,060 Burberry London 11.99 14.99 460.00 Brown USA
Burberry London 11.99 14.99 320.00 Purple USA
Burberry London 11.99 14.99 320.00 Green USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Non Iron 6.99 6.99 110.00 Blue England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.99 6.99 395.00 Green Italy
Turnbull & Asser 3.99 7.99 365.00 Purple England
Vineyard Vines 3.99 7.99 89.50 Green Turkey
Pants
2,400 Brioni Sport 7.99 9.99 900.00 Black Italy
Brioni Sport 7.99 9.99 900.00 Grey, dark Italy
Canali Pantalone 6.99 6.99 450.00 Charcoal Italy
Ties
3,229 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 1.99 3.99 150.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 1.99 3.99 150.00 Silver Italy
Armani, Giorgio 2.39 2.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Canali 3.99 3.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Chanel 2.39 2.99 189.99 Red Italy
Daniel Milano 1956 2.39 2.99 49.99 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna couture collection 1.99 3.99 275.00 Bronze Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 275.00 Tan Italy
Gucci 3.19 3.99 200.00 Black Italy
Hermès 0.49 0.99 180.00 Blue France
Lanvin Paris 2.39 2.99 165.00 Red Italy
Parfums Fabergé 1.99 3.99 49.00 Green France
Patek Philippe 2012 2.39 2.99 250.00 Bronze France
Versace, Gianni V2 2.99 2.99 275.00 Green Italy
Versace, Gianni V2 3.99 3.99 275.00 Purple Italy
Zilli 17.99 17.99 395.00 Blue France
Shoes
2,000 Allen Edmonds Cavalier 6.99 6.99 425.00 White USA
Allen Edmonds Danbury 4.99 4.99 425.00 Black USA
Cole Haan loafers 6.99 6.99 200.00 Brown USA
Ecco Fusion II 6.99 6.99 170.00 Brown Slavakia
Prada Spazzolato Oxford 10.39 12.99 780.00 Grey Italy
Hangers
4 Canali Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 4.00 Black USA
Accessories
633 Christian Lacroix Polyvinyl Doctor Bag 19.79 19.79 120.00 Blue France
Longaberger 1996 Collector’s Club 1.99 2.99 68.00 Brown USA
Yves Saint Laurent Brown belt 3.99 4.99 445.00 Brown Taiwan
Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they will bring you a good net satisfaction. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting. Key words: Allen Edmonds, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Chanel, Charles Tyrwhitt, Christian Lacroix, Cole Haan, Daniel, Ecco, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fabergé, Gucci, Hermès, Lanvin, Longaberger, Oxxford Clothes, Patek Philippe, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Turnbull & Asser, Versace, Vineyard Vines, Yves Saint Laurent, Zilli
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July 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month is full of birthdays I’ve been saving some extra special items for and it is nice to be able to offer a nice present without spending more than I can afford. I spent three hundred and fifty dollars this month which brought in a retail of about twenty thousand. I wasn’t able to meet the three-digit goal this month with it showing up as only 58 times the purchase value and will focus on that target again for August with greater intent. The best dollar spent is in the dress jackets and the least in the accessories. Men’s suits and dress jackets drop in value quickly due in part to the area of the country where I live since people here do not dress as formally as they do in the Northeast for example.

Treasures – Being able to find some very nice German porcelain figurines in great shape has been a special event for me. The Hummel figurines are easy to spot among the other chalky items on the shelves but most of the time you will find them inside the case since the people at Goodwill “know their stuff”. Most of the multicolored children motifs you can find are in the Goodwill for a reason and usually not because someone grew tire of them.

10.5″ Apple Tree Boy HUM 142/V

The majority of the ones I find have been broken and re-glued. Their secondary market value drops immediately by half at best and usually much lower than that if any damage or repair is noted. One exception to this was the 10.5″ tall Apple Tree Boy HUM 142/V I was able to pick up for $25 that has a resale value of between $850 and $1,600. It was in pristine shape and is the largest M.I. Hummel I’ve been able to purchase since my collecting began in 1977. A definite qualifier for this Treasures category!

I was lucky to find some great examples of the older M.I. Hummel versions, those dating back to before 1945. Now that the grand kids have inherited grandma’s favorite reminders of her own childhood many of these are showing up in thrift stores and on eBay for some great prices. The market these days isn’t what it used to be but that doesn’t diminish the quality and expertise that shows with each example of the early German craftsmanship. It’s a good time to pick up some affordable examples of these limited number of porcelain children.

The name of Zilli is a special brand that you very seldom see in the Goodwill stores. This French high-end brand prides itself on the highest quality and is sought out by those who can afford it, namely “celebrities and the ultra-stylish”. I found a brand new, with tags, shirt just my size for $10.39. The shirt lists new for $791.

Dress Jackets – There were four really nice dress jackets that I could not pass over and had to put in my buggy this month. Two of these beautiful grey jackets were from Canali with one of them being wool and silk. A cream colored Loden Dager jacket showed off the quality of this company and will match several pair of khaki pants I have hanging in the closet. I picked it up for one dollar. The fourth was a bespoke Loro Piana made in Hong Kong with the surgeon sleeves and had all the extras.

Shirts – There were only ten shirts on the list this month but were very nice examples. The first was a Brunelli, a name I was not familiar with but the quality stood out. A very yellow Charles Tyrwhitt just my size jumped into the buggy. Four Ermenegildo Zegna shirts were located with one that made it to dollar day. A like-new Eton Ganghester 1928, a blue Lazo and a Truzzi Milano were also picked up. The last shirt was a new with tags dress shirt from Zilli. This was the cream of the crop for the season so far. I have only seen this high-end brand once before as a beautiful tie. The shirt is definitely at the top of the list.

Sweaters – A very nice grey sweater from Givenchy Activewear will make a nice present for some family member. I picked up the $870 item for only $5.59. Another seldom seen name is that of Lululemon. My daughter has a birthday coming up soon and this ought to fit the opportunity just right since it is one of her favorite names.

Ties – One of my favorite areas is that of the necktie section. It is rare that I ever walk away without finding a high-end brand listed on the back side. Only five were found this month: Bernini, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ledbury and Stefano Ricci.

Hanger – A very nice Setwell suit hanger was found for $1.19. This brand always has top notch maple hangers. I was surprised to find the retail price was almost thirty dollars for this one hanger.

Accessories – A very nice brown belt was found with the initials of YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) on the shiny brass buckle. The $445 belt was picked up for only $3.99. That’s less than a penny on the dollar.

TMKs shown

Another name I have long been watching is that from the German company Goebel. This company has since sold their M.I. Hummel line in 2013 to Hummel Manfaktur GmbH who then sold to Bernd Foertsch in 2017 but kept the name. Most of the twelve Hummel figurines I purchased this month are of the older pre-1950 series. One exception was the 10.5” Apple Tree Boy made around 1968. To learn more about what the markings are on the bottom of each figurine, visit the Hummel TMKs page on this website.

July 2018

$348.58 $405.88 $20,262.99 58.1x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
3,745 Canali Bloomingdale’s 10.39 12.99 1,495.00 Grey Italy
Canali Silk 8.99 17.99 2,250.00 Grey Italy
Loden Dager 1.00 9.99 495.00 Cream USA
Loro Piana Bespoke 7.99 9.99 2,395.00 Grey Hong Kong
Shirts
3,340 Brunelli 7.99 9.99 20.00 White Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt Non Iron 5.59 6.99 110.00 Yellow England
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 7.98 9.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 10.39 12.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.00 6.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Eton Ganghester 1928 6.99 6.99 305.00 Blue Sweden
Lazo 11.99 14.99 145.00 Blue Italy
Truzzi Milano 7.98 9.99 224.00 Brown Italy
Zilli 10.39 12.99 791.00 Pink Italy
Sweaters
1,000 Givenchy Activewear 5.59 6.99 870.00 Grey Pakistan
Lululemon Blissful Zen 4.49 4.49 130.00 Grey Canada
Ties
799 Bernini Beverly Hills 2.39 2.99 199.00 Maroon Italy
Canali 1.59 1.99 200.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna couture collection 1.59 1.99 275.00 Gold Italy
Ledbury Draper 1.59 1.99 125.00 Navy Italy
Stefano Ricci 1.99 1.99 275.00 Red Italy
Hangers
29 Setwell Suit hanger 1.19 1.49 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
7,740 Goebel Hummel 011 2/0 Merry Wanderer 3.50 3.50 105.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 047 /0 Goose Girl 24.17 24.17 175.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 071 Stormy Weather 47.00 47.00 785.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 074 Little Gardener 8.50 8.50 300.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 074 Little Gardener 9.99 9.99 300.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 079 Globe Trotter 9.95 9.95 375.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 096 Little Shopper 9.00 12.00 125.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 119 Postman 14.50 14.50 450.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 128 Baker 14.50 14.50 450.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 142/V Apple Tree Boy 25.00 25.00 1,600.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 353/0 Spring Dance 48.00 48.00 3,000.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 493 Two Hands One Treat 5.00 9.00 75.00 White Germany
Yves Saint Laurent Brown belt 3.99 4.99 445.00 Brown Taiwan

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

Key words – Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Givenchy, Goebel Hummel, Hummel Manfaktur GmbH, Lazo, Ledbury, Loden Dager, Loro Piana, Lululemon, Setwell, Stefano Ricci, Truzzi, Yves Saint Laurent, Zilli

 

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June 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe weather is beginning to heat up for the summer time and winter clothing is beginning to show up at the thrift stores. Overcoats, trench coats, sweaters, and more are good items to look for to store up for the upcoming winter a few months away. Think ahead! Once again, I was able to hit the magic triple digit number of having my monthly collection show a retail value of 117.7 times my purchase price. It’s a good feeling to be able to set lofty goals and meet them.

Treasures – Every month has their treasures and although the pickings were fewer than usual, only twenty-six items, there were a few worth mentioning. For less than a five-dollar bill, I was able to locate a cashmere / angora blend Ermenegildo Zegna dress jacket. It is best described as “butter soft”. One other jacket is from a favorite company I have grown to respect; Oxxford Clothes. This navy suit jacket is everything you would expect from this country’s better tailors with a heritage going way back.   One other name I have seldom seen but worth many goose bumps is from Luciano Barbera. These pair of brown pants match the brown jacket from the same company and will look great next week at work. One of my all time favorite names in neck ties is that of Hermès in part due to the scarcity of such an item. This beautiful, last minute $180 tie was purchased for $2.24!

Dress Jackets – A grey dress jacket from Burberrys’ with silver metal buttons showing the Burberry Equestrian Knight and word Prorsum were a definite pickup for me. This is another seldom seen item in my area as this is the very best from this well-known British company.

The blend of cashmere and angora produces a super soft and light but very warm suit jacket. Put the label of Ermenegildo Zegna on it and you have a fantastic suit jacket that will put a smile on any gentleman’s face. The $3,200 jacket was picked up for half price of only $4.99. A bargain in anyone’s pocket book.

One of my very favorite suit companies is the Chicago based bespoke producing high quality clothier Oxxford Clothes. Their suits can be found at Neiman Marcus or you can have one to your own designs made just for you. They start around four thousand dollars and one gentleman walked out with a bespoke suit costing him right around $63,000. The navy Gibbons 28tn Notch jacket was a bit wrinkled and missing a beautiful metal button with their coat of arms on it but I am sure I will be able to find a replacement and have it sewn on in no time. What a great buy for less than eight dollars that cost someone a retail value of $4,575!

Shirts – Nine shirts were located with some great names this month. One of my favorite brands is that from the Italian company Canali. Three shirts just my size were placed quickly in the basket with this name showing proudly inside the collar.

Another Italian shirt maker that I was not able to determine the name of but knew the quality was worth picking up looks something like “Enzo Mantinias”. Not sure about the name but I am sure how well it fits and looks.

Ermenegildo Zegna always comes through with some high quality shirts and I was able to locate a beautiful blue one just my size. They also had their name on an off brand I have never seen from Gritti. My curiosity got the best of me on this one and I had to take it home to see how well it worked in my collection.

Lorenzini is another high quality Italian shirt maker that is hard to pass up as these hand-made clothing items are well made and fit my frame just right.

Luciano Barbera is a name relatively rare to be found in my area and is a must to pick up when the size is close at best. This brand is considered to be on the higher rungs of the ladder of high-end clothing and went immediately into the buggy.

Another rare find in the shirt category are those from Oxxford Clothes. This company is best known for their quality and specialty made suits.

Sweater – It isn’t often I find a clothing item from Ermenegildo Zegna that isn’t a tie, shirt of a suit but you know the quality of a sweater is well made when you find the name on a sweater. This grey 1/3rd zipper sweater will keep me warm when the weather begins to cool down in a few months.

Pants – Always a great item to find with the names you like to see are high-end trousers. I was able to located two such items this month with the names of Ermenegildo Zegna with their Traveller μicronsphere and a pair of brown Luciano Barbera from Louis of Boston. Two names I always look for when cruising through the rows of trousers hanging with their hard to find labels. The Luciano Barbera pair matches very well with a brown jacket of the same name picked up last month.

Ties – I have been limiting my purchase of ties to only those that have a name I rarely see or of a higher brand that denotes the best quality in workmanship. I found four such neck ties this month. Coach is a name you seldom associate with men’s clothing but the quality and appearance are certainly worth picking up. A five star Ermenegildo Zegna couture dark blue tie was a given to find its way into my selective list of ties. The name of Sartori was found on a thick, black and gold checkerboard tie that will look great with any brown suit. One name that is at the top of my list is Stefano Ricci. This company is at the highest rung of the high-end ladder and you know that it is the best quality you will find anywhere. A beautiful blue tie was located and is on my list of look-at-me-first ties. A last minute surprise during a quick jump into a local Goodwill brought out a beautiful Hermès tie. When I was checking out, the couple behind heard me talking about the tie with the cashier and the lady had to see that it was real and that you could “actually find such a thing in this store.” That put a big smile on the cashier’s face.

Accessories – One of my hobbies that I’ve neglected the past number of years is that of sketching with pen and ink and water coloring. I was looking for a long frame to use for a landscape I have planned and found the perfect item. You can always find that perfect selection you need if you have time and patience to look through several of your Goodwill stores. All I need now is a large piece of water color paper to fit the size of the frame and the time to get it done.

Another strange item I have been looking for recently is a wooden cabinet with a glass front to protect and show some of the Goebel M.I. Hummel figurines I have been able to find for a great price. For a little more than a ten-dollar bill, I ran across just what I needed to enclose many of the older and larger Hummel figurines that were sitting out on the table in the living room. Now, the eighty plus year old pieces of art work are well protected.

Speaking of Hummels, I was able to find two of the older, hard to find, Crowns that I have been looking for. These two were purchased for a collective price of only $9.99 and have a combined retail value, according to a 2017 listing, of $925. That’s almost 1/100th the value. This was one of my better finds in this category. One of these is a larger version of the Village Boy with a marking of 51/I and the Crown incised in the base while the other is the Globe Trotter, number 79 but predates the marking of the figurines placing it with a production date of right around 1935.

These are becoming very scarce and well worth picking up, especially for the comparative price of a $5 Starbucks coffee. The kids coudn’t care less what grandma found so charming or about the artistry and labor that goes into each of these and you can find large collections at yard sales and the thrift stores for a great price.

HummelGifts.com has the following information about the current versions: “Hummel figures have stood for the highest manufacturing art for decades: each figure is handled up to 1,200 times to create the perfect “Hummel”. Each Hummel figurine consists of up to 40 individual parts. The production of a “Hummel” is done with the highest precision and without exception by hand.” I have a renewed respect for these expensive figurines.

I bought a like-new Fender guitar a short while back at the local Goodwill store and had it restrung per suggestion of a friend and it sounds fantastic now. Since it is such a nice instrument, it needed a protective cover and for $4.79, I found just what I was looking for to place the large musical instrument in to keep the dust off and make it easier to carry.

The last item I needed was a soft small towel to wipe down my automobile with due to the amount of dust we have to put up with in the area where I live. There is a lot of construction going on nearby and the dust settles on everything outside during the week. This towel, when moistened, will do just what I need to keep my car looking good through the rest of the week.

Be sure to check out the page of comparison prices for categories such as pants, shirts, shoes, suits, sweaters and ties. This page offers many valuable tools that I find convenient when looking up a name as to whether it is worth purchasing or putting back on the rack.

June 2018

$137.162 $179.46 $16,148.43 117.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
9,960 Burberrys’ Prorsum 7.48 9.99 2,190.00 Grey USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Cashgora 4.99 9.99 3,195.00 Grey Switzerland
Oxxford Clothes Gibbons 2Btn Notch 7.98 9.99 4,575.00 Navy USA
Shirts
2,920 Canali 5.59 6.99 345.00 Orange Italy
Canali 5.24 6.99 345.00 Blue Italy
Canali 5.24 6.99 345.00 Blue Italy
Enzo Mantinias 7.98 9.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 385.00 Grey Romania
Gritti 5.99 6.99 180.00 Blue Turkey
Lorenzini Neiman Marcus 5.59 6.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Luciano Barbera Louis Boston 5.59 6.99 425.00 Blue Italy
Oxxford Clothes 5.24 6.99 400.00 Blue USA
Sweater
450 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Pants
890 Ermenegildo Zegna Traveller μicronsphere 7.18 8.99 495.00 Black Portugal
Luciano Barbera Louis Boston 5.59 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ties
915 Coach 4.49 5.99 125.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna couture collection 3.19 3.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Hermès 7021 TA 2.24 2.99 180.00 Blue Italy
Sartori 1.00 1.99 59.90 Orange Italy
Stefano Ricci 1.75 5.70 275.00 Blue Italy
Accessories
1,014 Frame Frame 7.98 9.99 35.55 Silver USA
Glass Case Glass case 10.38 12.99 36.99 Wood USA
Goebel Hummel 51/I Village Boy 5.00 5.00 550.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 79 Globe Trotter 4.99 4.99 375.00 White Germany
Guitar cover Fabric case 4.79 5.99 14.99 Black USA
JC Penny towel 0.49 0.99 1.00 Orange USA

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

Key words: Burberrys’, Canali, Coach, Enzo Mantinias, Ermenegildo Zegna, Goebel M.I. Hummel, Gritti, Hermès, Lorenzini, Luciano Barbera, Oxxford Clothes, Sartori, Stefano Ricci