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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

 

March 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month was an especially good time to find Goodwill treasures! I spent way too much but the pickings were exceptionally great in some of the categories. I was way off the three-digit figure with my average cost being only fifty times the suggested retail value.

Treasures – What a great month for finding some real gems. There were almost too many to mention in this section alone. One of my favorite names in clothing is that of the Italian Brioni. I was able to find several examples of this fine brand; a Brioni Roma charcoal suit, a Brioni Weinberg suit jacket, a pair of Brioni Cannes trousers and three Brioni ties. Another name I like is Dunhill. There was a like-new brown linen suit just my size as well as a Dunhill shirt to go along with it.

Speaking of suit coats, I also located a top of the line Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura and a beautiful Luciana Barbera Hopsack jacket. This jacket is super soft and has the working surgeon sleeve buttons.

I had heard of DSquared before but never saw one of their shirts until this month. Now, I see why they cost as much as they do.

Gucci was well represented with a black pair of suede horse-bit shoes, a signature logo belt and a brown tie.

It is not very often that you find the once very popular Goebel Hummel figurines but there were quite a few available this month, eleven that I was able to pick up for a very good price considering what they are valued at in the latest price guides. Apparently, the grandkids didn’t want grandma’s collection and opted to let someone else have a start at a very nice hobby.

Lastly, a real treasure was the 1901 Ulysse Nardin art deco pocket watch converted to a wrist watch that I really didn’t need but was hard to resist. The Swiss company is known for their high quality and longevity. Perhaps, my son will like to pass this on to his grandson one of these days.

Suits – Two suits were located well worth mentioning. As mentioned previously, Brioni is a favorite of mine for good reason. They are recognized as one of the finest men’s clothiers and charge accordingly. You can typically find some very good examples of their line in cities that have a Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue or Barney’s. The other name that I seldom see is that of Dunhill. This suit fit perfectly and looks like it is brand new.

Dress Jackets – I’ve been much more selective as to what I will purchase and three great examples that I couldn’t resist were the black Brioni Weinberg, a very nice Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura and a very soft brown Luciana Barbera Hopsack.

Shirts – I had a nice surprise with a couple that I had not seen before, namely the DSquared2 and the Massimo Trovato. Other names you would otherwise recognize were two from Giorgio Armani, Canali (2), Charles Tyrwhitt, Ermenegildo Zegna (3), Eton (3), Isaia, and LaCoste. I knew the DSquared2 was an expensive brand but didn’t realize the shirt I found for $5.59 originally sold for around $775.

Vest – There are certain brand names that when you run across from time to time that grab your total attention. One of these that secures my response is that of Yves Saint Laurent. You know that this item cost the initial purchaser a rather large sum of money and the quality will be there for years to come. I rarely have the opportunity to wear a vest but on those occasions, this navy vest will come in handy.

Pants – This category seldom has very many items but I was able to find four sought after name brands that represented this area very well. These were a navy pair of Armani Black Label cotton pants, a cream colored Brioni Cannes trousers for dressy occasions, a pair of black Canali Pantalone and a brown pair of Ermenegildo Zegna Z slacks.

Neckties – Eighteen ties found their way back to the house this month. These were Giorgio Armani Cravatte, Brioni (3), Burberrys’ (3), Caesar Shop, Chanel, Charvet, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Lanvin Paris, Louis Vuitton Paris, M.C. Escher Beetles, Massimo Bizzocchi 8.00 CM and an orange Salvatore Ferragamo. I was very surprised to find the luxurious black LV tie but it was well worth the $7.98. Missimo Bizzocchi represents the upper level of handmade ties in the world with his connections to the house of Kiton!

Shoes – Only one pair of shoes made the list this month but it was a great pair to find. I located a used but very nice pair of black suede gold horse-bit shoes and although they were two sizes too small I went ahead and picked up the $550 pair for less than forty dollars. The very next Goodwill store I visited had a like new pair of brown Gucci but they were marked way out of my range at $250. Three pair of very nice cedar shoe trees were secured for the rest of my shoe collection.

Accessories – The name of Gucci showed up again with a signature belt I was able to pick up for only $1.19. The signature belt is a bit flashy for my taste but perhaps someone in the family might like to wear it.

On a rare occasion, you will find a host of items that were brought in to a Goodwill and are marked accordingly. I was lucky to have enough in my spare account for just such an occasion when I located eleven Hummel figurines and five books on the subject. Although I spent more than I should have, I remember thinking a while back that I missed a great opportunity because I hesitated too long but not this time. While I was in college, a girlfriend whose parents were from Germany introduced me to these highly prized porcelain figurines and convinced me the real value they represented for a future investment. They have taken a nose dive lately but that just makes it that much easier to pick up some of the best examples for an affordable price.

A few other items in this category worth mentioning were the Kate Spade scarf that made it to the half-price period and a favorite brand of one of my daughters. She’s already claimed it but will have to wait until her upcoming birthday before she will see it again. Several pair of cufflinks and shirt studs were located, a really nice set of floor scales and a much needed wooden shoe rack to get a number of my shoes off the floor.

 

 

March 2018

$720.76 $822.06 $36,096.06 50.1x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
8,045 Brioni Roma 19.97 24.99 5,750.00 Charcoal Italy
Dunhill Linen 18.72 24.99 2,295.00 Tan Italy
Dress Jackets
10,720 Brioni Weinberg 7.98 9.99 4,950.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 10.38 12.99 4,175.00 Brown Switzerland
Luciana Barbera Hopsack 7.98 9.99 1,595.00 Brown Italy
Shirts
5,360 Armani, Giorgio Armani Exchange 9.99 9.99 85.00 White China
Armani, Giorgio Luxury Collezioni 9.73 12.99 595.00 White Italy
Canali  – 7.98 9.99 350.00 Blue Italy
Canali 1934 5.59 6.99 345.00 Grey Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.59 4.49 110.00 White England
DSquared2  – 7.98 9.99 775.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 5.24 6.99 510.00 Blue Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 395.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 7.98 9.99 395.00 Brown Turkey
Eton Classic 6.38 7.99 305.00 Brown Romania
Eton Classic 5.24 6.99 305.00 Blue Romania
Eton Made To Measure 5.24 6.99 305.00 Orange Lithuania
Isaia Houndstooth 5.24 6.99 495.00 Blue Italy
LaCoste Oxford 3.36 4.49 89.50 Yellow Tunisia
Massimo Trovato Double twisted cotton 3.49 6.99 300.00 Blue Italy
Vest
690 Yves Saint Laurent Classic 1.00 3.99 690.00 Navy Italy
Pants
2,240 Armani, Giorgio Black Label 3.49 6.99 525.00 Black Italy
Brioni Cannes 5.59 6.99 700.00 Cream Italy
Canali Pantalone 6.73 8.99 450.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 565.00 Brown Portugal
Ties
3,413 Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 2.39 2.99 150.00 Navy Italy
Brioni Roma 3.99 4.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 3.19 3.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 3.99 3.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Burberrys  – 5.59 6.99 190.00 Brown England
Burberrys  – 6.38 7.99 190.00 Blue USA
Burberrys  – 6.38 7.99 190.00 Red USA
Caesar Shop Caesar 1.49 1.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Chanel Chain-link scarf 0.49 0.99 245.95 Navy Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 2.39 2.99 245.00 Gray France
Dunhill London 2.39 2.99 150.00 Blue England
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 0.01 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Gucci  – 3.99 4.99 200.00 Red Italy
Lanvin Paris 1.59 1.99 165.00 Red France
Louis Vuitton Paris 7.98 9.99 215.00 Black Italy
M.C. Escher Beetles 1.49 1.99 62.03 Blue Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 8.00 CM 1.99 1.99 175.00 Blue Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 2.39 2.99 190.00 Orange Italy
Shoes
580 Gucci Gold-Bit loafer 39.94 49.99 550.00 Black Italy
Shoe tree Wood 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Shoe tree Wood 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Shoe tree Wood 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Accessories
5,049 Gucci Signature Belt 1.19 1.49 400.00 Brown Italy
Hummel 007 /1 Merry Wanderer 22.50 22.50 650.00 TMK-3 Germany
Hummel 011 2/0 Merry Wanderer 26.29 26.29 113.00 TMK-4 Germany
Hummel 025 Angelic Sleep 40.65 40.65 350.00 TMK-1 Germany
Hummel 047 / II Goose Girl 67.23 67.23 350.00 TMK-3 Germany
Hummel 061A + 061B Bookends 25.24 25.24 950.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 061B Chick Girl 18.14 18.14 475.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 079 Globe Trotter 22.50 22.50 138.00 TMK-5 Germany
Hummel 094 /1 Surprise 15.70 15.70 238.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 187 /A Collector’s Plaque 29.99 29.99 113.00 TMK-5 Germany
Hummel 187 Collector’s Plaque 87.49 87.49 800.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 195 2/0 Barnyard Hero 15.25 15.25 115.00 TMK-6 Germany
Hummel Authorized Book 5.16 5.16 29.95  Book USA
Kate Spade scarf 12.47 24.99 98.00 Grey USA
Luckey’s Guide 9780896891197 3.74 3.74 26.09 Book USA
M.I. Hummel 9780942620085 6.94 6.94 32.50 Book USA
M.I. Hummel Album 9780883658789 4.42 4.42 24.99 Book USA
 The Golden Anniversary 9780942620085 3.85 3.85 32.50 Book USA
no name Cufflinks 5.59 6.99 13.79 Silver China
no name Shoe rack 9.58 11.99 48.82 Pine USA
Swank Shirt studs 5.99 5.99 29.95 Black USA
Sunbeam Floor scales 3.19 3.99 19.99 Black China

Key Words: Armani, Brioni, Burberrys’, Caesar Shop, Canali, Chanel, Charvet, Charles Tyrwhitt, DSquared2, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Goebel, Gucci, Hummel, Isaia, LaCoste, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Luciana Barbera, M.C. Escher, Massimo Bizzocchi, Massimo Trovato, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swank, and Yves Saint Laurent

 

February 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallFor the past few years that I have been keeping the statistics on my purchases, February has typically been a slow month. This was not the case this year however. Perhaps it was the early receipt of my tax refund that prompted me to venture out a few more times. This February was also a great month for some exceptional names in clothing as you will see below. Click the images for a full screen view.

Treasures – The items I consider as treasures may not be what you would see as gems to grab. Generally, there are two criteria I consider that define an item as a treasure. The number one is the price. Is the retail value of the item well above the average? The second benchmark is whether the item is scarce or easy to find in the local department store.

There were two overcoats picked up, both of which are treasures in their own right. One is an ankle length navy, wool and cashmere, Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura. I was not aware this version was even offered. The other is from Giorgio Armani Emporio made of 80% alpaca and wool. These two have special places to make sure they are treated with the respect they have earned.

I have more suits than any one man should ever need but it is hard to turn down a black pin striped made-to-measure suit just my size with surgeon sleeves (all four buttons work) and a ticket pocket from Samuelsohn. The pants are two inches too long but that can be easily modified in fifteen minutes and is preferred than being two inches too short which is usually the case. A second Samuelsohn jacket made for the same person was located but I was not able to find the matching trousers despite checking several days.

It is rare to find a brand new jacket with the manufacturer’s tags and the sleeve identifier still attached. It is even more rare to find a top of the line jacket within these parameters. I found a brand new Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni jacket, my size, on half-off day that had been on the rack for twenty-one days for my price of $4.99. Now, that was a great deal and is one of these treasures. Some of the other jackets located was one from Boglioli. I had never heard of this brand but the quality was unmistakable. Another was a heavy navy feather suede from Lanvin.  I always enjoy finding a great Oxxford Clothes jacket my size as they go with almost everything and fit move easily with you instead of constricting you like so many others do. This $4,800 example is in the Manhattan style and will look good with dark brown or navy pants.

There were a good number of treasures found in the shirt category. A name I am familiar with but have until now not had the pleasure of owning is that of Brunello Cucinelli. This shirt was purchased for $5.24 and retails for a whopping $725. Some of the other brands in the $500 plus class I consider goose bump producing names are those from Brioni (one of my favorites), Dolce & Gabbana, Isaia, and two from Yves Saint Laurent.

Although the personal selection I now have of ties has outgrown all storage places, I still love to find the names of Brioni, Canali, Gucci and Stefano Ricci. These will always have a special place to hang in my house.

It came as quite a surprise that I would come across a beautiful like-new Fender guitar for a very reasonable price. A friend of mine tuned the six strings but said it would sound even better if I were to replace them with a new set. My youngest plays a number of musical instruments and is now wanting to learn how to place this instrument. Boy, will she be surprised! She will be doubly surprised to find that I also located her favorite brand of purse clutch, Burberry.

To top off this last treasure hunt, I was able to find an older watch by Seiko for myself. The bracelet needed a pin to put it together and my favorite jeweler added one for no cost. The watch is a self-winding automatic version 5606 7170T from about 1971. The 23 jeweled workings inside it helps it keep perfect time so far.

Suits – There were two suits picked up this month. The first was a grey pin striped suit from Burberry. Although it is a size too small, I wasn’t about to let it slip away for less than sixteen dollars. The other was the made-to-measure pin striped suit from Samuelsohn with the working surgeon sleeves and extra ticket pocket. This suit fits like it was made for me with only a slight alteration that needs to be made to the length of the pants cuff.

Dress Jackets – Seven dress jackets were added to my collection with names like Boglioli, Burberry’s (silk), Canali Proposta, Coogi, Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni, Lanvin feather suede, a beautiful Oxxford Clothes Manhattan and another Samuelsohn made-to-measure. The brand new Armani still had the tags hanging from the buttons as well as the left sleeve cloth tag with the brand name on it. The price for the $2,895 jacket to me was less than five dollars.

Overcoats – The navy Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura was evidently made for someone at least six and a half feet tall since the bottom comes to just above my ankles. The name Su Misura means it was especially made for the previous owner. The other overcoat from Armani Emporio is made from the very warm and light grey and black alpaca fibers mixed with twenty percent wool. Worn over a black or dark grey suit fits it very well. Our temperate Winter climate finds our locality as a dumping ground for some very nice high-end overcoats.

Shirts – There were a total of twenty-six additional shirts that made it to my home this month. The names of many of these were hard to find and made the treasure list above. These were as follows: Apple, Giorgio Armani (3), Bagutta, Brioni, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry (4), Charles Tyrwhitt, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (5), Eton, Isaia, Psycho Bunny (2), Ted Baker, Yves Saint Laurent (2) and one from Zanella.

I was especially pleased to find the Brunello Cucinelli as it was the first I have seen and is of the best quality you can expect to find anywhere. I have a well-dressed friend that says that anything made by Cucinelli is right at the very top of the list in quality. The Brioni, Dolce & Gabbana and Isaia are quite rare as well but show up a bit more often. Any shirt that does not fit properly will find its way to the gift pile or someone else’s home through eBay and Poshmark.

Sweaters – The Luigi Baldo v-neck Argyle sweater is what you would expect to find in the Italian quality mix of silk and cashmere. It’s a beautiful example of a new name on my list to check from here on. The other sweater is for an acquaintance who has had past connections with NAU and will make it way as a birthday gift later on for less than four dollars.

Pants – A good pair of plain colored trousers can really set off a beautiful shirt if the colors match. Some of the best come from Santorelli and I was able to nail two great brown examples from this company. The third pair is a name that is rarely found but snagged immediately when found; Sartori.

Ties – With the great number of ties in my collection, I have become much more selective as to the brands I now look for. Fifteen of these silk ribbons were picked up representing some of the finer brands you can locate anywhere. These included Brioni, Brooks Brothers, Canali (2), Corneliani, Dormeuil (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Hermès, Lanvin, M.C. Escher, Stefano Ricci (2) and Turnbull & Asser. Stefano Ricci has a slogan that they begin in high quality where everyone else stops. Turnbull & Asser are selected by Prince Charles for his shirts and ties. Each week, I pick a specific brand and find five beautiful examples to match the five suits picked out for that work week.

Shoes – Since this item takes up a bit of floor space, I now purchase only those that might fit well my big feet or if the brand could be spruced up to bring in a substantial profit from eBay or Poshmark. A relatively new brand that has grabbed my interest is a comfortable representative from Donald J. Pliner. These shoes are very well suited for a long day at the office and now number more than just this pair on my floor. The other pair of shoes carries my very favorite, Allen Edmonds. This pair is marked as the Rambler but is no longer offered in their stores locally. The size is too small but will make a very nice pair for someone else later on.

Hangers – My curiosity prevails when the Goodwill sticker covers the name beneath on a nice plastic hanger. I have to see who it represents and this time is showed up as Burberry. The twenty-nine-dollar hanger was selected for a half dollar. Two other suit hangers from Setwell and a hanging cedar block rounded out my price of around three and a half dollars for the $107 selection.

Pocket Squares – This category has dried up a bit since the selection doesn’t require but a few of various colors and only the best companies. The exception here was a black silk item from China.

Accessories – My interest in watches has grown lately and I took a chance on a nice looking representative reflecting the name Audemars Piguet. The AP Royal Oak turned out to be a fake but nonetheless, it keeps good time with a replaced battery. I’m ashamed to wear it but it was worth the chance that it might be the real thing for this price paid. My research will have to dig deeper when the impulse has to be suppressed in favor of common sense. One other watch that made up for the mistake was a find in the jewelry case at a local Goodwill of an older pristine Seiko automatic made in 1971. The watch had just been added to the case that day and after looking it over for a few seconds and having the second hand begin to move due to the working pendulum, it made its way to the cashier for less than seven dollars. I wear the silver colored watch with black, grey or blue suits every other day to keep it running without having to reset it. A brand new Eventronic watch repair kit was located so that I could learn the basics of watch and bracelet repair.

My daughters will appreciate the Burberry Haymarket clutch and colorful Vera Bradley wallet. Luckily, each has their separate favorite of each of these two brands.

Other items in this category were the Christian Dior cuff links and matching shirt studs, a pair of Hestra peccary gloves, two pair of socks, a Shoe Gear shoe shine polish kit, a Resistol brown Cisco cowboy hat and a pair of silver Versace medusa cuff links in the original box.

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.

February 2018

$593.88 $771.30 $44,732.40 68.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
3,390 Burberry London 15.97 19.99 1,995.00 Grey USA
Samuelsohn MTM 14.97 16.98 1,395.00 Black Canada
Dress Jackets
17,348 Boglioli coat 11.98 14.99 2,995.00 Tan Italy
Burberry’s Silk 8.78 10.99 898.00 Tan USA
Canali Proposta 4.99 9.99 1,395.00 Black Italy
Coogi OG Jacket 4.99 9.99 750.00 Tan China
Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni 4.99 9.99 2,895.00 Green Italy
Lanvin feather suede 1.00 17.95 2,195.00 Navy France
Oxxford Clothes Manhattan D1 7.48 9.99 4,825.00 Blue USA
Samuelsohn MTM 19.97 24.99 1,395.00 Blue Canada
Overcoats
6,790 Armani, Giorgio Emporio 19.97 24.99 2,995.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 9.99 9.99 3,795.00 Black Switzerland
Shirts
9,091 Apple  – 3.49 6.99 70.00 Purple China
Armani, Giorgio Jeans 0.01 12.99 189.00 Red Peru
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 345.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 5.24 6.99 295.00 Grey Italy
Bagutta Collection 6.99 6.99 273.00 Grey Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 7.98 9.99 575.00 Brown Italy
Brunello Cucinelli Basic Fit 5.24 6.99 725.00 Blue Italy
Burberry Brit 3.49 6.99 295.00 Grey China
Burberry London 7.48 9.99 325.00 Navy England
Burberry London 5.59 6.99 395.00 Yellow USA
Burberry London 10.39 12.99 395.00 Brown USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Extra slim 7.48 9.99 110.00 Pink Malaysia
Dolce & Gabanna Slim 9.99 9.99 675.00 Black China
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 7.98 9.99 395.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 6.99 6.99 365.00 Yellow China
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 395.00 Blue Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.49 8.99 350.00 White Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 350.00 Blue Romania
Eton French cuff 7.48 9.99 193.70 White Sweden
Isaia Napoli 5.24 6.99 495.00 Blue Italy
Psycho Bunny  – 7.48 9.99 135.00 Yellow Peru
Psycho Bunny  – 7.48 9.99 135.00 Blue Peru
Ted Baker London 7.18 8.99 165.00 Grey Hong Kong
Yves Saint Laurent  – 5.59 6.99 531.00 White Taiwan
Yves Saint Laurent  – 5.59 6.99 725.00 White Malaysia
Zanella  – 5.59 6.99 189.00 White Italy
Sweaters
164 Gildan NAU 3.99 4.99 32.00 Navy Honduras
Luigi Baldo Argyle 6.99 6.99 132.49 Grey Italy
Pants
950 Santorelli Romeo 6.73 8.99 475.00 Brown Italy
Santorelli Como 2 6.73 8.99 225.00 Brown Italy
Sartori  – 1.00 6.99 250.00 Charcoal Italy
Ties
2,667 Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Grey Italy
Brooks Brothers Butterfly 2.99 3.99 60.00 Black England
Canali 1934 3.99 3.99 160.00 Purple Italy
Canali 1934 2.99 3.99 280.00 Red Italy
Corneliani 3.19 3.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Dormeuil JR custom 1.99 3.99 135.00 Grey France
Dormeuil  – 1.49 2.99 135.00 Copper France
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 2.99 195.00 Red Italy
Gucci  – 2.24 2.99 200.00 Brown Italy
Hermès 3.19 3.99 195.00 Purple France
Lanvin  – 2.24 2.99 165.00 Brown France
M. C. Escher Two fish 1.59 1.99 62.03 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci Luxury Collection 5.99 5.99 275.00 Black Italy
Stefano Ricci Napoleon 1.99 1.99 235.00 Red Italy
Turnbull & Asser  – 2.99 2.99 190.00 Blue England
Shoes
464 Allen Edmonds Rambler 7.98 9.99 129.00 Black USA
Donald J. Pliner Loafer 6.48 12.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Mephisto shoe tree 1.59 1.99 20.00 Wood USA
Mephisto shoe tree 2.39 2.99 20.00 Wood USA
Hangers
107 Burberry London Tan 0.52 0.69 28.95 plastic Italy
no name Cedar 0.79 0.99 20.00 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Maple suit 0.99 1.99 28.99 Maple USA
Setwell Maple suit 1.19 1.49 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Pocket Square
15 no name plain silk 0.52 0.69 15.00 Black China
Accessories
3,746 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch 83.44 83.44 100.00 Gold Switzerland
Burberry Clutch 19.97 24.99 695.00 Brown England
Christian Dior Cuff links 0.01 1.99 83.00 Silver China
Eventronic watch repair kit 23.73 23.73 50.31 Black China
Fender guitar DG 8S NAT 63.91 79.99 274.99 Brown USA
Hestra Peccary gloves 1.99 1.99 400.00 Brown Phillipines
No name socks 0.99 1.99 14.95 Brown China
No name socks 0.79 0.99 10.00 Grey China
Resistol hat 4.79 5.99 104.99 Brown Texas
Seiko 5606 7170T watch 6.99 6.99 1,590.00 Silver Japan
Shoe Gear shoe polish kit 3.19 3.99 14.88 Black China
Vera Bradley wallet 7.98 9.99 59.95 Pink China
Versace Cufflinks 0.01 0.01 348.18 Silver 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: Allen Edmonds, Apple, Audemars Piguet, Bagutta, Boglioli, Brioni, Brooks Brothers, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Burberry’s, Canali, Christian Dior, Coogi, Corneliani, Charles Tyrwhitt, Dolce & Gabanna, Donald J. Pliner, Dormeuil, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Eventronic, fender, Gildan, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Hester, Isaia, Lanvin, Luigi Baldo, M. C. Escher, Mephisto, Oxxford Clothes, Psycho Bunny, Resistol, Samuelsohn, Santorelli, Sartori, Seiko, Setwell, Shoe Gear, Stefano Ricci, Ted Baker, Turnbull & Asser, Vera Bradley, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Zanella

January 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe first month of each year is a great time to reflect on the previous year and determine what changes might be made for the upcoming days.  Last year was my best year yet with an monthly average of only 70 items purchased but with a value of 110 times what I paid. There is a definite learning response revealed in the chart below with the value times purchase price showing a definite increase. In comparison, here is what I have determined from previous activities over the past few years:

Monthly Averages per Year

Year –

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Items –

70

59

77

72

55

Value –

110x

89x

89x

75x

23x

I have had a lot of fun with this but need to throttle the trips and expenditures down and begin to sell off the items I no longer need. Most of these will be clothing that doesn’t fit the way it should and the lesser valuable items that I will never wear. I have too much and this month is a good time to honor a new year’s resolution in this regard!

Treasures – One name I always get goose bumps with is that of Brioni. I located a white dress shirt with French cuffs in great shape and cannot wait to try it on to see how well it will look with a grey suit and red tie. You can find this brand of shirt at Neiman Marcus and that is the name in the label where it was initially sold.

It is always a thrill to see the name that is universally recognized as the most famous world around – GUCCI. I found a silky solid black dress shirt that is a bit too small but wasn’t going to let it get away even though the price was a bit higher than I thought it should be. It was priced at $19.99 but I picked it up for $15.97. Still a good buy for a $380 name brand shirt.

Shirts – Three shirts were picked up this month as I decided to keep the expenditures to only the first week this month. For a little over $31, I picked up just short of $1,100 worth of great brands. My father asked if I could find him some shirts with snaps instead of buttons as these are much easier to put on when your hands just aren’t what they used to be. I located a great Armani Exchange striped shirt that should fit him well. The other two shirts come from some of the best Italian clothiers in the world; Gucci and Brioni. You just cannot beat the quality of material or the workmanship of these two where I shop.

Pants – Another Italian brand to look for in the trousers department is that of Santorelli. For an “affordable” pair of pants that cost only $225 new you would be hard pressed to find a nicer pair of dress pants. These were found for only $6.99 and should look great with any one of my navy jackets.

Ties – The English company Burberry is a clothier that I enjoy seeing the name of whether it be a trench coat, shirt, suit or a beautiful tie. The tie I found for only $3.19 is a current higher end item and is the first item I looked to match a suit with for this coming Monday morning for work. Burberry has a great reputation and continues to honor it through to the new year.

Fendi and Burberry small pursesPurses – Here is where it gets interesting. My daughters are becoming easier to buy for when birthdays roll around or sometimes just for fun. I found a couple of purses that I know one or both will love to sport on their shoulders as each shows a definite pattern of who made each. Once again Burberry comes through with a beautiful little clutch with the Haymarket plaid and high quality workmanship I picked up for $15.97 but sells new for $695. The other is a small black over the shoulder from Fendi I paid a bit much for at $43.94 and sells new for $450 but is a brand popular with the girls. The problem now is who gets which one.

Accessories –Within the glass cases in the stores are typically the more expensive or smaller items that need closer attention to. One of these was a quickly recognizable glasses case from Ermenegildo Zegna. I asked to see the case and found that it had a pair of prescription glasses from Burberry. Not only did they work well for my vision but they also had a pair of clip-on shades of equal quality. I needed a pair of prescription sunglasses and grabbed the three-in-one package for $14.99.

Versace tinted glasses and caseAnother pair of glasses was located when I saw the black case with a relief of medusa carved in the end. I know right away this would be an expensive item and sure enough it was. I walked away with the $235 Versace yellow tinted glasses, microfiber cleaning cloth and Versace case for $47.93. A bit much but a great present for an upcoming birthday for someone hard to buy for.

Allen Edmond belts, Burberry glasses, Hummel glass show case, watch wooden boxSince I collect the older Hummel figurines when I can find them at a good price, I needed a place to keep some of them. A small wood and glass case fit the bill with a few modifications to store some of my collection. I look forward to bringing out some of these little figurines that a German girlfriend introduced me to long ago.

With all the ladies watches I have purchased, I needed a nice watch box to present one of the high-end time bracelets in. These little wooden boxes are great for a number of thing like rings, cuff-links and so on and are well worth looking for in the thrift stores. This one cost me less than a dollar and was well worth it.

Speaking of watches, I purchased a bag of fourteen assorted men’s and women’s wristwatches for $54 expecting to find a real Patek Philippe inside as the tag represented. Sure enough, there it was but instead, it was a nice fake. Surprisingly, there was a beautiful, gold Waltham 17-jewel automatic in great shape in with the rest of the selection. As soon as I picked it up, the watch came alive and on my wrist it went.  Dividing the $54 by 14 items, that comes out to only $3.86 each. By the way, the imitation ladies Patek Philippe works just fine with a new battery and should look very nice on some ladies wrist down the road.

Lastly, I can never turn down a like new pair of leather belts made from Allen Edmonds. Their attention to quality and detail are unmatched as far as I am concerned for a United States made craft. Whether it is a pair of shoes, ties, shirts or belts, these items always go into my buggy.

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.

January 2018

$190.21 $227.72 $4,842.98 25.5x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Shirts
1,075 Armani, Giorgio Exchange 10.38 12.99 75.00 White China
Brioni Neiman Marcus 5.24 6.99 620.00 White Italy
Gucci  – 15.97 19.99 380.00 Black Italy
Pants
225 Santorelli Como 2 6.99 6.99 225.00 Navy Italy
Ties
415 Brioni 2.99 3.99 230.00 Blue Italy
185 Burberry London 3.19 3.99 185.00 Blue Italy
Accessories
3,128 Allen Edmonds belt 1.99 1.99 98.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds belt 2.99 2.99 120.00 Brown USA
Bourbon cabinet case 12.99 12.99 139.99 Wood USA
Burberry Clutch 15.97 19.99 695.00 Tan USA
Burberry prescription glasses 7.00 7.00 210.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna glass holder 7.99 7.99 20.00 Black China
Fendi Clutch 43.94 54.99 450.00 Brown Italy
No name watch box 0.79 0.99 9.99 Brown China
Versace tinted glasses 47.93 59.99 235.00 Black Italy
Waltham Automatic watch 3.86 3.86 1,150.00 Gold Switzerland

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, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gucci, Santorelli, Versace

 

November 2017 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallNovember has been a great month, especially when I had decided to really cut back on my spending and concentrate on looking for just the very best in each category I ran across. The comparison of my paid versus the retail turned out to be 148 times as much as my payout for the fifty-five items purchased. That is a pretty good achievement in meeting my triple digit goal but ranks as only the fourth best this year. It’s been a good year. This is one of the ways by which I measure making sure my continuing education is working on finding higher-end items.

Brand new Kiton suit for 9 dollarsTreasures – There are some really nice treasures to list for this month. To top this list is the brand new, never been worn, Kiton suit. Never would I have dreamed that something like this nine thousand dollar highest of the high end suits wind up in the Goodwill just down the road from where I live. It was one of those moments when you see the label inside the coat and have to bring yourself to realize that the record moment just arrived you had been waiting for but never dreamed would happen. Of course, I had to share the moment with the employee that always likes to know what I find since they seldom see the names of the product they place on the racks. It was indeed a treasure. Add to that the Kiton tie I located this month as well. See also the article with more in-depth description on this find “Buying a Jacket, Finding a Suit“.

Chanel white quilted signature purseA second treasure has to be the Chanel quilted lambskin signature purse well suited for a Christmas present for my mother next month. It is a rare time when you can offer something to a family member they would never purchase for themselves but receive with great excitement when offered as a present. I can’t wait to see her expression when she opens the package and this can be considered to be my treasure.

Burberry backpackAnother Christmas present that fell into the Goodwill buggy this month is the Burberry backpack that garnered so much attention according to the attendant. The price was marked accordingly but well worth paying less than forty dollars for the smile and hug afforded me when the Christmas package is opened.

A fourth treasure has to be the dark grey Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suit that fits me so well. The fit and color looks fantastic and even makes me look a little more tolerable to look at. That makes it fit into the treasures category if for no other reason. The three-thousand-dollar suit cost me a total of $7.98 and that was money well spent.

Stefano Ricci ShirtA final treasure would have to be the goose bump causing shirt made by Stefano Ricci. The shirt appears to have come straight from Neiman Marcus or Barney’s and is just my size. It might even look good with the Trofeo suit just mentioned. Actually, I have the pair set out for this coming Friday’s clothing to wear to work.

Suits – There were three suits with a retail total of $16,565 (my cost was $24.95) located and all three were lucky finds in that I found the trousers separate from the jackets. The first suit was a beautiful Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo dark grey with a faint vertical blue stripe. The Trofeo warrants the name from using the trophy winning example of the Zegna Couture collection, “a worsted fabric made of prestige Australian Superfine merino wool with long fibers.” The $2,995 suit was purchased for a total of $7.98 and fits very well.

Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo, Oxxford Clothes and Kiton Blanc Blue suitsThe second find, and another name I look for, is that of Oxxford Clothes or Oxxford Crest. This suit is made in Chicago by hand and has been described as the best of the “quiet American” market. There are several models to choose from and feature the highest level of handwork and start at $4,000.

The third suit that I was able to put together was the grand prize of which I have been in pursuit of. There is usually a name by which all brands are measured against as being the best and this company is recognized worldwide as being the very best, Kiton. I was able to find a beautiful Blanc Blu version that had not been worn due to seeing the tailor thread still attached to the jacket on the shoulders and sleeves and the pants cuffs were unhemmed. A fantastic find! The $8.48 suit retails for more than a thousand times that amount ($8,995) in Neiman Marcus.

Samuelsohn and Givenchy suit jacketsDress Jackets – Only two jackets caught my eye this month. I couldn’t pass up the heavy, dark grey Givenchy Monsieur that fit so well. With the dark brown thread, it will work well with either dark grey or dark brown pair of trousers. The other jacket was a beautiful Samuelsohn window pane light grey with darker grey thread for those more formal occasions. The suit jacket was made for Marvin Brown, a previous member of our local City Council.

ShirtsShirts – Fifteen beautiful shirts were picked out from the many thousands available. These were from Giorgio Armani, Borrelli Napoli, Burberry (3), Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Ike Behar, Marco Brunelli, Prada, Stefano Ricci, Turnbull & Asser, Valentino and two from Yves Saint Laurent. This was my first Stefano Ricci shirt which is a name very hard to find retailing for $750 followed closely by the $695 Valentino but surpassed by the $760 Prada. I paid a total of $95.49 for the fifteen shirts retailing for $6,683 which averaged $445 apiece.

Ermenegildo Zegna sweaterSweater – Most of the cold weather garments are being snapped up pretty quick this time of the year but I was able to find a lone red Ermenegildo Zegna crewneck for the low price of $3.49 on half-price day. The retail for this great Italian find is $445.

Brioni and Burberry pantsPants – I cannot say that there have been many times when I found a pair of pants, then two more that I had to share my excitement with those around me but this happened in a very small, out-of-the-way Goodwill. I had already checked the area of pants with my waist size and decided to look to the next size larger and there they were, three pair of like new, dress trousers by Brioni! Each of these pair of pants retails for at least $850 and my price that day was only $5.59. The quality of this brand is of the best I have been able to find and high on my list of brands to look for. The fourth pair of pants did not have the name inside but were quickly recognized by their unique inside waist band as being from the company Burberry. I paid $22.36 for the $3,000 worth of four trousers.

Neck tiesTies – Fourteen ties were picked up this month representing some of the more highly recognized high-end brands sought after. These included Bally, Charvet, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Fendi, Hermès, Kiton, Lanvin, Salvatore Ferragamo, Santorelli, Stefano Ricci (3) and Tiffany and Company. This was only the second Kiton tie ($1.99) I have been able to find and was a great example of the Best of the Best Plus One. It had also been a while since I last was able to find a representative by the 99 cent Hermès and this one appeared like new. I always welcome any time from the French companies of Charvet and Lanvin as they are about as perfect as you can get. A surprise came in locating the three Stefano Ricco ties, the Salvatore Ferragamo (99 cents) and the Tiffany and Co. My price for the $3,130 ties was $25.97.

Allen Edmonds, Coach and Donald J. Pliner shoesShoes – I have since discovered that shoes take up a lot of space on the floor and require a more discerning eye when looking for a pair that warrant placing in the Goodwill buggy, after proper inspection. One of my favorite brands for quality and comfort carries the name Allen Edmonds. This is the brand I look for when I know I will have a long day at work and want to be able to kick up my less than sore feet at the end of the day. A pair of beautiful $395 Sanfords were located and found the shoe polish and leather conditioner first thing when brought into the house. As usual, they now look like a new pair.

As I was ready to check out at the register, I noticed a pair of small kid’s sized Coach sneakers atop the “no, I guess I really don’t want these” last minute place to put items before the purchase. It was half-off day and the tagged price made these worth the $3.99 gamble that I might get my money back on a later sale.

Another first name to purchase was that of Donald J. Pliner. I had heard this brand was top notch and quite affordable. Although the $295 pair of shoes were too small for my big feet, they were worth another gamble of paying $4.79 for these obvious quality pair of shoes.

Hangers for suits and tiesHangers – Always on the lookout for a good set of cedar or maple hangers is usually my last place to haunt before exiting the store. Not only did I find a nice Setwell suit hanger and Hangerworld 24-tie holder but I also found a neat black plastic suit hanger with the name of Burberry London on it.

Steamfast clothing steamerAccessories – In the accessories segment of this haul, four much needed garment bags were located, two from Men’s Warehouse, and one apiece from Andrisen Morton and Pathfinder. These help keep the dust off and moths at bay of my better quality suits. Another item to keep the suits and shirts in better shape was a Steamfast upright garment steamer that works great in delivering a steady fog of hot steam to kill those pesky moths and smooth out any wrinkles without having to take any of my finer clothing to the expensive dry cleaners.

AccessoriesOf a lesser need than the garment bags and steamer were a couple of scarves that appeared very much like the pattern of the Burberry Haymarket pattern but were clearly not of the same quality. The two were well worth the little more than two dollars out-of-pocket expense to keep my neck warm while wearing one of my Burberry trench coats on those wet wintry days.

Burberry backpackTo top this list of accessories were the two lady’s items well suited for Christmas presents. The first was the like new $1,200 Burberry backpack I was able to have the lady pull out of the jewelry cabinet she had just placed an hour earlier. It makes a difference when you arrive at the Goodwill stores sometimes. She said it had already garnered a lot of attention in that short time it was on display.

Chanel white quilted signature purseThis second item requires a quick story. I walked into a local Goodwill store immediately behind a short stocky woman and we both made a bee line to the jewelry cabinet to see what “expensive” items were to be seen. I was looking through the glass cabinet and the lady asked the attendant to see three purses hanging from the wall. I couldn’t help but notice that the white bag had the appearance of a Chanel quilted pattern and then the gold double C really grabbed my attention. Lucky for me that she said she thought the bag was dirty and went on to the next purse. After close inspection when my turn came, I found a viable serial number inside and the high quality was definitely not typical of any run of the mill knock off bag you usually see. I told the lady my name and she put it behind the counter for me to ask for when I checked out. With my Sunday senior discount, the $6,650 Chanel lambskin signature bag was purchased for $26.21. It may not be this year’s current item but that definitely should not matter for that low price. What a nice, long lasting Christmas present this will make!

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

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.

November 2017

$281.12 $434.63 $41,576.48 147.9x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
16,565 Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 7.98 16.98 2,995.00 Grey Switzerland
Kiton Blanc Blu 8.48 16.98 8,995.00 Grey Italy
Oxxford Clothes Chocolate stripe 8.48 16.98 4,575.00 Brown USA
Dress Jackets
2,815 Givenchy Monsieur 4.99 9.99 1,320.00 Blue USA
Samuelsohn Bespoke 4.99 9.99 1,495.00 Grey Canada
Shirts
6,683 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.99 9.99 345.00 Black Italy
Borrelli Napoli 5.59 6.99 367.00 Brown Italy
Burberry London 7.48 9.99 425.00 Black Hong Kong
Burberry London 12.49 24.99 325.00 Green USA
Burberry London 7.48 14.99 425.00 White USA
Ermenegildo Zegna 100Fili 7.98 9.99 470.00 Brown Spain
Eton Contemporary-Fit 3.49 6.99 255.00 Purple Sweden
Ike Behar New York 6.38 7.99 265.00 Blue Peru
Marco Brunelli  – 5.59 6.99 150.00 Black China
Prada garbadine 7.98 9.99 760.00 Black Romania
Stefano Ricci R1660 3.49 6.99 750.00 Green Italy
Turnbull & Asser Basketweave 6.99 6.99 395.00 White England
Valentino Tailored Fit 3.49 6.99 695.00 Plum Romania
Yves Saint Laurent  – 5.59 6.99 525.00 Yellow Malaysia
Yves Saint Laurent  – 6.48 12.99 531.00 Blue Maurituis
Sweaters
445 Ermenegildo Zegna Crewneck 3.49 6.99 445.00 Red Italy
Pants
3,000 Brioni Phi Flat-front 5.59 6.99 850.00 Black Italy
Brioni Pleated Classic Fit 5.59 6.99 850.00 Black Italy
Brioni Phi Flat-front 5.59 6.99 850.00 Tan Italy
Burberry Modern Fit 5.59 6.99 450.00 Black USA
Ties
3,130 Bally  – 2.39 2.99 305.00 Brown Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.59 1.99 195.00 Red France
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 195.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Fendi  – 0.99 0.99 165.00 Green Italy
Hermès 213 FA 0.99 0.99 195.00 Brown France
Kiton Woven dot-pattern 1.59 1.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Lanvin  – 1.49 2.99 165.00 Brown France
Salvatore Ferragamo 0.49 0.99 190.00 Red Italy
Santorelli  – 1.49 2.99 155.00 Black China
Stefano Ricci Cuzzens 2.99 2.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci Napoleon 0.99 1.99 275.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 5.50 5.50 275.00 Blue Italy
Tiffany & Co. Scarf 1.49 1.99 250.00 Black Italy
Shoes
840 Allen Edmonds Sanford 6.48 12.99 395.00 Black USA
Coach Kate 3.99 7.99 150.00 Brown China
Donald J. Pliner Rush 120 4.79 5.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Hangers
119 Burberry London Suit 0.55 0.69 12.25 Plastic/metal USA
Cedar Wood/metal 0.49 0.99 7.50 Cedar USA
Setwell Maple finish suit 0.99 1.99 28.99 Maple USA
Woodlore 40-tie holder Tie hanger 1.59 1.99 70.15 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
7,980 Andrisen Morton Garment bag 1.00 2.99 16.65 Yellow Taiwan
Burberry scarf 0.79 0.99 8.00 Tan USA
Burberry Rucksack 39.94 49.99 1,190.00 Plaid USA
Chanel lambskin quilted dbl flap 26.21 34.99 6,650.00 White France
Men’s Warehouse Garment bag 1.00 2.99 16.65 Black Taiwan
Men’s Warehouse Garment bag 1.00 2.99 16.65 Black Taiwan
No name scarf 1.59 1.99 15.00 Plaid USA
Pathfinder Garment bag 1.00 5.99 16.65 Grey Taiwan
Steamfast clothing steamer 7.48 9.99 49.99 White China

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

Key words: Allen Edmonds, Andrisen Morton, Armani, Bally, Borrelli, Brioni, Burberry, Chanel, Charvet, Coach, Donald J. Pliner, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Fendi, Hermès, Ike Behar, Givenchy, Kiton, Lanvin, Marco Bruenlli, Oxxford Clothes, Pathfinder, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samuelsohn, Santorelli, Setwell, Steamfast, Stefano Ricci, Tiffany & Co., Turnbull & Asser, Valentino, Woodlore, Yves Saint Laurent

 

October 2017 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallOctober was a great month this year for finding some of the high-end brands that I seldom see, even within this metropolitan area. I call myself a brand buyer, that is, I look exclusively for the high-end brand labels when cruising through these oceans of cloth and wool. This month proved to be the worse this year in an attempt to meet the goal of having a triple digit value of the retail value being only sixty-seven times the amount I spent. On the brighter side, many of the items I found were great bargains despite the price paid and were worth picking up to pass along to family and friends.

Treasures – My idea of a treasure has been changing over the past few months as I educate myself to the value of certain items located in the realms of the isles of racks and shelves in the local Goodwill stores. Some of the items that come to mind this month are those that I can give my family they wouldn’t normally be able to choose for themselves.
LV and Burberry     Examples of items that come to mind are the Loro Piana sweater that offers fantastic quality and is so soft. The Burberry crossover purse and clutch my youngest will be so excited to carry. The Louis Vuitton wallet and belt that offer longevity in use and pride of ownership to my other daughter and the artist aluminum easel to show my son’s latest work. These are the items that I consider to be treasures now.
Names like those of the great Italian clothing designers also bring excitement when found represented by Versace, Canali, Armani, Brioni, Dolce & Gabbana, Loro Piana, Borrelli, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Stefano Ricci, Valentino, and Salvatore Ferragamo. The French names like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Lanvin and the Swiss name of Bally and the British fashion house of Burberry denote the highest grade in quality. These are the treasures I like to find to share with those around me who can enjoy them as well.

Versace and CornlianiSuits – Two very nice suits were located from a couple of the higher end quality clothing houses; Corneliani and Versace.  The charcoal Corneliani has a light sheen with faint vertical stripes to slim up the wearer. The solid navy Versace Classic should go with any business or formal get-together. Both are very nice suits made in Italy but both are also a bit too small so they will be looking for a new home very shortly.

Dress Jackets – Dress jackets take up a bit of room but are the best buys at Goodwill in comparison to their suggested retail price averaging right at 212 times what I paid. I selected seven very nice jackets to add to my collection making sure they were from the better known clothing houses of Europe. They are as follows:
The name of Burberrys‘ is synonymous with English quality and the best of Burberry is their Prorsum line. The word Prorsum is Latin for forwards and signified with the Equestrian Knight logo.  When you see a really nice navy jacket of this type for less than five dollars, it’s a no brainer whether you pick it up or not.
Another blue jacket, in this case a lighter shade of blue, came from Canali. The silk and wool blend resists wrinkling and is cooler to wear,  and with a name like Canali, you know you have one of the best on the market. There is something about the way Canali fits in both their jackets, shirts and pants that I find to be more comfortable than any other brand. So when I find this brand in my size, it is a very good day indeed.
Canali, Christian Dior, Cornliani, Burberrys', Z Zegna, Versace and Giorgio Armani     Christian Dior is known for higher-end clothing and when you can find an earlier example of one of their suits, you know you have a great item. I found a navy double-breasted CD jacket with brass buttons for one dollar and it was just my size.  It found its way immediately into my buggy, of course.
Barney’s of New York sells a wide assortment of quality items and Corneliani of Italy created a very nice grey jacket for them. I also found a pair of pants that matches perfectly and now I can add one more suit to the closet.
I prefer to look for clothing made in countries like France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the good ole USA. It appears that Ermenegildo Zegna is now making one of their lower lines in Mexico and China, the line of Z Zegna. Were it not for the fact that the black jacket fit me perfectly and was on half price for $4.99, I would have passed it up since it has the phrase, “Made in Mexico” on the neck label.
Another somewhat worn, grey jacket was almost passed over until I looked inside the lining for the brand name and saw that it carried the label, Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni. The inside pocket tag showed it was just my size, a difficult size to find of 43 long. The jacket will look great with a pair of jeans and loafers.
A beautiful black jacket from the Versace Collection closes out this selection of dress jackets. Versace is known for its choice of oranges and yellows and wild ties but this jacket is very simple and very well made, what you expect from this design house.

Shirts – Two new fashion houses are represented here due to asking my daughter if I should look into these names even though they are not made in any European country. The first is from 7 for All Mankind. An interesting name but a nice looking shirt that is quite popular these days. The other brand is from True Religion and brings a good price on the secondary market.
shirtsTwo additional shirts were picked out from the Giorgio Armani Collezioni line. One of these is a formal black shirt which will look great with most any occasion and the other is a nice quality blue shirt made in Hong Kong.
Any time I see the name of Brioni, it reminds me of one of the primary reasons I continue to shop the Goodwill stores in this location. Brioni is known for being at the top of their market in quality and the price the clothing sells for reflects this with the time and material they put into their products. The two shirts I found were white tuxedo style, very formal shirts with a retail price of right at a whopping $850 and I was able to shell out only $5.98 for each. One of these shirts will definitely be on my first pick for the next black-tie event I am asked to attend.
The Goodwill regularly places a slightly higher price on certain labels they call Better Quality and one of these is from Burberry. Even at the Goodwill price of ten dollars, the shirt is a great buy and hangs with the best of my other brands for those occasions when you want to look and feel your best.
Charles Tyrwhitt is not a high priced company in comparison but is one of your better buys for new shirts, in my opinion. They look great and feel good when you wear a shirt from this company. If the shirt is located in my size, it automatically walks toward the cash register with me.
Ermenegildo Zegna produces some really nice items with an emphasis on designing for men. They have a wide range of styles and quality of shirts with one of their more expensive being the Su Misura. I was lucky to find one of these my size and the quality is clearly evident. Three other shirts from this company were purchased this month ranging from a polo style to the more streamlined business shirts.
John Varvatos is beginning to show up in the area Goodwill stores with a more formal style in addition to their “cowboy” plaid shirts. One of the stores had a large selection of new shirts from a variety of brands and this brand was among them. I picked out a nice looking white business shirt made in China to see how well it performed.
A friend at work loves to wear polo shirts made by Lacoste. The French company is making their shirts in a variety of countries these days and this solid black piqué polo shirt comes from Peru.
At least once a month, I like to visit the local Neiman Marcus just down the street from where I work to see what brands they carry and the price tag they show as well. One of these brands is from Lorenzini, made in Italy. I have yet to try it on but the quality shows in how the cloth drapes and the attention to reinforcing the seams in certain stress areas.
The company Turnbull & Asser was founded in 1885 in London and is known as being a favorite of Prince Charles, Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Charlie Chaplin and even Picasso. The two shirts I picked up for six dollars each are like-new and have a retail price of $365.
The last shirt on this list is from Yves Saint Laurent and, speaking of price, is second only to the Brioni shirts I found carrying a price tag of $550 which I was able to pick up for $6.99. It came as quite a surprise to find that it was made in Taiwan and I will have to look more closely the next time I see this brand as to where it was made.

Alpaca Connection, Dolce & Gabbana and Loro PianaSweaters – I always look to the sweater section when in the thrift stores and most of the time these are mixed in with the men’s long sleeve shirts. It is quite a shock to see how much some of these nice winter items bring in retail. I located a strange but large, black sweater with large letters of “D&G Jeans” at the bottom. I knew right of that Dolce & Gabbana had their name on this one and the price of $7.99 was a great price to pay out for a sweater that retails for almost seven hundred dollars.
Another high priced sweater that I found later this month had the much coveted name tag showing Loro Piana. The peach colored half zippered super soft sweater shirt was grabbed for only $5.24 and retails for almost nine hundred dollars. You will not find this name very often in this area and is the first time in almost five years I was able to put my hands on one of their items.  It will make for a very nice Christmas present in a couple of months.
The third sweater I found is a very colorful 100% alpaca item made in Peru from the Peruvian Connection. This company makes all kind of wearable clothing with the sheared fur from these beautiful South American alpaca camelids.

Pants – It has been unusual to find a good pair of pants but I was able to locate nine great examples, eight of these from Italy.
Two pair of pants from Giorgio Armani were located, one was a nice black pair of Collezioni tuxedo that will go great with the Armani tuxedo jacket I found a while back. The other is a tan pair of Le Collezioni with a ridiculous retail price of around $1,200. They are very nice and are certainly top notch, what you would expect from a name like Armani.
The company Britches makes a very wide range of trousers and are well made with some colors that match many of the dress jackets I am able to come across. This pair of brown pants match a Canali jacket I’ve been looking for a pair of pants for.
Speaking of Canali, two pair of these in navy and brown have the quality you expect from the Italian company. I often receive a nice compliment from the ladies when I wear this brand.
Pazoni is another Italian brand that looks nice and wears well. You can generally find a color that works well with some of those special events or just going to town for groceries.
Santorelli is another Italian brand to look for as they offer pants in around the two-hundred-dollar range as well.
My daughter told me that I couldn’t go wrong if I found a nice pair of True Religion Ricky Straight pants so I paid eleven dollars for this three hundred and fifty-dollar pair of black jeans made in China. We’ll see how well they do on eBay.
One other pair of Italian trousers I found comes from Zanella. The tan pair should go well with most of my dress jackets of a similar shade of brown.

Ties – Once again, this category came in with the greatest number of items; twenty-two. These are represented by some of the better quality producers;  Allen Edmonds, Aurelia, Luigi Borelli, Bottega Veneta (2), Brioni, Canali, Christopher Chronis, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Gianni Versace, Gucci (2), J. Hilburn, Lanvin, Museum Artifacts, Stefano Ricci, Ted Baker, Tufelo Staufluimi and Valentino.
I always welcome the names of Brioni, Canali, Gucci and Stefano Ricci. There were a few new brands I thought I would try out, namely Aurelia, Luigi Borelli, Bottega Veneta, J. Hilburn, and Tufelo Staufluimi. I was aware of the hard to find Bottega Veneta and did not know they made ties and it was a nice surprise to find a tie from Borelli.

Shoes – This month has to be a record in the number of high-end shoes I was able to find. Allen Edmonds was represented by three pair with their styles of Cameron, Clipper and the Wilbert versions. This brand is by far the most comfortable example of shoes I own, is of high quality and the company stands behind their product to the point of even restoring the shoe to like new if it can be done so.
Another surprise was the fact that I was able to find four pair from Bally. These shoes, made in Switzerland, ranged in retail price from $495 to $650 and wear well, look well and are light on your feet.
On a different search, I have a friend that I was able to find a size 17 for him in a shoe from Mezlan. This pair of shoes are quite different in that they are open weave and have a cap toe made from crocodile. The shoes were picked up for only a dollar but show an incredible retail price of $1,295. A fantastic find and they look great, especially for someone who wears a size that is that hard to find.
A new brand for me is that of Santoni. I found a pair of these at a discount store with a retail of over six hundred dollars. This alone caught my attention. A week later I located a used pair at a Goodwill for only eight dollars and found the quality to be superb. The retail of this certain pair was $810. Another great find.
Several matching pair of shoe trees were picked up for the new shoes and were welcome for prolonging the life of these expensive shoes.

Hangers – I have a good number of wooden shirt hangers and am always on the lookout for some nice large maple suit hangers when they can be found, especially those from the company Setwell. I was able to find a good variety of these and others including a much needed Woodlore 40-tie holder to better view my growing collection of colorful silk.

Accessories – Here is where it gets interesting in the variety of items that can be found for not just myself but for family members and friends as well.
     It is always a good day when I can find an item for one of my daughters they will hopefully cherish or at least show a great big smile when they see what I was able to find for them. Burberry came to the rescue in this regard for my youngest when she celebrated a birthday lately. The like-new Burberrys’ crossbody Haymarket purse was just the size she wanted and the patented plaid pattern shows it is from Burberry. Shortly after her birthday, I found, on a half-price day, a very nice Burberry blue label Peyton clutch that will nicely match her purse.
When you have a lot of clothes, you tend to run out of places to hang them. A gold colored clothes stand came to the rescue and is also used to hang wet clothes on the porch to dry.
     My son has shown his talent in the field of art and I was able to find a large aluminum Freedman easel to show his nicer pieces or I might keep it to place a large framed piece of my own artwork. I was also able to find a neat wooden articulated mannequin he can use to pose for drawing figures. His birthday is coming up in a few months so he might find it in his room rather my mine.
Hermes bags     One of the brands that always carries a high price is from Hermès. Anything from them is typically of great quality and usually of a hard to find material. When I saw five cloth drawstring bags for less than a ten-dollar bill, I knew it was a good price as well as being very difficult to locate. The retail price for all five is about three hundred dollars. A ridiculous price for some cloth bags but they have that coveted logo on them.
LV and Burberry     Another name on the same scale is that of Louis Vuitton. There are a lot of fakes of this company’s products but when you find an original for a great price, it is what keeps you scouring the thrift stores for even more. I was lucky when I found not only a ladies long Sarah monogram wallet, like new, but also a man’s Damier 40mm belt. The wallet had a price tag of $79.99 with a retail of $1,000 and the belt was purchased for only $7.98 and retails for $415. Isn’t it nice that Christmas is just around the corner?
Stetson     My grandfather always wore a Stetson hat to cover his head. He believed in having less but what he had was the best. I was able to find not just one but two Stetson hats for those sunny days when the sun is just a bit too bright and hot. One is a black wool felt Bozeman, not an expensive hat but one that was needed. The other is a Stetson Gunfighter 5X straw hat to go with my brown outfits.

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

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.

October 2017

$634.84 $844.18 $42,351.30 66.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
5,770 Corneliani Vogue 19.97 24.99 2,095.00 Charcoal Italy
Versace Classic 19.97 24.99 3,675.00 Navy Italy
Dress Jackets
11,175 Burberrys’ Prorsum 4.99 9.99 2,195.00 Navy USA
Canali Silk 2-button plaid 7.99 9.99 1,595.00 Blue Italy
Christian Dior Le Connaisseur 1.00 9.99 925.00 Black USA
Corneliani Barney’s New York 4.99 9.99 1,745.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 4.99 9.99 895.00 Black Mexico
Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 1,595.00 Grey Italy
Versace Collection 7.98 9.99 2,225.00 Black Croatia
Shirts
6,811 7 for All Mankind The Slimmy 4.99 9.99 169.00 Grey China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.99 6.99 325.00 Black Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.73 8.99 295.00 Blue Hong Kong
Brioni Tuxedo 5.98 7.99 850.00 White Italy
Brioni Tuxedo 5.98 7.99 850.00 White Italy
Burberry London 10.39 12.99 325.00 Blue USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim fit 6.99 6.99 110.00 Silver England
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.48 9.99 375.00 Blue Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Polo 5.98 7.99 345.00 Olive Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Slim fit 5.59 6.99 450.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 6.73 8.99 510.00 Purple Turkey
John Varvatos Slim Fit 5.98 7.99 228.00 White China
LaCoste Piqué Polo Shirt 5.98 7.99 99.50 Black Peru
Lorenzini Neiman Marcus 5.24 6.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Rag & Bone Beach shirt 5.24 6.99 225.00 Red China
True Religion Henley 6.73 8.99 79.00 Black India
Turnbull & Asser Turnbuline 5.98 7.99 365.00 Green England
Turnbull & Asser  – 5.98 7.99 365.00 Blue England
Yves Saint Laurent  – 6.99 6.99 550.00 Olive Taiwan
Sweaters
1,839 Dolce & Gabbana D&G Jeans 7.99 7.99 695.00 Black Italy
Loro Piana Roadster half-zip 5.24 6.99 895.00 Peach Italy
The Peruvian Connection Painted Desert Pullover 5.59 6.99 249.00 Black Peru
Pants
4,229 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni tuxedo 5.24 6.99 675.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 5.59 6.99 1,195.00 Tan Italy
Britches Torino 6.99 6.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Canali Melange 5.59 6.99 425.00 Navy Italy
Canali Pantalone 5.59 6.99 425.00 Brown Italy
Pazoni Romeo 5.59 6.99 195.00 Navy Italy
Santorelli Romeo 6.99 6.99 225.00 Brown Italy
True Religion Ricky Straight 11.23 14.99 349.00 Black China
Zanella Duncan 3.49 6.99 545.00 Tan Italy
Ties
3,575 Allen Edmonds Neat medallion 3.99 4.99 95.00 Red Germany
Aurelia Milano 2.39 2.99 50.00 Blue Italy
Borrelli, Luigi Napoli 0.99 1.99 315.00 Tan Italy
Bottega Veneta  – 1.99 1.99 190.00 Grey Italy
Bottega Veneta  – 1.99 1.99 190.00 Grey Italy
Brioni Square medallion 3.99 4.99 230.00 Red Italy
Canali 1.49 2.99 280.00 Yellow Italy
Christopher Chronis Australia 1.59 1.99 30.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.49 1.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 3.99 195.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.99 1.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Gianni Versace  – 1.59 1.99 175.00 Purple Italy
Gucci  – 3.19 3.99 200.00 Orange Italy
Gucci  – 1.99 1.99 200.00 Navy Italy
J. Hilburn  – 1.49 1.99 89.00 Blue Italy
Lanvin Paris 1.59 1.99 165.00 Yellow France
Museum Artifacts Astronomy map 2.99 2.99 34.99 Navy USA
Stefano Ricci 5.25 5.25 275.00 Yellow Italy
Ted Baker London 3.24 6.49 75.53 Purple USA
Tufelo Staufluimi Firenze 2.39 2.99 50.00 Red Italy
Valentino Oliver 2.99 2.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Shoes
5,071 Allen Edmonds Cameron 1.00 8.99 195.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds Clipper 5.59 6.99 175.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Wilbert 9.73 12.99 295.00 Brown USA
Bally Hardy 6.38 7.99 550.00 Black Switzerland
Bally Hardy 6.38 7.99 550.00 Black Switzerland
Bally Phoenix 11.23 14.99 495.00 Brown Switzerland
Bally Sanaa 655 7.18 8.99 650.00 Black Switzerland
Benedetti shoe tree 1.99 1.99 9.98 Wood USA
Benedetti shoe tree 1.99 1.99 9.98 Wood USA
Mezlan Marina 1.00 12.99 1,295.00 Brown Spain
Nordstrom shoe tree 1.99 1.99 7.99 Wood USA
Nordstrom shoe tree 1.99 1.99 7.99 Wood USA
Santoni Lace up 7.98 9.99 810.00 Black Italy
Songmics shoe tree 1.99 1.99 9.98 Brown USA
Songmics shoe tree 1.99 1.99 9.98 Brown USA
Hangers
193 Natural Suit 0.49 0.99 1.75 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Maple finish suit 1.59 1.99 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Maple finish suit 0.55 0.69 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Maple finish suit 1.49 1.99 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Pants cuff 0.79 0.99 7.50 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Pants cuff 0.55 0.69 7.50 Wood/metal USA
Tom James Suit 0.75 1.00 18.00 Wood/metal USA
Wardrobe Management Suit 0.75 1.00 18.00 Plastic/metal USA
Woodlore 40-tie holder Tie hanger 2.39 2.99 45.53 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
1,785 Buberry Blue label Peyton clutch 17.49 34.99 625.00 Brown England
Burberrys Crossbody Haymarket 35.95 44.99 895.00 Brown Italy
Cambridge Classic socks 0.79 0.99 3.75 Brown Pakistan
Coat Rack clothes stand 1.99 3.99 34.99 Gold China
Freedman aluminum easel 3.74 4.99 185.99 Silver USA
Hermès 3.5″ Drawstring 1.83 1.83 10.00 Brown France
Hermès 4.9″ Drawstring 1.29 1.29 29.99 Orange France
Hermès 4.9″ Drawstring 1.49 1.49 29.99 Orange France
Hermès 8″ Drawstring 1.83 1.83 29.99 Brown France
Hermès 21″ Drawstring 1.83 1.83 199.00 Brown France
Louis Vuitton Damier 40mm belt 7.98 9.99 415.00 White France
Louis Vuitton Sarah Monogram 63.99 79.99 1,000.00 Brown France
Stetson Bozeman 19.96 39.99 78.00 Black USA
Stetson Gunfighter 5X 47.93 59.99 110.00 Tan USA
US Art Supply mannequin 4.79 5.99 24.96 Brown USA
 – mirrored  container 3.74 4.99 18.00 Brown Taiwan

 

Key words: Allen Edmonds, Armani, Aurelia, Bally, Benedetti, Borelli, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Britches, Burberrys, Canali, Charles Tywhitt, Christian Dior, Christopher Chronis, Corneliani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gianni Versace, Giorgio, Gucci, J. Hermes, Hilburn, John Varvatos, LaCoste, Lanvin, Lorenzini, Louis Vuitton, Mezlan, Pazoni, Rag & Bone, Santoni, Santorelli, Setwell, Stefano Ricci, Stetson, Tom James, Ted Baker, True Religion, Tufelo Staufluimi, Turnbull & Asser, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Zanella

April 2017 Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 2017

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

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

March 2017 Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2017

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

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

 

February 2017 Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2017

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

January 2017 Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2017

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