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Italian Incentive

The best days to shop for the unexpected are the days you unexpectedly have time to shop. Try saying that again without messing up. This past week found an extra twenty dollars for food I didn’t expect to see in my wallet so after work, the car pointed to one of the favorite haunts for locating higher end clothing. Not the place you would expect to find such clothing but nonetheless, historically a good location. As a label looker, Italian names are typically the best overall to browse for in my case.

Italian Incentive
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Within this metropolitan area, the Goodwill stores will change their managers periodically and at times you can find some good deals on names they may not be familiar with when marking prices before hanging out for purchase. Seems the Goodwill management in this particular location discovered Ermenegildo Zegna shirts to be quite expensive when purchased new and the typical price of $5.99 jumped to $39.99 each for eight or so like-new Zegna shirts located on the Better Quality shirt rack. That was ten dollars more than a nice Armani jacket hanging nearby. Ironically, I did find a black Better Quality Zegna shirt my size for $7.98 with my 20% coupon discount and snagged it.

This was the first item located that started a high-end Italian shopping day. Cruising through the rows of men’s long sleeve shirts yielded another Zegna shirt priced at $4.79. It was just getting better. A little further, the tie rack yielded a gold mine with prices of $1.59 each for a Gianni Versace (Millennium version), two Gucci ties, two Ermenegildo Zegna ties and a beautiful brown and gray Canali. The price went down a little further at $1.49 for a nice, current brown Burberrys of London.

There were a few other items located at another Goodwill and it turned out to be a good day with an Italian flair.

P.S. – A word of caution. Just because the manufacturer’s name ends in a vowel doesn’t make it Italian. It may sound Italian but make sure the clothing has “made in Italy” and not “designed in Italy” as you may find in smaller lettering elsewhere on the garment the phrase “made in China” or “made in Vietnam” or some other country. Happy hunting!

Following is a spreadsheet to show the corresponding price I paid for the used items and a suggested retail price for comparison. Links provide pricing examples to the same or similar items when located. Suggested average retail price for this days work came to just over 90 times as much as was paid.  Photos will follow soon.

$18.21 $22.41 $1,640.00 90.1x
Company Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 245.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.98 9.99 375.00 Black Italy
Vera Wang SimplyVera 4.79 5.99 48.00 Black China
Burberrys of London 1.49 1.49 190.00 Brown USA
Canali 1.59 1.99 160.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Vintage 1.59 1.99 205.00 Gray Italy
Gucci 1.59 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Gucci 1.59 1.99 200.00 Black Italy
Versace, Gianni 2000 1.59 1.99 275.00 Black Italy



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