This is what keeps me looking to the Goodwill stores in the area. I find some great deals, or should I say treasures, that I would otherwise not be able to afford. Many of the names I now have I had never even heard of a year ago. The name Armani is certainly one I grew up knowing but never dreamed of owning, much less a brand new one. I found, this past half-off Saturday, a never-worn three-button Giorgio Armani dress coat, size 56 European/46 US that fit like it was made for me. At least my eyes tell me so when I look in the mirror. The coat had the typical $9.99 price tag and I noticed that it had that Saturday’s date on it which meant it had just been hung on the clothes rack that very same day. The price for this fantastic find was a total of $4.99, less than the cost of a fancy Starbuck’s coffee.
My first thought was that someone may have stolen it from a high-end clothing store and felt guilty thereby donating it to the Goodwill. I could find no holes, rips or stains but after getting it home noticed that there was an inside button missing behind the middle of the three buttons on the front. As I understand it, stores cannot sell a coat that has a missing button, moth hole or noticeable stain on it for new so they usually donate it and take a tax write off. This is how I came across another great $9.99 deal finding an Ermenegildo Zegna coat with the Neiman Marcus price tag of $1,075 still attached under the left lapel. It had two small nibbles of a moth hole under that lapel. The price tag is small and hidden so I just left it attached. Makes for a great story when the occasion presents itself.
Is it the idea of an opportunity to make a great profit when I find something like this that keeps me haunting all of the local Goodwills or is it the sudden thrill of an adrenaline pump when I see the coveted names hanging from the metal tubes that have the colored tags stuck to the middle of the neck of these suits? I don’t know but one thing I do know is I have a bad case of whatever it is. I think I’ll leave the Goodwill tag and sleeve tag on this one just for the fun of it and believe that Minnie Pearl would be proud of me!