I’ve suspected it all along but now I know that I’ve become a label looker. That is, I find myself ignoring the item when pushing through the waves of cotton and wool in favor of finding certain manufacturer’s labels. It’s that rush of adrenaline that hits you when you find labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry, or even Louis Vuitton. Well, I had such an experience several times this month. When you compare the price for many of these items you are lucky enough to find at Goodwill as to what you would pay for the item new, it becomes a treasure hunt that when bitten, you have a hard time ignoring.
Take this past week as a good example of great items found all at once. One of my favorite brands is Ermenegildo Zegna. Great quality at a price I would not ordinarily be able to afford even at a discount store like Off Fifth Avenue. On a last minute decision, I hit one of my favorite Goodwills and as I began to give up, there they were, seven Zegna sweaters hanging on the rack amidst the colored shirts. On a hunch, I went back the next day thinking that since they were all the same size that there may be more items from Zegna such as shirts or pants. No luck there but I did find a black second Burberry trench coat and a pair of brown Salvatore Ferragamo loafers that fit perfectly. Did I mention the initial find of a Burberry Sateen trench coat and Burberry Commodore overcoat I found earlier in the month. Just my size, of course! This month was also a banner month for finding some top end shirts including not only Zegna but also Armani, Burberry, Christian Dior, Eton, Valentino, Versace and a hard to find Dolce & Gabbana. Check out the prices I paid vs the price they go for new in the spreadsheet following. Links provided give you a location where I found the prices for the item or one very much like the one I found.
A friend at work turned me on to a new brand of shoes I was earlier unaware of. He buys his shoes at Allen Edmonds which has a store not far from one of my favorite Goodwill stores. This is one of the last if not the last major shoe company that still makes their product totally in the United States. I plan to visit the store but will have to wait until the next pay day as this month’s “allowance” has already been spent. So far, I have been fortunate enough to run across several pair in the Goodwill my size for less than seven dollars each and am now considering having a new pair custom made while they have their annual sale. In my opinion, they are that much better of quality than many of the “higher end” shoes I thought I had to have. Not only do I receive more compliments on this brand than my Salvatore Ferragamo or Gucci shoes costing twice as much but they are also consistently much more comfortable at the end of a long day of work. What has been your experience with this brand?
I spent a bit more than I usually do this month but there were a number of items I just couldn’t leave behind as you can see below. Here are some but not all of this month’s haul that I plan to either update my current wardrobe, give as birthday gifts or sell outright to recoup my expenses. My younger daughter has a birthday coming up and I’ve been keeping her in mind as I look through the better items on the rack that would fit her both physically as well as her current taste in clothes. Wish me luck!
September 2015 Take
|3,395.00||Ermenegildo Zegna||Neiman Marcus||19.99||24.99||3,395.00||Tan||Switzerland|
|9,702.58||Armani, Giorgio||Le Collezioni||4.99||9.99||995.00||Charcoal||Italy|
|7,910.00||Burberry||Cotton Garbardine Trench Coat||6.38||7.99||2,295.00||Black||England|
|Burberry’s||Cotton Sateen Trench Coat||15.97||19.99||2,295.00||Tan||England|
|Christian Dior||4.99||9.99||525.00||Green, dark||USA|
|Armani, Giorgio||Le Collezioni||4.79||5.99||475.00||Black||Italy|
|Barney’s New York||6.47||6.47||250.00||Black|
|Burberry||London Classic Fit||11.98||14.99||425.00||White||Turkey|
|Christian Dior||Chemises||7.48||14.99||630.00||White||Hong Kong|
|Dolce & Gabbana||23.96||29.99||845.00||Black|
|John Varvatos||Slim fit||4.79||5.99||148.00||Gray||Indonesia|
|Neiman Marcus||Super 120s wool||5.24||6.99||495.00||Brown||Canada|
|Andre Claude Canova||Georges Dubceuf||3.99||4.99||96.00||Orange||France|
|Barney’s of New York||0.99||1.99||155.00||Red||Italy|
|Barney’s of New York||0.99||1.99||155.00||Blue||Italy|
|Ermenegildo Zegna||Disegno Esclusivo||1.59||1.99||205.00||Brown||Italy|
|Ermenegildo Zegna||Disegno Esclusivo||2.99||3.99||205.00||Brown||Italy|
|FR Tripler & Co.||bow tie||1.59||1.99||19.00||Red|
|1,444.95||Allen Edmonds||Park Avenue||4.79||5.99||385.00||Black||USA|
|Salvatore Ferragamo||Gancio Bit Moccasin||7.98||9.99||640.00||Brown||Italy|
|Burl Walnut||Wood bowl||1.99||3.99||10.00||Walnut||USA|
|Dooney & Bourke||Wallet||9.98||19.99||58.00||Brown|