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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

 

December 2017 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallDecember is always a good month to locate Christmas gifts for family and friends. Luckily, I was able to find some great items the past few months that I held in reserve for just such this occasion. Knowing that I didn’t have to try and find as much money to purchase these gifts this month was a great stress relief. There is joy in finding hidden treasures for myself, but I find it much more satisfying to see the delight in others faces when they are suddenly presented with something very nice that I would not otherwise be able to afford. Only forty-five items were purchased for just over two hundred dollars and netted the lowest monthly retail price this year of just $12,432.22. This was still a good figure but fell well short of the triple digit goal with retail being only 57 times as much as I spent.

Treasures – Some of the nicest items this month must start out with the Canali 100% cashmere dark blue window pane suit jacket. The $4.79 spent on this item fell far less than the retail price of $2,795 retail price at Neiman Marcus. Canali is one of my very favorites but this jacket was just too small and will find it’s way to a friend or relative.

It is rare that I find so many great names in shirts but the like new, light yellow Brioni with contrasting collar and French cuffs was a definite find. Burberry was the next find with two identical blue hay market plaid long sleeve shirts and a grey crew neck. The check pattern Luciano Barbera Club was the second I have in my closet from this brand and is a great example of preferred quality.

In a most likely out-of-the-way place, I ran across a dark blue light sweater from Brioni. There were a couple of threads pulled loose which is probably why this item found it’s way to a charitable location. A couple of minutes with a bright light and a spoon full of patience had the sweater back in great shape. My $3.49 was well worth the purchase of this $875 excellence in winter wear.

The number of silk neck wear has exceeded the proper placement of such high-quality items, but I had to pick up the one Gucci, four Hermès and the Ralph Lauren Purple Label knitted ties. These names are always a must have but especially at the price they were listed at and the fact that each looked as though it had never been worn.

One of the better-quality names in footwear is that of Bally. They are made in Switzerland and do the people of that country proud with the quality that is always found with this name. They are light on the feet and glove soft. They are made for those special occasions when you want to “put your best foot forward” and not made to run through the rain in.

Last on this treasured list is an item at the top of my head; a Stetson felt cowboy hat. The chocolate brown 5X Open Road was just what I was looking for and my luck proved out in finding it on half-price day at an affordable $19.96. I have a black felt Stetson as well as a straw Gunslinger Stetson now to meet most any occasion I run into. I wear the Stetson brand with pride carrying on a family tradition my grandfather held firmly to.

Dress Jacket – As mentioned above, a beautiful, super soft Canali cashmere dress jacket was picket up on half-price day for less than a Starbuck’s coffee and more than worth it. The retail on this certain jacket alone, without pants is $2,795.

Shirts – Eight high quality shirts were located. The name of Brioni always brings on the chill bumps when I see the name, especially on a beautiful item that is just my size and works well with much of what I wear. The like new shirt cost $6.99 and retails for $620. Three shirts from Burberry London were picked up, two being identical with the blue hay market plaid and the other being a solid grey crew neck. Charles Tywhitt has a great way of showing their size right inside the neck area tag and I know that when I see a certain combination of neck circumference and sleeve length that it will fit me perfectly. This celery colored shirt should look good with any brown or grey suit. Only one Ermenegildo Zegna shirt was found this month and as usual has the quality you expect to find from this company that caters mainly toward the needs of men. Neiman Marcus carries the brand Ike Behar and though they do not fit as snugly as the Italian shirts, they are still great dress shirts. There are certain brands that you do not see many times unless you are in Barney’s or Neiman Marcus and are usually well out of your budget. One of these I was lucky to find for only $7.50 was from Luciano Barbera. The check pattern brown will look great as a dress shirt with a dark brown suit.

Sweater – Typically, this time of the year is a good time when the snow birds come to our area to permanently roost and we are able to find winter clothing such as heavy cashmere full length overcoats, trench coats, sweaters and gloves. Perhaps they will begin to show up soon but only one sweater made the list this month, but it was a beauty. The name of Brioni showed large and clear against the white label inside the dark blue sweater. Brioni makes some of the best clothing in the world and charges accordingly due to the painstakingly attention to detail by hand on each and every article they create. I could not believe my great luck in finding this Bluette crew-neck sweater late in the afternoon on half-off day but there it was waiting its place on the rack between two shirts. It pays to look in some of the Goodwill stores that are not in areas of affluence since most of the patrons are not aware of the names of some of the “out-of-reach” brands they may not be as familiar with. As an example, that same day, I was told by one gentleman that the best he ever found was J-Crew.

Pants – It appears that the Italians were the favored in this category with four pair of very nice dress trousers. The first was a great pair of Canali charcoal window pane twill flannel pants well suited for a contrasting dress shirt in most any shade of grey. I then found a light wool pair of navy pants made from Ermenegildo Zegna by Cantara. These should go great for the upcoming summer months. The last two were from Santorelli in navy and a light brown. I have been looking for another pair of quality navy pants to go with a couple of navy dress jackets and these should meet the requirements.

Ties – Sixteen high-end items of neck wear were picked off the wall of only three Goodwill stores. Two new Giorgio Armani dark blue and black ties were found. I have a large collection of vintage to new examples of this brand and am much more selective as to which ones find their way home with me. Two from Canali were located earlier and placed back on the rack and selected on “Senior Day” when I had a 25% off their retail price. One is a newer seven-fold and the other is a great classic that will go with just about anything. Ermenegildo Zegna once again took the bulk with five great samples. There was one dark blue Gucci with its name in large letters on the reverse holder that instantly knew where it was going. It is always a lucky day when I find anything from Hermès, but this day brought in four such items, two which appeared to be of the newer logo. Then there was the silver seven-fold Ike Behar and ending with a very lucky find of a silk knit Ralph Lauren Purple Label. You know when you see the purple tag with Ralph Lauren printed on it that you are getting top notch quality.

Shoes – It always pays to look through the different sections of some of the Goodwill stores even when you rarely find anything worth putting into your buggy. Some of the stores are known for glassware or shirts or even electronics where others rarely offer anything of the higher end you might be interested in. This was the case with this pair of new Bally Hudson lace-up dress shoes. The price was $19.99 but I took the $525 pair of shoes home with my discount for only $14.97 and they fit perfectly.

Hangers – Having the supporting tools for your wardrobe is important as to the preservation and presentation of what you have in your closet. It is always a good thing to have enough fresh cedar wood for not only the pleasant smell but the fact that the same odor repels wool eating moth grub worms. I paid right at one dollar each for nine Woodlore cedar pants cuff hangers even though I have enough for each pair of high-end trousers already. I considered this a small investment in the future unholy circumstance that might occur should even one female wool moth make its way into my place. These hangers from Woodlore show that they take their business serious enough to offer a great hanger that I would not consider due to the retail price but is well worth what I was able to pay.

Accessories – A popular name in women’s clothing and accessories is that of Coach. A belt with this name had just been placed on the rack when I approached it and saw that it had a heavy brass buckle attached. There was not a price tag on the belt and the attendant said she had just priced it and someone had probably pulled it off hoping to reduce the price. The amount asked was on the higher side at $24.99 but since it was Senior Day and we were able to purchase anything for a discount of 25%, this made it a better but still high price of $19.97. It just happened to be just my size. Go figure.

A favorite place in the Goodwill and one of the last places to look in the store is the rack with the wooden items. This is usually where I find the cedar shoe trees but there were two small cedar jewelry boxes with brass hinges that caught my eye. The Lane boxes were picked up for $3.19 each and I later found out that they sell for right at $89 each. These two items will go great on Christmas Day for each of my two daughters.

With the purchase of so many great shoes, my floor space was dwindling down to a narrow path from the closet to the bed to the doorway. The purchase of a wooden shoe rack enabled me to place eight pair of shoes in the space where two pair had been before and brought them up where I could see them better. A good purchase for less than eight dollars.

The last item on the list this month was a much sought after brown Stetson hat. One was located in the outskirts of the metropolitan area where I live nearer to the ranches and was in great shape. The price tag showed $39.95 but it was half-off Saturday and it went out the door with me for less than a twenty-dollar bill. This is a good place to put in an advertisement plug for our local Boot Barn store in that they will steam and lightly stretch your hat so that it better fits your head better and straighten out the brim and now it looks like a new one. They do this all for free and have even added some extra foam padding inside the leather band to make my black Stetson hold to my head tighter since it was a quarter size too large. Again, for free. Thank you, Boot Barn!

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.

December 2017

$217.04 $284.06 $12,432.22 57.3x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
2,795 Canali Cashmere 4.79 5.99 2,795.00 Blue Italy
Shirts
2,860 Brioni Contrast 6.99 6.99 620.00 Yellow Italy
Burberry London 14.37 17.99 325.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 6.38 7.99 395.00 Grey Italy
Burberry London 6.38 7.99 325.00 Blue USA
Charles Tywhitt Classic 7.98 9.99 110.00 Celery England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 9.99 9.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Ike Behar Neiman Marcus 6.99 6.99 265.00 Grey Peru
Luciano Barbera Club 7.50 7.50 425.00 Blue Italy
Sweaters
875 Brioni Bluette 3.49 6.99 875.00 Blue Italy
Pants
1,370 Canali Twill flannel 6.99 6.99 425.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Cantara 3.49 6.99 495.00 Navy Italy
Santorelli Como 2 4.99 4.99 225.00 Brown Italy
Santorelli Como 2 4.99 4.99 225.00 Navy Italy
Ties
3,165 Armani, Giorgio  – 1.49 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Armani, Giorgio  – 1.49 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 2.24 2.99 280.00 Black Italy
Canali  – 2.24 2.99 280.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.19 3.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 3.19 3.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 1.99 1.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.59 6.99 195.00 Gold Italy
Gucci  – 2.99 2.99 200.00 Purple Italy
Hermès 493 HA 3.19 3.99 195.00 Blue France
Hermès 7888 MA 3.19 3.99 195.00 Orange France
Hermès  – 3.19 3.99 195.00 Brown France
Hermès  – 3.19 3.99 195.00 Brown France
Ike Behar  – 1.99 1.99 115.00 White USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 1.99 1.99 235.00 Grey Italy
Shoes
525 Bally Hudson 04 649 14.97 19.99 525.00 Black Switzerland
Hangers
186 Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Woodlore Pants cuff 0.99 1.99 20.71 Cedar USA
Accessories
656 Coach belt 19.97 24.99 239.98 Brown China
Lane Jewelry box 3.19 3.99 89.00 Brown USA
Lane Jewelry box 3.19 3.99 89.00 Brown USA
No name shoe rack 7.99 7.99 48.82 Wood USA
Stetson Open Road 5X 19.96 39.99 189.00 Brown USA

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

Key words:  Armani, Bally,  Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Charles Tywhitt, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hermès, Ike Behar, Gucci, Luciano Barbera, Ralph Lauren,  Santorelli,  Stetson, Woodlore

Buying a jacket, Finding a suit

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallWhenever I find a beautiful dress jacket (suit jacket) in a thrift store, I find that it is well worth my time to next look for the matching trousers so that I can put together a suit as it may have initially came into the store. Most suit pants I have found do not advertise who made them inside the waist band and are very difficult to identify unless you have the matching suit jacket in hand to immediately compare.

Earlier this week, I found a top of the line Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suit jacket, a dark grey with faint blue stripes for less than ten dollars. It was very wrinkled and had been hanging on the rack for four days, judging from the date stamped on the price tag. This was quite an exciting find, especially since it fit me very well.

I was still excited, especially after finding three pair of Brioni dress pants earlier my size in great condition and decided to try my luck in the pants section.  Lucky for me, when I cruise through the pants hanging on the racks, the inside waist band occasionally offers the opportunity to identify the brand mostly by the pattern of the inside comfort band. I quickly recognized the possible Zegna pattern of diagonal lines and pulled the pants out to see if they matched the suit jacket carefully placed inside the buggy. Yep, they matched perfectly and I just created a suit.

Kiton Blanc Blue grey jacketYesterday, on a lark, I decided to hit the nearest Goodwill store to where I live. They typically do not have the higher end brands I look for now but on occasion you may find that rare item. I usually hit the silk ties first as this is the place where you will find the majority of high-end brand names. No luck there. I then move on to the suit jacket and suit rack. It didn’t take long before I found the holy grail of suit jackets, Kiton! Not only was it a beautiful example of the Best of the Best + One but it was brand new, not having been worn due to the shoulder and sleeve cuff tailor tacks (white thread) still in place. What a fantastic find and the price tag was only $9.99. It is fortunate for the buyer that a seldom seen name like Kiton is treated as though it is just another name and not marked up accordingly by the thrift store.

If finding a Kiton suit jacket wasn’t enough, and this was only my second of this brand in five years of searching, I also located a very nice Oxxford Clothes dark brown suit jacket. It is my understanding that Oxxford Clothes is one of the last bespoke tailor companies in the this country that carries a heritage of specialized suits back many years and takes pride as offering some of the best suits you can buy made in the United States. The dark brown with a faint dark red vertical stripe fabric on this jacket offers a warm appearance while slimming the wearer.

Clothes matching for a suitNow, it was off to the next section; the pants. With my recent luck in locating some really fine high-ended clothing, I decided to take the time in the dimly lit area to see if I could locate the matching trousers to these two fantastic finds. I draped the two coats in the buggy with the sleeves hanging along the edge so that I could quickly pull out a pair of pants and place them across the fabric to see if there might be a lucky match. After about twenty minutes, I had both pair of trousers that had been separated back together with their jackets to create two sets of very expensive suits.

The chances of finding the matching pants or jacket to create a suit are usually very good when you can take the time to walk between the isles of wool and slowly compare the fabrics of each. Be sure to walk through the sizes that are both larger and smaller than you normally would as most high-end suits are tailor made to the individual and may not be your exact size. If there isn’t much difference in size, it could be well worth the extra expense to ask a good tailor to make the necessary adjustments to fit you perfectly. Unfortunately, both of these suits are two sizes too small in both the jacket and the trousers so there just isn’t enough material to bring either up to my larger size.

In case you were wondering, I was surprisingly able to find both suits on a late afternoon of the Goodwill half-off Saturday and paid only $4.99 for each jacket and $3.49 for each pair of pants for my total price of $16.96 for the two suits. The Oxxford Clothes retails for $4,575 and the Kiton Blanc Blu has a price tag of $8,995 added together for a retail of $13,570. This is why you can find me in thrift stores every other day or so after work.

 

Note: I will be following up this post with a page showing the various pants waist band identifiers where available.  Hopefully, this will help when you find a great pair of trousers and would like to know who made them.

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

 

It’s Halloween Time Again

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallOne of the best places to go for finding a costume for Halloween is by far the Goodwill. They hold onto the weird stuff until the September and then make room for isles of the strangest clothing you could ever hope to find. They even put together full costumes for you to pick from and there is certainly some great talent among the workers at each store. I asked one of the more creative employees to give a demonstration. They are always more than eager to assist you with any reasonable request and she certainly didn’t hesitate to put on the wig and horns in this case.
Take a look at the rows of racks of super items to select from. If you already have a costume, check back and you might find an even better one. Happy Halloween Hunting this year!

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

September 2017 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis was an especially great month for brand names!  I wasn’t able to meet the triple digit goal this time hitting only 87 times what the retail would have been but this month was the third largest retail grab this year with $53,730.80 and surpassed all but one from last year. The total retail for this year alone has already matched the 2016 total for the entire year and we are only 3/4ths the way through the year.  The spreadsheet follows the list below.

Balenciaga price differenceTreasures – How do you select a treasure when there are so many to choose from? I guess the one item that put the biggest smile on my face, gave me the most goose bumps and got my heart to racing was a ladies silk jacket from the French fashion house of Balenciaga. This was the first time I had seen this name on an item in the Goodwill and had been watching for it for a few weeks when it hung on the rack for $395. Ironically, it hung with the men’s dress coats and not with the women’s.  I found it again a couple of weeks later in the glass case at the front door and asked to look at it because it was just a bundle of dark brown cloth stuck on the lower shelf in the corner. The price had been marked down to $149.99 and the color of purple for that week meant it was half price. Still a bargain but too hefty for my pocket book. I had looked it up previously just out of curiosity and found one similar to it with a retail suggested price going for $2,100.  Just per chance this past weekend, I saw what looked like it again tucked away in the corner of the glass case and asked to see it. Sure enough, a week past the half off week for it’s color meant I could get this $2,100 item for only one dollar. Now, that’s what I call a treasure and if it is my youngest daughter’s size on her upcoming birthday, it’ll put just as big a smile on her face as well.

Before this month, I was able to find only two Ralph Lauren brand of his highest offering in the Purple Label. This month yielded this label in a suit jacket, sweater, shirt and tie in three separate Goodwill stores. The color this month is obviously purple.

Gieves and Hawkes suitSuits – Only one suit was purchased this month but it falls into a category few other companies can boast about. I was able to locate a nice fitting Gieves & Hawkes grey formal suit. The company has been in business since 1771 and has dressed leaders and known patrons such as Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Nelson, The Duke of Wellington, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush,  Sean Connery and Diana, Princess of Wales. With an address of No. 1 Savile Row, London, you know that it has to be at the top of it’s game.

Suit jackets from Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Oxxford Clothes, Gucci and Dolce & GabbanaDress Jackets – I am trying to cut down on the number of dress jackets I purchase as they are harder to sell but at the same time offer the best buy for the money when you find a high-end quality suit jacket.  This month brought in some exceptional brands as I am sure you will recognize some of the names. Balenciaga silk jacket
The lady’s silk Balenciaga Le Dix was a fantastic bargain I was very fortunate to find and to be at the right place at the right time. This jacket will receive the respect the name demands and will have a special place for the care it deserves.
Another very nice jacket was the cream colored corduroy Dolce & Gabbana sport jacket. This looks great with a dress shirt and khakis. Another was the recent purchase of an Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance silk and wool jacket and a small design hounds-tooth wool jacket from Gucci.  Both of these jackets retail for around $2,800 each.  What is a collection of super suits without the name of Giorgio Armani showing?  A beautiful dark grey silk suit jacket was picked up from this fashion house and fits like an Italian suit jacket should. Two other suit jackets I located well above even this price were from the makers at Oxxford Clothes located in Chicago averaging around $4,000 between the two.  I especially like the blue with the striped dark and light blue silk lining. A 100% cashmere brown coat from Ralph Lauren with the Purple Label found it’s way into my Goodwill buggy and will look great with a pair of dark brown slacks. The final coat was a dark blue from Versace Classic V2 purchased for less than a five dollar bill. Who says you can’t afford to dress in the finest?

Burberrys' trench coatOvercoats – When one thinks of overcoats, you normally think of the cold winter wind of Ontario, Canada or the wet cold of England. I was able to locate a Burberry’s Long Heritage trench coat purchased in England at the Baron of Piccadilly. it turns out to be just my size and will be worn this coming Winter in the style it demands.  The overcoat shows no signs of wear and was a great value at any price.

A wide selection of shirtsShirts – There were 27 very nice shirts selected with some very notable names. It is unbelievable how much the retail price can be for some of these top of the line items of clothing. Here they are listed in alphabetical order. Astor & Black, Borelli, Brioni (3), Burberry (2), Canali (3), Coogi, Corneliani, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Eton (4), Givenchy, Ike Behar, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Tiglio, and Yves Saint Laurent. I was quite surprised to find not just one but three Brioni shirts. These are the one brand I always have the most excitement in finding. I was also quite surprised to find a Ralph Lauren Purple Label shirt my size as well as one by Prada and Louis Vuitton. The black tuxedo Givenchy comes in with the second highest retail price of $685 just behind tan Prada sporting a price of $740.  The two of these shirts were purchased for less than seven dollars each. Needless to say that these shirts do command a second glance from the ladies where I work but are worn only on certain occasions.

Zegna Sport and Ralph Lauren Purple Label silk and cashmereSweaters – When you think of what some of the best sweaters are made of, you normally think of wool or cashmere. Rarely do I ever think of combining silk with cashmere to make the  sweater light and comfortable. The attention to the detail on the Ralph Lauren Purple Label sweater and hand sewn seams are probably what make this sweater worth the retail price of $1,300. I was more than happy to find it for a total of $5.59, more of a price that I could afford and will wear with pride for many years to come. Many thanks to the person who took the time to donate it to the local Goodwill store.
One other sweater worth selecting was from Ermenegildo Zegna, the Zegna Sport with a 1/3rd zipper front. I have always found the quality of Zegna sweaters to be top notch.

Pants from Brioni, Burberry and Ermenegildo Zegna.Pants – It may appear that pants/trousers/slacks are less abundant than most of the other categories listed here. Possibly due to wearing out in the seat, spilling something on them or wearing them more often than the matching suit jacket. Who knows. I was able to locate three great names at some fantastic prices. If you know what the waist band on the inside of a pair of pants looks like from a manufacturer, it helps to identify certain brands. I have found that most suit manufacturers do not place their name inside a matching pair of pants when purchased with a suit jacket. This makes it difficult to identify the brand when separated. I was able to find a nice pair of Brioni slacks for a dollar as no one was able to identify it without the name inside but I recognized the striping that is the trademark of this name. The $695 pants were worth the effort to identify in this case.
Another great brand I look for is from Burberry. They have fantastic cloth for pants and wear nicely all during the day.
Another brand I look for is from Ermenegildo Zegna and located a pair for $5.59 which also retails for $695.

Ties from Brioni, Broletto, Burberrys, Campagnia della seta, Canali, Charvet, Zegna, Givenchy, Gucci, Isaia, Oxxford Crest, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Santorelli and Stefano Ricci.Ties – One of my favorite categories is that of the ties. I located 28 for my cost of $72 which retailed for $5,500 if purchased at one of town’s local Neiman Marcus, Barney’s or Saks Fifth Avenue stores.  Some of the best names are represented here with Oxxford Crest at $295 and Stefano Ricci at $260 coming in at the highest retail prices. The twenty-eight ties that were picked up this month have the names of Brioni (4), Broletto, Burberrys, Campagnia della Seta, Canali, Charvet (3), Ermenegildo Zegna (6), Givenchy, Gucci (2), Isaia, Oxxford Crest, Paul Smith (3), Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Santorelli and Stefano Ricci. Seventeen of these were found in one store at one time. I hate to say it but it looked like either some gentleman with money died or the wife sought revenge and found it. I prefer to think the last idea was what happened.

Shoes - Bally, Johnston & Murphy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Allen Edmonds and GucciShoes – It’s hard to pass up a great pair of shoes made from one of the best fashion houses. I’m talking about Bally from Switzerland, Johnston & Murphy from the US, the Italian Salvatore Ferragamo Studio, Gucci from Italy and another great US made brand from Allen Edmonds.
I just happened to be speaking with one of the Goodwill staff in one of my favorite stores and he said he was in charge of the shoe department. He knew I was looking for top end shoes and suggested that I come with him and see what he had in the ladies section. He pulled out two bright yellow platform shoes which immediately garnered the attention of one of the ladies standing nearby. She quickly asked if she could look at them and the Goodwill gentleman who had them in hand said she could if I decided not to buy them. I decided to buy them and she expressed a very sour face in return. My oldest daughter tried them on later that day and immediately claimed them even though they appeared to be a bit too tight. She didn’t care, they were GUCCI! Nothing  else needed to be said and I knew better than to argue with her.

Suit hangers, I've already made use of four of them.Hangers – When I find large wooden suit hangers made of maple for less than a dollar each, it’s a good shopping day. I found nine such hangers and didn’t mind paying 79 cents apiece for these great additions for properly hanging the best of my suits. There are some very good articles on why you should hang your clothing on hangers made for that certain type of suit, pants, shirt or tie. Plastic is cheap but wood is typically a better choice for a variety of reasons.
Check out these two great references for additional information:  Why to Buy Better Hangers by Men’s Journal and The Best Hangers by SweetHome.com.

Accessories – This is another area for great monthly surprises and this month was certainly no exception. Even though I didn’t find this first certain item at a Goodwill, I was in need of another leather watch strap for my high-end gentleman’s watch by Audemars Piguet and located a $650 item with that name for only one dollar and a quarter. My other watch band broke from sweat and needed replacing. What a great price!
Another great item I was looking for was a set of headphones from Bose and I couldn’t pass up this set for $14.99.
Chanel silk scarfI couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a dark blue and gold scarf and concluded that it would be worth the $6.38 I would have to pay even if it were not an original. My suspensions came true when I validated the authenticity from a knowledgeable friend that I had found a genuine Chanel scarf. The chance I took paid off for this $450 item.  The hard part of this now will be to decide who to give it to as a present this Christmas.
One other item not found at a Goodwill but worth mentioning was a certain belt I’ve been wanting for the past few years but wasn’t able to afford one. In The Footsteps of Jesus, Hermes belt, suspenders and war metalThis was an Hermès silver “H” with a reversible black and brown belt. My total cost was $34.55 for a ridiculously priced $1,095 item to hold up your pants. The belt came new, wrapped in plastic, inside a fancy cotton bag, in a  recognizable orange Hermès box.
Another item I will enjoy and use for reference is a National Geographic leather bound book, “In The Footsteps of Jesus”. This is a great resource showing what was going on at the time of Christ. Scala fedora hat
I also found a much needed hat from Scala, their Classico, Zoot Fedora. My daughter took one look and said I looked ridiculous in it so I guess it will have to find another head to sit upon.
A nice set of British black silk suspenders will also help Hermès hold up my pants when the time permits.  These will fit the bill when an occassion presents itself to reside beneath one of my formal tuxedos.
Finally, I found a nice little box with a war metal presented to a soldier as the Army Achievement award and it’s accompanying ribbons. It brings back stories I heard of my predecessors war stories during WW II.

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 that high-end item you might run across.

September 2017

$616.56 $934.92 $53,730.80 87.1x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits – 1
1,224 Gieves & Hawkes  – 19.97 24.99 1,224.23 Charcoal USA
Dress Jackets – 9
11,740 Balenciaga Le Dix 1.00 149.99 2,000.00 Brown France
Dolce & Gabbana  – 7.98 9.99 2,000.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance 9.99 9.99 2,795.00 Black Italy
Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 2,195.00 Grey Italy
Gucci  – 7.98 9.99 2,750.00 Grey Italy
Oxxford Clothes Kepp’s Men’s Shop 7.98 9.99 3,595.00 Navy USA
Oxxford Clothes Nordstrom 4.99 9.99 4,575.00 Charcoal USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 15.97 19.99 2,495.00 Brown England
Versace Classic V2 4.99 9.99 1,550.00 Navy Spain
Overcoats – 1
1,895 Burberrys’ Kensington 47.99 59.99 1,895.00 Tan England
Shirts – 27
10,913 Astor & Black  – 5.59 6.99 275.00 Purple London
Borrelli Neiman Marcus 14.37 17.99 333.33 Blue Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 3.49 6.99 550.00 Blue Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 22.46 29.99 595.00 Purple Italy
Brioni  – 6.99 6.99 550.00 White Italy
Burberry Brit 6.99 6.99 350.00 Grey Peru
Burberry London 5.59 6.99 265.00 Yellow USA
Canali exclusive 11.98 14.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 11.98 14.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 5.59 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Coogi Hunt Club 6.99 6.99 110.00 Blue China
Corneliani ID 5.59 6.99 295.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Pinstripe 5.59 6.99 450.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 5.59 6.99 895.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.38 7.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 275.00 Grey Estonia
Eton  – 5.59 6.99 245.00 Yellow Romania
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 255.00 Red Estonia
Eton Contemporary-Fit 5.59 6.99 275.00 Grey Estonia
Givenchy Slim Fit 6.48 12.99 685.00 Black France
Ike Behar New York 5.59 6.99 265.00 Tan USA
Louis Vuitton Uniformes 6.99 6.99 350.00 Black Portugal
Prada  – 6.99 6.99 740.00 Tan Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.18 8.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Tiglio Doppio Ritorto 5.59 6.99 250.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent pour homme 6.99 6.99 570.00 Brown France
Sweaters – 2
2,290 Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 995.00 Blue China
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 5.59 6.99 1,295.00 Tan Italy
Pants – 3
1,840 Brioni  – 1.00 6.99 695.00 Navy Italy
Burberry London 11.98 14.99 450.00 Black USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Soft 5.59 6.99 695.00 Black Portugal
Ties – 28
5,499 Brioni  – 3.74 4.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 2.99 3.99 230.00 Green Italy
Brioni  – 2.99 3.99 230.00 Tan Italy
Brioni  – 2.99 3.99 230.00 Orange Italy
Broletto  – 2.24 2.99 24.97 Black USA
Burberrys  – 4.99 4.99 190.00 Red USA
Campagnia della Seta 1.49 1.99 34.00 Charcoal Italy
Canali  – 2.99 3.99 280.00 Brown Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 2.49 4.99 245.00 Blue France
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.99 3.99 245.00 Blue France
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.99 3.99 245.00 Red France
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 2.24 2.99 195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.24 2.99 195.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.24 2.99 195.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.39 2.99 205.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.99 3.99 195.00 Orange Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.49 1.99 195.00 Red USA
Givenchy Monsieur 3.19 3.99 190.00 Black USA
Gucci  – 1.59 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Gucci  – 3.74 4.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Isaia Napoli 2.99 3.99 225.00 Pink Italy
Oxxford Crest  – 1.49 1.99 295.00 Green USA
Paul Smith  – 3.74 4.99 125.00 Charcoal Italy
Paul Smith  – 2.99 3.99 125.00 Pink Italy
Paul Smith  – 1.59 1.99 125.00 Navy Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 3.99 4.99 235.00 Grey England
Santorelli  – 1.99 1.99 155.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci Luxury Collection 2.24 2.99 260.00 Blue France
Shoes – 8
3,560 Allen Edmonds Hastings 10.38 12.99 395.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Heyden 7.98 9.99 295.00 Brown USA
Allen Edmonds Wilbert 10.38 12.99 295.00 Brown USA
Bally Brignant 4.99 9.99 595.00 Black Italy
Bally Suver 7.98 9.99 550.00 Black Switzerland
Gucci Platform espadrille 31.95 39.99 695.00 Yellow Italy
Johnston & Murphy XC4 Stanton Moc Venetian 7.46 14.99 159.00 Black China
Nordstrom Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 7.99 Wood USA
Nordstrom Shoe tree 0.01 1.99 7.99 Wood USA
Salvatore Ferragamo loafers 19.97 24.99 560.00 Black Italy
Hangers – 9
40 Natural Suit x 9 0.79 0.99 39.60 Natural USA
Accessories – 8
2,515 Audemars Piguet watch strap 1.25 1.25 650.00 Black Switzerland
Bose TriPort headphones 14.99 14.99 169.95 Silver Germany
Chanel chain scarf 6.38 7.99 450.00 Navy France
Hermès H black/carmel 34.55 34.55 1,095.00 Black France
In The Footsteps of Jesus National Graphics 1.49 2.99 40.00 Navy USA
Scala Classico Zoot Fedora 6.99 6.99 46.00 Grey USA
US military Army Achievement Metal 6.38 7.99 40.00 Blue USA
 – silk suspenders 1.59 1.99 23.75 Black England

Knowing your brands, as to which command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. A good example of this was the silk women’s jack by Balenciaga. Become familiar with the brands that sell well or have a long lasting international respect and when you find them in good condition, they may bring you an excellent net satisfaction. Until next month, good luck with your Goodwill hunting.

 

August 2017 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month turned in some great finds. Ninety-six items were grabbed for a total of right at five hundred dollars which netted a retail of just over thirty-six thousand. This ratio was not near as good as previous months turning in a retail equivalent of only seventy-two times the purchase price. My goal each month is a retail comparison of at least 100 times what I pay.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label houndstoothRalph Lauren Purple Label window paneTreasures – Each month has its exciting finds that you associate that month with and this time it was not one but two brand new, never been worn, Purple Label Ralph Lauren three-piece suits. Each had the tags hanging off the button holes as well as the indication that these were ready for the favorite tailor to make the necessary adjustments and sew on the cuff buttons after pulling out the white thread that runs along the top of the shoulders and down the sleeves. The pants were unhemmed ready for a decision to cuff or not to cuff. Another brand that I especially look for is that from the company of Brioni. They, in my opinion, set the mark for quality and attention to detail that other shirts simply cannot aspire to. I also found my first shirt from Loro Piana which comes about as close as any of the others in my collection to the quality of Brioni. In the category of ties, the name of Missimo Bizzocchi is one to keep an eye out for. He is the chairman of Kiton in North America and has his  own brand as well. The quality is top notch as you would expect from someone that represents Kiton. Another brand to look for is that from Stefano Ricci. These are beautiful in both their appearance as well as in the time and quality that shows they want to be the best.

Canali and Burberry suitsSuits – It is always a great thrill to find a top-of-the-line suit hanging within reach, both physically as well as financially.  The two Purple Label Ralph Laurens top this list as mentioned in the previous paragraph but I was also able to find a couple of well-fitting suits from Burberry London and an almost new Canali. Both of these companies bring a slightly higher price at all of the Goodwill stores.

Suit jackets by Etinne Aigner, Isaia, Oxxford Clothes, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna and Z ZegnaJackets – I held back on the purchase of any more dress jackets with the exception of four that I just could not walk out the store without. These were three black jackets from Burberry London and the other two from Ermenegildo Zegna. One of the Zegna jackets shows that it was made in Mexico and I had passed it up the previous week but after trying it on, I found that it fit well enough as though it was especially tailored that I had to grab it.  An article on the web said that the quality from Mexico should be similar as to what would be found in Europe.  I thought it worth the price to verify this.  The last jacket turned out to be a nice dark red, all leather, Etienne Aigner made in Hong Kong and of course, just my size.

16 shirtsAdditional shirts added at the last minute plus the Fendi tie.Shirts – Despite holding out to look for only top quality, high-ended shirts, I was able to still find twenty-two items that fit this bracket. There were the names of Giorgio Armani (3), Borelli, Brioni, Burberry (3), Charles Tywhitt, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Eton (2), Givenchy, Gucci, Ike Behar, Lacoste, Loro Piana, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Not a bad haul considering I was trying to hold back.

pants by Zegna, and LacostePants – There are some days when you find absolutely nothing and other days that make up for those. I had one day where I found seven pair of Ermenegildo Zegna casual and dress trousers at three different stores on the same day. That was quite unusual because I feel like it is a banner day when I can find just one pair. One of these pair had the five asterisks which tells me they are above their average quality, you know, five stars. Two other pair of pants that were selected were from Lacoste and a Santorelli luxury serge/Romeo.

many ties of great brandsTies – A near record number of forty ties were found with a good selection being on a couple of days just as the employee was putting them out on the racks. These were well represented by Aquascutum, Brioni (3), Burberrys’, Canali (2), Charvet, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana (2), DolcePunta (2), English Laundry, Ermenegildo Zegna (10), Fendi (2), Massimo Bizzochi, Piaget, Puccini, Robert Jensen, Rubinacci, Salvatore Ferragamo (4), Stefano Ricci (4) and Tyresö Kommun. A few newcomers were located from DolcePunta, Rubinacci and Tyresö Kommun that I had not seen before but upon a quick search on the Internet with my cell phone, I was able to see that they did command a nice retail price.

Shoes by Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and GucciShoes – Some very good examples of Italian shoe companies were represented here. For an average cost of about ten dollars each, I was able to pick up three black leather pairs of shoes from Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci. This was my first pair from Gucci and of course they were two sizes too small but it is nice to have the shoes to see the fantastic quality of each of these brands, especially for this price.

Suit hangersHangers – Locating a good set of suit hangers is hit or miss but I always make it an effort to check each stores section where the maple and cedar racks may be found. Only four good representatives were located this time around. These certain ones allow you to hang your pants over a rod but my preferred hanger has strong clips to grab the cuffs so that the pants naturally hang and pull out the wrinkles due to the full weight.

Stetson Mitchell hatCoach belts, Louis Roth cufflinks and shirt studs, Lane jewelry box and socksAccessories – You never know what you might find that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. That of course would fall into this category. In this area of the country, we have some formal events that demand the wearer to show up in a tuxedo. I was able to find a nice set of shirt studs along with a pair of matching cuff links from Louis Roth. The set was well worth the $2.24 paid. Another fantastic purchase was a Stetson Mitchell hat that walked out with me for only $5.59. My grandfather always wore a Stetson and I will wear this in his memory. Besides, it looks good atop my noggin. The name of Coach is very popular these days and I was able to find two very nice men’s belts from this company. One was found for about three dollars while the other was asking a ten spot. Wrought iron clothes hangerTo have a place to hang all of the best clothing I locate, I have to have something to hang the items on. A wrought iron clothes rack was found for only $3.74 and will make for a great place to gain easy access to some of my best shirts and pants. I was very surprised at how much a miniature cedar box from Lane retailed for that I was able to find for about four dollars. You can tell it was of nice quality by the fit and the accessory hinges.

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 that high-end item you might run across.

August 2017

$508.14 $636.04 $36,540.12 71.9x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
10,125 Burberry London 22.46 29.99 1,995.00 Brown USA
Canali  – 18.72 24.99 2,250.00 Tan Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 31.95 39.99 2,890.00 Black England
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 31.95 39.99 2,990.00 Grey England
Dress Jackets
4,835 Burberry London 19.97 24.99 1,395.00 Black USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Tuttoritorto 7.98 9.99 1,495.00 Black Mexico
Ermenegildo Zegna Tuttoritorto 9.99 9.99 1,495.00 Black Italy
Etienne Aigner leather 7.49 9.99 450.00 Red Hong Kong
Shirts
5,647 Armani, Giorgio Jeans Muscle Fit 6.99 6.99 125.00 Navy Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 5.59 6.99 345.00 Tan Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 5.59 6.99 345.00 Black Italy
Borrelli Striped 6.99 6.99 333.33 Blue Italy
Brioni  – 6.99 6.99 550.00 Grey Italy
Burberry London 19.97 24.99 285.00 White Tunisia
Burberry London 5.59 6.99 265.00 Red USA
Burberrys Oxford 7.48 9.99 275.00 White USA
Charles Tywhitt Superfine 180s 5.99 7.99 110.00 White Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 450.00 Yellow Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 450.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 6.99 6.99 375.00 Violet Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 5.59 6.99 375.00 Grey Italy
Eton Etastar 5.24 6.99 245.00 Black Sweden
Eton Gingham 11.98 14.99 275.00 Red Sweden
Givenchy Monsieur 7.98 9.99 565.00 Grey Macau
Gucci  – 13.47 17.99 483.99 Black Italy
Ike Behar New York 5.24 6.99 265.00 Tan Canada
Lacoste Pique Polo 5.59 6.99 99.50 Black Peru
Loro Piana Plaid 9.73 12.99 545.00 Blue Italy
Versace Collection 6.99 6.99 295.00 Purple Turkey
Yves Saint Laurent  – 5.59 6.99 295.00 Pink France
Pants
3,685 Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 5.24 6.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton 5.24 6.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton 5.99 7.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton 5.99 7.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 5.99 7.99 695.00 Black Mexico
Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna 5.99 7.99 695.00 Black Mexico
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 5.24 6.99 395.00 Olive Italy
Lacoste  – 5.24 6.99 125.00 Tan France
Santorelli Luxury Serge 6.99 6.99 195.00 Tan Italy
Ties
7,691 Aquascutum London 2.99 2.99 120.00 Red England
Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Yellow Italy
Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Orange Italy
Burberrys’  – 1.49 1.99 190.00 Brown USA
Canali  – 1.49 1.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Canali  – 1.49 1.99 230.00 Purple Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.49 1.99 245.00 Red France
Coach  – 1.49 1.99 125.00 Brown USA
Dolce & Gabbana Cravatte 3.74 4.99 195.00 Yellow Italy
Dolce & Gabbana Cravatte 2.24 2.99 195.00 Yellow Italy
DolcePunta  – 1.59 1.99 330.00 Red Italy
DolcePunta  – 1.59 1.99 330.00 Orange Italy
English Laundry Roffe 1.99 1.99 39.99 Red China
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 2.39 2.99 205.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.49 1.99 205.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.49 1.99 205.00 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.49 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.49 1.99 205.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.49 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.24 2.99 205.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
Fendi ItalCable 1.49 1.99 111.60 Brown Italy
Fendi  – 1.49 1.99 111.60 Blue Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi Louis, Boston. 0.79 0.99 175.00 Grey Italy
Piaget  – 1.99 1.99 110.38 Blue Spain
Puccini  – 1.59 1.99 14.90 Red  –
Robert Jensen  – 0.99 0.99 133.00 Brown Italy
Rubinacci  – 1.49 1.99 199.85 Brown Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini 1.99 1.99 190.00 Yellow Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 3.19 3.99 190.00 Tan Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 3.19 3.99 190.00 Orange Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 2.99 3.99 190.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 1.49 1.99 260.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 1.99 1.99 275.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 2.39 2.99 260.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 1.59 1.99 260.00 Purple Italy
Tyresö Kommun  – 1.49 1.99 50.00 Navy Sweden
Shoes
2,130 Gucci Leather loafer 14.37 17.99 850.00 Black Italy
Prada Venetian Soft Calf Loafers 4.49 5.99 620.00 Black Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Cap-toe Oxford 11.23 14.99 660.00 Black Italy
Hangers
50 Ralph Lauren Polo Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 10.00 Wood/metal USA
Ralph Lauren Polo Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 10.00 Wood/metal USA
Men’s Wearhouse Suit 0.01 0.99 15.00 Wood/metal USA
Men’s Wearhouse Suit 0.49 0.99 15.00 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
315 Christian Dior buckle 0.79 0.99 15.00 Gold Italy
Coach Belt 2.99 3.99 150.00 Brown USA
Coach Belt 9.99 9.99 150.00 Brown China
Interconnect Products HDMI 2.24 2.99 9.99 Black China
Lane miniature jewelry 3.99 4.99 89.00 Brown USA
Louis Roth Cuff links 2.24 2.99 50.00 Black USA
Stetson Mitchell 8X 5.59 6.99 100.00 Tan USA
Victorian Style clothes stand 3.74 4.99 87.99 Black USA
socks 1.59 1.99 10.00 Brown China
socks 0.99 0.99 10.00 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 a good net satisfaction. Good luck with your Goodwill hunting.