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July 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     July of 2019 was an unusual month in that I was able to focus on a different topic entirely and it had little to do with clothing, my usual motivation. This idea drastically changed the statistics I was looking for with my monthly target being at least 1/100th the actual cost. In sharp contrast to last month, the average retail was less than 25 times what I paid for the 54 items and I spent way over my monthly allocation. The next month will have to be a great event to make up for this factor.

     With a bimonthly meeting coming up with our state M.I. Hummel Club, I decided to look for reference material in the book and magazine section of the thrift stores. Not only did I find what I was looking for but also found a number of great examples of the actual topics themselves, Hummels!

Treasures – I was able to locate some very nice items of clothing that can be considered treasures, items to use and possibly pass on. I was able to locate on a pair of ladies Gucci slacks that fit my daughter Goodwill had mistakenly put in the men’s section and were clearly a woman’s higher end pair. Another pair of high-end black slacks that fit me came from Ermenegildo Zegna and would have cost me 232 times as much as I paid if I had purchased them at retail. I believe my sister will love the $750 Stefano Ricci scarf I found for less than ten dollars. A pair of like-new Bally loafers fit perfectly for less than eight dollars.

     Then there were the six beautiful M.I. Hummel figurines, in great shape to add to the collection already taking up one wall. There were a great many more items that would qualify as treasures but one additional should be mentioned here. This was a genuine Patek Philippe Geneve wooden watch presentation box made of piano wood valued at close to two thousand dollars. These are very hard to come by so make sure you take a look at it in the accompanying photograph. The little red paper bag can be found on eBay with an asking price of around $90 and the outer cardboard box lists for much more than that. Did I mention that the plastic hang tag sells for as much as $99? It’s a crazy world but anything with the name of Patek Philippe commands a healthy price.

Dress Jacket – Only one dress jacket was picked up but it was a very nice charcoal colored Giorgio Armani. This was a perfect fit and appeared to have never been used and could not be put back onto the rack. Armani has a number of different brands within the company and the black label, like the one inside this jacket, tells me this is on the upper end of his clothing lines. One thing I have noticed with his jackets is the rough texture, not a silky finish like many of the other high-end clothing houses.

Shirts – Just six shirts were located that warranted consideration for making their way into my closet. These included a Giorgio Armani Collezioni, a grey Ermenegildo Zegna Z, an unusual but very nice Il Migliorr Tesla, a white Rag & Bone Standard Issue, a Stetson button down and a Vineyard Vines Slim Fit Tucker shirt. It’s hard to go wrong with the two Italian brands Armani and Zegna and I I am trying to limit my purchases in shirts to either those that fit perfectly, would make a great gift or is from a brand that merits not passing it up.

Pants – Three high-end names of some very nice pair of trousers were located. Anything Canali seems to be made just for me and the light grey Sport Canali pants are great for just kicking around informal events in style. Another nice find was an unusual pair of black dress Ermenegildo Zegna pants with the hard-to-find five-star asterisks (*****) designation to let you know you found their best of the best. These $1,295 pair of pants were picked up for only $5.59, a fantastic find for about the price of a fancy Starbucks flavored coffee! Another surprise was the ladies $980 Gucci black viscose boot cut pants I found in the men’s section that had hung there for 31 days. This meant that they qualified for the Thursday color of the month making my cost just one dollar. This was an even better buy since they fit my younger daughter. She will most certainly agree with that! A photograph will be added shortly

Ties – Two Canali and four Ermenegildo Zegna ties were picked up making this a clean sweep for the Italians. It would appear that this website has educated my town of the better names to pick up and the good selections are becoming harder to find in my local area.

Shoes – I was surprised that the beautiful Bally Cesano loafers actually fit my large feet since they looked a bit smaller on the store shoe rack. I don’t actually need any more shoes but wasn’t about to pass up the $675 like-new pair for only $7.99.

     Another great find was a pair of brown Western style Dan Post Miller round toe boots, my size of course. These $179.99 boots, with a Goodwill price tag of $29.99, were a bit rough when I found them showing that they were dirty and dried out to a small extent which would probably explain why they had been on the top of the shoe rack for 30 days. Lucky for me, they had the Thursday “one dollar day” green tag and I grabbed them hoping they would look like new with a bit of elbow grease and leather conditioner. Sure enough, Dan Post makes a very good quality Western boot and they lived up to their brand as I expected. This was a great purchase for only one dollar and is what keeps me on the road checking out all the Goodwill stores. You never know what you might come across.

Accessories – There were 37 items to fit this expanding category. I will mention only a few here and let the photographs (when added) provide most of the descriptive catch this month. There was a great book and magazine collection on the M.I. Hummel figurines, six M.I. Hummel figurines (HUM 10/I Flower Madonna, HUM 46/0 Madonna, HUM 56/A Culprits, HUM 87 For Father, HUM 196/0 Telling Her Secrets and HUM 331 Crossroads Limited), a number of books and an old British map I found that can be used as reference material to assist me with my own family history, a much needed butter dish, a small curio cabinet to put the smaller Hummels in, a giant clothespin to use as a “chip clip”, a coffee mug, a soup mug, three Pampered Chef stoneware items, a Patek Philippe Geneve wooden watch presentation box, a Pyrex 3-quart dish with lid, and a very expensive Stefano Ricci scarf. All in all, a very nice month.

     As always, the following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

July 2019

$624.70 $674.76 $15,430.75 24.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
2,295 Giorgio Armani 6.39 7.99 2,295.00 Charcoal Italy
1,239 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.99 6.99 495.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Il Migliorr Tesla 9.99 9.99 45.00 Grey China
Rag & Bone Standard Issue 9.99 9.99 90.00 White Peru
Stetson button down 4.99 4.99 69.99 Grey China
Vineyard Vines Slim Fit Tucker Shirt 5.59 6.99 89.50 Green China
2,700 Canali Sport 3.99 3.99 425.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 5.59 6.99 1,295.00 Black Romania
Gucci Viscose boot cut pant 1.00 12.99 980.00 Black Italy
1,075 Canali 5.99 5.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Canali 1.00 1.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Orange Italy
855 Bally Cesano 7.99 7.99 675.00 Brown Italy
Dan Post Miller Round Toe 1.00 29.99 179.95 Brown USA
7,266 Ars Edition Lebensweisheiten 5.61 5.61 35.43 Tan Germany
Barry The History of Mass 3 vol set 20.87 20.87 72.98 Black USA
Better World Books Hummel: Her Life and Work 3.73 3.73 55.21 Orange Germany
Collectors News HUMMELS 1978-98 Miller On Hummel 3.98 3.98 55.21 Grey USA
Free Wind Press Tall Ships of Newburyport 3.49 3.49 171.14 Blue USA
Goebel 1979 Hummel Festival Eaton, OH 6.68 6.68 29.99 White Germany
Goebel 7 Hummel Figurines Catalogs 0.99 0.99 50.00 Red Germany
Goebel Hummel Figurines Catalog 1955 19.00 19.00 20.70 Blue Germany
Goebel Insights Hummel Club Magazines 9.79 9.79 72.00 Many Germany
Goebel Insights Hummel Club Magazines 11.34 11.34 36.00 Orange Germany
Goebel Insights Hummel Club Magazines 18.42 18.42 180.00 Blue Germany
Goodspeed Hickman Co. Tennessee Biographies 11.50 11.50 12.00 Yellow USA
Krause Publications Official Hummel Price Guide 2013 13.26 13.26 32.20 Green USA
Morison Maritime History of Mass 1784-1869 12.99 12.99 186.70 Blue USA
Portfolio Press Hummels and Me: Skrobek, Gerhard 4.29 4.29 65.73 Orange USA
Terence Dalton Ipswich, Town on the Orwell 3.28 3.28 38.03 Grey England
Wonsch Hummel Copycats with Values 3.49 3.49 118.86 Purple USA
Curio cabinet Wood and glass 5.99 5.99 161.95 Brown USA
M.I. Hummel HUM 10/1 Flower Madonna TMK-2 30.98 30.98 450.00 White Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 46/0 Madonna TMK-2 21.49 21.49 125.00 White Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 56/A Culprits TMK-1 28.49 28.49 1,100.00 Brown Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 87 For Father TMK-3 15.60 15.60 200.00 Brown Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 196/0 Telling Her Secrets TMK-5 31.36 31.36 390.00 Green Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 331 Crossroads Limited TMK-6 28.37 28.37 500.00 Brown Germany
Crown Manor Butter dish 1.59 1.99 18.00 Tan USA
Darice 9192-08 Super jumbo clothespin 1.99 1.99 6.34 Wood USA
Dennis East Inter. Coffee mug 1.19 1.49 22.00 Brown USA
Home Décor S18 Red Collection 28.7 oz soup mug 1.00 3.99 11.99 Red China
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 6.99 6.99 55.00 Tan China
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster bottom 3.99 3.99 88.75 Tan England
Pampered Chef Family Heritage Collection 4.99 4.99 39.00 Tan Italy
Pyrex Oblong 3-qt dish with blue lid 4.99 4.99 41.00 Blue USA
Encyclopædia Brit. 1890 Suffolk England map 13.78 13.78 124.99 Tan USA
Encyclopædia Brit. Suffolk England 1890 map 23.77 23.77 13.00 tan Japan
Goodwill bag Goodwill reusable bag 0.99 0.99 0.99 Blue China
Patek Philippe Patek Philippe Wooden Watch Box 135.00 135.00 1,937.11 Brown Switzerland
Stefano Ricci scarf 27.98 27.98 750.00 Blue USA

     You can expect to find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key words: Bally, Canali, Dan Post, Encyclopædia Britannica, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Goebel, Gucci, Il Migliorr, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Patek Philippe, Pyrex, Stefano Ricci, Stetson, Vineyard Vines

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June 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     This month of June was a very good time to search for some of the better names in clothing and items that interest me specifically. I had set my goal to not spend as much each month but when you hit a number of stores and spend only just over twenty dollars each to take advantage of the twenty percent off coupon, it adds up quickly. This time to the tune of just short of four hundred dollars. The retail comparison came to $32,398.73 giving me a better comparison of 82.7 times what I would have spent if the items were new off the shelf. That is by far the best goal this year but not up to the three-digit range I try to aim for.

Treasures – Just about everything this month could be considered a treasure but here are the highlights that qualify with the goose bump test. There was the pair of $980 Gucci pants I picked up for $1 since it was a ladies pair hanging in the men’s section for 31 days. Then, there were the two Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura suits I picked up for $17.58 each, just my size of course. Speaking of suits, I also found two Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo suit coats for $8.79 each and a Zegna High Performance Cool Effect jacket for $11.99. My daughter loved the $1,100 Versace Vela Single-Pocket Backpack I paid just over ten dollars but don’t tell her. Did I mention the $730 Gucci Jordaan horse bit loafers for less than seven dollars or the Versace shirt and Ermenegildo Zegna Couture ***** pants that each list for over $1,200?

Suits – One of the better-quality names in men’s dress suits is that of Ermenegildo Zegna. This company pushes the envelope regarding comfort and fit as well as coming up with technological innovations to appeal to a younger age group with money to spend. I located three suit jackets from this fashion house and, two of which were Su Misura made specifically for someone with my measurements and the third was a “High Performance Cool Effect”. With the newly snatched jackets in my buggy, the next stop was the pants section to find the matching trousers for the three expensive suit coats to make them a complete suit. I only found the trousers for the two Su Misura coats after carefully making three passes through the entire selection, but this was still a great accomplishment. My total cost for the two suits was $35.17 and would have cost new $7,190.

Dress Jackets – As mentioned previously, I located a great Ermenegildo Zegna “High Performance Cool Effect” suit jacket for $11.99. With pants, this suit retails for $3,595. I also located two more Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo pen striped suit jackets and will visit the store again to see if the matching trousers show up. These suits, made in Switzerland, have a retail price of $3,250 each. I paid $8.79 each. One other brand name that I favor is anything from Burberry. A traditional navy blazer with brass buttons was found with this name for $8.79 as well.

Shirts – A lucky thirteen number of shirts were picked out from the cotton rows of long sleeve shirts. These included the following brands: Burberry London (2), Cody James, Dutch Bros, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Eton (2), Versace (2) and Vineyard Vines. The two Burberry shirts are for Winter and were a bit small, but the price was right at $5.00 each. The Cody James and Dutch Bros Oregon Moto Club shirt are not in the photograph due to one of my daughters grabbing them too early. Two of the Ermenegildo Zegna’s are dress shirts while the other two are more for sport activities. I love the fit and feel of Eton shirts and they were just my size. The two Versace shirts are not my style but for $15.98 total, the two shirts retail at $2,100 and there is no discussion as to whether they go to the cash register with me or not. My youngest daughter loves Vineyard Vines and this one definitely put a smile on her face. That’s an even better reason.

Pants – On a rare occasion, the employees marking the clothing at Goodwill make mistakes as to whether it should be placed in the men’s or the women’s section. This has proven to be to my advantage more than once. This time, a pair of black silky pants from Gucci were marked as men’s size 38 but were obviously too small even though the European tag indicated this size. This pair of pants hung on the men’s pants rack for thirty-one days qualifying them for the Thursday dollar sale for that color tag. I picked up the viscose boot cut $980.00 pants for one dollar. They fit my youngest daughter perfectly.

     When you learn the words that specify the very best within a brand, you know you have hit “gold” and this is one of the reasons I love to visit the Goodwill stores in my area. I find some of this gold from time to time. One such example is that of Ermenegildo Zegna where the prominence of five asterisks (*****) indicate this is their best, their couture. I located a beautiful set of these pants, my size, for $5.59. I was astonished to learn later that this same pair of pants sold at Neiman Marcus for $1,295.00.

Ties – Neck wear ties are a great place to locate some of the high-end names for a couple of dollars that others have spent more than a couple hundred in some cases. Some of my favorite names were located this month were: Brioni, Burberrys, Giorgio Armani, Hermès (2), Luciano Barbera (2), Salvatore Ferragamo, and Vineyard Vines (2). The ties are beautiful and work great with adding a contrasting splash of color to a black, blue or brown suit.

Shoes – There were one pair of shoes and five pair of Western boots located this month along with some very nice cedar shoe trees. The boots were in a variety of sizes but well worth the price, especially with my twenty percent discount when spending twenty dollars or more. The brand of boots were Ariat, Code West Mignon snip toe, Justin 3133, Lucchese men’s 1883 Pull-On, and Lucchese men’s Shane round toe. A total of $70.46 was spent on boots retailing for $1,285.84. I was especially proud to have found two of the Lucchese brand, the most expensive and best that Boot Barn locally carries./p>

     The Florsheim cedar shoe trees were picked out for the next set of shoes I was hoping I could restore to a better presentation. Having a good pair or shoe trees or boot trees that fit your footwear ensures the longevity of your leather coverings.

     Now, as to the pair of shoes I found, the $6.99 Goodwill sticker didn’t do the brand justice. The brass horse-bit addition to the leather loafers indicated a possible high-end shoe but not necessarily. There are a lot of want-a-bees out there and it is quite rare to see the “real thing”. The first clue were the last few letters inside the shoe …CCI. Just two more letters and I knew these rough shoes had the best shoe leather the Italians are best known for. This was one of those “both arm chill bump moments” when I came to a quick realization that these $730 Gucci shoes were the real thing and at 1/104th the cost. A bit of leather conditioner, shoe polish and a lot of elbow grease would have these shoes looking much better. The photograph shows a contrast between the left shoe I worked on and the other showing the original condition I found both in on the bottom shelf of the Goodwill shoe rack. Now, it’s time to get to work on the right shoe. The Italians don’t work on just the outer layer of the leather but the entire skin and here is the proof.

Pocket Square – You meet all kind of people at any Goodwill store and some can be quite informative. One such gentleman was clearly running down the row of dress pants feeling inside all the pockets for money or whatever might be left worth putting in his own pocket. He said he had found a twenty dollar bill some time earlier. When I got home one evening, I pulled a suit coat out of the Goodwill bag and hung it up with the pants in the bathroom ready to steam it but decided to check the pockets first. Lo and behold, I pulled out a beautiful silk pocket square I was unaware that was taking up that space in the coat front pocket (see the tie photograph). The name of the designer was on the corner of the pocket square and was one I was unfamiliar with, Edward Arman. It turns out that this free piece of beautiful silk has a retail price of $80. What a lucky find. Check the pockets!

Accessories – This category has some of the more interesting purchases but also some of the least expensive, but necessary items.

     There it was, straddled across a suit coat with the words Burberry blazoned across the mid-section of the cloth belt. Not a place I would expect to find another expensive British belt, but I grabbed this one for a total of two dollars.

     With the volume of wool clothing I have, there is always room for another piece of cedar furniture to protect my investment from moths. In this case, the Footfitter shoeshine box fit the bill for $2.50. Inside was a Valentine Garemi horsehair brush, like new, for another $1.50.

     I have an original ink line drawing I wanted to place in a frame behind glass before something happened to it and located a very nice frame with an interesting watercolor painting inside. I didn’t expect to purchase an original by Gail E Walter so it is off to the Goodwill again to find another frame.

     I have run out of space to safely show any more M.I. Hummel figurines I have but it is difficult to pass over a great buy when it jumps out at you. The grand kids don’t care too much for grandmother’s collection of the German porcelain statues of children but when you can locate a rare example for a few dollars, it’s a no brainer. I located three nice examples of some of the older pieces: HUM-62 Happy Pastime (TMK-1 & 2), HUM-82 School Boy (TMK-2) and HUM-20 Prayer Before Battle (TMK-2).

Notice the placement of the incised M.I. Hummel on the back of the bowl instead of the girl as well as this piece having both the incised TMK-1 and stamped TMK-2 trademarks.

     There were relatively few of the older figurines produced with the first two trademarks and these are highly sought after by those who collect these figurines. I also found a 1976 Catalog and Price List for these. Check out my sister site with much more information at MIHummel.org.

     With so many neck ties and many of these with a retail price over $200, it is good to find the perfect wooden box to store the better examples in and the red wooden wine bottle latched box was just the ticket. This makes the second such find and a welcome find for those very special, hard to come by, very expensive pieces of colorful silk. I tend to favor some of those made in Italy and France like Zilli, Brioni, Stefano Ricci, Hermès, etc. and was looking for the perfect place to safely store these high-end names.

     Pampered Chef hit the mark again this month as it has in the past few months. The stoneware pizza pan makes the perfect pizza that much better, especially when it can be picked up for less than a five dollar bill.

     My youngest was looking for a black backpack and I found a fantastic example of what she was looking for. She starts college this year and will be in style with the black Prada Vela single-pocket backpack. I asked the lady behind the better-quality counter if I could look at it and quickly told her to put my name on it for purchase when I finished cruising the rest of the store. Just as I was leaving her counter, another lady came running over asking if it was still available. She shook her head and pointed at me. I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. It had my name on it and would soon have my daughter’s back holding it full of books. The $1,100 item was purchased for $10.39.

     The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and a link to the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. Use this as an aid in looking up the prices you may find on a similar item.

June 2019

$391.99 $499.63 $32,398.73 82.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
7,190 Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 17.58 21.98 3,595.00 Black Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 17.58 21.98 3,595.00 Navy Switzerland
Dress Jackets
11,645 Burberrys’ blazer 8.79 10.99 1,550.00 Navy USA
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance Cool 11.99 14.99 3,595.00 Black Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 8.79 10.99 3,250.00 Navy Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 8.79 10.99 3,250.00 Grey Switzerland
5,128 Burberry London 5.00 9.99 260.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 5.00 9.99 260.00 Blue USA
Cody James Regular Fit 7.99 9.99 44.00 Blue China
Dutch Bros Oregon Moto club 3.49 3.49 24.95 Grey China
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 7.19 8.99 450.00 Navy Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 450.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.39 7.99 450.00 Pink Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 275.00 White Sweden
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 275.00 L Blue Sweden
Versace Collection 5.59 6.99 850.00 Brown Italy
Versace Jeans Couture 10.39 12.99 1,250.00 Tan Italy
Vineyard Vines 5.59 6.99 89.50 Blue Peru
2,275 Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 5.59 6.99 1,295.00 Black Romania
Gucci Viscose boot cut pant 1.00 12.99 980.00 Black Italy
1,680 Brioni 3.19 3.99 230.00 Yellow Italy
Burberrys 3.74 4.99 190.00 Green USA
Giorgio Armani Cravatte 1.59 1.99 150.00 Grey Italy
Hermès 163 TA 2.99 2.99 180.00 Yellow France
Hermès 7319 EA 2.99 2.99 180.00 Blue France
Luciano Barbera 4.79 5.99 195.00 Orange Italy
Luciano Barbera 4.79 5.99 195.00 Orange Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo 1.49 1.99 190.00 Blue Italy
Vineyard Vines Expect Miracles Foundation 1.49 1.99 85.00 Green USA
Vineyard Vines Whales 2.39 2.99 85.00 Green USA
2,041 Ariat 10010933 14.99 14.99 179.95 Brown Vietnam
Code West Mignon Snip toe 15.00 29.99 169.95 Brown USA
Florsheim shoe tree 3.99 3.99 24.95 Tan USA
Gucci horsebit loafer 6.99 6.99 730.00 Oxblood Italy
Justin 3133 7.99 7.99 84.95 Black USA
Lucchese Mens 1883 Pull-On 13″ 12.50 24.99 495.99 Brown USA
Lucchese Men’s Shane Round toe 19.99 24.99 355.00 Black USA
Pocket Square
80 Edward Arman 0.01 0.01 80.00 Blue Italy
1,011 Burberry Vintage check leather belt 2.00 3.99 320.00 Tan Italy
Footfitter Cedar shoe shine box 2.50 4.99 47.00 Tan USA
Gail E Walter watercolor and frame 7.99 9.99 119.00 Tan USA
Hummel HUM 20 Prayer Before Battle 16.95 16.95 200.00 Tan Germany
Hummel HUM 62 Happy Pastime 46.68 46.68 325.00 Tan Germany
Hummel HUM 82 2/0 School Boy 15.98 15.98 175.00 Tan Germany
Hummel 1976 catalog Catalog and price list 6.99 6.99 7.50 Tan Germany
No name 12″ latched box with lid 4.99 4.99 12.00 Red China
Pampered Chef Large Round Stone Pizza #1371 4.99 4.99 35.00 Tan USA
Prada Vela Single-Pocket Backpack 10.39 12.99 1,100.00 Black China
socks Plain grey socks 0.99 0.99 0.99 Grey China
Valentine Garemi horse hair brush 1.50 2.99 18.00 Black Germany

     This was indeed one of my nicer months of finding some great surprises in among the ocean of other items unselfishly given for others to make use of. It reminds me of going with my grandparents to look for Indian arrow heads on the shores of the great rivers when I was just knee high. You find the best examples when you least expect it and it is great fun to share with others much like yourself. Thank you for reading and good luck with your own search. I hope these posts help you in finding that little gem just waiting to be pulled out from the rest.

Key Words: Ariat, Brioni, Burberry, Code West, Cody James, Dutch Bros, Edward Arman, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Florsheim, Footfitter, Gail E Walter, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Justin, Lucchese, Luciano Barbera, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentine Garemi, Versace, Vineyard Vines, Zilli

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May 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     For the purchases in the area Goodwill stores, only 16 items with an average retail of about 24.4 times as much as I paid were purchased this month but the names were certainly noteworthy. This month was quite scarce in the number of purchases as compared to any month preceding it due to some unexpected expenses as well as the lack of time to cruise through the waves of cotton and wool. As with any visit to the local Goodwill stores, there were a number of hidden surprises just waiting to be uncovered. I was quite surprised as to the retail value of some of the items following as you will see.

Treasures – There were two primary items I consider to be treasures. You know, a treasure is something that has lasting value and in most cases can be passed down through the generations. These gems begin with two distinctive and well-known names in their respective circles: Patek Philippe and M.I. Hummel.

         I located the fifth of five volumes of the Patek Philippe 2018 Collection Volume V to complete my set of this series up to the current publication. It sells for $658.72 and I was able to find it still in the factory sealed plastic for a total of $41.34. This is the most I have paid for one of the books of this series but was well worth it since I have read the previous four cover to cover of the 300+ pages each. The other Patek Philippe item is the 16-250 watch movement without the watch case or strap I purchased purely out of curiosity to view such perfect expertise in the field of handmade watches. More on this further down.

         The other name I became familiar with is that of M.I. Hummel initially created by the German firm Goebel. These porcelain figurines were created beginning in the year 1935 from the drawings of the Catholic nun Maria Innocentia Hummel. They now command a very high price and are quite collectible. Six of these were picked up earlier for a fantastic price and have increased the interest with my family and friends in the already growing collection to be handed down to the next generation.

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Shirts – There were two shirts that had to be picked out of the huge collection available. The small number is a result of the large numbers accumulated earlier. There simply isn’t room in the closet for another folded piece of cotton. The $350 Burberry with its Haymarket plaid was an easy pick and had just been placed on the rack when I followed in behind the lady placing these for general consumption. She laughed when she saw my expression after seeing the British label. The other shirt was a no brainer due to the scarcity in the area I live. This is my Alma Mata and I wear the red with pride. Roll Tide, Alabama!

Pants – With more than a quarter million miles under my belt on motorcycles, I know the value of a good pair of leather pants. This, like new, $400 pair from Wilson’s Leather in my size was quickly picked up for less than seven dollars. This pair of pants didn’t appear to have been worn any at all, no scratches, smudges or smears whatsoever. With a name like Wilson’s Leather, I was surprised that they were still hanging on the rack before I found them. What a buy.

Shoes – For a total of less than $25, I was able to select three pair of top quality Western boots that retail for a corresponding $590 retail. Two of the pair were from Tony Lama, one being a round toe boot and the other a 11” Stockman boot. The third boot was a Justin Classic Roper boot, a good ranch working footwear for around the coral. These are quite valuable for working around animals and rough weather. It is nice to have several pair of well fitting boots to match the color of your outfit and to make sure you rotate your selection so that you don’t wear the same pair two days in a row.

Accessories – Ever since I found my first piece of Pampered Chef stoneware and learned how great food is when cooked on this valuable piece of cookware, I’ve been keeping an eye out for the easy to recognize tan stoneware. I now have eleven pieces and here too am running out of room to store them where they are easy to grab when the occasion dictates it. Two additional pieces now adorn my pantry with a 12½ inch round baking bowl with handles and a 4 mini-loaf bread pan. The kitchen never smelled as good as it does now.

         Patek Philippe arguably makes the finest time pieces in the world and I never thought I would own anything with this name on it that once adorned someone’s wrist. I found a small round box with the movement of a tiny woman’s watch within and walked away with it for less than a five-dollar bill. The Patek-Philippe 16-250 watch movement is known to be one of the smaller, if not the smallest, movements created by this company and with it being about the size of a penny and only 2½ mm thick, I believe it. The company reports that Queen Elizabeth owns a watch with this very same movement within. Some additional information I found was, “16-250 is a mechanical caliber with manual winding; this is Patek’s smallest movement, designed especially for ladies’ watches; 18 jewels; 28,800 vph, 4 Hz; power reserve approx. 38 hours, 101 parts, height 2.5mm, diameter 16.3mm, bridges 4, Balance: annulaire, displays hours and minutes, Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.” Reference.

         One other item I purchased is a brand new book from the museum of Patek Philippe, still within the protective plastic, the latest of a set of five that alone retails for $658.72. I now have all five of the set of 300+ pages each of this magnificent collection of hard back books published by Patek Philippe. Now that I own a small example of their workmanship, this collection means all the more to me. “These publications – from a detailed catalog to a unique book for a unique watch – contribute to a greater appreciation of horology and increase the pleasure of owning a fine watch. They will form the nucleus of every collector’s library.”

         As an art form, the M.I. Hummel figurines popularity has declined over the past couple of decades but the value of the hard to find items has since increased to the same degree. It is amazing how those little porcelain children that our grandparents collected have since lost some of their appeal with the younger generations but I predict that this will reverse itself and I am having a good time finding some worthy and beautiful pieces for some comparatively low prices. Six of the latest figurines I was fortunate to locate are the HUM 43 March Winds, HUM 114 Let’s Sing, HUM 139 Flitting Butterfly, HUM 251 A & B bookends, HUM 340 Letter to Santa and a very nice HUM 387 Valentine Gift. Two of these are the older versions, TMK-2, which were created shortly after 1945 and not as plentiful as the more recent versions. My investment of about $150 is worth a current value of about $2,735. As an art form, where each piece is handled by many artists with hours of painstaking detail, the beautiful workmanship increases their value as they grow older.

         The following chart shows how much was paid for each item, the tagged price before my discount and the retail price of that article or one similar to it if I could not find the exact item. A local community college uses this website in their fashion courses for the students to familiarize themselves with the price comparisons of the different brands as well as some of the details I have been able to find in one easy to use web site.

May 2019 $268.51 $281.50 $6,562.48 24.4x  
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
25 Burberry London 9.74 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Fanatics Alabama Crimson Tide 4.99 4.99 24.99 Red Honduras
400 Wilson’s Leather Pelle Studio 6.74 8.99 400.00 Black China
590 Justin Classic Roper boot 4.99 4.99 139.95 Brown USA
Tony Lama round toe boot 5.99 5.99 199.95 Brown USA
Tony Lama 11″ Stockman boot 13.49 17.99 249.95 Black USA
5,198 M.I. Hummel HUM 043 March Winds 18.98 18.98 210.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 114 Let’s Sing 23.00 23.00 350.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 139 Flitting Butterfly 18.25 18.25 250.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 251AB Bookends 45.99 45.99 900.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 340 Letter to Santa 32.00 32.00 425.00 Tan Germany
M.I. Hummel HUM 387 Valentine Gift 19.60 19.60 600.00 Tan Germany
Pampered Chef 12.5″ round baking bowl 5.24 6.99 39.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef 4 loaf mini bread pan 3.74 4.99 64.97 Tan USA
Patek Philippe 16-250 watch movement 14.42 14.42 1,699.95 Silver Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Volume V 2018 41.34 41.34 658.72 Brown Switzerland

         Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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: Burberry, Fanatics, Justin, M.I. Hummel, Pampered Chef, Patek Philippe, Tony Lama, Wilson’s Leather

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April 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     For the purchases in the area Goodwill stores, only forty-one items with an average retail of about 39 times as much as I paid were purchased this month but the names were certainly noteworthy. Each day is a new surprise mixed in the past weeks run through at each store. I’ve learned to pay more attention to the current color tag for that week eliminating the past colors since they were scrutinized previously.

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Treasures – It is difficult to choose what would be considered a treasure and what is not when my taste changes in these close to 5,000 items gathered over the past five years. I will admit that the Ermenegildo Zegna dress shoes, the Valentino sport jacket, the three Gucci ties and the very large M.I. Hummel figurine definitely fit this category. The rest of these items are right behind this class and deserve special mention as well.

Dress Jackets – Suits and dress jackets physically take up more room than most items that I look for so I have had to cut back and choose only those jackets that warrant closer inspection. Two such items were the black Burberrys suit jacket that a random woman made comment while I had it on how good it looked. That sold it right then and there. My daughter reminded me that the color black washes me out and is not a color that looks good on me. Looks like this might make its way to eBay shortly.
     The other “had to have” jacket bears a seldom seen name where I shop and that is the name of Valentino. At first, it appeared to be made for a woman with the built-in shoulder pads but the buttons are located on the proper side in front. Besides, it looks great in the mirror.
     Another last minute pick up was for a friend who needed a tuxedo for an upcoming prom. Isn’t it funny how you earn a certain reputation and all of the sudden you are the expert in that field.

Shirts – Shirts are typically the easiest to run through since the brand label is clearly visible at the very top. This isn’t always the case when the rack becomes so full that you are unable to pull the hangers away from one another to see who made the shirt. The plastic hangers usually don’t fair very well under the pressure of the tug and pull and break easily. This was the case this month but I did find some really nice shirts.
     These included a Western style brown Ariat Rebar VentTek picked up for my daughter for her work with Western wear.
     On the opposite end of the spectrum, I located a nice Giorgio Armani Collezioni dress shirt for half price making it well worth the five-dollar bill asked for it.
     Next on the list was a beautiful blue Burberry London dress shirt that will look great with blue jeans or a Sunday suit. It’s hard to go wrong with this British brand which holds its value for a very long time.
     Charles Tyrwhitt is always worth a second look over and this light blue window pane will look good under a grey suit any day.
     I have reservations in purchasing recently made Christian Dior shirts from certain parts of Asia but this one comes from Hong Kong and I know it represents the European quality Christian Dior I remember from years past. The light green is just the right shade to work with blue jeans on that certain event or special occasion.
     The next four come from Ermenegildo Zegna and cover quite a wide spectrum of dress. The thick red window pane shirt would feel great on a cold winter evening, while the other three would meet the requirements for a dressier circumstance.

Sweaters – There are some brands you see on a rare occasion and in my area of shopping the name of Rag & Bone is one that sends chill bumps up and down my arm. This certain item is a full length sweater and was sold as a marketing venture with Target. My daughter told me that some of these one day only sales are sold out in a matter of minutes when Target announces the limited sale ahead of time. This four-hundred-dollar item was one of those that I was lucky to pick up for less than seven dollars.

Ties – I am always on the lookout for the higher end name brands you can usually find with men’s neckties and was fortunate to find some all together on a certain lucky visit. The brands I found are listed in alphabetical order: Barindelli & Trezzi, Burberrys (2), Charvet, Ermenegildo Zegna (4), Gucci (3), Holland & Sherry and a Ralph Lauren Purple Label.

Shoes – A very lucky find was that of the brand Ermenegildo Zegna. Not only did I find one but there was a second pair of black dress shoes the very next week. This makes only the third pair of this brand of shoes I have been able to locate with the first pair showing up the very month before. My $15.98 for the two shoes yielded $1,945.00 if purchased at the retail price.
     Another great name in footwear can be found with the Lucchese Western boots. These are some of the more expensive boots I was able to find which are sold at our local Boot Barn store. They are super comfortable, very high quality, last a life time and are great looking. Although I paid quite a bit more for one pair, the fit was great and I know these will outlast me if properly taken care of. A second pair were located high on a shoe rack just waiting to be picked up. These are a beautiful golden brown pair of Lawrend Round Toes. On the next to the last day of the month, I ran across a third pair of Lucchese boots. This time they were the L1505 black cherry goat skin that I picked up for $14.99 and retail for $895.00 and they look like new. Of course, they were my daughter’s size and she immediately said they belonged to her. Of course they do. Here is a last minute photo of these great pair of boots.
     Rated as one of the Top 35 most expensive shoes for men, Church’s is listed with a beautiful set and I can see why with the suede pair I purchased with this name I was able to find the last week of the month. These are waterproof, good looking and super comfortable. This English made pair look like they would last a long time and their timeless beauty shows the quality built in.
     Another pair of cedar shoe trees were located for $2.39 but good examples are becoming more scarce for some reason. I just purchased two new pair of cedar boot trees from the Boot Barn that were listed for $27.99 each set. It is important for the longevity and keeping the shape of your expensive footwear by making sure each has a matching set of cedar trees whether they be boots or dress shoes.

Accessories – There are a few names in cookware that spell quality and two of those names are Longaberger and Pampered Chef. I located a very nice 9” square Nature’s Garland vegetable bowl by Longaberger for eight dollars to be used as a present to someone I know that collects this very nice product.
     Pampered Chef is easy to spot with the rough looking tan stoneware. I was unaware that I now own eleven pieces of this product in various shapes and uses. Five of these were picked up just this month. It didn’t take long to run out of storage space in my kitchen but most of the pieces I have are like new and cost one tenth of the retail price by purchasing them at my favorite Goodwill stores. Now on to learning to cook with this great set of cookware!
     With a very nice collection of expensive neck ties, it was time to find a way of storing them properly separate from the others I have learned from. A narrow wooden container with a latch just the width of a tie works great when the ties are rolled and neatly placed within. This container works great and holds some of my more prized selections for those special occasions when only the best silk will do.
     Saving one of the best purchases for last is an 11½” HUM 7/III Merry Wanderer M.I. Hummel figurine. I was able to purchase it for a little over one hundred dollars but it comes in with a value of right at $1,650.00. The sticker price is still on the bottom showing the initial price of $600 for this older piece but to replace it with a brand new one of this size would cost me $1,700.00.

     It was a good month! The following is a list of the items purchased this month with the price I paid, the tagged price and a representative retail value of that item or one much like it.

April 2019

$453.07 $505.56 $17,492.28 38.6x




Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
5,170 Burberrys 14.99 14.99 2,190.00 Black USA
Valentino Uomo 8.24 10.99 2,980.00 Tan Italy
3,135 Ariat Rebar VentTek 4.49 4.49 44.95 Brown China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 5.00 9.99 265.00 Black Tunisia
Burberry London 9.99 9.99 350.00 Grey Tunisia
Charles Tyrwhitt 4.99 4.99 110.00 Blue England
Christian Dior 5.00 9.99 630.00 Green Hong Kong
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 5.24 6.99 385.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.99 6.99 450.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 7.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.99 7.99 450.00 Red Italy


Rag & Bone Target/Neiman Marcus 6.99 6.99 395.00 Black China
2,530 Barindelli & Trezzi Bellagio 2.24 2.99 42.95 Black Italy
Burberrys London 1.99 1.99 190.00 Red Italy
Burberrys London 1.99 1.99 190.00 Green Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 2.39 2.99 245.00 Black France
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.59 1.99 275.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 1.59 1.99 275.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Gucci 1.99 1.99 200.00 Orange Italy
Gucci 5.59 6.99 210.00 Orange Italy
Gucci 5.59 6.99 210.00 Orange Italy
Holland & Sherry 1836 2.24 2.99 89.99 Green USA
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 1.59 1.99 235.00 Silver England
4,323 Church’s Stefan 4.49 5.99 548.45 Brown England
Ermenegildo Zegna Monk strap 9.99 9.99 995.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Wingtip Derbies 5.99 7.99 950.00 Black Italy
Lucchese Cole embossed 71.12 71.12 355.00 Black USA
Lucchese L1505 black cherry goat 14.99 14.99 895.00 Cherry USA
Lucchese Lawrence Round Toe 44.99 59.99 345.00 Brown USA
Nocona Vintage leather 23.99 29.99 214.95 Tan USA
Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
1,884 Hummel Merry Wanderer – 7/III 118.34 118.34 1,650.00 Tan Germany
Longaberger 9″ square vegetable bowl 7.99 7.99 25.00 Tan China
Pampered Chef 6-section deep muffin cake stoneware 7.99 7.99 59.99 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Mini fluted Bundt Baking Pan 5.99 5.99 36.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle flat stone 3.99 3.99 31.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle flat stone 3.99 3.99 31.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Square baker 3.74 4.99 51.00 Tan USA
12″ lockable box with lid 3.99 3.99 12.00 Red China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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: Ariat, Armani, Barindelli & Trezzi, Burberrys, Charles Tyrwhitt, Charvet, Christian Dior, Church’s, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Holland & Sherry, Longaberger, Luccehese, M.I. Hummel, Nocona, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Pampered Chef, Rag & Bone, Valentino

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March 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     The month of March has historically been about average as far as the amount retail recorded but below the number of items located. This shows up with the percentage of the retail being only 58 times what I paid based on the prices located online. This is balanced however, by the type and quality of items as well as the brands I was able to find this past month.

Treasures – If a designer’s name can be equated to quality, then I found some of the better lines of clothing and treasures this time around. I typically seek out the Italian and French brand names but this month was a bit different with some great American labels. Of course, you can’t go wrong with brand names like Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna Eton, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Loro Piana, Luciano Barbera, M.I. Hummel, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vera Wang, Versace, or Yves Saint Laurent but you might also want to consider some a little closer to home. Labels from this side of the Atlantic you may wish to consider might be Allen Edmonds, Coach, Dan Post, Justin, Luccehese, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Pampered Chef, Resistol, and of course Tom Ford. I was able to find all of these treasured names and more. Read on for more details.

Dress Jackets – There are two names that generally come up when you speak with men being well dressed and these might include Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna. These two gentlemen have made quite an impact on the way men present themselves in a better light. These two names came up on nice examples of their brand with a black Armani jacket made in Italy and a black Su Misura jacket by Zegna from Switzerland. The quality is evident and reflects immediately when you have your arms outstretched within the soft woolen coverings.

Shirts – Twenty-one shirts made up the fantastic selection of a mix between dress shirts and those you would find on someone riding a horse. In alphabetical order, here is what could be found and selected this month: Canali, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (6), Eton (4), Gucci, Luccehese (3), Luciano Barbera, Ralph Lauren Purple Label (2), Tom Ford and Vera Wang.

     The light blue Tom Ford shirt had a very worn label but was clear that it had to go into the shopping cart no matter the condition, especially for a low price of $4.99. This was the first Tom Ford of any item I have run across and was quite an exciting experience.

     It goes without saying that any time I see the five letters GUCCI that it is a good day. I read that this brand is internationally recognized above all others and for good reason. The shirt will help my appearance if for no other reason than that of the continual smile you will see on my face when wearing it.

     Dolce & Gabbana is not only on the forefront of creativity but they also produce some really great quality merchandise. A white dress shirt of this brand was located in an out-of-the-way store, one I will frequent more often now.

     Six Ermenegildo Zegna dress shirts were selected ranging in price from $2.25 to $6.39 each. Not a bad price for shirts ranging from $345 to $450 at Neiman Marcus.

     I love the look and feel of the shirts made by the company Eton. Four of these had just been added to the clothes rack while I was shopping.

     Luccehese is well known for having the highest quality in Western boots and this transcends on to their shirts as well. Three more shirts were located in the same store this time. This apparel goes right along with the hat and boots picked up this past month.

     The purple label that is visible on the inside collar of Ralph Lauren shirts jumps right out at you after you have seen one or two and realize that this is his best line of quality clothing. Two such shirts jumped right into my buggy from the same store that is known for finding the higher end clothing. I’ve noticed recently that there are several other companies that have begun copying the purple theme denoting this as their better line of quality. Be careful and read the label before placing the article of clothing in your buggy.

Sweaters – The three sweaters all came from Ermenegildo Zegna with one being a lush tan pure cashmere, another a 1/3rd zipper black and the third being a beautiful mix of colors that was quickly claimed within the family. Each of these has a list price in the range of $800 to $900.

Pants – The pickings for the trousers this month were on the upper end of the scale with the three Loro Piana brand retailing for close to $1,000 each. My total for the three Italian pair was $10.50.

     I am always excited to find the name of Brioni proudly blazoned inside the waistline of any pair of slacks but especially those of a pair of dress pants. These $850 tan wool slacks fit perfectly and are smooth as silk.

     Another brand that fits just right all the time is that of Canali. They have just the right colors to match most of my dress jackets as well. Many times you will find a very nice jacket but the pants have been worn down much quicker.

     This was not the case with a pair of brown Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo trousers. The color matches very well a Zegna Trofeo jacket I’ve been looking for a pair of pants to match.

     My cost for these seven high end pants was $36.55 and would have pushed me back $5,435 if I had purchased them new at the retail store.

Ties – Fifteen ties were the count this month. My cost was $53.27 for the $3,095 set if I had paid retail. The brands I was lucky to find were as follows: Alfred Dunhill, Burberrys (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gucci, Mario Borelli, Prada, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Versace (2) and Yves Saint Laurent (4). Interestingly, I noticed that the Yves Saint Laurent were made in China which was quite a shocker for me.

Shoes – This was quite a mix of the high end dress shoes and the down to Earth Western cowboy boots. Allen Edmonds is always a favorite since they are right in there as the most comfortable shoes I have measured by how my feet feel at the end of a rough work day.

     Another lucky find was a beautiful, older pair of brown Salvatore Ferragamo Akon penny loafers. These look good with almost any dress suit.

     I then found four Dan Post boots, two of which I can wear quite comfortably with one of the others going to one of my daughters and the other ready for a quick sale.

     There was then one pair of black Justin Roadhouse exotics that I picked up for $3.50.

     The last pair of boots were a very lucky find since they are considered the “Cadillac” of Western wear boots; Lucchese 1883 snip toes. I’ll definitely be looking for this brand a bit more carefully in the near future.

Accessories – This category is always fun to report on since it is the wildcard of the group. My daughters have taught me to differentiate between the real Burberry Haymarket plaid and the “wantabees”. I was fortunate to locate a medium size purse including a vintage wallet. The checkout clerk couldn’t believe the two were one price until I showed her the “2 of 2” on the ticket. I picked up the $2,150 combo for $20.
     A small LED penlight comes in handy in a darkened corner of a store when looking a details and this was the case that revealed the faint Coach brand stamped inside a leather belt. The $95 belt was picked up for the full price of $5.99.
     It is not always the stores in the best locations that have the items in most demand. I seldom frequent one such store but was lucky enough to be at the right place just after a Hermès Grand Manege scarf was placed in the jewelry counter. It was well worth $15.99 and will make that certain someone a very special birthday gift coming up this summer.
     M.I. Hummel figurines are an art form that has lost favor with the upcoming generation it is reported. The grand children are not interested in their grandmother’s collection so these usually hit the stores in mass at times. Although the price for the new items is hitting records, you can still find some of the prized pieces for great prices. Make sure there isn’t any damage to the porcelain kids though. I located five beautiful Hummels for $129.64 that appraised for $2,845. This keeps me interested in creating a collection I hope my grandkids will appreciate one of these days. My interest in this has branched out to set up an educational website to show the value of these pieces of handcrafted art forms that can now be located at the web address mihummel.org.
     If you are into cooking to any degree (high or low), you are familiar with the quality stoneware Pampered Chef. Food just tastes better when cooked or baked in this heavy, tan hardened cookware. I found another piece, a bean dip bowl to add to my growing collection. The $55 piece was picked up for two dollars. I already have one but this might come in handy for a present or to loan out.
     To go with the collection of quality Western boots I have been fortunate enough to locate, there appeared a black Resistol 7X beaver cowboy hat hanging on a rack near the necktie assortment. There was no price on it but I knew the brand was one to pay attention to and the fact that it was of beaver meant it would probably outlast me. Since it didn’t have a price tag on it, they quickly added one seeing that the hat wasn’t in top notch condition making me a fantastic price of only $4.99. I took the hat to Boot Barn and, after they steamed it and conditioned it for thirty minutes for free, it looked fantastic. A great deal for a $430 hat!

March 2019 $574.61 $736.03 $32,966.69 57.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
5,470 Armani, Giorgio 13.49 17.99 1,295.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 10.99 10.99 4,175.00 Black Switzerland
7,320 Canali 1934 6.39 7.99 345.00 Blue Italy
Dolce & Gabbana 14.99 14.99 395.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna City 3.50 6.99 345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 2.25 4.49 385.00 Brown Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.50 6.99 450.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.50 6.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.50 8.99 450.00 Green Italy
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 255.00 Blue Romania
Eton Contemporary 5.59 6.99 275.00 Purple Romania
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 245.00 Pink Romania
Eton Contemporary 6.39 7.99 275.00 Blue Romania
Gucci 10.00 19.99 660.00 Blue Italy
Luccehese 1883 7.49 9.99 150.00 Brown China
Luccehese 1883 7.49 9.99 150.00 Brown China
Luccehese 1883 12.99 12.99 150.00 Brown China
Luciano Barbera 6.99 6.99 425.00 Blue Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.49 9.99 395.00 Black England
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 6.50 12.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Tom Ford Spread collar 4.99 4.99 710.00 Blue Switzerland
Vera Wang SimplyVera 4.49 4.49 70.00 Grey Jordan
2,580 Ermenegildo Zegna Pure Cashmere 5.59 6.99 895.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Sport 9.99 9.99 895.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 12.99 12.99 790.00 Blue Italy
5,435 Brioni Cannes 3.50 6.99 850.00 Tan Italy
Canali Pantalone 4.99 4.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Canali Pantalone 10.39 12.99 425.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 7.19 8.99 750.00 Brown Portugal
Loro Piana cotton trousers 3.50 6.99 995.00 Brown Italy
Loro Piana thick wool trousers 3.50 6.99 995.00 grey Italy
Loro Piana thick wool trousers 3.50 6.99 995.00 grey Italy
3,095 Alfred Dunhill 2.99 2.99 195.00 Black Italy
Burberrys London 3.99 3.99 190.00 Brown England
Burberrys London 4.49 5.99 190.00 Red USA
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 2.99 2.99 275.00 Brown Italy
Fendi Cravatte 5.99 5.99 200.00 Brown Italy
Gucci 4.49 5.99 200.00 Red Italy
Mario Borelli 4.99 4.99 85.00 Blue USA
Prada Milano 4.99 4.99 195.00 Grey Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 3.99 3.99 235.00 Gold England
Versace, Gianni V2 2.39 2.99 275.00 Red Italy
Versace, Gianni V2 2.39 2.99 275.00 Red Italy
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Red China
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Red China
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Blue China
Yves Saint Laurent 2.39 2.99 195.00 Blue China
3,065 Allen Edmonds Stockbridge 7.99 7.99 425.00 Black USA
Dan Post Milwaukee Western 22.49 29.99 169.95 Red USA
Dan Post Raleigh lizard skin 15.00 29.99 299.95 Black USA
Dan Post Raleigh lizard skin boot 15.99 19.99 299.95 Black USA
Dan Post Renegade 15.99 19.99 169.95 Brown USA
Justin Roadhouse exotic 3.50 12.00 309.95 Black USA
Lucchese 1883 snip toe boot 19.99 24.99 495.00 Brown USA
Ferragamo Akon 2 Penny loafer 9.99 9.99 895.00 Brown Italy
5,005 Burberry Med. Banner 10.00 25.00 1,690.00 Brown England
Burberry Cont. Wallet 10.00 25.00 460.00 Brown England
Coach Brown plain belt 5.99 5.99 95.00 Brown Turkey
Hermès Grand Manegè scarf 15.99 19.99 415.00 Red France
Hummel Apple Tree Boy – 142/I 10.00 10.00 250.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Crossroads – 331 TMK7 51.00 51.00 525.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Puppy Love – 1 12.59 12.59 219.95 Tan Germany
Hummel Stormy Weather – 71 41.20 41.20 1,350.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Strolling Along – 5 14.85 14.85 500.00 Tan Germany
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 2.00 3.99 55.00 Tan USA
Resistol W420 7x beaver 4.99 4.99 429.99 Black USA
Rug Brown, small rug 3.99 3.99 12.00 Brown China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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: Alfred Dunhill, Allen Edmonds, Armani, Brioni, Burberrys, Canali, Coach, Dan Post, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna Eton, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hermès, Justin, Loro Piana, Luccehese, Luciano Barbera, M.I. Hummel, Mario Borelli, Prada, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Pampered Chef, Resistol, Su Misura, Tom Ford, Trofeo, Vera Wang, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent.

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February 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     This was a very good month for finding some very special items you would not expect to find in any thrift store. Sometimes, it is hard to pass over a seldom seen treasure at any price but especially for the discount prices you can find at any Goodwill store. Read in the following paragraph some of the gems I was able to locate and you will see what I mean.

Treasures – The name of the luxury design house Stefano Ricci should be on your list of names to watch for. The company slogan is that they begin where others leave off and their products show the quality and expense they put into their merchandise. I found a brand new, with tags, hoodie with this name on it and found that it was well worth the $51 paid since it lists for $4,270. Check out their website or eBay for other fantastic items to catch your eye.

     It cannot go without saying that the name of Brioni is at the top of my list of names to realistically look for and even this name is not as prevalent as I would like. I was able to locate a grey double breasted top of the line dress jacket as well as a new pair of black corduroy pants with this label prominently showing. This company really knows how to dress you so that others will show you the utmost respect when properly outfitted in their name.

     The single name I long most to find in dress shirts is that of Kiton. There are many blogs on the subject of the finest shirts that come from this design house and the general consensus is that these are the best. I was able to locate a beautiful blue striped shirt, only my second to find with this name so that made it ever the more special.

     One other name that I never thought I would locate was that of Alexander McQueen. There it was, a simple, white, very wrinkled shirt with the easily recognized logo inside waiting to be grabbed. Amazingly, the shirt had been hanging on the rack for eleven days without anyone recognizing the nature of its scarcity. This was the first item in five years I had ever seen from this company.

     There were many more treasures, too numerous to mention here, so I will comment on them in the following categories in greater detail.

Dress Jackets – There was only one jacket taken home this month and it was a great find. The double breasted, grey with metal buttons showing the stylized B of Brioni was located on a rack in the nearest Goodwill to my house. It is just my size and now I need to make sure I have a pair of trousers to properly match the shade of grey and design in the jacket.

Shirts – There were sixteen shirts that I picked out of the waves of rows of cotton lining the racks within the many Goodwill stores I visited the past four weeks. Four of these shirts need further explanation. I have never seen an Alexander McQueen label in the five plus years while visitin the front door of the local Goodwill stores but this was definitely one that put the goose bumps on my arm for sure. The shirt is a plain white cotton dress shirt but has the collar logo as well as an embroidered logo near the belt line.

     Another favorite name to search for is that of Dolce & Gabbana. This blue striped shirt is soft to the touch and exhibits quality you would expect from the Italian firm.

     The third name, Kiton, is my most sought after brand and makes this item only the second that now resides in my closet. You almost need a magnifying glass to see the thread and the hand sewn button holes are a work of art. My cost for this like new shirt was only $7.33 but the retail at Neiman Marcus is $895. This is definitely a shirt to wear only on those very special occasions.

     The last name to command respect among the shirts collected is Luciano Barbera. The plaid cotton shirt comes from a company that excels in beautiful Italian fabric craftsmanship and I am always glad to see the brand available for the picking though seldom seen. This makes my third shirt with this brand.

     The remaining shirts I was able to select were from Alan Flusser, Ariat, Giorgio Armani, Burberry Brit, Burberry London (3), Charles Tyrwhitt (2), LaCoste, Ralph Lauren and Sartorial.

Sweaters – Although I am not a huge fan of the Coach brand, their quality and ability to know what people are interested in is quite evident. I found a rather large and heavy but well-made roll collar sweater in the shirt rack recently and after looking it over decided to grab it anyway. Well worth the twenty dollars I spent on it especially since it lists for right around $550 retail.

     The second sweater type article of clothing certainly did bring about a lot of excitement. The brand is Stefano Ricci and this hoodie was brand new with tags attached. I located it on the ShopGoodwill.com website, Goodwill’s auction site much like that of eBay. I came in second place with a bid of $51 and thought I had lost the article. It turns out that the winner must have defaulted or used an unethical means of picking up the win and the hoodie showed up in my selection to be paid for a few days later. I gladly plunked down the “winning bid” amount for the new with tags (NWT) elusive article of clothing that lists for an amazing $4,270.

Pants – It is not often that I find a brand new pair of black trousers with the name of Brioni on them, much less a pair of higher end corduroy with a tag of $725. These were on the pants rack on the Saturday, half-off day available for $12.50. More amazing was the fact that they had been placed on the floor a full twelve days earlier.

Ties – Always a good number in this category, the fourteen ties had a couple of notable names to describe. The name of Stefano Ricci is one of the primary brands I look forward to seeing with all of the neck ties hanging just beneath the wall of baseball hats. This makes quite a contrast between the type of customer looking for a $300 dress tie versus the typical dude needing another baseball cap.

     The Hermès company is well known and some of their ties actually sell used for more than what they were purchased for new. This says a lot about the company and how well their products are received by those that know the name associated with quality and hard to find items. One such tie, of the three I found, actually was new and had the tag still attached.

     Fourteen ties and some really nice ones not usually seen were available this month. I was able to locate the following: Burberry London (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi Cravatte (3), Hermès (3), Ralph Marlin & Co., Stefano Ricci, Gianni Versace (2), and Vitale Barberis Canonico.

Shoes – My older daughter drew my interest toward that of cowboy boots, the real thing and not those that imitate. I’m learning which names to look for as to the better quality and price. I was able to find a couple, one of which was my size and one her size. The Dan Post Nogales waterproof ($185) fits me well and didn’t have to be broken in on my feet and a pair of Tony Lama lizard skin that sell for $420 were just right for her.

     I also found my first pair of Ermenegildo Zegna shoes to add to my collection selling for $595 but were too small. I just happened to be talking with a customer that I had been looking for that name in shoes but in the past five years had never seen a pair. He pulled out one from the shelve and said, “You mean one like this one?” Incredible!

     Two additional pair of patent leather shoes were found with the name of Prada on them were hard to pass up, especially with my price of $5.24. Both of these had a retail price of $620.

     Another name that is hard to pass up comes from the Italian leather specialist of Salvatore Ferragamo. One pair of brown Derbys, my size, that sell for $795 were picked up for less than ten dollars and another pair of ladies, like new with a bow on the top, were grabbed for right at thirty dollars. They have a retail of $650. This was indeed another good month for finding high quality shoes.

Pocket Square – I have too many pocket squares and find that no longer wear them but couldn’t pass up a very nice blue silk one made in England for little more than a dollar.

Accessories – My youngest daughter will be graduating in a couple of months and will be needing some very nice items as a gift to celebrate this once in a life occasion. I was able to find favorite brand of hers in a beautiful dark green leather purse with a bow on it from Kate Spade. I hope it will look great with the Ferragamo shoes with a matching bow she will also receive.

     My oldest daughter let me in on a secret that one of the best names in cowboy hats, besides Stetson of course, comes from Resistol. This one wasn’t expensive but I know with this name that it will look great for a long time.

     Lastly, an old hobby of mine is locating and purchasing some of the oldest M. I. Hummel figurines I can come across. This month includes a couple of eleven-inch Apple Tree Boy and Girl, numbers 141 and 142, a perfect Stormy Weather, number 71 and a Band Leader, number 129. I’m running out of room to house this collection that started in the late seventies but each figurines is in a protective environment away from dust and direct light.

     The following chart is a breakdown of the forty-nine items purchased during the month of February, 2019. My total expenditure was my record high at $813.69 and the full retail would have cost me only thirty-seen times as much, right at $30,351.15.

February 2019 $813.69 $921.95 $30,351.15 37.3x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
8,450 Brioni Aurelio 19.99 24.99 8,450.00 Grey Italy
4,370 Alan Flusser 7.33 7.33 29.99 Brown China
Alexander McQueen 7.99 7.99 525.00 White Italy
Ariat Fitted 5.59 6.99 56.99 Red China
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 6.74 8.99 265.00 White Italy
Burberry Brit 11.24 14.99 300.00 Navy Hong Kong
Burberry London 9.74 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 5.24 6.99 300.00 Blue USA
Burberry London 7.50 14.99 350.00 Red USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.99 4.99 110.00 White England
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.99 4.99 110.00 Grey England
Dolce & Gabbana Slim Fit 16.88 16.88 445.00 Blue Italy
Kiton 7.33 7.33 895.00 Brown Italy
LaCoste Modern fit 7.49 9.99 89.50 Blue Hong Kong
Luciano Barbera 6.99 6.99 425.00 Brown Italy
Ralph Lauren Polo 7.33 7.33 79.50 Blue Sri Lanka
Sartorial 5.24 6.99 39.28 Blue Bangladesh
4,820 Coach Roll neck 19.99 24.99 550.00 Black China
Stefano Ricci Hoodie 51.00 51.00 4,270.00 Grey Italy
725 Brioni Pinwale Corduroy 12.50 24.99 725.00 Black Italy
2,660 Burberry London 2.24 2.99 190.00 Brown USA
Burberry London 2.24 2.99 190.00 Red USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno esclusivo 2.24 2.99 205.00 Grey Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.99 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 200.00 Brown Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 200.00 Red Italy
Hermès 5485 FA 2.24 2.99 180.00 Navy France
Hermès 5618 EA 3.74 4.99 180.00 Blue France
Hermès 758956T 2.24 2.99 180.00 Blue France
Ralph Marlin & Co. Harley Davidson 2.24 2.99 34.99 Tan USA
Stefano Ricci 2.24 2.99 250.00 Red Italy
Versace, Gianni 2.39 2.99 275.00 Orange Spain
Versace, Gianni Classic 2.99 2.99 275.00 Gold Italy
Vitale Barberis Canonico 1.50 2.99 100.00 Gold Italy
3,885 Dan Post Nogales waterproof 15.99 19.99 184.95 Brown USA
Ermenegildo Zegna loafers 9.74 12.99 595.00 Black Italy
Prada Patent leather loafer 5.24 6.99 620.00 Black Italy
Prada Patent leather loafer 37.49 49.99 620.00 Black Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Derby 9.74 12.99 795.00 Brown Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow Pump 29.99 39.99 650.00 Black Italy
Tony Lama Lizard boots 15.99 19.99 419.95 Brown USA
Pocket Square
15 silk 1.19 1.49 15.00 Blue England
5,426 Hummel Apple Tree Boy – 142 160.00 160.00 1,600.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Apple Tree Girl – 141 160.00 160.00 1,600.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Band Leader – 129 20.50 20.50 500.00 Tan Germany
Hummel Stormy Weather – 71 54.50 54.50 1,350.00 Tan Germany
Kate Spade Crossbody bow 18.74 24.99 298.00 Green China
Resistol Western cowboy hat 15.99 19.99 74.00 Brown USA
socks thin 0.74 0.99 1.00 Black China
socks thin 1.49 1.99 2.00 Brown China
socks thin 0.74 0.99 1.00 Grey China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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: Alan Flusser, Alexander McQueen, Ariat, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Charles Tyrwhitt, Coach, Dan Post, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Hermès, M. I. Hummel, Kate Spade, Kiton, LaCoste, Luciano Barbera, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Martin & Co., Resistol, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sartorial, Stefano Ricci, Tony Lama, Gianni Versace, Vitale Barberis Canonico.

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January 2019 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     January has historically been a good month for the number of items collected following closely behind the Christmas holiday. with this period of time reflecting 68 items. I have cut back on what I purchase, preferring the higher end and less available pieces due in part to educating myself on what sells for a higher profit and the pure fact that there is less room to store anything else. My goal of three digits fell way below with the retail showing only 46.7 times as much but the brands purchased were well worth it as you will see.

Treasures – There were many treasures this time but here are some that really stand out that still provide the goose bump test. The top of the list has to be the Louis Vuitton monogram business brief case. It appears to be brand new and everyone in the family has put their claim on it. A white lambskin Chanel purse was also a lucky find and well worth the sixteen dollars. My daughter was the lucky recipient of a five-hundred-dollar pair of El Dorado ostrich western boots I picked up for less than twenty dollars. They look like new after she worked them over. Brioni came in with two six hundred dollar shirts and five ties, a name I always look forward to seeing. Another shirt, a Purple Label Ralph Lauren plaid was located for less than five dollars. Last but not least, Dolce & Gabbana produced a brand new pair of tan jeans and well worth the twenty-eight dollars. Everything else following can be considered a treasure as you will agree after you see the names represented.

Suit jackets - Canali and ArmaniDress Jackets – Two very nice suit jackets made the list this month. One of these was quite different, a grey Canali with the Exclusive label on it and another grey Giorgio Armani LeCollezioni very fancy jacket with three flower button holes were hard to pass over. Both fit nicely and it was easy to find a pair of pants that matched each.

Shirts – A grand total of fifteen shirts were picked up with some great names like Giorgio Armani (2), Brioni (2), Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Eton Classic, Gieves & Hawkes, Ike Behar New York, Luccehese 1883, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Turnbull & Asser and a Wrangler Jack Daniels. I am forever looking for anything with the name of Brioni on it but especially their fine shirts. This brand fits fantastic and looks even better. The red Jack Daniels from Wrangler was picked up for a certain cowgirl I know.

Pants – Only three pair of trousers were located that I wanted but they could not be passed over. The name of Burberry looks great but especially a dress pair of black pants that pair up with most of my black and grey dress jackets. Dolce & Gabbana was a great surprise with a brand new pair of tan jeans sporting a large label for everyone to see who made this pair of pants.

Ties – This was a good month for locating some great ties, 29 to be exact. Check out some of these names and the photo for some great examples. These included the brands from Armani Collezioni, Brioni (5), Canali (2), Chiavari, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (8), Fendi Cravatte (2), Hermès, Lanvin Paris (2), Stefano Ricci, Valentino, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent (2).

Shoes – I believe this was the greatest number of shoes purchased in one month which included an Ecco Windsor slip on, El Dorado handmade boot with Ostrich ($500), Giorgio Armani sneaker ($875), a Gucci driver ($590), a Justin Bay Apache leather cowboy boot ($185), Prada penny loafer ($695) and a Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford ($795). There were also a set of cedar shoe trees from Maus & Hoffman and Nader.

Accessories – This category held quite a variety as usual. Some of these items included an HDMI cable from AudioQuest, a white Chanel purse ($834), a Coach cloth and leather belt ($225), DIY wood book cover, Louis Vuitton Monogram business bag ($3,400), Macon glass top watch box, Michael Kors large leather smartphone wristlet ($118), Stetson Osceola Stingy Brim linen hat ($120) and a Vera Bradley Iconic Ultimate diaper bag ($128).

     The following chart is a breakdown of the sixty-eight items purchased during the month of January, 2019. My total expenditure was $537.44 and the full retail would have cost me forty-seven times as much, right at $25,073.44.

January 2019

$537.44 $706.32 $25,073.44 46.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
3,790 Armani, Giorgio LeCollezioni 8.99 8.99 2,295.00 Grey Italy
Canali Exclusive 5.00 9.99 1,495.00 Grey Italy
4,992 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.99 7.99 265.00 White Italy
Armani, Giorgio 5.24 6.99 445.00 Black Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 5.59 6.99 630.00 White Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 7.99 7.99 630.00 Blue Italy
Canali 6.99 6.99 275.00 White Italy
Canali 6.99 6.99 275.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 10.40 12.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.99 6.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Eton Classic 5.59 6.99 245.00 White Sweden
Gieves & Hawkes 4.99 4.99 125.00 White USA
Ike Behar New York 6.99 6.99 225.00 White Peru
Luccehese 1883 5.59 6.99 150.00 Brown China
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 4.99 9.99 450.00 Blue G Britain
Turnbull & Asser London 5.59 6.99 335.00 White England
Wrangler Jack Daniels 6.99 6.99 41.99 Red China
1,490 Burberry London 7.99 9.99 450.00 Black USA
Dolce & Gabbana denim 27.99 34.99 595.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.99 9.99 445.00 Yellow Portugal
5,950 Armani Collezioni 2.39 2.99 150.00 Grey Italy
Brioni 3.99 3.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Brioni 2.99 3.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Brioni 2.39 2.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Brioni 1.59 1.99 230.00 Red Italy
Broni 2.39 2.99 230.00 Red Italy
Canali 1.59 1.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Canali 4.79 5.99 230.00 Yellow Italy
Chiavari 2.99 2.99 100.00 Gold Italy
Christian Lacroix Paris 2.24 2.99 95.00 Yellow France
Dolce & Gabbana 1.50 2.99 195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ***** 7.49 9.99 205.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.49 9.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.39 2.99 205.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.24 2.99 205.00 Green Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.49 9.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.59 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 3.59 4.49 395.00 White Italy
Fendi Cravatte 1.59 1.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Fendi Cravatte 3.19 3.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Hermès 2.99 2.99 180.00 Blue France
Lanvin Paris 2.99 3.99 165.00 Orange France
Lanvin Paris 1.59 1.99 165.00 Red France
Stefano Ricci 2.99 2.99 250.00 Red Italy
Valentino 1.59 1.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Versace, Gianni 1.99 1.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme 4.99 4.99 190.00 Gold Italy
Yves Saint Laurent 5.99 5.99 195.00 Yellow Italy
3,918 Ecco Windsor Slip On 3.50 6.99 250.00 Black China
El Dorado boot handmade Ostrich Leg 17.50 34.99 499.99 Brown Texas
Giorgio Armani Sneaker 7.99 9.99 875.00 Black Italy
Gucci Drivers 14.39 17.99 590.00 Brown Italy
Justin boot Bay Apache Leather Cowboy Boots 30.00 59.99 184.99 Brown USA
Maus & Hoffman Shoe tree 1.50 2.99 10.00 Maple USA
Nader Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 9.25 Maple USA
Nader Shoe tree 2.39 2.99 9.25 Maple USA
Prada Penny loafer 39.99 49.99 695.00 Brown Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford 10.39 12.99 795.00 Black Italy
4,933 AudioQuest HDMI cable 1.59 1.99 29.98 Black China
Chanel purse 15.99 19.99 834.00 White France
Coach cloth & leather belt 6.50 12.99 225.00 Brown China
DIY wood book cover 1.19 1.49 17.99 Brown USA
Louis Vuitton Monogram business bag 103.99 129.99 3,400.00 Brown France
Macon watch box watch box for five 2.00 3.99 60.00 Black China
Michael Kors large leather smartphone wristlet 5.00 9.99 118.00 Black China
Stetson Osceola Stingy Brim Linen hat 4.99 4.99 120.00 Tan China
Vera Bradley Iconic Ultimate Diaper bag 12.99 12.99 128.00 Blue China

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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, AudioQuest, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Chanel, Chiavari, Christian Lacroix, Coach, DIY, Dolce & Gabbana, Ecco, El Dorado, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Fendi, Gieves & Hawkes, Gucci, Hermès, Ike Behar, Justin, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Luccehese, Macon, Maus & Hoffman, Michael Kors, Nader, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stefano Ricci, Stetson, Turnbull & Asser, Valentino, Vera Bradley, Versace, Wrangler, Yves Saint Laurent.

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December 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small December is always a great month for browsing through your favorite Goodwill stores to find that perfect Christmas present for family and friends. It may not be just what you were looking for but that is part of the fun of locating something you may not have even considered that is just perfect for the hard to buy for person. This month was a great example of just that.


Treasures – With so much inventory accumulated over the past four and half years, I pretty well limit myself to what I would have considered heart thumping treasures when I began this adventure. Of the forty-three items selected, my cost came to more than I should have spent, $344, but it was hard to turn down some of the more expensive items due to their perfect fit and scarcity in this region. The total, if paid retail, came to just over $29,000 making it only 84.4 times as much as I actually spent. All of the names this month, with the exception of a few, are at the top of their category in quality and name recognition worldwide. Therefore, I will let them speak for themselves following. As always, you can click on the small image to view the items full screen.

SuitsTwo of my favorite names came up this month; Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna. The light brown Canali suit fits as though it needs no tailoring and the faint vertical strips cover up the extra twenty or so pounds I have added over Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
     The dark blue Ermenegildo Zegna is at the top of their selection with the name Trofeo printed beneath the name inside on the right hand pocket. If you have been reading these posts then you will know that Trofeo refers to the best wool found in the world and awarded the trophy to reflect this honor. Of course, it fits just as well.

Dress JacketsThere were six special dress jackets picked up this round and each stands alone as representing their clothiers especially well. I will always pick up a piece of clothing with the name of Brioni showing on the label. This was the case with this fine camel colored jacket.
     Another very fine jacket that fits a bit snug but fits is from Carolina Herrera known as being a favorite designer of first lady Melania Trump as well as previous first ladies.
     Dolce and Gabbana are well represented with a special black formal dress jacket with a special pattern woven. The price tag from Goodwill shows that they knew what they had as well.
     Ermenegildo Zegna came in with two very nice jackets, one with the very hard to find and expensive 15milmil15 fabric and the second one a solid black from Switzerland.
     A very special surprise was located with the elusive name of Hermés. I have been able to find at least three dozen ties with this name but this is the first dress jacket I have ever seen in any Goodwill store and you can imagine my excitement which was especially compounded with a very low price. I was able to pay only $7.99 for what I found to be a $1,950 in used condition. It was a very good month for locating top quality dress jackets.

ShirtsA lucky number thirteen shirts were picked out this month. These came from notable dressers’ such as Borrelli Napoli, Burberry London, Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna (4) with one being a Su Misura, Eton Etastar, Versace (2) and Vineyard Vines (2). As I mentioned last month, shirts are some of the easiest items to see the manufacturer’s label since it is right at the top of the rack but there are times when the Goodwill tag covers the name. Just remember that there is a reason that article of clothing was sent to the thrift store and it may take close scrutiny to find out why.

PantsAs you may have noticed the name of Canali from Italy showing up in several categories. There is a reason for this and that is that their quality and fit are one of the best I have ever been able to find. This puts their name right at the top of my list of items to place in my buggy.
     One other very nice pair of trousers that made this month’s list comes from Santorelli. Their clothing compliments many of my jackets that need a matching pair of pants to make the pair a nice looking suit.

TiesThis list of ties makes up almost all of my names that one could ever hope to have hanging in the closet waiting for that tie to shine. Take a look at these names: Brioni (2), Burberry London, Canali (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Kiton Napoli, Luciano Barbera, Stefano Ricci (2) and the elusive name of Zilli. I thought the Stefano Ricci ties were expensive beginning at $250 but he Zilli came in at almost $400.

ShoesMy dad asked for a certain type of shoe and I believe I found it with the very nice black loafer from Ecco. I’ll let you know what he takes them off at the end of the first day of wearing them. I have several pair of shoes by this brand and they are a joy to wear.

Accessories – You never know what you will find at the Goodwill stores in my locality and it helps to talk with friends that are looking for that certain item. I was able to find a very nice golf pull cart for less than ten dollars one week after he mentioned he would like to have one.
     Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallI knew the name of Pampered Chef represented some great quality cook stoneware and was able to find four pieces that appeared to have not been used. The percentage of the retail price that I paid was quite high but I wanted to have these in my kitchen and bought them just the same. The stoneware takes a bit more care but the results are certainly well worth the comparatively little extra effort. If you have cooked with stoneware of this caliber, you know what I mean!
     A real surprise last week was the white Chanel purse I was able to pick up for less than seventeen dollars. It needs some repair work and a zipper pull but was well worth the price paid for the lamb skin high price item. Judging from the date stamped on the Goodwill tag, I couldn’t believe it sat in the glass cabinet for as many days as it did. I was lucky enough a few months ago to find another, like new, Chanel purse that was appraised in the store for $6,500. This one is a bit more worn but the workmanship is quite evident.
     Another purse item was the Prada shoulder strap that had a price tag of 99 cents on it. The name was small but the quality was unmistakably Italian. I have to wonder why a piece of a high-style purse would end up in the Goodwill separated from the purse it belonged to. Perhaps the previous owner will find it on eBay when I list it and discover she could use just this certain item to attach to her Prada purse.
     A small black case caught my eye and then I saw the name X-Acto. This was just what I needed to take care of some fine work the sharp knife was designed for. The blades are especially sharp but well suited for that extra little effort where the details really count.
     The last item on this list is the Revere ware 6.5 quart pot I find useful for making that winter Russian tea that I love so much during those cold evenings when you need the vitamin C and warm soothing orange juice spiced with cinnamon and clove.

     The following chart (to be included soon) is a breakdown of what I purchased during the month of December 2018. My total expenditure was $343.72 and would have cost me eighty-four times as much, right at $29,018.62, if full retail had been paid. This theme is new and I am still trying to find a way to include the chart which should show up in the near future.

December 2018

$343.72 $435.07 $29,018.62 84.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
5,645 Canali 20.99 27.99 2,250.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 20.99 27.99 3,395.00 Blue Italy
Dress Jackets
11,240 Brioni Roma 14.99 14.99 4,000.00 Yellow Italy
Carolina Herrera 5.99 7.99 699.99 Grey Spain
Dolce & Gabbana 35.99 44.99 3,345.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 15milmil15 14.69 17.99 3,195.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.49 9.99 1,895.00 Black Switzerland
Hermès Paris 7.99 9.99 1,950.00 Yellow Italy
4,207 Borrelli Napoli 5.24 6.99 367.00 Pink Italy
Burberry London 12.99 12.99 350.00 Blue USA
Canali 5.99 7.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Canali 3.37 4.49 275.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 3.49 6.99 510.00 Navy Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.74 8.99 415.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 6.99 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 9.99 395.00 Orange Italy
Eton Etastar 3.49 6.99 245.00 White Sweden
Versace Collection 11.24 14.99 425.00 Black Italy
Versace V2 6.39 7.99 425.00 Blue USA
Vineyard Vines 7.99 7.99 78.00 Blue China
Vineyard Vines 3.99 3.99 52.00 Navy Peru
650 Canali Pantalone 8.99 8.99 425.00 Tan Italy
Santorelli 3.49 6.99 225.00 Brown Italy
2,780 Brioni 5.49 6.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni 5.49 6.99 230.00 Black Italy
Burberry London 3.99 3.99 190.00 Grey Italy
Canali 5.49 6.99 230.00 Grey Italy
Canali 6.39 7.99 230.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Kiton Napoli 5.49 6.99 325.00 Brown Italy
Luciano Barbera 5.49 6.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Stefano Ricci Saks Fifth Avenue 5.49 6.99 275.00 Red Italy
Stefano Ricci Saks Fifth Avenue 5.49 6.99 275.00 Red Italy
Zilli 1.49 1.99 395.00 Yellow France
180 Ecco loafers 7.99 9.99 180.00 Black Slovakia
189 Jef World of Golf Golf pull cart 7.49 9.99 44.99 Silver USA
Pampered Chef Bean dip bowl 4.79 5.99 55.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster bottom 11.99 14.99 88.75 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Dutch Oven Large Roaster cover 15.99 19.99 89.00 Tan USA
Pampered Chef Rectangle stone 5.59 6.99 31.00 Tan USA
Prada Leather purse strap 0.99 0.99 50.00 Brown Italy
Revere 6.5 quart Pot 3.99 4.99 102.50 Silver USA
X-Acto Professional swivel 4.49 5.99 10.39 Black USA

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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: Borrelli, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Carolina Herrera, Ecco, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Hermès, Kiton, Luciano Barbera, Pampered Chef, Prada, Revere, Stefano Ricci, Versace, Vineyard Vines, X-Acto, Zilli

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November 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallIt must be true that your perspective changes to a reality when you have to move to another address and relocate everything that you have accumulated. It took me a full two weeks to transfer all my belongings to the other address and now all the boxes look alike when I try to find anything. I am a firm believer that the opposite of Goodwillitis is Goodwill Gluttony.

     It was difficult limiting my visits, but I was able to make only one trip to my three favorite stores one Friday this month, just before one of the Saturday half-off days. I spent $71 on fifteen items and the retail would have cost me $3,826 or 54 times as much. This was not near my goal of 100 times as much but the purchases were certainly well worth the time and money spent. Where else can you find the variety and quality in high-end name brands that are affordable than the Goodwill stores?

Treasures – Items of quality, durable use and difficulty to locate (rare) are one of my keys to the definition of a treasure. The two Ralph Lauren Purple Label shirts definitely fit this description. They are well made and fashion fast. The black Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo trousers are a nice addition as a second pair to match my Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo suit just waiting for that special event to properly represent the occasion. A dark blue tie is always a welcome item when the label represents the exclusive French house of design by Charvet. These treasures have a special place in their respective locations just waiting to be represented on those days when they show best what they were made for.

Shirts – This one trip to my three favorite stores yielded seven shirts of obvious quality. I paid more than usual for the Burberry London shirt, $15.99, but this is a name I have learned that represents lasting quality and style. The shirt went into the buggy just the same since it sells for twenty times as much brand new. Two other shirts by Charles Tyrwhitt were located and I knew from experience that these would fit very well and look great with any suit I choose to wear. An additional two dress shirts from Ermenegildo Zegna, one dark brown and another a beautiful light blue were picked up with the knowledge that the blue one cost close to $500. The last two shirts were from Ralph Lauren but also represented his top of the line Purple Label. Both of these shirts list for $450 each and I was able to secure the two for a total of only $13.58, an otherwise rare find.

Pants – Formality and attention to appropriate etiquette is quickly fading out in some areas of our country but the word tuxedo lets you know this article of clothing is all about correctness and proper decorum. I was fortunate to locate a pair of black Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo trousers to match my perfect one button tuxedo coat by the same company. If I had purchased these pants new, they would have cost me more than one hundred times as much. The price I paid was a little more than a cup of flavored coffee, $5.59.

Ties – On the one visit this month, I located a number of my favorite names and a few I rarely see but knew were of great quality. A seven-fold Barba Napoli tie from France grabbed my eye and I grabbed it back. Two other ties from France, I knew needed to be purchased, was a blue Charvet and another from Hilditch & Key. The Italians were well represented with one each from Canali, KOLTE and Sartori.

Accessories – I needed a thin pair of dark blue socks and found the size and color I was looking for. The price, a modest 55 cents. A quick run through the clothes washer and they will keep my feet warm and match my outfit for the day.

     The following chart is a breakdown of what I purchased for the month of November 2018. My total expenditure was $71 which would have cost me right at fifty-four times as much, or $3,826, if full retail had been paid. I saved twenty percent over the tagged price of $92.55 by using their monthly coupon and the colored tags that were marked half off.

November 2018

$71.05 $92.55 $3,826.00 53.9x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
2,330 Burberry London 15.99 19.99 320.00 Tan Turkey
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.50 6.99 110.00 Red England
Charles Tyrwhitt 6.39 7.99 110.00 Blue England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 395.00 Brown Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.99 9.99 495.00 Blue Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 7.99 9.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 5.59 6.99 450.00 Cream Italy
595 Ermenegildo Zegna Tuxedo 5.59 6.99 595.00 Black Italy
899 Barba Napoli 1.59 1.99 116.00 Silver France
Canali 3.19 3.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 1.59 1.99 245.00 Blue France
Hilditch & Key 1.59 1.99 135.00 Blue France
KOLTE 1.50 2.99 125.00 Gold Italy
Sartori 2.39 2.99 78.00 Red Italy
2 Generic Socks 0.55 0.69 2.00 Blue USA

     Knowing your brands in each category of interest, as to which will command a greater return on your investment, is good business sense. Become familiar with the products that sell well or have a 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: Barba, Burberry, Canali, Charles Tyrwhitt, Charvet, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hilditch & Key, Hummel, KOLTE, Patek Philippe, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Sartori

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October 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe month of October this year was quite a departure from the regular browsing through the clothes racks. There were a number of changes in my expenditures that dictated a different approach to what was to show up on this web site at the end of the month. One of these directions turned to an interest in high-end watches and fountain pens, specifically those made by the Swiss manufacturers Patek Philippe and Montblanc.

A recent visit to the only Patek Philippe dealer in our metropolitan area produced an immediate fever for more information on this elusive and very expensive example of perfection. This visit created an even greater impulse to research more on the fine artistry and care taken to create what some consider to be the very best name in watches in the world. Although I was lucky enough to recently find a beautiful example of a ladies Patek Philippe wrist watch, I know the possibility of finding one show up on my own wrist is quite remote, if ever at all. Nevertheless, the nice sales lady behind the counter of the dealer of these fantastic pieces of workmanship took more than thirty minutes of her time to help educate me on the beautiful time pieces and almost had me convinced that I could afford an irresistible $37,000 Calatrava. Common sense and my thin wallet stepped in quickly to reassure me that this was not a possibility.

Patek Philippe Collections. Click to enlarge.

An opportunity presented itself later on which allowed me to affordably add to my library of used books these fine watches from Patek Philippe.  All of the books purchased, with the exception of one, were originally sold by the Patek Philippe Museum.  The list price for each of the four annual Collection Books on their website in new condition is CHF 660 which equates to $658.72. Each one of these four books is a pristine work of art in itself and I consider myself quite fortunate to have such a museum quality set to look through each evening after dinner!

Montblanc 380 ballpoint pen Click to enlarge.

The last item made the list this month of the ten items, a beautiful Montblanc type 380 ballpoint pen.  A co-worker carries a Montblanc fountain pen in his shirt pocket and it became a topic of discussion which led to learning how to distinguish a fake from the real thing. I’m still not totally convinced this one is real but it was certainly worth a two dollar bill to have a nice working pen even if it there is that slight chance it may be an imitation.

The following chart is a break down of what I purchased for the month of October 2018. My total expenditure was $147.57 which would have cost me right at thirty times as much, or $4,454.29, if full retail had been paid.

October 2018

$147 $161 $4,454 30.2x
Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Origin
Montblanc 380 ballpoint pen 1.99 15.50 420.00 Germany
Patek Philippe Collection Catalog 2017 0.01 0.01 25.99 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Catalog 2018 0.01 0.01 25.99 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Book 2009-2010 12.99 12.99 658.72 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Book 2010-2011 13.59 13.59 658.72 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Book Volume I – 2014 18.74 18.74 658.72 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Book Volume II – 2015 13.59 13.59 658.72 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Book Volume III – 2016 27.95 27.95 658.72 Switzerland
Patek Philippe Collection Book Volume IV – 2017 48.72 48.72 658.72 Switzerland
Schiffer Patek Philippe: Highlights 9.98 9.98 29.99 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: Montblanc, Patek Philippe