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September 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallSeptember is a good transition month from the hot summer to the cooler autumn/fall time of the year. It is also a time of the year that some families filter through their closets and chest of drawers and donate clothes that are no longer required. The following are some great items picked up this month.

My older daughter tells me over and over that clothes drop in price after they are purchased percentage wise worse than buying a new automobile. My response to her is that I buy items based on the name knowing that certain brands are very well made and of the best materials.  According to a figure I found on CreditDonkey, the average person my age spends about $209 per month on clothing. I’m a bit over that but much of my monthly purchase also goes to gifts and resale.

Treasures – There are different ways to define a personal treasure. You can determine a treasure by the price tag, the value, rarity, or simply because it satisfies your taste. Many times, a price tag can help determine the value of an item but not always. As an example of this, one of my favorite Goodwill stores had a sweater with a price tag of $4.49 and I picked it up on half price day for only $2.25. The suggested retail price of the Ermenegildo Zegna sweater was $1,395.00. It is certainly a beautiful item and was well worth the small amount of pocket change that I paid for it – a treasure!

Some of the other treasures located would certainly be the $5,895 suit by Oxxford Clothes that I found for only $18.74. Another suit by Giorgio Armani, black label, with a retail of $3,495 was picked up for less than a twenty-dollar bill. One of my favorite, elusive, brands to look for (and find) is that of French made Isaia and this was a $3,250 chocolate colored Napoli Super 140s window pane sport jacket just my size. It will look great with a $900 pair of dark brown Brioni trousers picked up just last month.

Another obscure brand label I look for is that of the Purple Label Ralph Lauren. He has a good number of brands but this is his very best.  This beautiful Italian made salmon colored $425 dress shirt was located for only $7.49. No one will know the brand once I put it on but I will know and the fit is perfect. One other shirt worth mentioning is a thick denim blue western style by Versace for only twelve dollars with a retail price suggested of $795.00.

The accessories category did very well this month with two treasured Italian made belts by Salvatore Ferragamo and Coach. My cost for the two totaled $8.18 with a retail value of $424.22. The last treasure was a Kate Spade black leather purse with dust bag I was hoping to offer as a birthday present for my daughter this coming month but her older sister said she wouldn’t like it. Back to the Goodwill drawing board.

Suits – The two suits mentioned earlier are certainly worth providing more information on. The Giorgio Armani, black label, is made of their finer wool and is suited for a slender build offering what the Italians are so well at doing, making you look great. The other suit is a charcoal colored Gibbons style made here in the USA by Oxxford Clothes. The bespoke suit cost someone just under six thousand dollars according to their website. The two cost me $38.73 with a retail of right at $9,390. Not a bad find and they fit well to boot.

Dress Jacket – A name I love to find but rarely see is that of Isaia. This company has a rich history of suiting the royal families of Europe as well as well-known celebrities around the world. I was lucky to find a like-new sport jacket that fits so well. This jacket alone is priced almost as much as the Armani suit I just mentioned and I paid less than ten dollars for it.

Shirts – Thirteen shirts were picked up from some well-known brands that fit and wear well. These include a Burberry London, a quite fancy white Canali, six from Ermenegildo Zegna including one of their nice 100fili, a not so well known brand Jared Lang Tessuto Italiana, a white Lorenzini tuxedo shirt, a beautiful Purple Label Ralph Lauren, and two from Versace. Shirts are an easy item to sort through on the rack where the brand name shows quickly just beneath the hanger and gives that hard hitting goose bump thrill when you find one of these distinguished names.

Sweaters – Summer time is always a good time to find cold weather clothing. I was able to find three very nice sweaters for a total expenditure of $11.83 showing a retail price of $2,166.43. The beautiful chocolate colored zip front Ermenegildo Zegna was quickly picked up and will make a great Christmas present for someone back home. It needs a little work and the two pulled threads are probably the reason it made its way to the store where I found it. A second name of Lothlorian is one I am not as familiar with but the quality was quite evident and it has a blend of New Zealand possum and merino wool making it very light weight but super warm. The third sweater comes from Versace and I was pleasantly surprised to find I could pick up the $650 item for $5.59.

Pants This category is either a hit or miss area in that I usually find a few pair of pants in the month or none at all. This month I was able to locate three pair of tan colored trousers and one very nice black pair. One pair was a great example of Giorgio Armani Collezioni dress pants with a retail price suggested at $775. The other three come from Ermenegildo Zegna. It’s nice to be able to have a good selection of different colored high quality pants to hold a shirt next to for properly matching the colors.

Ties It is quite unusual to have found only three ties in the entire month but this was the case this September. One of the ties was an out of the ordinary brightly colored orange and red item from the French company Lanvin. Lanvin creates very expensive and highly sought after ladies clothing in Europe and this tie reflects the quality they exhibit. The other two ties were from a favorite name of mine in any category; Hermès. Both of the blue ties will look great with any blue, grey or black shirt and suit.

Shoes – I’ve been looking for a good brown monk strap pair of shoes and found my size in a pair from Aldo. This brand is well liked and appears to be practically new and the price to me was well worth the $11.24 paid.

Hanger Just one suit hanger was picked up and from my favorite, Setwell.

Pocket Square – What a surprise to see the well known Haymarket pattern on a dark brown pocket square but the price of $1.19 really made it worth grabbing. The pattern has to come from only one company and that would be Burberry!

Accessories A great collection of names for this category was located this month. Two black belts, one from Coach for a lady with a price tag of $1.49 (retail of $175) and another $6.99 belt with ostrich on one side and calf skin on the other fit the heavy chrome buckle with the name of Ferragamo embedded in it (retail of $249.22). My older daughter said that if I find the name of Lucchese on a pair of boots to grab them as these are some of the finest on any shelf. I didn’t find a pair of boots but did find a shining cloth with the name on it she will like as a Christmas stocking stuffer later on this year. My youngest daughter will, hopefully like the Kate Spade Cameron Street Candace black purse I found for her birthday coming up, with dust bag included.

The following chart lists what I purchased for the month of September 2018.  My total expenditure was $268.90 and if you purchased these items at full retail, you would have paid 88.8 times as much or $23,858.13.  I like to show what brands I find to be the more desirable and why as I would otherwise not be able to afford such luxury or expensive taste. I use coupons for 20% off in most cases or use the 50% off colored tag for that week selected. Links are provided for your convenience where I found the retail price, whether it is for the same item or one very much like it. Here is this past month’s selection:

September 2018

$268.90

$352.67

$23,868.13

88.8x
Item Company Detail

Paid

Tagged

Retail

Color

Origin
Suits

9,390

Armani, Giorgio Black Label

19.99

24.99

3,495.00

Black

Italy
Oxxford Clothes Gibbons

18.74

24.99

5,895.00

Charcoal

USA
Dress Jackets

3,250

Isaia Napoli Super 140s

9.99

9.99

3,250.00

Brown

France
Shirts

5,417

Burberry London

11.99

14.99

320.00

Blue

USA
Canali

5.24

6.99

550.00

White

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~

7.99

9.99

450.00

Brown

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 100fili

7.49

9.99

495.00

Violet

Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

10.39

12.99

395.00

Black

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

10.39

12.99

395.00

Blue

Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

10.39

12.99

395.00

L Blue

Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna

5.59

6.99

450.00

Cream

Italy
Jared Lang Tessuto Italiana

5.59

6.99

179.00

Violet

China
Lorenzini tuxedo

2.25

4.49

350.00

White

Italy
Ralph Lauren Purple Label

7.49

9.99

425.00

Pink

Italy
Versace Classic

11.99

14.99

795.00

Denim

Italy
Versace Italia 1969

7.99

9.99

218.00

Grey

Italy
Sweaters

2,166

Ermenegildo Zegna Z

2.25

4.49

1,395.00

Chocolate

Italy
Lothlorian Possum Merino Ladies 9936

4.00

7.99

121.43

Tan

New Zealand
Versace V2

5.59

6.99

650.00

Black

Italy
Pants

1,960

Armani, Giorgio Collezioni

12.50

24.99

775.00

Tan

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

3.50

6.99

395.00

Tan

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z

5.24

6.99

395.00

Tan

Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna

6.99

6.99

395.00

Black

Turkey
Ties

565

Hermès 470HA

1.59

1.99

180.00

Blue

France
Hermès

1.59

1.99

180.00

Blue

France
Lanvin

1.59

1.99

205.00

Orange

France
Shoes

130

Aldo Monk strap

11.24

14.99

130.00

Brown

China
Hangers

29

Setwell Suit hanger

0.99

0.99

28.99

Wood/metal

USA
Pocket Square

156

Burberry haymarket

1.19

1.49

155.99

Brown

England
Accessories

805

Coach Leather belt

1.19

1.49

175.00

Black

Italy
Kate Spade Cameron Street Candace

47.99

59.99

378.00

Black

USA
Lucchese Boot cloth

0.99

0.99

2.50

Black

USA
Salvatore Ferragamo adjustable belt

6.99

6.99

249.22

Black

Italy

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

Key words:  Aldo, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali,  Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna,  Hermès, Isaia, Jared Lang, Kate Spade, Lanvin, Lorenzini, Lothlorian, Lucchese, Oxxford Clothes, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Salvatore Ferragamo, Setwell, Versace

 

August 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month turned out to be a much better than average period of time for collecting some especially good items. I was able to reach the triple digit goal with the total retail accumulation registering 110.9 times what I paid. For the forty items purchased at just $277, the retail would have close to $31,000, most of which I can readily use.

Treasures – This term is relative to the purchases for that month and the following names prove out that this was an especially good month. With names like Zilli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brioni, Oxxford Clothes, Burberry, Chanel, Armani, Hermès, Gucci, Fabergé, Patek Philippe, Versace, Prada and Longaberger, they are all treasures in their rightful turn. I’ll let you determine which might be favored over the next in the following categories.

Suits – Owning a well-made Italian, French, American or English suit can make a tremendous difference in the way you are perceived at a certain event or just at work. I was able to find a very nice dark grey Giorgio Armani Collezioni suit for only $9.59. Although it was too small for my size, it will look very well on some relative of mine. I also found two double breasted suits that showed very little wear and may be a bit out of fashion today but still command a certain respect even in this day. The Ermenegildo Zegna light grey suit looks great since it was definitely my size and shows that it has a serious attitude. The other double breasted black suit is from a name I have not seen in men’s suits before, that of Salvatore Ferragamo. This is also a name certainly associated with the higher end of clothiers in Italy.

Dress Jackets – Only two jackets were picked up this month but were especially well represented by one which is brand new, with tags, brown, window pane from Canali. This one was picked up for less than eight dollars and should sell well on eBay. The other is a seldom seen double breasted tuxedo from Brioni, the epitome of luxury that set the previous owner back close to six thousand dollars and irresistible to me for less than eight dollars as well. The fact that it fit so well carved out a special place in the closet for that certain event in the future I hope to wear with style.

Overcoats – This specific overcoat  certainly would be considered a treasure by most standards. I was very lucky when I came upon a chocolate brown, Emperor cashmere, Oxxford Clothes thick pile overcoat for a marked price of $12.99. It is my understanding that Emperor cashmere is considered to be among the best if not the best cashmere available. Of course, it fit just the way it should and will have its special place in the closet next to the Burberry overcoat collection.

Shirts – Shirts are an easy pick since their labels are quickly visible without much trouble in locating. I’m a “label looker” and can run through a rack of shirts much faster than that of, for example, trousers. I was able to find three brand new Burberry London shirts my size with the labels still attached that resale for as much as $320 to $460 each for less than $12 apiece. Since I have more shirts than I need, these will hit the eBay listing shortly to recover my total expenditure. Charles Tyrwhitt shirts are not as expensive but fit my frame very well and the sleeve length is always easy to see within the label provided. The other three shirts that made the list this month were from Ermenegildo Zegna, Turnbull & Asser and Vineyard Vines. Turnbull & Asser make the shirts for the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, so they must be above average and they show it.

Pants – The name of Brioni is always a goose bump checker in that they make some of the finest clothing on the market today. Their listed retail price shows the care and pride of the Italians that make each piece. I located two pair of Brioni trousers that list for $900 each, a grey pair and a black pair, that will immediately become a matched set with two Brioni suit jackets that match perfectly. The third pair of pants I selected were that of Canali Pantalone in charcoal, another of my favorite brands for this category.

Ties – Fifteen neckties were located with some especially good names. Four such names have to be considered to be listed with the treasures: Gucci, Hermès, Zilli, and of course a seldom seen Patek Philippe. Any time you see the name Zilli, you can expect to see anything they make to be the very best and their price reflects this. The other brands located are from Giorgio Armani (3), Canali, Chanel, Daniel, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Lanvin, Parfums Fabergé, and Gianni Versace (2).

You cannot buy this tie, it’s a gift from Patek Philippe.

This was the first time I had discovered a tie from Patek Philippe. If you know watches, you know this name very well as being recognized as the top of the line as far as quality and beauty in the world. The tie peaked my interest in the brand so I stopped by the only place in the state where you can even see a selection of the watches. The informative lady I spoke with informed me that the ties were not available for sale but rather were given to important clients or at special events. I found the following quote that supported this fact: “You will not find for sale this item in the Patek Philippe boutiques, it is offered only to a few VIP customers by the Patek Philippe boutiques!”. What a lucky find and it now has a place of prominence well protected from dust, etc.

Shoes – I am always looking out for a good pair of shoes. If your feet are uncomfortable at your workplace, your work suffers as much as your feet. A co-worker of mine is quite large and takes a size 15 extra wide shoe. I was able to find a pair of Allen Edmonds formal lace ups for the low price of $4.99. The price was adjusted for the upcoming season of Halloween and due to the size, represented a different clientele than what the shoes were intended for but fit my budget very well. Another pair of Allen Edmonds seldom seen were those in white or cream slip on style with a matching tassel. It’s nice to have these in my size should the occasion happen when they are required. The other three pair were a brand new set from Cole Haan for $6.99, Ecco Fusion II for the same price and a pair of $780 Prada Spazzolato Oxford for only $10.39. Of course, each pair had to have a matching set of shoe trees to keep them in pristine shape.

Hanger – A nice, robust black plastic Canali suit hanger has a suit with the same name just waiting to have a suit wrap itself around this hanger.

Accessories – There were not as many miscellaneous items in this category this month but there were two that did warrant my attention. I picked up a like new Christian Lacroix polyvinyl doctor bag I needed for carrying some literature and books and could not resist picking up a 1996 Longaberger Collector’s Club basket for the total price of $1.99. I know someone who collects these nice wooden baskets who might like to have this on their next birthday. Then there is the YSL brown belt that you know is expensive and the quality reflects this.

August 2018

$277.25 $334.39 $30,760.48 110.9x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
8,490 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 9.59 11.99 1,695.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Double Breasted 19.97 24.99 3,995.00 Grey Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Double Breasted 19.97 24.99 2,800.00 Black Italy
Dress Jackets
7,745 Brioni Tuxedo 7.99 9.99 5,850.00 Black Italy
Canali 1934 (NWT) 7.99 9.99 1,895.00 Brown Italy
Overcoats
4,350 Oxxford Clothes Emperor’s cashmere 10.39 12.99 4,350.00 Brown USA
Shirts
2,060 Burberry London 11.99 14.99 460.00 Brown USA
Burberry London 11.99 14.99 320.00 Purple USA
Burberry London 11.99 14.99 320.00 Green USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Non Iron 6.99 6.99 110.00 Blue England
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.99 6.99 395.00 Green Italy
Turnbull & Asser 3.99 7.99 365.00 Purple England
Vineyard Vines 3.99 7.99 89.50 Green Turkey
Pants
2,400 Brioni Sport 7.99 9.99 900.00 Black Italy
Brioni Sport 7.99 9.99 900.00 Grey, dark Italy
Canali Pantalone 6.99 6.99 450.00 Charcoal Italy
Ties
3,229 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 1.99 3.99 150.00 Black Italy
Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 1.99 3.99 150.00 Silver Italy
Armani, Giorgio 2.39 2.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Canali 3.99 3.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Chanel 2.39 2.99 189.99 Red Italy
Daniel Milano 1956 2.39 2.99 49.99 Silver Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna couture collection 1.99 3.99 275.00 Bronze Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.99 4.99 275.00 Tan Italy
Gucci 3.19 3.99 200.00 Black Italy
Hermès 0.49 0.99 180.00 Blue France
Lanvin Paris 2.39 2.99 165.00 Red Italy
Parfums Fabergé 1.99 3.99 49.00 Green France
Patek Philippe 2012 2.39 2.99 250.00 Bronze France
Versace, Gianni V2 2.99 2.99 275.00 Green Italy
Versace, Gianni V2 3.99 3.99 275.00 Purple Italy
Zilli 17.99 17.99 395.00 Blue France
Shoes
2,000 Allen Edmonds Cavalier 6.99 6.99 425.00 White USA
Allen Edmonds Danbury 4.99 4.99 425.00 Black USA
Cole Haan loafers 6.99 6.99 200.00 Brown USA
Ecco Fusion II 6.99 6.99 170.00 Brown Slavakia
Prada Spazzolato Oxford 10.39 12.99 780.00 Grey Italy
Hangers
4 Canali Suit hanger 0.79 0.99 4.00 Black USA
Accessories
633 Christian Lacroix Polyvinyl Doctor Bag 19.79 19.79 120.00 Blue France
Longaberger 1996 Collector’s Club 1.99 2.99 68.00 Brown USA
Yves Saint Laurent Brown belt 3.99 4.99 445.00 Brown Taiwan

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

Key words: Allen Edmonds, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Canali, Chanel, Charles Tyrwhitt, Christian Lacroix, Cole Haan, Daniel, Ecco, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fabergé, Gucci, Hermès, Lanvin, Longaberger, Oxxford Clothes, Patek Philippe, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Turnbull & Asser, Versace, Vineyard Vines, Yves Saint Laurent, Zilli

July 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month is full of birthdays I’ve been saving some extra special items for and it is nice to be able to offer a nice present without spending more than I can afford. I spent three hundred and fifty dollars this month which brought in a retail of about twenty thousand. I wasn’t able to meet the three-digit goal this month with it showing up as only 58 times the purchase value and will focus on that target again for August with greater intent. The best dollar spent is in the dress jackets and the least in the accessories. Men’s suits and dress jackets drop in value quickly due in part to the area of the country where I live since people here do not dress as formally as they do in the Northeast for example.

Treasures – Being able to find some very nice German porcelain figurines in great shape has been a special event for me. The Hummel figurines are easy to spot among the other chalky items on the shelves but most of the time you will find them inside the case since the people at Goodwill “know their stuff”. Most of the multicolored children motifs you can find are in the Goodwill for a reason and usually not because someone grew tire of them.

10.5″ Apple Tree Boy HUM 142/V

The majority of the ones I find have been broken and re-glued. Their secondary market value drops immediately by half at best and usually much lower than that if any damage or repair is noted. One exception to this was the 10.5″ tall Apple Tree Boy HUM 142/V I was able to pick up for $25 that has a resale value of between $850 and $1,600. It was in pristine shape and is the largest M.I. Hummel I’ve been able to purchase since my collecting began in 1977. A definite qualifier for this Treasures category!

I was lucky to find some great examples of the older M.I. Hummel versions, those dating back to before 1945. Now that the grand kids have inherited grandma’s favorite reminders of her own childhood many of these are showing up in thrift stores and on eBay for some great prices. The market these days isn’t what it used to be but that doesn’t diminish the quality and expertise that shows with each example of the early German craftsmanship. It’s a good time to pick up some affordable examples of these limited number of porcelain children.

The name of Zilli is a special brand that you very seldom see in the Goodwill stores. This French high-end brand prides itself on the highest quality and is sought out by those who can afford it, namely “celebrities and the ultra-stylish”. I found a brand new, with tags, shirt just my size for $10.39. The shirt lists new for $791.

Dress Jackets – There were four really nice dress jackets that I could not pass over and had to put in my buggy this month. Two of these beautiful grey jackets were from Canali with one of them being wool and silk. A cream colored Loden Dager jacket showed off the quality of this company and will match several pair of khaki pants I have hanging in the closet. I picked it up for one dollar. The fourth was a bespoke Loro Piana made in Hong Kong with the surgeon sleeves and had all the extras.

Shirts – There were only ten shirts on the list this month but were very nice examples. The first was a Brunelli, a name I was not familiar with but the quality stood out. A very yellow Charles Tyrwhitt just my size jumped into the buggy. Four Ermenegildo Zegna shirts were located with one that made it to dollar day. A like-new Eton Ganghester 1928, a blue Lazo and a Truzzi Milano were also picked up. The last shirt was a new with tags dress shirt from Zilli. This was the cream of the crop for the season so far. I have only seen this high-end brand once before as a beautiful tie. The shirt is definitely at the top of the list.

Sweaters – A very nice grey sweater from Givenchy Activewear will make a nice present for some family member. I picked up the $870 item for only $5.59. Another seldom seen name is that of Lululemon. My daughter has a birthday coming up soon and this ought to fit the opportunity just right since it is one of her favorite names.

Ties – One of my favorite areas is that of the necktie section. It is rare that I ever walk away without finding a high-end brand listed on the back side. Only five were found this month: Bernini, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ledbury and Stefano Ricci.

Hanger – A very nice Setwell suit hanger was found for $1.19. This brand always has top notch maple hangers. I was surprised to find the retail price was almost thirty dollars for this one hanger.

Accessories – A very nice brown belt was found with the initials of YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) on the shiny brass buckle. The $445 belt was picked up for only $3.99. That’s less than a penny on the dollar.

TMKs shown

Another name I have long been watching is that from the German company Goebel. This company has since sold their M.I. Hummel line in 2013 to Hummel Manfaktur GmbH who then sold to Bernd Foertsch in 2017 but kept the name. Most of the twelve Hummel figurines I purchased this month are of the older pre-1950 series. One exception was the 10.5” Apple Tree Boy made around 1968. To learn more about what the markings are on the bottom of each figurine, visit the Hummel TMKs page on this website.

July 2018

$348.58 $405.88 $20,262.99 58.1x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
3,745 Canali Bloomingdale’s 10.39 12.99 1,495.00 Grey Italy
Canali Silk 8.99 17.99 2,250.00 Grey Italy
Loden Dager 1.00 9.99 495.00 Cream USA
Loro Piana Bespoke 7.99 9.99 2,395.00 Grey Hong Kong
Shirts
3,340 Brunelli 7.99 9.99 20.00 White Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt Non Iron 5.59 6.99 110.00 Yellow England
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 7.98 9.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 6.39 7.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 10.39 12.99 450.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.00 6.99 450.00 Grey Italy
Eton Ganghester 1928 6.99 6.99 305.00 Blue Sweden
Lazo 11.99 14.99 145.00 Blue Italy
Truzzi Milano 7.98 9.99 224.00 Brown Italy
Zilli 10.39 12.99 791.00 Pink Italy
Sweaters
1,000 Givenchy Activewear 5.59 6.99 870.00 Grey Pakistan
Lululemon Blissful Zen 4.49 4.49 130.00 Grey Canada
Ties
799 Bernini Beverly Hills 2.39 2.99 199.00 Maroon Italy
Canali 1.59 1.99 200.00 Gold Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna couture collection 1.59 1.99 275.00 Gold Italy
Ledbury Draper 1.59 1.99 125.00 Navy Italy
Stefano Ricci 1.99 1.99 275.00 Red Italy
Hangers
29 Setwell Suit hanger 1.19 1.49 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Accessories
7,740 Goebel Hummel 011 2/0 Merry Wanderer 3.50 3.50 105.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 047 /0 Goose Girl 24.17 24.17 175.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 071 Stormy Weather 47.00 47.00 785.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 074 Little Gardener 8.50 8.50 300.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 074 Little Gardener 9.99 9.99 300.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 079 Globe Trotter 9.95 9.95 375.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 096 Little Shopper 9.00 12.00 125.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 119 Postman 14.50 14.50 450.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 128 Baker 14.50 14.50 450.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 142/V Apple Tree Boy 25.00 25.00 1,600.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 353/0 Spring Dance 48.00 48.00 3,000.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 493 Two Hands One Treat 5.00 9.00 75.00 White Germany
Yves Saint Laurent Brown belt 3.99 4.99 445.00 Brown Taiwan

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 – Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Givenchy, Goebel Hummel, Hummel Manfaktur GmbH, Lazo, Ledbury, Loden Dager, Loro Piana, Lululemon, Setwell, Stefano Ricci, Truzzi, Yves Saint Laurent, Zilli

 

June 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe weather is beginning to heat up for the summer time and winter clothing is beginning to show up at the thrift stores. Overcoats, trench coats, sweaters, and more are good items to look for to store up for the upcoming winter a few months away. Think ahead! Once again, I was able to hit the magic triple digit number of having my monthly collection show a retail value of 117.7 times my purchase price. It’s a good feeling to be able to set lofty goals and meet them.

Treasures – Every month has their treasures and although the pickings were fewer than usual, only twenty-six items, there were a few worth mentioning. For less than a five-dollar bill, I was able to locate a cashmere / angora blend Ermenegildo Zegna dress jacket. It is best described as “butter soft”. One other jacket is from a favorite company I have grown to respect; Oxxford Clothes. This navy suit jacket is everything you would expect from this country’s better tailors with a heritage going way back.   One other name I have seldom seen but worth many goose bumps is from Luciano Barbera. These pair of brown pants match the brown jacket from the same company and will look great next week at work. One of my all time favorite names in neck ties is that of Hermès in part due to the scarcity of such an item. This beautiful, last minute $180 tie was purchased for $2.24!

Dress Jackets – A grey dress jacket from Burberrys’ with silver metal buttons showing the Burberry Equestrian Knight and word Prorsum were a definite pickup for me. This is another seldom seen item in my area as this is the very best from this well-known British company.

The blend of cashmere and angora produces a super soft and light but very warm suit jacket. Put the label of Ermenegildo Zegna on it and you have a fantastic suit jacket that will put a smile on any gentleman’s face. The $3,200 jacket was picked up for half price of only $4.99. A bargain in anyone’s pocket book.

One of my very favorite suit companies is the Chicago based bespoke producing high quality clothier Oxxford Clothes. Their suits can be found at Neiman Marcus or you can have one to your own designs made just for you. They start around four thousand dollars and one gentleman walked out with a bespoke suit costing him right around $63,000. The navy Gibbons 28tn Notch jacket was a bit wrinkled and missing a beautiful metal button with their coat of arms on it but I am sure I will be able to find a replacement and have it sewn on in no time. What a great buy for less than eight dollars that cost someone a retail value of $4,575!

Shirts – Nine shirts were located with some great names this month. One of my favorite brands is that from the Italian company Canali. Three shirts just my size were placed quickly in the basket with this name showing proudly inside the collar.

Another Italian shirt maker that I was not able to determine the name of but knew the quality was worth picking up looks something like “Enzo Mantinias”. Not sure about the name but I am sure how well it fits and looks.

Ermenegildo Zegna always comes through with some high quality shirts and I was able to locate a beautiful blue one just my size. They also had their name on an off brand I have never seen from Gritti. My curiosity got the best of me on this one and I had to take it home to see how well it worked in my collection.

Lorenzini is another high quality Italian shirt maker that is hard to pass up as these hand-made clothing items are well made and fit my frame just right.

Luciano Barbera is a name relatively rare to be found in my area and is a must to pick up when the size is close at best. This brand is considered to be on the higher rungs of the ladder of high-end clothing and went immediately into the buggy.

Another rare find in the shirt category are those from Oxxford Clothes. This company is best known for their quality and specialty made suits.

Sweater – It isn’t often I find a clothing item from Ermenegildo Zegna that isn’t a tie, shirt of a suit but you know the quality of a sweater is well made when you find the name on a sweater. This grey 1/3rd zipper sweater will keep me warm when the weather begins to cool down in a few months.

Pants – Always a great item to find with the names you like to see are high-end trousers. I was able to located two such items this month with the names of Ermenegildo Zegna with their Traveller μicronsphere and a pair of brown Luciano Barbera from Louis of Boston. Two names I always look for when cruising through the rows of trousers hanging with their hard to find labels. The Luciano Barbera pair matches very well with a brown jacket of the same name picked up last month.

Ties – I have been limiting my purchase of ties to only those that have a name I rarely see or of a higher brand that denotes the best quality in workmanship. I found four such neck ties this month. Coach is a name you seldom associate with men’s clothing but the quality and appearance are certainly worth picking up. A five star Ermenegildo Zegna couture dark blue tie was a given to find its way into my selective list of ties. The name of Sartori was found on a thick, black and gold checkerboard tie that will look great with any brown suit. One name that is at the top of my list is Stefano Ricci. This company is at the highest rung of the high-end ladder and you know that it is the best quality you will find anywhere. A beautiful blue tie was located and is on my list of look-at-me-first ties. A last minute surprise during a quick jump into a local Goodwill brought out a beautiful Hermès tie. When I was checking out, the couple behind heard me talking about the tie with the cashier and the lady had to see that it was real and that you could “actually find such a thing in this store.” That put a big smile on the cashier’s face.

Accessories – One of my hobbies that I’ve neglected the past number of years is that of sketching with pen and ink and water coloring. I was looking for a long frame to use for a landscape I have planned and found the perfect item. You can always find that perfect selection you need if you have time and patience to look through several of your Goodwill stores. All I need now is a large piece of water color paper to fit the size of the frame and the time to get it done.

Another strange item I have been looking for recently is a wooden cabinet with a glass front to protect and show some of the Goebel M.I. Hummel figurines I have been able to find for a great price. For a little more than a ten-dollar bill, I ran across just what I needed to enclose many of the older and larger Hummel figurines that were sitting out on the table in the living room. Now, the eighty plus year old pieces of art work are well protected.

Speaking of Hummels, I was able to find two of the older, hard to find, Crowns that I have been looking for. These two were purchased for a collective price of only $9.99 and have a combined retail value, according to a 2017 listing, of $925. That’s almost 1/100th the value. This was one of my better finds in this category. One of these is a larger version of the Village Boy with a marking of 51/I and the Crown incised in the base while the other is the Globe Trotter, number 79 but predates the marking of the figurines placing it with a production date of right around 1935.

These are becoming very scarce and well worth picking up, especially for the comparative price of a $5 Starbucks coffee. The kids coudn’t care less what grandma found so charming or about the artistry and labor that goes into each of these and you can find large collections at yard sales and the thrift stores for a great price.

HummelGifts.com has the following information about the current versions: “Hummel figures have stood for the highest manufacturing art for decades: each figure is handled up to 1,200 times to create the perfect “Hummel”. Each Hummel figurine consists of up to 40 individual parts. The production of a “Hummel” is done with the highest precision and without exception by hand.” I have a renewed respect for these expensive figurines.

I bought a like-new Fender guitar a short while back at the local Goodwill store and had it restrung per suggestion of a friend and it sounds fantastic now. Since it is such a nice instrument, it needed a protective cover and for $4.79, I found just what I was looking for to place the large musical instrument in to keep the dust off and make it easier to carry.

The last item I needed was a soft small towel to wipe down my automobile with due to the amount of dust we have to put up with in the area where I live. There is a lot of construction going on nearby and the dust settles on everything outside during the week. This towel, when moistened, will do just what I need to keep my car looking good through the rest of the week.

Be sure to check out the page of comparison prices for categories such as pants, shirts, shoes, suits, sweaters and ties. This page offers many valuable tools that I find convenient when looking up a name as to whether it is worth purchasing or putting back on the rack.

June 2018

$137.162 $179.46 $16,148.43 117.7x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Dress Jackets
9,960 Burberrys’ Prorsum 7.48 9.99 2,190.00 Grey USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Cashgora 4.99 9.99 3,195.00 Grey Switzerland
Oxxford Clothes Gibbons 2Btn Notch 7.98 9.99 4,575.00 Navy USA
Shirts
2,920 Canali 5.59 6.99 345.00 Orange Italy
Canali 5.24 6.99 345.00 Blue Italy
Canali 5.24 6.99 345.00 Blue Italy
Enzo Mantinias 7.98 9.99 200.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 5.59 6.99 385.00 Grey Romania
Gritti 5.99 6.99 180.00 Blue Turkey
Lorenzini Neiman Marcus 5.59 6.99 295.00 Blue Italy
Luciano Barbera Louis Boston 5.59 6.99 425.00 Blue Italy
Oxxford Clothes 5.24 6.99 400.00 Blue USA
Sweater
450 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 450.00 Blue Italy
Pants
890 Ermenegildo Zegna Traveller μicronsphere 7.18 8.99 495.00 Black Portugal
Luciano Barbera Louis Boston 5.59 6.99 395.00 Brown Italy
Ties
915 Coach 4.49 5.99 125.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna couture collection 3.19 3.99 275.00 Blue Italy
Hermès 7021 TA 2.24 2.99 180.00 Blue Italy
Sartori 1.00 1.99 59.90 Orange Italy
Stefano Ricci 1.75 5.70 275.00 Blue Italy
Accessories
1,014 Frame Frame 7.98 9.99 35.55 Silver USA
Glass Case Glass case 10.38 12.99 36.99 Wood USA
Goebel Hummel 51/I Village Boy 5.00 5.00 550.00 White Germany
Goebel Hummel 79 Globe Trotter 4.99 4.99 375.00 White Germany
Guitar cover Fabric case 4.79 5.99 14.99 Black USA
JC Penny towel 0.49 0.99 1.00 Orange 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: Burberrys’, Canali, Coach, Enzo Mantinias, Ermenegildo Zegna, Goebel M.I. Hummel, Gritti, Hermès, Lorenzini, Luciano Barbera, Oxxford Clothes, Sartori, Stefano Ricci

 

May 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month of May, once again, fell well short of the average but for the money spent was a real gainer with the retail amounting to 157 times the sum spent as opposed to only spending $78.31. With only thirteen items purchased as opposed to last month of forty-two, the retail value would have been right at $470 more. This was an ideal target to meet and was due primarily to the two items picked up from Oxxford Clothes and the two pair of pants from Ermenegildo Zegna and Samuelsohn.

Treasures – It is always a real treasure to find anything from the Oxxford Clothes company based in Chicago since 1916. You will always find the quality of material and workmanship to be the best made in the United States. The medium grey Fawnskin suit, though too small for me, was an immediate given at less than twenty dollars when I saw the gold sewn crest on the inside right pocket and the horn buttons. The same was true just a few jackets down on the rack for the canary yellow Emperor’s Cashmere jacket. According to the AskAndyAboutClothes.com blog, Emperor’s Cashmere is about the best in the world. The 165 steps or more to create a jacket where the collars and lapels are hand-stitched with 2,950 plus stitches and the finished product is then pressed by hand for more than an hour to ensure the best of the best. Each piece of cloth is hand cut with scissors.

One other treasure located in the same store on the same rack was the black and grey striped Versace V2 sweater. It isn’t often you find this name on the rack at a price just a couple of dollars more than a much cheaper brand.

Suit – This medium grey top quality suit from Oxxford Clothes was made for wearing in the summer with a minimal amount of lining inside to promote air flow. The Fawnskin material is soft but durable and should look good at any prestige occasion.

Dress Jacket – It isn’t often that you will find a canary yellow cashmere jacket but considering the fact that Tom Ford has gone to suiting us in many other bright colors, my curiosity took hold and I had to find out who created such a soft but bright colored suit jacket. I am glad I did look when I unveiled the maker as that of Oxxford Clothes. This one came from one of the Connolly’s stores from Oklahoma/Texas.

Shirts – My dad has a birthday coming up around the corner and though he doesn’t need much, he did ask for snap button shirts instead of the type for button holes. Giorgio Armani has some nice Armani Exchange shirts that fit just this request and dad will be glad to see this package of several of these shirts picked up recently including this black one with thin grey vertical stripes.

Ermenegildo Zegna creates some nice quality shirts that fit me well in that the shirt sleeves aren’t baggy under the arms and are pleated to fit a little trimmer shape. This $400 tan shirt was picked up for less than eight dollars

Sweater – The label popped right out at me as I walked by the end of the suit rack – Versace. The price was just a little more than nine dollars and I knew the retail had to be quite a bit more. I was right, it came in right at $525 as referenced from the Versace.com web site. There are a couple of small moth holes that are easily fixed with some black thread. There is usually a good story as to why top quality clothing shows up in the Goodwill stores. It’s usually a missing button, a soiled collar or a small area where a hungry moth caterpillar decided to have lunch. Easy fix!

Pants – It is always exciting to find a nice pair of pants that are just my size but when I find a top end pair made from Ermenegildo Zegna or Samuelsohn, it is all the more thrilling. It’s like the treasure hunt yielded a piece of gold. In this case, the gold was a pair of $695 pair of tan trousers from Portugal and another black Super 100’s made in Canada.

Ties – If ever I find a brand name that goes home with me, it is from the neck tie section of the store. Only two ties hit the cashier’s counter this month, one from Canali and another from Turnbull & Asser, Prince Charles pick for shirts and ties. Both brands are of the highest quality and look good with just about any shirt you tie one of these two around your neck.

Accessories –  Having purchased a number of Goebel M.I. Hummel figurines lately, I was looking for something to show them off but at the same time keeping them from catching the grease and dust that accumulates inside my place of residence. The glass domed container with a wooden base fit just the occasion for one highly prized figurine at a time to display.

I needed a shoe rack to match the other two I have to get the nicer shoes off the floor where I could see them better when choosing the next day’s apparel. This smaller version worked right in against the wall next to the other two and allowed for several pair of shoes to be elevated from the floor to better visibility.

Speaking of shoes, a matching pair of BLKSmith cedar shoe trees with brass heel knobs were picked up for a total of $2.38. The brass looks great inside the brown dress shoes they found themselves within.

May 2018

$78.31 $101.87 $12,260.64 156.6x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
4,575 Oxxford Clothes Fawnskin 19.97 24.99 4,575.00 Grey USA
Dress Jackets
5,195 Oxxford Clothes Emperor’s Cashmere 7.98 9.99 5,195.00 Yellow USA
Shirts
493 Armani, Giorgio A|X 7.98 9.99 98.00 Black China
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 7.98 9.99 395.00 Tan Italy
Sweaters
525 Versace Classic V2 9.39 12.99 525.00 Grey Italy
Pants
990 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 695.00 Tan Portugal
Samuelsohn Super 110s 3.49 6.99 295.00 Black Canada
Ties
390 Canali 1.59 1.99 200.00 Yellow Italy
Turnbull & Asser 1.59 1.99 190.00 Silver England
Accessories
63 Glass Dome 3.99 4.99 13.82 USA
Shoe Rack Shoe rack 6.38 7.99 48.82 Wooden USA
BLKSmith Shoe tree 1.19 1.49 15.00 Cedar USA
BLKSmith Shoe tree 1.19 1.49 15.00 Cedar USA

Key Words: BLKSmith, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Goebel, M.I. Hummel, Oxxford Clothes, Samuelsohn, Tom Ford, Turnbull & Asser, Versace

 

April 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallDue to the huge inventory I’ve accumulated this past year, it is time to look into getting rid of what I don’t need and spend less time purchasing. Since this isn’t as much fun and exciting as finding high end items hiding in the racks of other clothes but it has to be done. The purchases this month don’t come close to the record last month but here they are.

Treasures – My definition of a treasure changes over time with what I find but the idea stays the same. A treasure is an item that you long for and don’t expect to find. I don’t get as excited in finding an Armani or a Zegna shirt as I used to since I have more than I could ever wear. I do still get excited when I locate a seldom seen brand like Borrelli, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana or Stefano Ricci. These brands are recognized for their celebrity status in addition to their quality.

I was very fortunate to find ten brand new shirts from Stefano Ricci in a Goodwill outlet. They came from Las Vegas and I picked up the $700 shirts for $17.90 each. What a bargain, $179 for $7,000 of the highest quality shirts! Other hard to find items were a Borrelli Napoli shirt, an Armani Black Label pair of pant, and a couple of neck ties from Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

Shirts – A total of fifteen shirts were located with names like Giorgio Armani Collezioni, Borrelli Napoli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ike Behar New York, Lorenzini and ten Stefano Ricci brand new shirts.

Sweaters – The Alabama football team is quite popular with their national championships the past number of years and this sweater from Nike will fit just right.

Pants – I saw the five stars on a piece of fabric at the back of the pants and knew right away that these might possibly be the top of the list that Ermenegildo Zegna has created. The tan pants fit great and look even better. The second pair of pants that I couldn’t leave on the rack were a pair of black Giorgio Armani Black Label cotton for those hot summer days just around the corner.

Ties – Only eight ties were found but the names were definitely right at the top of the list. These included an Giorgio Armani Emporio, Dolce & Gabbana Cravatte, three Ermenegildo Zegnas, a Gucci, a Italio Ferretti which I was not as familiar with and a quite rare Massimo Bizzocchi I was not about to leave. This name is also associated with the world renowned Kiton as he is the CEO for North America as I understand it.

Accessories – You never know what you might find and I located two never used, in the box M.I. Hummel Annual plates for the years 1974 and 1976. Although the Hummel figurines have lost the popularity they once had I am taking a gamble on grabbing these high quality German porcelain items at some great prices while I can before the price goes back up even more than before (I hope).

 

April 2018

$283.41 $309.31 $11,790.84 41.6x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Shirts
8,727 Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.98 9.99 445.00 Black Tunisia
Borrelli Napoli 5.59 6.99 367.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 395.00 Blue Italy
Ike Behar New York 5.59 6.99 225.00 Orange USA
Lorenzini  – 3.19 3.99 295.00 Grey Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Grey Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 White Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Grey Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Grey Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Grey Italy
Stefano Ricci  – 17.90 17.90 700.00 Blue Italy
Sweaters
40 Nike Therma-Fit 4.99 4.99 39.99 Cream Indonesia
Pants
1,220 Armani, Giorgio Black Label 3.49 6.99 525.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Couture 3.59 4.49 695.00 Tan Portugal
Ties
1,510 Armani, Giorgio Emporio 3.19 3.99 145.00 Orange Italy
Dolce & Gabbana Cravatte 7.99 7.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.24 2.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 2.99 3.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Gucci  – 4.49 5.99 200.00 Red Italy
Italo Ferretti 1.59 1.99 179.92 Black Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi  8.00 CM 1.59 1.99 175.00 Blue Italy
Accessories
294 M.I. Hummel 1971 Plate 11.98 14.99 209.95 TMK-5 Germany
M.I. Hummel 1974 Plate 11.98 14.99 33.99 TMK-5 Germany
M.I. Hummel 1976 Plate 11.98 14.99 49.99 TMK-5 Germany

Key Words:  Giorgio Armani, Borrelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, M.I. Hummel, Goebel, Gucci, Ike Behar, Italo Ferretti, Lorenzini, Nike, Stefano Ricci

February 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallFor the past few years that I have been keeping the statistics on my purchases, February has typically been a slow month. This was not the case this year however. Perhaps it was the early receipt of my tax refund that prompted me to venture out a few more times. This February was also a great month for some exceptional names in clothing as you will see below. Click the images for a full screen view.

Treasures – The items I consider as treasures may not be what you would see as gems to grab. Generally, there are two criteria I consider that define an item as a treasure. The number one is the price. Is the retail value of the item well above the average? The second benchmark is whether the item is scarce or easy to find in the local department store.

There were two overcoats picked up, both of which are treasures in their own right. One is an ankle length navy, wool and cashmere, Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura. I was not aware this version was even offered. The other is from Giorgio Armani Emporio made of 80% alpaca and wool. These two have special places to make sure they are treated with the respect they have earned.

I have more suits than any one man should ever need but it is hard to turn down a black pin striped made-to-measure suit just my size with surgeon sleeves (all four buttons work) and a ticket pocket from Samuelsohn. The pants are two inches too long but that can be easily modified in fifteen minutes and is preferred than being two inches too short which is usually the case. A second Samuelsohn jacket made for the same person was located but I was not able to find the matching trousers despite checking several days.

It is rare to find a brand new jacket with the manufacturer’s tags and the sleeve identifier still attached. It is even more rare to find a top of the line jacket within these parameters. I found a brand new Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni jacket, my size, on half-off day that had been on the rack for twenty-one days for my price of $4.99. Now, that was a great deal and is one of these treasures. Some of the other jackets located was one from Boglioli. I had never heard of this brand but the quality was unmistakable. Another was a heavy navy feather suede from Lanvin.  I always enjoy finding a great Oxxford Clothes jacket my size as they go with almost everything and fit move easily with you instead of constricting you like so many others do. This $4,800 example is in the Manhattan style and will look good with dark brown or navy pants.

There were a good number of treasures found in the shirt category. A name I am familiar with but have until now not had the pleasure of owning is that of Brunello Cucinelli. This shirt was purchased for $5.24 and retails for a whopping $725. Some of the other brands in the $500 plus class I consider goose bump producing names are those from Brioni (one of my favorites), Dolce & Gabbana, Isaia, and two from Yves Saint Laurent.

Although the personal selection I now have of ties has outgrown all storage places, I still love to find the names of Brioni, Canali, Gucci and Stefano Ricci. These will always have a special place to hang in my house.

It came as quite a surprise that I would come across a beautiful like-new Fender guitar for a very reasonable price. A friend of mine tuned the six strings but said it would sound even better if I were to replace them with a new set. My youngest plays a number of musical instruments and is now wanting to learn how to place this instrument. Boy, will she be surprised! She will be doubly surprised to find that I also located her favorite brand of purse clutch, Burberry.

To top off this last treasure hunt, I was able to find an older watch by Seiko for myself. The bracelet needed a pin to put it together and my favorite jeweler added one for no cost. The watch is a self-winding automatic version 5606 7170T from about 1971. The 23 jeweled workings inside it helps it keep perfect time so far.

Suits – There were two suits picked up this month. The first was a grey pin striped suit from Burberry. Although it is a size too small, I wasn’t about to let it slip away for less than sixteen dollars. The other was the made-to-measure pin striped suit from Samuelsohn with the working surgeon sleeves and extra ticket pocket. This suit fits like it was made for me with only a slight alteration that needs to be made to the length of the pants cuff.

Dress Jackets – Seven dress jackets were added to my collection with names like Boglioli, Burberry’s (silk), Canali Proposta, Coogi, Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni, Lanvin feather suede, a beautiful Oxxford Clothes Manhattan and another Samuelsohn made-to-measure. The brand new Armani still had the tags hanging from the buttons as well as the left sleeve cloth tag with the brand name on it. The price for the $2,895 jacket to me was less than five dollars.

Overcoats – The navy Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura was evidently made for someone at least six and a half feet tall since the bottom comes to just above my ankles. The name Su Misura means it was especially made for the previous owner. The other overcoat from Armani Emporio is made from the very warm and light grey and black alpaca fibers mixed with twenty percent wool. Worn over a black or dark grey suit fits it very well. Our temperate Winter climate finds our locality as a dumping ground for some very nice high-end overcoats.

Shirts – There were a total of twenty-six additional shirts that made it to my home this month. The names of many of these were hard to find and made the treasure list above. These were as follows: Apple, Giorgio Armani (3), Bagutta, Brioni, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry (4), Charles Tyrwhitt, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna (5), Eton, Isaia, Psycho Bunny (2), Ted Baker, Yves Saint Laurent (2) and one from Zanella.

I was especially pleased to find the Brunello Cucinelli as it was the first I have seen and is of the best quality you can expect to find anywhere. I have a well-dressed friend that says that anything made by Cucinelli is right at the very top of the list in quality. The Brioni, Dolce & Gabbana and Isaia are quite rare as well but show up a bit more often. Any shirt that does not fit properly will find its way to the gift pile or someone else’s home through eBay and Poshmark.

Sweaters – The Luigi Baldo v-neck Argyle sweater is what you would expect to find in the Italian quality mix of silk and cashmere. It’s a beautiful example of a new name on my list to check from here on. The other sweater is for an acquaintance who has had past connections with NAU and will make it way as a birthday gift later on for less than four dollars.

Pants – A good pair of plain colored trousers can really set off a beautiful shirt if the colors match. Some of the best come from Santorelli and I was able to nail two great brown examples from this company. The third pair is a name that is rarely found but snagged immediately when found; Sartori.

Ties – With the great number of ties in my collection, I have become much more selective as to the brands I now look for. Fifteen of these silk ribbons were picked up representing some of the finer brands you can locate anywhere. These included Brioni, Brooks Brothers, Canali (2), Corneliani, Dormeuil (2), Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Hermès, Lanvin, M.C. Escher, Stefano Ricci (2) and Turnbull & Asser. Stefano Ricci has a slogan that they begin in high quality where everyone else stops. Turnbull & Asser are selected by Prince Charles for his shirts and ties. Each week, I pick a specific brand and find five beautiful examples to match the five suits picked out for that work week.

Shoes – Since this item takes up a bit of floor space, I now purchase only those that might fit well my big feet or if the brand could be spruced up to bring in a substantial profit from eBay or Poshmark. A relatively new brand that has grabbed my interest is a comfortable representative from Donald J. Pliner. These shoes are very well suited for a long day at the office and now number more than just this pair on my floor. The other pair of shoes carries my very favorite, Allen Edmonds. This pair is marked as the Rambler but is no longer offered in their stores locally. The size is too small but will make a very nice pair for someone else later on.

Hangers – My curiosity prevails when the Goodwill sticker covers the name beneath on a nice plastic hanger. I have to see who it represents and this time is showed up as Burberry. The twenty-nine-dollar hanger was selected for a half dollar. Two other suit hangers from Setwell and a hanging cedar block rounded out my price of around three and a half dollars for the $107 selection.

Pocket Squares – This category has dried up a bit since the selection doesn’t require but a few of various colors and only the best companies. The exception here was a black silk item from China.

Accessories – My interest in watches has grown lately and I took a chance on a nice looking representative reflecting the name Audemars Piguet. The AP Royal Oak turned out to be a fake but nonetheless, it keeps good time with a replaced battery. I’m ashamed to wear it but it was worth the chance that it might be the real thing for this price paid. My research will have to dig deeper when the impulse has to be suppressed in favor of common sense. One other watch that made up for the mistake was a find in the jewelry case at a local Goodwill of an older pristine Seiko automatic made in 1971. The watch had just been added to the case that day and after looking it over for a few seconds and having the second hand begin to move due to the working pendulum, it made its way to the cashier for less than seven dollars. I wear the silver colored watch with black, grey or blue suits every other day to keep it running without having to reset it. A brand new Eventronic watch repair kit was located so that I could learn the basics of watch and bracelet repair.

My daughters will appreciate the Burberry Haymarket clutch and colorful Vera Bradley wallet. Luckily, each has their separate favorite of each of these two brands.

Other items in this category were the Christian Dior cuff links and matching shirt studs, a pair of Hestra peccary gloves, two pair of socks, a Shoe Gear shoe shine polish kit, a Resistol brown Cisco cowboy hat and a pair of silver Versace medusa cuff links in the original box.

Be sure to check out the page of comparison prices for categories such as pants, shirts, shoes, suits, sweaters and ties. This page offers many valuable tools that I find convenient when looking up a name as to whether it is worth purchasing or putting back on the rack.

February 2018

$593.88 $771.30 $44,732.40 68.4x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
3,390 Burberry London 15.97 19.99 1,995.00 Grey USA
Samuelsohn MTM 14.97 16.98 1,395.00 Black Canada
Dress Jackets
17,348 Boglioli coat 11.98 14.99 2,995.00 Tan Italy
Burberry’s Silk 8.78 10.99 898.00 Tan USA
Canali Proposta 4.99 9.99 1,395.00 Black Italy
Coogi OG Jacket 4.99 9.99 750.00 Tan China
Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni 4.99 9.99 2,895.00 Green Italy
Lanvin feather suede 1.00 17.95 2,195.00 Navy France
Oxxford Clothes Manhattan D1 7.48 9.99 4,825.00 Blue USA
Samuelsohn MTM 19.97 24.99 1,395.00 Blue Canada
Overcoats
6,790 Armani, Giorgio Emporio 19.97 24.99 2,995.00 Grey Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 9.99 9.99 3,795.00 Black Switzerland
Shirts
9,091 Apple  – 3.49 6.99 70.00 Purple China
Armani, Giorgio Jeans 0.01 12.99 189.00 Red Peru
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 7.98 9.99 345.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 5.24 6.99 295.00 Grey Italy
Bagutta Collection 6.99 6.99 273.00 Grey Italy
Brioni Neiman Marcus 7.98 9.99 575.00 Brown Italy
Brunello Cucinelli Basic Fit 5.24 6.99 725.00 Blue Italy
Burberry Brit 3.49 6.99 295.00 Grey China
Burberry London 7.48 9.99 325.00 Navy England
Burberry London 5.59 6.99 395.00 Yellow USA
Burberry London 10.39 12.99 395.00 Brown USA
Charles Tyrwhitt Extra slim 7.48 9.99 110.00 Pink Malaysia
Dolce & Gabanna Slim 9.99 9.99 675.00 Black China
Ermenegildo Zegna ~Soft~ 7.98 9.99 395.00 Red Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 6.99 6.99 365.00 Yellow China
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 395.00 Blue Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.49 8.99 350.00 White Romania
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.24 6.99 350.00 Blue Romania
Eton French cuff 7.48 9.99 193.70 White Sweden
Isaia Napoli 5.24 6.99 495.00 Blue Italy
Psycho Bunny  – 7.48 9.99 135.00 Yellow Peru
Psycho Bunny  – 7.48 9.99 135.00 Blue Peru
Ted Baker London 7.18 8.99 165.00 Grey Hong Kong
Yves Saint Laurent  – 5.59 6.99 531.00 White Taiwan
Yves Saint Laurent  – 5.59 6.99 725.00 White Malaysia
Zanella  – 5.59 6.99 189.00 White Italy
Sweaters
164 Gildan NAU 3.99 4.99 32.00 Navy Honduras
Luigi Baldo Argyle 6.99 6.99 132.49 Grey Italy
Pants
950 Santorelli Romeo 6.73 8.99 475.00 Brown Italy
Santorelli Como 2 6.73 8.99 225.00 Brown Italy
Sartori  – 1.00 6.99 250.00 Charcoal Italy
Ties
2,667 Brioni  – 1.59 1.99 230.00 Grey Italy
Brooks Brothers Butterfly 2.99 3.99 60.00 Black England
Canali 1934 3.99 3.99 160.00 Purple Italy
Canali 1934 2.99 3.99 280.00 Red Italy
Corneliani 3.19 3.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Dormeuil JR custom 1.99 3.99 135.00 Grey France
Dormeuil  – 1.49 2.99 135.00 Copper France
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 2.99 195.00 Red Italy
Gucci  – 2.24 2.99 200.00 Brown Italy
Hermès 3.19 3.99 195.00 Purple France
Lanvin  – 2.24 2.99 165.00 Brown France
M. C. Escher Two fish 1.59 1.99 62.03 Blue Italy
Stefano Ricci Luxury Collection 5.99 5.99 275.00 Black Italy
Stefano Ricci Napoleon 1.99 1.99 235.00 Red Italy
Turnbull & Asser  – 2.99 2.99 190.00 Blue England
Shoes
464 Allen Edmonds Rambler 7.98 9.99 129.00 Black USA
Donald J. Pliner Loafer 6.48 12.99 295.00 Brown Italy
Mephisto shoe tree 1.59 1.99 20.00 Wood USA
Mephisto shoe tree 2.39 2.99 20.00 Wood USA
Hangers
107 Burberry London Tan 0.52 0.69 28.95 plastic Italy
no name Cedar 0.79 0.99 20.00 Wood/metal USA
Setwell Maple suit 0.99 1.99 28.99 Maple USA
Setwell Maple suit 1.19 1.49 28.99 Wood/metal USA
Pocket Square
15 no name plain silk 0.52 0.69 15.00 Black China
Accessories
3,746 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch 83.44 83.44 100.00 Gold Switzerland
Burberry Clutch 19.97 24.99 695.00 Brown England
Christian Dior Cuff links 0.01 1.99 83.00 Silver China
Eventronic watch repair kit 23.73 23.73 50.31 Black China
Fender guitar DG 8S NAT 63.91 79.99 274.99 Brown USA
Hestra Peccary gloves 1.99 1.99 400.00 Brown Phillipines
No name socks 0.99 1.99 14.95 Brown China
No name socks 0.79 0.99 10.00 Grey China
Resistol hat 4.79 5.99 104.99 Brown Texas
Seiko 5606 7170T watch 6.99 6.99 1,590.00 Silver Japan
Shoe Gear shoe polish kit 3.19 3.99 14.88 Black China
Vera Bradley wallet 7.98 9.99 59.95 Pink China
Versace Cufflinks 0.01 0.01 348.18 Silver Italy

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

Key words: Allen Edmonds, Apple, Audemars Piguet, Bagutta, Boglioli, Brioni, Brooks Brothers, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Burberry’s, Canali, Christian Dior, Coogi, Corneliani, Charles Tyrwhitt, Dolce & Gabanna, Donald J. Pliner, Dormeuil, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Eventronic, fender, Gildan, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Hester, Isaia, Lanvin, Luigi Baldo, M. C. Escher, Mephisto, Oxxford Clothes, Psycho Bunny, Resistol, Samuelsohn, Santorelli, Sartori, Seiko, Setwell, Shoe Gear, Stefano Ricci, Ted Baker, Turnbull & Asser, Vera Bradley, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Zanella

January 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe first month of each year is a great time to reflect on the previous year and determine what changes might be made for the upcoming days.  Last year was my best year yet with an monthly average of only 70 items purchased but with a value of 110 times what I paid. There is a definite learning response revealed in the chart below with the value times purchase price showing a definite increase. In comparison, here is what I have determined from previous activities over the past few years:

Monthly Averages per Year

Year –

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Items –

70

59

77

72

55

Value –

110x

89x

89x

75x

23x

I have had a lot of fun with this but need to throttle the trips and expenditures down and begin to sell off the items I no longer need. Most of these will be clothing that doesn’t fit the way it should and the lesser valuable items that I will never wear. I have too much and this month is a good time to honor a new year’s resolution in this regard!

Treasures – One name I always get goose bumps with is that of Brioni. I located a white dress shirt with French cuffs in great shape and cannot wait to try it on to see how well it will look with a grey suit and red tie. You can find this brand of shirt at Neiman Marcus and that is the name in the label where it was initially sold.

It is always a thrill to see the name that is universally recognized as the most famous world around – GUCCI. I found a silky solid black dress shirt that is a bit too small but wasn’t going to let it get away even though the price was a bit higher than I thought it should be. It was priced at $19.99 but I picked it up for $15.97. Still a good buy for a $380 name brand shirt.

Shirts – Three shirts were picked up this month as I decided to keep the expenditures to only the first week this month. For a little over $31, I picked up just short of $1,100 worth of great brands. My father asked if I could find him some shirts with snaps instead of buttons as these are much easier to put on when your hands just aren’t what they used to be. I located a great Armani Exchange striped shirt that should fit him well. The other two shirts come from some of the best Italian clothiers in the world; Gucci and Brioni. You just cannot beat the quality of material or the workmanship of these two where I shop.

Pants – Another Italian brand to look for in the trousers department is that of Santorelli. For an “affordable” pair of pants that cost only $225 new you would be hard pressed to find a nicer pair of dress pants. These were found for only $6.99 and should look great with any one of my navy jackets.

Ties – The English company Burberry is a clothier that I enjoy seeing the name of whether it be a trench coat, shirt, suit or a beautiful tie. The tie I found for only $3.19 is a current higher end item and is the first item I looked to match a suit with for this coming Monday morning for work. Burberry has a great reputation and continues to honor it through to the new year.

Fendi and Burberry small pursesPurses – Here is where it gets interesting. My daughters are becoming easier to buy for when birthdays roll around or sometimes just for fun. I found a couple of purses that I know one or both will love to sport on their shoulders as each shows a definite pattern of who made each. Once again Burberry comes through with a beautiful little clutch with the Haymarket plaid and high quality workmanship I picked up for $15.97 but sells new for $695. The other is a small black over the shoulder from Fendi I paid a bit much for at $43.94 and sells new for $450 but is a brand popular with the girls. The problem now is who gets which one.

Accessories –Within the glass cases in the stores are typically the more expensive or smaller items that need closer attention to. One of these was a quickly recognizable glasses case from Ermenegildo Zegna. I asked to see the case and found that it had a pair of prescription glasses from Burberry. Not only did they work well for my vision but they also had a pair of clip-on shades of equal quality. I needed a pair of prescription sunglasses and grabbed the three-in-one package for $14.99.

Versace tinted glasses and caseAnother pair of glasses was located when I saw the black case with a relief of medusa carved in the end. I know right away this would be an expensive item and sure enough it was. I walked away with the $235 Versace yellow tinted glasses, microfiber cleaning cloth and Versace case for $47.93. A bit much but a great present for an upcoming birthday for someone hard to buy for.

Allen Edmond belts, Burberry glasses, Hummel glass show case, watch wooden boxSince I collect the older Hummel figurines when I can find them at a good price, I needed a place to keep some of them. A small wood and glass case fit the bill with a few modifications to store some of my collection. I look forward to bringing out some of these little figurines that a German girlfriend introduced me to long ago.

With all the ladies watches I have purchased, I needed a nice watch box to present one of the high-end time bracelets in. These little wooden boxes are great for a number of thing like rings, cuff-links and so on and are well worth looking for in the thrift stores. This one cost me less than a dollar and was well worth it.

Speaking of watches, I purchased a bag of fourteen assorted men’s and women’s wristwatches for $54 expecting to find a real Patek Philippe inside as the tag represented. Sure enough, there it was but instead, it was a nice fake. Surprisingly, there was a beautiful, gold Waltham 17-jewel automatic in great shape in with the rest of the selection. As soon as I picked it up, the watch came alive and on my wrist it went.  Dividing the $54 by 14 items, that comes out to only $3.86 each. By the way, the imitation ladies Patek Philippe works just fine with a new battery and should look very nice on some ladies wrist down the road.

Lastly, I can never turn down a like new pair of leather belts made from Allen Edmonds. Their attention to quality and detail are unmatched as far as I am concerned for a United States made craft. Whether it is a pair of shoes, ties, shirts or belts, these items always go into my buggy.

Be sure to check out the page of comparison prices for categories such as pants, shirts, shoes, suits, sweaters and ties. This page offers many valuable tools that I find convenient when looking up a name as to whether it is worth purchasing or putting back on the rack.

January 2018

$190.21 $227.72 $4,842.98 25.5x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Shirts
1,075 Armani, Giorgio Exchange 10.38 12.99 75.00 White China
Brioni Neiman Marcus 5.24 6.99 620.00 White Italy
Gucci  – 15.97 19.99 380.00 Black Italy
Pants
225 Santorelli Como 2 6.99 6.99 225.00 Navy Italy
Ties
415 Brioni 2.99 3.99 230.00 Blue Italy
185 Burberry London 3.19 3.99 185.00 Blue Italy
Accessories
3,128 Allen Edmonds belt 1.99 1.99 98.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds belt 2.99 2.99 120.00 Brown USA
Bourbon cabinet case 12.99 12.99 139.99 Wood USA
Burberry Clutch 15.97 19.99 695.00 Tan USA
Burberry prescription glasses 7.00 7.00 210.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna glass holder 7.99 7.99 20.00 Black China
Fendi Clutch 43.94 54.99 450.00 Brown Italy
No name watch box 0.79 0.99 9.99 Brown China
Versace tinted glasses 47.93 59.99 235.00 Black Italy
Waltham Automatic watch 3.86 3.86 1,150.00 Gold Switzerland

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

Key words:  Allen Edmonds, Armani, Brioni, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gucci, Santorelli, Versace

 

December 2017 Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As with previous months, the following chart is broken down into different categories with the subtotal for each, the amount paid, tagged amount and the retail price with a link, where available, as to where the retail price was located. I hope this chart becomes a valuable tool for you in making a choice when locating that high-end item you might run across.

Be sure to check out the page of comparison prices for categories such as pants, shirts, shoes, suits, sweaters and ties. This page offers many valuable tools that I find convenient when looking up a name as to whether it is worth purchasing or putting back on the rack.

December 2017

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

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

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

Buying a jacket, Finding a suit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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