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October 2018 Summary

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

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

Patek Philippe Collections. Click to enlarge.

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

Montblanc 380 ballpoint pen Click to enlarge.

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

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

October 2018

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

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

Key words: Montblanc, Patek Philippe

March 2018 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThis month was an especially good time to find Goodwill treasures! I spent way too much but the pickings were exceptionally great in some of the categories. I was way off the three-digit figure with my average cost being only fifty times the suggested retail value.

Treasures – What a great month for finding some real gems. There were almost too many to mention in this section alone. One of my favorite names in clothing is that of the Italian Brioni. I was able to find several examples of this fine brand; a Brioni Roma charcoal suit, a Brioni Weinberg suit jacket, a pair of Brioni Cannes trousers and three Brioni ties. Another name I like is Dunhill. There was a like-new brown linen suit just my size as well as a Dunhill shirt to go along with it.

Speaking of suit coats, I also located a top of the line Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura and a beautiful Luciana Barbera Hopsack jacket. This jacket is super soft and has the working surgeon sleeve buttons.

I had heard of DSquared before but never saw one of their shirts until this month. Now, I see why they cost as much as they do.

Gucci was well represented with a black pair of suede horse-bit shoes, a signature logo belt and a brown tie.

It is not very often that you find the once very popular Goebel Hummel figurines but there were quite a few available this month, eleven that I was able to pick up for a very good price considering what they are valued at in the latest price guides. Apparently, the grandkids didn’t want grandma’s collection and opted to let someone else have a start at a very nice hobby.

Lastly, a real treasure was the 1901 Ulysse Nardin art deco pocket watch converted to a wrist watch that I really didn’t need but was hard to resist. The Swiss company is known for their high quality and longevity. Perhaps, my son will like to pass this on to his grandson one of these days.

Suits – Two suits were located well worth mentioning. As mentioned previously, Brioni is a favorite of mine for good reason. They are recognized as one of the finest men’s clothiers and charge accordingly. You can typically find some very good examples of their line in cities that have a Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue or Barney’s. The other name that I seldom see is that of Dunhill. This suit fit perfectly and looks like it is brand new.

Dress Jackets – I’ve been much more selective as to what I will purchase and three great examples that I couldn’t resist were the black Brioni Weinberg, a very nice Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura and a very soft brown Luciana Barbera Hopsack.

Shirts – I had a nice surprise with a couple that I had not seen before, namely the DSquared2 and the Massimo Trovato. Other names you would otherwise recognize were two from Giorgio Armani, Canali (2), Charles Tyrwhitt, Ermenegildo Zegna (3), Eton (3), Isaia, and LaCoste. I knew the DSquared2 was an expensive brand but didn’t realize the shirt I found for $5.59 originally sold for around $775.

Vest – There are certain brand names that when you run across from time to time that grab your total attention. One of these that secures my response is that of Yves Saint Laurent. You know that this item cost the initial purchaser a rather large sum of money and the quality will be there for years to come. I rarely have the opportunity to wear a vest but on those occasions, this navy vest will come in handy.

Pants – This category seldom has very many items but I was able to find four sought after name brands that represented this area very well. These were a navy pair of Armani Black Label cotton pants, a cream colored Brioni Cannes trousers for dressy occasions, a pair of black Canali Pantalone and a brown pair of Ermenegildo Zegna Z slacks.

Neckties – Eighteen ties found their way back to the house this month. These were Giorgio Armani Cravatte, Brioni (3), Burberrys’ (3), Caesar Shop, Chanel, Charvet, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Lanvin Paris, Louis Vuitton Paris, M.C. Escher Beetles, Massimo Bizzocchi 8.00 CM and an orange Salvatore Ferragamo. I was very surprised to find the luxurious black LV tie but it was well worth the $7.98. Missimo Bizzocchi represents the upper level of handmade ties in the world with his connections to the house of Kiton!

Shoes – Only one pair of shoes made the list this month but it was a great pair to find. I located a used but very nice pair of black suede gold horse-bit shoes and although they were two sizes too small I went ahead and picked up the $550 pair for less than forty dollars. The very next Goodwill store I visited had a like new pair of brown Gucci but they were marked way out of my range at $250. Three pair of very nice cedar shoe trees were secured for the rest of my shoe collection.

Accessories – The name of Gucci showed up again with a signature belt I was able to pick up for only $1.19. The signature belt is a bit flashy for my taste but perhaps someone in the family might like to wear it.

On a rare occasion, you will find a host of items that were brought in to a Goodwill and are marked accordingly. I was lucky to have enough in my spare account for just such an occasion when I located eleven Hummel figurines and five books on the subject. Although I spent more than I should have, I remember thinking a while back that I missed a great opportunity because I hesitated too long but not this time. While I was in college, a girlfriend whose parents were from Germany introduced me to these highly prized porcelain figurines and convinced me the real value they represented for a future investment. They have taken a nose dive lately but that just makes it that much easier to pick up some of the best examples for an affordable price.

A few other items in this category worth mentioning were the Kate Spade scarf that made it to the half-price period and a favorite brand of one of my daughters. She’s already claimed it but will have to wait until her upcoming birthday before she will see it again. Several pair of cufflinks and shirt studs were located, a really nice set of floor scales and a much needed wooden shoe rack to get a number of my shoes off the floor.



March 2018

$720.76 $822.06 $36,096.06 50.1x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
8,045 Brioni Roma 19.97 24.99 5,750.00 Charcoal Italy
Dunhill Linen 18.72 24.99 2,295.00 Tan Italy
Dress Jackets
10,720 Brioni Weinberg 7.98 9.99 4,950.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 10.38 12.99 4,175.00 Brown Switzerland
Luciana Barbera Hopsack 7.98 9.99 1,595.00 Brown Italy
5,360 Armani, Giorgio Armani Exchange 9.99 9.99 85.00 White China
Armani, Giorgio Luxury Collezioni 9.73 12.99 595.00 White Italy
Canali  – 7.98 9.99 350.00 Blue Italy
Canali 1934 5.59 6.99 345.00 Grey Italy
Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit 3.59 4.49 110.00 White England
DSquared2  – 7.98 9.99 775.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Su Misura 5.24 6.99 510.00 Blue Spain
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 395.00 Blue Turkey
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 7.98 9.99 395.00 Brown Turkey
Eton Classic 6.38 7.99 305.00 Brown Romania
Eton Classic 5.24 6.99 305.00 Blue Romania
Eton Made To Measure 5.24 6.99 305.00 Orange Lithuania
Isaia Houndstooth 5.24 6.99 495.00 Blue Italy
LaCoste Oxford 3.36 4.49 89.50 Yellow Tunisia
Massimo Trovato Double twisted cotton 3.49 6.99 300.00 Blue Italy
690 Yves Saint Laurent Classic 1.00 3.99 690.00 Navy Italy
2,240 Armani, Giorgio Black Label 3.49 6.99 525.00 Black Italy
Brioni Cannes 5.59 6.99 700.00 Cream Italy
Canali Pantalone 6.73 8.99 450.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 5.59 6.99 565.00 Brown Portugal
3,413 Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 2.39 2.99 150.00 Navy Italy
Brioni Roma 3.99 4.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 3.19 3.99 230.00 Red Italy
Brioni  – 3.99 3.99 230.00 Brown Italy
Burberrys  – 5.59 6.99 190.00 Brown England
Burberrys  – 6.38 7.99 190.00 Blue USA
Burberrys  – 6.38 7.99 190.00 Red USA
Caesar Shop Caesar 1.49 1.99 150.00 Brown Italy
Chanel Chain-link scarf 0.49 0.99 245.95 Navy Italy
Charvet Place Vendôme 2.39 2.99 245.00 Gray France
Dunhill London 2.39 2.99 150.00 Blue England
Ermenegildo Zegna  – 0.01 1.99 205.00 Yellow Italy
Gucci  – 3.99 4.99 200.00 Red Italy
Lanvin Paris 1.59 1.99 165.00 Red France
Louis Vuitton Paris 7.98 9.99 215.00 Black Italy
M.C. Escher Beetles 1.49 1.99 62.03 Blue Italy
Massimo Bizzocchi 8.00 CM 1.99 1.99 175.00 Blue Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo  – 2.39 2.99 190.00 Orange Italy
580 Gucci Gold-Bit loafer 39.94 49.99 550.00 Black Italy
Shoe tree Wood 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Shoe tree Wood 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
Shoe tree Wood 2.39 2.99 10.00 Cedar USA
5,049 Gucci Signature Belt 1.19 1.49 400.00 Brown Italy
Hummel 007 /1 Merry Wanderer 22.50 22.50 650.00 TMK-3 Germany
Hummel 011 2/0 Merry Wanderer 26.29 26.29 113.00 TMK-4 Germany
Hummel 025 Angelic Sleep 40.65 40.65 350.00 TMK-1 Germany
Hummel 047 / II Goose Girl 67.23 67.23 350.00 TMK-3 Germany
Hummel 061A + 061B Bookends 25.24 25.24 950.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 061B Chick Girl 18.14 18.14 475.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 079 Globe Trotter 22.50 22.50 138.00 TMK-5 Germany
Hummel 094 /1 Surprise 15.70 15.70 238.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 187 /A Collector’s Plaque 29.99 29.99 113.00 TMK-5 Germany
Hummel 187 Collector’s Plaque 87.49 87.49 800.00 TMK-2 Germany
Hummel 195 2/0 Barnyard Hero 15.25 15.25 115.00 TMK-6 Germany
Hummel Authorized Book 5.16 5.16 29.95  Book USA
Kate Spade scarf 12.47 24.99 98.00 Grey USA
Luckey’s Guide 9780896891197 3.74 3.74 26.09 Book USA
M.I. Hummel 9780942620085 6.94 6.94 32.50 Book USA
M.I. Hummel Album 9780883658789 4.42 4.42 24.99 Book USA
 The Golden Anniversary 9780942620085 3.85 3.85 32.50 Book USA
no name Cufflinks 5.59 6.99 13.79 Silver China
no name Shoe rack 9.58 11.99 48.82 Pine USA
Swank Shirt studs 5.99 5.99 29.95 Black USA
Sunbeam Floor scales 3.19 3.99 19.99 Black China

Key Words: Armani, Brioni, Burberrys’, Caesar Shop, Canali, Chanel, Charvet, Charles Tyrwhitt, DSquared2, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Goebel, Gucci, Hummel, Isaia, LaCoste, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Luciana Barbera, M.C. Escher, Massimo Bizzocchi, Massimo Trovato, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swank, and Yves Saint Laurent


January 2017 Summary

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com smallThe year of 2017 started off very well with a good variety as well as some very nice items I had not counted on finding. My triple-digit goal was surpassed beyond my expectations with the retail being almost 200 times as much as I spent on the 44 items located;  $283 spent for $55,147 retail. That’s a goal that probably won’t be surpassed for quite a while.

Giorgio Armani Black Label tailsJanuary offered a great number of items most anyone would probably consider a treasure. I was able to obtain at half the Goodwill price of $99 an Armani black label tuxedo. Not only is it a tuxedo but a more formal tailcoat tuxedo, you know, the penguin style. It is the same item as what Richard Gere wore on the 1980 movie American Gigolo. I was going through the coats looking for my preferred labels and ran across Giorgio Armani, A Milano Borgunonuovo 21 and instantly knew it was a great find. As I laid it up on the cashier’s counter, we were talking about the find and I Neiman Marcus label under the collarnoticed under the left collar a Neiman Marcus price tag which reflected a suggested price of $2,595. Not bad for my price of $49.99. Not only was this a great find but the suit was obviously brand new and had never been worn. Another extraordinary find was picked up at a local auction so I’ve included it in my thrift finds. That is a Rolex ladies Presidential Day Date watch. I offered a high price of $26 on it just in case no one else bid on it and to my surprise that was the price the auction gavel went down on. The watch is a bit too splashy for me but worth the risk of the possibility of it being a fake after researching it through the Internet for others that looked just like it. The jury is still out on whether it is a good fake or the real thing.

Giorgio Armani Black Label for the tux tailsOnly one item was found to fit the suit category and that is the Armani tails located in an out-of-the-way Goodwill store. This store is the smallest of all the stores I frequent but I’ve found some of the best items here including an $8,500 Kiton jacket. The store is in a less prolific part of town but this is to an advantage in that the locals are not as familiar with some of the high-end names I like to look for. Click the photographs to see a higher resolution version.

Four coats were picked up this month well worth mentioning. The name of Burberrys’ with an apostrophe is always a welcome sight. This navy jacket is a Super 100s and looks like it wasn’t worn very often. Another great label is from Italy and that is of Canali. I was not familiar with the KEI Collection but the quality is definitely Canali. The dark brown plaid has a hint of blue in it and should look great with dark brown or dark blue slacks. The two other coats come from one of my favorite brands; Ermenegildo Zegna. Both of these are jet black with one being made in Switzerland and the other from Italy.

Burberrys' Commuter II overcoatIt always makes my day when I see an overcoat from Burberry. I’ve noticed the price of this brand commands a higher number than most but is well worth paying the amount, especially when you can find it with the Goodwill color tag indicating it is half the sticker price. This Burberrys’ Commuter II overcoat was picked up for a little more than twelve dollars. Not bad!

A lucky number of thirteen shirts were gathered this month with the great names of Armani, Burberry, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (5), Luigi Borrelli, Ted Baker, Yves Saint Laurent and Zanella (2). This was only the second Borrelli shirt I’ve located and raised a few goose bumps when the name popped up amongst the other shirts on the rack. I like the tighter fit of the Italian shirts around the waist and those from Canali seem to fit me as though they were Made To Measure. The same is true for the Zegna shirts where I normally wear the size XL but with European shirts, I’ve learned to check the L section of shirts for a better fit.

A few months ago, I found five Ermenegildo Zegna sweaters in a row in the shirt section. One of these retailed for $1,200 so I have learned to grab this seldom seen brand where sweaters are hanging. This certain item lists for about half this ($595) but it fits and feels great on these cold Winter mornings.

This colorful category of ties brought in some new names this month that I seldom see.  Some of these included Alberto Piano, Anthime Mouley, Aquascutum, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna (2), Luciano Barbera, Oxxford Crest, Symmetry, and Vineyard Vines (7). The tie from Oxxford Crest is my first and what a beautiful tie this US company makes. I picked it up for less than two dollars and it retails for right at three hundred. The French made Anthime Mouley is super soft and of the highest quality. My youngest daughter mentioned earlier that I would never find any clothing from her favorite Vineyard Vines but here are seven new ties with price tag examples I can show her. She is right on one account. This is the first time I’ve seen this brand in the tie section.

Tory Burch pumps & Bally sneakersIn the field of shoes, Tory Burch is a highly sought after brand of women’s quality footwear. I located a brand new, black, patent leather pair with the large gold logo squarely placed on the toe. Ironically, the shoe I found was on the floor behind the jewelry counter but you had to be tall enough to see it lying next to the counter. My older daughter has mentioned a time or more that I should buy a nice pair of these for her if I should ever encounter them at the Goodwill. I called her to make sure I had her size correct and had to put up with a 3-second scream over the phone which told me they were indeed her size. Another brand I enjoy looking for is Bally made in Switzerland. These are always of top notch quality but only affordable within my budget when located on the shoe rack at the Goodwill. This pair of high-priced sneakers was picked up for less than eight dollars and retails for close to six hundred. Should I say it was a good month for shoes?

Gucci glasses, cuff links and moreThe accessories section of the blog is always fun due to the fact that it is the miscellaneous area that could include anything that does not fit any other category. This month was no exception. A variety included silver cufflinks from Anson, gold cufflinks from Swank, a Sterling silver tie bar from Swank, a Sterling silver Alabama charm, a nice silver tie tack, a pair of Gucci titanium rimmed glasses with case and the super nice Rolex ladies Super President gold and diamond encrusted watch. Rolex women's Super Presential watchYou never know what you will find but make sure you have enough money in your account just in case you find a great deal you don’t want to pass over.

As always, the table below shows this month’s expenditure with my cost, the tagged price and a link to the retail prices. How has your year started out?

January 2017

$283.44 $415.06 $55,147.51 194.6x
Item Company Detail Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
2,595 Armani, Giorgio A Milano Borgunonuovo 21 49.90 99.99 2,595.00 Black Italy
Dress Jackets
6,835 Burberrys’ Super 100s 15.70 19.99 995.00 Navy USA
Canali KEI Collection 7.98 9.99 1,850.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Black Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna 7.98 9.99 1,995.00 Black Italy
129 Burberrys’ Commuter II 12.47 24.99 129.00 Brown England
3,765 Armani, Giorgio Armani Jeans 2.99 5.99 44.50 Black Hong Kong
Burberry London 6.48 12.99 265.00 Blue USA
Canali  – 5.99 5.99 375.00 Black Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 375.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 375.00 Peach Turkey
Luigi Borrelli  – 4.79 5.99 367.00 Blue Italy
Ted Baker Endurance 2.99 5.99 165.00 Blue China
Yves Saint Laurent 3.19 3.99 295.00 Blue Malaysia
Zanella  – 4.79 5.99 189.00 Brown Italy
Zanella  – 2.99 5.99 189.00 Black Italy
595 Ermenegildo Zegna Z 2.99 5.99 595.00 Brown Italy
1,904 Alberto Piano  – 1.59 1.99 37.29 Blue Italy
Anthime Mouley 1.99 1.99 19.99 Blue France
Aquascutum London 0.99 1.99 120.00 Brown England
Canali  – 2.79 3.49 200.00 Purple Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.99 1.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 1.99 1.99 205.00 Black Italy
Luciano Barbera  – 2.99 2.99 195.00 Brown Italy
Oxxford Crest  – 1.99 1.99 295.00 Black USA
Symmetry  – 0.79 1.99 31.65 Purple China
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Red USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Red USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Pink USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Pink USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Yellow USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Blue USA
Vineyard Vines  – 3.19 3.99 85.00 Green USA
845 Bally Ascar 7.99 7.99 595.00 Brown Italy
Tory Burch Hope Pump 31.95 39.99 250.00 Black China
38,470 Anson Cuff links 2.49 4.99 20.00 Silver USA
Gucci #139 4.99 9.99 325.00 Black Italy
Rolex Ladies Super President 26.00 26.00 38,000.00 Gold Switzerland
Swank Tie bar 2.49 4.99 95.00 Silver USA
Alabama charm 5.99 5.99 6.08 Silver USA
Cuff links 1.99 1.99 24.00 Gold USA
Tie tack 0.55 0.99 10.00 Silver USA