I actually made my first visit (as a shopper) to goodwill this week. Am vacationing with my kids at myrtle beach and my daughter (graduate school at UNC with 4 kids who actually shops frequently at GW) and thought I would try to see what you guys see.
First observation, you guys would starve. Almost no ties (an oxxford for two very noticeable pulls), tons of dockers, haggar, and club room slacks, nicest shirts were a few Tom James, and a couple vineyard vines. I think there were 4 suits in the store, and maybe 100 jackets, mostly orphans. Maybe 700 polo shirts with business or golf course logos.
.. There were a few Tom James and Joseph aboud orphans, along with 5-6 tailored jackets from the 70s by tailors I never heard of. None mentioned on this site.
I bought a bb 1818 Madison blazer with the brass sheep logo buttons, 3/2 roll, Loro piana fabric.. I picked up the 2 vineyard vines dress shirts 17/34 for my son and She bought a prl grey flannel red/black tattersall shirt and a long sleeve nwot daniel cremieux polo shirt, size xxl for her husband.
Total outlay, $20.50.
Now my question. I am having a couple suits made and am looking for horn buttons to give the tailor. He has them available, but they are fairly plain. Wondering how you can tell if buttons are real horn vs plastic. An older niño cerruti jacket had pristine buttons with the amount of color variation I want and for 4.80, I could buy the jacket and have my buttons. However, I'm not experienced enough to know if they were horn, though I believe they are. I would also think that HSM, JA and Tom James would be horn buttons, plus the tailored jackets.
Any clues on discerning horn vs imitation?