Do you like the look and logos of t-shirts from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s? Would you enjoy wearing some of these designs or selling them for good profits? Vintage tees are fun to wear and lucrative to sell. Here’s how to get started collecting or dealing in these great shirts!
RECOGNIZING VINTAGE T-SHIRTS
Tees from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s are usually considered “vintage” and sometimes “retro”. These form-fitting t-shirts were usually made of soft, thin fabric with slogans or pictures on the front. Popular subject matter for the t-shirt graphics includes rock bands and concert tours, movie and television, places and souvenirs, special events, and sports. Advertising, character, and humorous designs were also popular on vintage tees.
BUYING VINTAGE T-SHIRTS
Online sources provide a good assortment of retro and vintage shirts for collecting and wearing, and sometimes reselling. Websites specializing in vintage clothing, vintage or retro t-shirts, tee shirts, or tees offer items for sale under popular categories. Some online stores sell authentic vintage shirts from the sixties through the eighties, in excellent or lightly worn condition. Others offer tees made from authentic original iron-ons that are pressed onto new shirts to create vintage t-shirts.
Internet auctions, such as eBay, are fantastic sites for buying vintage tees. On eBay, shirts usually are listed under the categories of Clothing, shoes, and accessories, Entertainment memorabilia, or Sports memorabilia, cards, and fan shop. A general search of the site for “vintage t shirt” will result in thousands of ongoing auctions of vintage tees for sale.
Another source of vintage tees is local secondhand and clothing resale consignment stores. Although Internet sites offer a far greater selection of shirts, local shops usually have lower prices. Shop at both online and local sources to build a unique wardrobe of vintage t-shirts.
SELLING VINTAGE TEES
To build a successful business selling collectible tee shirts from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, begin by studying online stores and auctions. Become familiar with the most popular vintage shirt types and the prices they bring. For instance, music tees featuring rock bands or concert tours of artists are quite lucrative. Shirts of advertising slogans, interesting places and events, and humor can also sell well. Many of these shirts will have the date incorporated as part of the design on the front, or include a small copyright date.
In general, look for vintage tees featuring unusual designs in popular selling categories. You may buy most of your resale shirts locally, but also consider buying to resell online. A vintage shirt bought inexpensively one week on eBay can sell for many times its cost a week or so later to different collectors and enthusiasts!