For the Love of T-Shirts: A Beginners Guide to T-Shirt Collecting You know what they say. . . a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single t-shirt. That’s right, all it takes is one quality tee to kick off an impressive collection. Here at Full Circle, we believe t-shirt collections worldwide deserve to be celebrated. And why not? You’ve still got time to gear up for International T-Shirt Day which happens to land on June 21st this year. Whether or not you’re a connoisseur of the cotton, everyone knows that a quality t-shirt is a closet staple. You just can’t live without ‘em. But some have cracked the code and have realized t-shirts are actually a super fun and creative way to show the world who they really are. Let’s face it, we all have that one t-shirt we could never retire. Maybe just looking at it brings back a flood of memories. Perhaps it’s unwearable since we’ve either grown out of it, or worn it ragged. But nevertheless, it still holds a special place in our closet. Now, not every t-shirt is worthy of being crowned as part of a collection. In fact, it takes a cocktail of the right memories, the right graphics, and the right feel to lend it that “collectible” status. T-shirt collections are as unique as the individuals who curate them, and they typically don’t all come from the same brand. The Best T-Shirt Collections Online One of the most popular t-shirt collections belongs to KathleenLights on YouTube, who explains, “I really, really love fashion so much. But I like to be comfortable more. Therefore, I live in t-shirts… And I also have this thing that if I love a certain show, or if I love certain person, or certain band, a certain movie, I have to, for some reason, have a T-shirt. I don’t know why, I’m just that kind of person.” See her collection and stories behind each shirt:
Some have a true obsession with a specific brand or t-shirt line. In this case, the collector becomes focused on snagging all the rare and limited edition colors and prints. Enter Brooks Crev. Brooks gave us a tour of his $20,000 collection of Supreme box-logo tees. That’s right. . . $20,000 in t-shirts. Hot damn! And like any t-shirt die-hard, he’s categorized and sealed each one in a ziploc bag. Of course, there’s a method to his madness. Brooks says, “I’ve always liked Supreme, but I’ve never really gone this far into it, I was really more into shoes, but Supreme’s market right now is crazy.” He’s right. . . we checked. A single Supreme logo box tee is $450 on their website, and can fetch up to $1,200 on Ebay if you’ve got a rare piece in your collection. Is he cashing in on that? You betcha. “I do try to be a reseller, I try to make money off this,” he says. “This is more my collection that I’m not gonna sell, and then I have pieces like, every week I try to get the new drops. I pretty much get ‘em all.” What Drives Your T-Shirt Collection? As t-shirt collectors, we’re each driven by our own motivations, and our own budgets. But for most of us, what makes us stay in the game is the feeling of satisfaction we get when we slip on a t-shirt we really dig. And in that priceless moment, we know without a doubt that we’ll never give it up, and that we’ll keep coming back for more. Now we want to hear from you. Do consider yourself a t-shirt collector? If so, are you more like Kathleen or Brooks in your approach, maybe you have completely different ideas and reasons for why you collect? Whatever it is. . . share it in the comments below! And don’t forget to shop all our latest designs here at Full Circle.