Great shirt, dude!
by Matt Worley
Last summer there was a post by the Buffy page I "like" on Facebook that showed a Buffy themed t-shirt for sale at a site called TeeFury. They sell a different shirt everyday. In other words, it's impulse shopping for people who like pop culture mash up t-shirts. The shirt was okay, but I had to have it because the only other Buffy shirt I had was just okay, too. I'm a fan of Buffy, you see.
And it was only $10 (plus shipping, which made it about $13). Oh yeah, did I mention if you didn't buy it that day, you'd never get to buy it again? They call this a limited edition.
So I started going to TeeFury every day to see what the design of the day was. Which lead me (eventually) to a few other t-shirt a day sites. After buying myself a few more shirts, I realized the holidays were coming up. Eventually I bought most of my family shirts as presents.
It's a little addictive. And since my style has always been jeans and a t-shirt (pretty much since high school), this saves me actually shopping for casual clothing.
Ram, one of my drummer friends, has his birthday about a week before mine. A few of us were downing a couple growlers of local brew to celebrate, and I was wearing a Breaking Bad/Calvin & Hobbes mash up tee. Mr. White and Jesse in their RV a la C & H. And the conversation turned to selling these things. Or reselling. Or something like that.
After doing math in my somewhat drunken head that night, I did a bit more research. There were a few other people who were doing this. But with so many shirts and designs (and companies), the field was somewhat wide open. Especially with a national marketplace (I'm not shipping out of the country at the moment) like eBay.
I decided, fuck it, let's do this. Initial investment of $500 or so wouldn't break me, and, at worst, I'd have a bunch of shirts I could wear anyway. Bam, new hobby birthday present for myself. And then, for at least a week, I didn't like any of the shirts my designated companies were selling. I wanted to get started, but then I was stalled. It was frustrating. And it made me buy this shirt because I just had to get the ball rolling:
It's kinda funny. It's kinda interesting. And it hasn't sold.
But I got better choices, and two of them went quick (should've ordered more):
Of course, a little after selling on eBay for a month, restrictions kicked in. I can only list a certain amount until I hit 90 days of selling. Talk about throwing cold water on my hot idea. So I set up a Facebook page (called Mattman's Crazy Cool T-shirts...please "like" it if you are interested) and have been trying to goose eBay into letting me list as much as I can.
It's not going to replace my job. And I'm not going to get rich. But it's kinda fun in that middle age daydream type way. I've got some t-shirts for sale. Most likely you won't find them elsewhere. Because that's part of the point. Once they're gone. They're gone.
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