They’re My Friends

So, maybe one day I’ll get this blog up and moving the way I want it to but for now watch this video I made:

Christmas is coming. Vintage T-shirts make great stocking stuffers 🙂



VTV Work Cribs

I don’t know if you knew this, but I earned a Broadcast Communications degree from an established University. Unfortunately, I didn’t nurture or use my skills for years.

“There’s no money in it.” I would always tell myself.

I just realized something: it’s not about the money.

It’s just a good time. Let’s see what kinda story’s come out of it.

How Thin Is Too Thin?

Before you go kicking me in the solar plexus because you think I’m some chauvinistic Cro-Magnon man who prefers wafer thin supermodels who dine on three Triscuits at suppertime, I want to remind you this is a website about vintage tees.



In the same way wrinkles on someones face show a well lived life, a tee that has survived its years and has become thin and threadbare would undoubtedly have stories to tell (if it had lips and a mouth and a brain and, well… all those things required to tell stories).


Threadbare. It’s… it’s… so beautiful! *heavy breathing*

Now, you can go out today and buy a brand new threadbare tee that has been MANUFACTURED to be threadbare. But that would be cheating. Companies can now create tees (much in the same way “retro” is a vintage reproduction) that look and feel like vintage threadbare tees. Basically, you’re getting a T-shirt that didn’t put in its dues to earn a true threadbare title.


30 years old is enough time for any T-shirt to earn its threadbare prefix (photo courtesy of my awesome Instagram account)

Luckily there is a place where you can find these authentic, paper-thin, threadbare vintage T-shirts on display and carefully outlined for public consumption.

“Where?” you ask.

Well, right here. (<—– shameless plug)

I directed you to my eBay store because I’m the only one (that I know of) to outline the “thinness” of every relevant shirt (“relevant” because not every vintage tee is thin or threadbare).

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See! I told you. (Click above image to see in store)

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Click above image to see in store

I do this because I feel as though Joe Consumer wants to know every aspect of what they’re buying (see Barb The Model for more relevance on this topic). I’m in the business of customer satisfaction, why wouldn’t I want to take as many pictures as I can and have fun at the same time?

In my quest for true vintage T-shirts, I’ve run by many threadbare tees but feel as it is my duty as a vintage T-shirt blogger to show you the thinnest shirt I’ve ever run across:

Version 2

Can you see it? It’s almost invisible…

Hell, I could even see through it:

Version 4

This tee could double as a niqab

So, in closing, how thin is too thin?

The answer: It’s never too thin. Unless it’s invisible


Invisible T-shirt. Only 29.99 (plus $4 shipping)

The Holy Grail

When Barb and I were on Griff & Lee’s radio show last week, I was asked what the “Holy Grail” of T-shirts might be. Now, this can go so many ways. Unlike the “Holy Grail” (meaning “rarest”) of baseball cards:

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The T206 Honus Wagner card. One sold recently for over $2 million.


Or the “Holy Grail” of comic books:


Action Comics #1 and the first appearance of Superman. Sold at auction for over $3 million.

Or the “Holy Grail” of Holy Grails:


Just make sure you choose… wisely

The “Holy Grail” of T-shirts is pretty much, like… a gabajillion T-shirts. I’ve never heard of the most universally well known “Rarest T-Shirt” mainly because who keeps track of how many of these were made


Click image to see in eBay store 🙂

Many times, as it turns out, these tees may be even more rare (meaning there aren’t that many out there) than the Superman comic and baseball card mentioned earlier.

How do I know this? Well, I don’t.

But, I mean… c’mon? Do you really think someone is gonna care if there was only one of these ever made?


Click image to see in eBay store 🙂

No. Probably not.

There are so many “Holy Grails” of T-shirts because when I ask someone what they’d like me to look for while I’m chin-deep in T-shirts, their response is usually for a tee that has more of a nostalgic feel to it.

He-Man. Reading Rainbow. A 1984 Ronald Reagan campaign tee. These and more are what I keep locked away in my brain because ALL of them are someone’s “Holy Grail”.

Oh, what’s that you ask? What’s MY “Holy Grail”? I appreciate you asking.

I’ve been wanting to recreate this shot of me in approximately 1985 for a while now:


That T-shirt I’m wearing is a Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” tee. The T-Shirt itself isn’t hard to find but finding one in my size has proven particularly tricky.

So, the search continues for me. For some of you reading this, perhaps your search can end today if you just scroll through my eBay store. If it’s not in the store, leave a comment on this blog post as to what you’re looking for and I’ll insert your request into my brain.

What’s your “Holy Grail” of T-shirts?

UPDATE: I got as close as I could get with a little help from my friends at The Captains Vintage with this beauty:


Time to look for a new “Holy Grail”…


Barb The Model: Flaw Pointer-Outer


Barb The Model: Holy Idea Tees Flaw Pointer-Outer

Holy Idea Tees is a growing company. It has become increasingly more difficult for me to continue to try to do everything myself. The process of buying, “inventorying”, filing, “photoing”, processing, listing, packing and shipping is one of continual movement and I needed someone to help pick up the slack.

So I hired Barb:


In case you’re wondering, the answer is “Yes. She is a nudist.” It is her choice and I’m an equal opportunity employer. Who am I to judge?

Barb has proven to be a very valuable asset to the Holy Idea Tees team. If there are any flaws on any T-shirts, Barb’s responsibility is to point them out in the most comprehensive way possible. This will hopefully be an upgrade from competitor listings I’ve seen that use questionable methods in an effort to limit customer returns.

I’ve seen Dirty Fingernail Pointing:


Did you just plant some chrysanthemums?

Or use the “Nondescript-Item-To-Point-Out-A-Flaw-But-You-Have-No-Idea-Where-The-Flaw-Is-ON-the-T-shirt” method:


Is this on the back? On the front? On the shoulder? Near the bottom?

Perhaps you could use sharp, pointy objects to point out flaws but you still have no idea where the flaw is ON the t-shirt:


Again, thank you. However, where is this hole? The sleeve? The bottom? Front? Back?

Barbs addition to the Holy Idea Tees team adds a “fun experience” for customers browsing through photos on any of the listings in the store.


A lot more interesting to look at than a dirty fingernail

Also, her ability to be so photogenic in key situations allows me to show angles that give the potential buyer an idea of where the flaw is on the t-shirt instead of just a close up picture of it:


It’s the distant look in her eye that gets me every time

Sometimes she uses her extreme flexibility to show flaws that cannot be duplicated by other methods:


Her multiple appendages allow her to point out multiple flaws in close proximity of each other:


She even serves as a nice reference piece when showing exactly how large vintage pins are:


And sometimes she even helps with other things like pill ball removal:


All in all, Barb serves as a powerful reminder that no matter how small you are… you still have a purpose. Unless you’re Ken. Ken’s just weird:


It’s actually Kenzie now.


Wanna ask Barb a question? She’s on Instagram!

The Idiots Guide To Online Vintage T-Shirt Browsing

Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “I really miss that old t-shirt I used to have. I wonder if there is a program or some sort of network I could use that connects to the world and I could see if someone else might have it and (if I’m really lucky) I could buy it from them?!

Well, I’m here to tell you such a place does exist! Hi, my name is Chris and I’m going to teach you how you can search for that Ocean Pacific t-shirt you’ve been so desperate to find since you left it at Nanny’s house in the summer of ’83.


My t-shirts love me.

Before throwing your hands in the air because you don’t know how or where to find this long-lost tee, simply go to the Holy Idea Tees eBay store. It is here where you can search though the obsessively categorized selections of hand-picked t-shirts I have so painstakingly organized to make your shopping experience seem as though you’re in a physical store browsing through a rack of old tees.

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See! Right there where it say, “Categories“! That’s where you can find all my t-shirts separated into, you guessed it, categories.

“Well, what kinds of categories?” you might be asking.

Great question. Lets just pretend you really like Coke. You literally can’t live a day without getting a Big Gulp from 7-11 full of it.


Relax. Its DIET Coke.

It’s your love of Coke that’s driven you to the point of collecting Coke paraphernalia yet a really cool, vintage Coke t-shirt has evaded you.

Come to my store, scroll through the categories and click “VTG Company &/or Product Tees”

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And then, in this case, a list of SUBcategories will show themselves:

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Since Coke is a drink and not a radio station or candy, you’d click on “Drinks”. Now peruse your choices. I like the Max Headroom/Coke tee myself.

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It’s that simple. Choose what you like! Remember Spuds MacKenzie? He’s under the “Breweriana” subcategory:

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Lets see, I dunno… did you vacation in Santa Cruz as a kid? I have a vintage t-shirt for that too under the “VTG Destination & Souvenir Tees” category:

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Whatever your vintage t-shirt of interest is, there’s a good chance I may have it or something similar to it. Look through the categories, see if you can find something you like. If I don’t have what you need, you can always ask me to keep and eye out for you.

Now you know you can come to the Holy Idea Tees eBay store through the magic of the internet without ever having to leave the house or put on any pants to peruse through (currently) 1500 vintage t-shirts. However, I would be an idiot to think 1500 vintage t-shirts covers the entire spectrum of what’s out there and what people are looking for. This is why I have my “Friends” page. These guys are in the vintage t-shirt business like myself. Hit up their sites (after you’ve exhausted mine of course) and see if they have what you’re looking for.

That’s it. You’ve now completed the Idiots Guide to Online Vintage T-Shirt Browsing! Now go use the gifts I’ve so graciously bestowed upon you to find that t-shirt that’ll sweep you up in nostalgia. 🙂