Vintage t-shirts for men: the best online stores to buy the coolest second-hand t-shirts

While we can (and do) rap endlessly about the nuances of a cool t-shirt, there’s nothing more satisfying than being perfectly broke in vintage men’s t-shirts. The faded colors, the mesmerizing cracked screen-printed graphics, the unparalleled softness that all-new t-shirts aspire to (and what marketing teams call “lived-in”). Vintage t-shirts have character that cannot be easily faked. They’re the antithesis of the pristine, vacuum-packed bulk purchases you’ll find at the big box stores. Wearing one is an easy way to imbue an outfit with personality. And that’s why we love them. Oh, and of course, they’re way better for the planet.

Flipping through racks and racks of broken clothes is part of the fun, but it’s not part of everyone’s idea of ​​having fun. Although we’d all like to get philosophical and tell you that buying vintage clothing is all about travel and do not the destination, we are here to give you the map and show you the shortcut. Because life is too short and every vintage t-shirt is unique. Whether you’re looking for fancy graphic t-shirts, retro single-stitched sketches, or rare concert tour t-shirts, here are the best places to buy vintage men’s t-shirts online.

eBay sells literally everything making it both a wild place and the biggest vintage store in the world. You might not get the vibe of a brick-and-mortar vintage store, but browsing its endless pages trying to sift the wheat from the chaff is about as close to the real thing as it gets. There’s a digital Everest of vintage T-shirts on eBay and if you’re up for the harrowing climb, you might strike gold.

While eBay may look like a jungle, Etsy is more like an organized flea market. There are vendors that sell their DIY crafts, others that sell vintage homewares, and others that only sell tchotchkes. And like in any flea market, there is always a guy selling old t-shirts. It feels a bit more refined than eBay and less intimidating, especially since you don’t have to worry about getting into bidding wars.

Grailed is the go-to place for style-conscious guys who know their Junya from their Jun as well as hungry streetwear stockists. It’s also become a place for some of the coolest and best-selected vintage t-shirts. That said, don’t hold your breath if you’re hoping to stumble upon a rare find for a crazy deal.

Wyco Vintage is one of the most comprehensive places to buy the rarest vintage t-shirts. Their band t-shirt archive is like walking into a library where t-shirts are sorted by musical artist, genre, decade, etc. Grateful Dead grails, Led Zeppelin tees galore, with a good selection of rare hip hop tees, too. But you can also score hard-to-find Star Wars t-shirts, tie-dyes, and even a handful of vintage streetwear. If you know what you’re looking for and don’t want to have to wade through a sea of ​​unfiltered t-shirts (isn’t that what thrift stores are for?), Wyco’s Vintage Library is what you’re looking for. should check.

70s/80s Pink Panther Single Stitch Tee, $30

Blank Square Pocket Tee, $45

Head to Used Junk if you’re looking for a vintage t-shirt that not only has a cool graphic, but also looks like it’s been through a lot. Crewnecks, v-necks, thermals, virgin cotton tees, logo tees, everything is sunwashed and aged to absolute perfection.

Vintage Coheed & Cambria Band Tee, $150

Original Backstreet Boys Black & Blue Tour 2001 Tee, $95

Metropolis Vintage offers vintage 90s Tupac t-shirts and boy band t-shirts, but they specialize in classic Rock & Roll t-shirts. Chances are they’ve got your favorite band on a once beefy, now practically sheer 100% cotton t-shirt.

Vintage Cypress Hill 1992 Pass the Blunt Shirt, $153

Reebok Fairmount 500 Eugene, Oregon 80s Tee, $63

Google’s friendly name says it all. Sweet Vintage t-shirts are a cavalcade of t-shirts organized into expected categories like band t-shirts and sports as well as “fun & party”, “animal shirt” and, simply, “iconic”. It’s a deep well, so be prepared to scroll for a while.

1970s/1980s Collegiate Pacific “Camp Conrad Weiser” Ringer Tee, $40

Distressed flavored single stitch t-shirt – 1970s, $45

In No Maintenance’s eyes, a little schmutz on a blank T-shirt isn’t a stain, it’s flavor. The vintage store has earned a dedicated fan base for its Russell Athletic sweatshirts as well as its stock of sun-washed, bleach-splattered blank T-shirts. But you better hurry because every drop sells out fast.

Specmark Office Lodge/Herman Miller Shirt, $85

Spain All Under the Sun Tourist Souvenir Shirt, $70

Intramural’s aesthetic encompasses everything from furniture design to audiophile culture and beyond. The eclectic boutique is the result of founder Bijan Shavahli’s keen eye. Somehow, a vintage IBM mug, a Herman Miller cycling jersey, and a Wrangler-branded promotional ashtray all live in harmony under one roof. If you like design, jazz and cinema (Shavahli was selected by A24 to organize their vintage offer), check out Intramural and its refined selection of graphic t-shirts.

Tenor Music Tee, $68

70s Studio Tae Kwon Do Tee, $58

A frequent source of inspiration for brands like Bode, Moth Food’s vintage Americana slate is breathtaking. Their vintage tees mostly span the 60s to 70s with less emphasis on the usual band tee fare and more on regional cultural artifacts, animals and nature.

1990s Single Stitch Painted White T-Shirt, $25

1980s “Mid-Westchester Health and Racquet Club” Long Sleeve Tee, $130

Based in Los Angeles, Unsound Rags are known for their brooding aesthetic. You can count on them for vintage Levi’s and work jackets, but their esoteric stock of vintage T-shirts is some of the best. Check it out if you’re looking for faded, sun-washed blank tees, raw humor graphic tees, and rare shoegaze band tees.

2002 Vintage National Champion 3 Time Honda Kent Stotz T-Shirt, $50

Vintage LL Bean Outdoor Tradition Single Stitch T-Shirt, $80

Vintage New York Yankees and Mets t-shirts will always be cool, at least for the Select Vintage store in Brooklyn. But they’ll also be offering vintage pro wrestling t-shirts, video game t-shirts, and movie promos with a focus on the 1990s and 2000s—that’s the sweet spot for millennial nostalgia.

70s Tillamook Cheese Tee, $70

70s Led Zeppelin Swan Song Raglan Tee, $140

Kissing Booth focuses on vintage Americana, militaria and workwear, so you’re likely to walk away with a worn pair of Levi’s or a chore coat. As for their vintage tee offering, you’ll find a handful of candy-colored graphic tees from the 70s, including a generous helping of vibrator-style tees. But you’ll also find a few 60s blank pieces and 80s and 90s punk rock t-shirts.

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