Ask any avid thrift hunter and they will tell you tales and stories about the treasures lurking behind the doors of a secondhand shop. From rare antiques to vintage fashion finds, from perfectly new household appliances to hidden gems that turn out to be worth many times more!

And while it takes master skills, plenty of organizing, a solid strategy and a dash of luck to come across any of these, there are things that are more common finds. Think of thrift t-shirts, pieces of clothing that are synonymous with thrift hunting.

And this Twitter page known as “Weird Thrift Store Shirts” is basically an homage to them. Dedicated to sharing the weirdest tees people spotted while thrifting, it’s unmatched entertainment with a fashion twist. Scroll down for the most interesting examples and be sure to upvote your favorite ones!

With so many unusual, quirky and rare pieces hanging around in thrift stores, it’s just fair that the most fashion-savvy have already found their salvation there. For hipsters and fashionistas, a cool thrift store shirt is a must-have that can be resold for many times its original price.

To find out more about the art of thrift shopping and how to get your hands on the most valuable clothing pieces sold there, we reached out to Sean Fowlow, a professional thrift hunter and seller, as well as the creator of the "Ridiculous Thrifter” Instagram page.

Ridiculous Thrifter” shares “the wonderful, bizarre and insanely overpriced items” found at thrift stores, from Facebook marketplace to secondhand stores and charity shops. Bored Panda wrote about it some time ago so check it out right here to find out more about Fowlow’s awesome and fun project!

The professional thrift hunter and seller confirmed that clothing and shoes are among the most sought-after items by thrifters and online re-sellers/flippers. “Thrift stores sell more clothes than any other item. It's the bread & butter of the thrift industry,” he said.

Fowlow argues that everyone wants to find those like-new garments for a fraction of the retail price. “It's such a thrill to find a very expensive garment and brag to your family and friends how little you paid for it,” he added.

When asked how Fowlow finds valuable pieces of clothing in thrift stores, he said that he only shops for clothing just for himself to wear. “I rarely look for clothing to re-sell/flip online as the competition is too fierce.”

Meanwhile, Fowlow concentrates mainly on video games, electronics and collectables. “Every now and again I will venture into the clothing racks to see what I can find. But most times, I usually come up empty-handed,” he laughed.

“However, in the past, I have concentrated some of my time towards finding retro t-shirts at thrift stores to re-sell online. I did pretty well with 1980s and classic video game-themed ones,” Fowlow recounted. Turns out, they have tremendous popularity and sell quite well. Just like old rock and roll t-shirts and sports teams as well.

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Zara the squid 🦑 (she/they)
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of the time I was trick or treating and a house spooked us with flashy lights and I had a seizure 👍👍would not recommend

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Screen_Addict
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I the only on hearing the song now but with these lyrics?

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We also asked Fowlow what’s up with these crazy retro t-shirts sold in thrift stores. “Certainly the funniest t-shirt I have found on my thrifting journeys has to be the one with pro golfer Tiger Woods' mug shot on it. No title, no words or description... just a picture of his downcast & sad face after he was famously arrested,” Fowlow recounted and added that the person who created this was indeed hilarious.

“I thought to myself, ‘Why would you make this and donate it?’ Maybe it was donated on purpose to make the finder chuckle.”

Living in Canada, Fowlow said that it's common to find the prime minister Justin Trudeau displayed in hilarious ways on t-shirts at thrift stores. “Sometimes riding a horse shirtless (Vlad Putin style), in a royal gown, as a professional boxer or one stating that he is a ‘thorough and gentle lover.’” The professional thrifter gets a great kick out of these. “Obviously the people who created these are certainly not fans of his,” Fowlow concluded.

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Magpie
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Runescape ? *waves at anyone else who plays that*.

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Shyla Bouche
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Guinea pigs are very social animals. Of course you should take their calls.

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Asriel Dreemurr
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me too, kid (or anyone regardless of age for that matter-grown ups can enjoy Pokémon too!)

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T5n
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For those who don’t get this: rolling a 20 is referred to as a natural or nat 20. Getting a lower number to be 20 with stat bonuses is called a dirty 20

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Magpie
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why would being gay be bad news ? Or why would being hetro be bad news?

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T5n
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And if you don’t support butt stuff, stop being a**l about it

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Screen_Addict
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"For God so loved the Wii, that he gave his only begotten character, that whoever whistles with him shall not be deleted but have eternal parades." -John Wii-16

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Headless Roach
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would not complain if he ate me too. [I know I know I know.. kids watching, I'll shut up now]

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Dave Nalesnik
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tell me you love orange Tic Tacs without saying you love orange Tic Tacs

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BasedWang12.7
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

omg I love this shirt ..."It's gonna take some time, to realiiign"

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