Colby has been collecting since about 2011 when he started buying vintage tees online for bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Melvins. At one time his stash grew to more than 500, but he's since parsed the collection down to about 350.

He began reselling as a side gig in college after realizing the tees he owned had skyrocketed in value.

"Sometimes I’d buy something for myself and it wouldn’t fit right, so I’d put it aside. I’d eventually sell it for more than I bought it for, and then eventually I started buying specifically to resell," he told us.

After almost ten years of collecting, he started @pumpkintees on Instagram to showcase his nearly complete Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt collection. His IG account was born in January 2021 and he's already posted almost 175 unique designs. Colby goes live on Instagram every Tuesday auctioning a Pumpkins tee from his collection and inviting others to sell their tees too.
"As for my expertise, I’ve looked at Pumpkins tees online or in person almost every day for 10+ years now, so I’ve seen almost everything there is to see."

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