T-shirt exchange? April 29, 2011 7:36 PM   Subscribe

Anyone interested in exchanging T-shirts?

Alas, as much as I enjoy clothing that emphasizes what I have, my new women's L T-shirt is just too darn small. I'm happy to mail it to whomever wants it; seems a pity to give it to Goodwill, since NO ONE would appreciate it the way we do.

If there's a larger one to exchange that's great, but if not that's fine too. Perhaps others are interested in trading their T-shirts as well?
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter-Related at 7:36 PM (53 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Is it a MetaFilter t-shirt? Because otherwise I'm a bit confused.
posted by ODiV at 7:58 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


I am afraid of this thread.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:06 PM on April 29, 2011


A t-shirt trade sounds like an awesome idea. I have lots of shirts that don't fit me anymore.

Anyone like Weezer? or The Fiery Furnaces? will trade for a Springsteen or Dylan shirt
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:23 PM on April 29, 2011


make it into a throw pillow! cut a piece from the front and back that are the same size, sew (leave an opening), stuff, sew up opening. voila!
posted by nadawi at 8:24 PM on April 29, 2011


ooh! or make a throw pillow cover!
posted by nadawi at 8:26 PM on April 29, 2011


NO ONE?
posted by clavdivs at 8:27 PM on April 29, 2011


The ramifications could affect the scarecrow lobby, I advise caution yet consideration.
posted by clavdivs at 8:31 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh please. The scarecrow lobby is just a front for the cardboard cutout police officer lobby.
And y'all can have my promotional Steve Wilkos shirt when you pry it from my cold, indifferent hands.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 8:37 PM on April 29, 2011


I want this thread on a tshirt.
posted by cashman at 8:41 PM on April 29, 2011


I have to agree that those shirts run very small.
posted by lalex at 8:42 PM on April 29, 2011


My women's small shirt is getting a little too small for me; perhaps there's a 5 year old out there who would appreciate it.
posted by desjardins at 8:51 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


So let me get this straight. You're trying to exchange a t-shirt that's too small for you with a small person who bought a shirt too big for them?
posted by crunchland at 8:56 PM on April 29, 2011


My "XL" MetaFilter shirt is so absurdly tiny but I refuse to give it up. One of these days I'll go to a meetup with it pinned to the front of a real adult woman sized shirt.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 8:57 PM on April 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


what about chamois, lots of those.
posted by clavdivs at 8:59 PM on April 29, 2011


well crunch, either it is a MeFi shirt exchange (perhaps contacting the seller would help) or the Op is starting a mail order jumble shop.
posted by clavdivs at 9:01 PM on April 29, 2011


Agreed the MeFi shirts ran smaller than expected (but that said, I'd trade all kinds of crazy stuff for old Depeche Mode and Duran Duran shirts! Particularly a Seven and the Ragged Tiger one, due to the possibility of Venture Bros.-based hilarity!)
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:20 PM on April 29, 2011


what about chamois, lots of those.

I'll trade you a chamois for a sham-wow!
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:20 PM on April 29, 2011


I bought a metafilter t-shirt but I lost it. I can send you a Green Tara -shirt? And a sweet mix cd?
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:21 PM on April 29, 2011


I have a lot of washcloths...I can trade those
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:23 PM on April 29, 2011


I propose we turn this thread into a MeFi t-shirt exchange syndicate.
posted by localhuman at 9:27 PM on April 29, 2011


I have a whole bunch of those Ikea allen keys. What will that get me?
I just need to keep one, for emergencies and Craigslist buyers.

Also, we have 5 black "X" t-shirts from when we bought our computer at the Apple store on the same day Mac OS X Leopard came out and they handed them out at the door. I forgot about them until cleaning out my drawers a few weeks ago. I gave the first one to my son for sleeping in but then I kept finding them and finding them.
posted by chococat at 9:30 PM on April 29, 2011


I also have a handknit hat that is wayyy too big for most human heads. Maybe some metafilter cranium would be like "ahhh". It's green.
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:30 PM on April 29, 2011


Right now restless_nomad is staring at her google chat sidebar gritting her teeth and desperately willing the little grey dots next to "Josh Millard" and "jessamyn west" to turn green. "Goddammit you guys," she's thinking. "Goddamit. Come on. Pick up. How the hell do you want me to deal with this totally inexplicable metatalk thread? Fuck."
posted by dersins at 9:33 PM on April 29, 2011 [4 favorites]


Awww, c'mon dersins, it's not like we're juggling geese or anything.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:35 PM on April 29, 2011


toss in a couple of mefi hankies with the juggled geese.
posted by clavdivs at 9:43 PM on April 29, 2011


I'll swap you a goose for a t-shirt.
posted by pompomtom at 9:45 PM on April 29, 2011


Wait, I'm confused. Who gets goosed and who gets the shirt?
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:59 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


So let me get this straight. You're trying to exchange a t-shirt that's too small for you with a small person who bought a shirt too big for them?

It's like the gift of the magi.
posted by The Whelk at 10:40 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have hundreds of t-shirts extending back across nearly 30 years of collecting.

Are we seriously going to to a t-shirt exchange? Because that could be AWESOME!
posted by hippybear at 10:58 PM on April 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


I'm sort of trying to get out of the fashion trap of wearing a T-Shirt With Something On It, so this thread frightens me.
Gave my son my old Barbapapa shirt that was way too small for me and I've almost worn out this Dolly Parton silkscreen shirt from Etsy. Did a major purge in the spring closet-cleaning of 2011. The many more shirts on my shelf are feeling like a sad crutch.
posted by chococat at 11:08 PM on April 29, 2011


Not to put a damper on the shirt-trading joy, but have any of you gals with too-small MeFi t-shirts thought of cutting the necks out? I'm a curvy girl, and learning that trick has been a freaking miracle. If you do it carefully, it won't look tattery, because the unhemmed fabric will roll up just enough to cover any small irregularities from the cutting. Doing this raises the shirt's effective size by about one, and it gives it a nicer shape. I did this to my MeFi shirt and it worked brilliantly.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 12:20 AM on April 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Er, yeah. It's a Metafilter T-shirt. Thought that was clear, sorry.
posted by Melismata at 6:12 AM on April 30, 2011


That trick works for the enboobinated, palmcorder_yajna, but not so much for the beergutted, alas!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 7:00 AM on April 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Or the flat-chested.
posted by desjardins at 7:13 AM on April 30, 2011


I have numerous t-shirts that no-one in their right mind would trade for, but you're welcome to them.
posted by arcticseal at 7:44 AM on April 30, 2011


I have a men's XL "I + MetaFilter" one (worn and washed about a half-dozen times) and I've been losing weight. I'm willing to trade - as long as yours isn't the "tl;dr" one. I don't like those.
posted by tomboko at 7:55 AM on April 30, 2011


<dalek>ENBOOBINATE. ENBOOBINATE.</dalek>
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:59 AM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


we need a long winded explanation that no one will read.
posted by clavdivs at 8:13 AM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


localhuman: "I propose we turn this thread into a MeFi t-shirt exchange syndicate."

signed,
Milo Minderbender
posted by Splunge at 8:19 AM on April 30, 2011


Right now restless_nomad is staring at her google chat sidebar gritting her teeth and desperately willing the little grey dots next to "Josh Millard" and "jessamyn west" to turn green

We were chatting and complaining about something unrelated at about this time if I recall correctly. I have some t-shirts that are definitely too small [and were too small when I got them] but they're at home and I am not, so I might have to wait to tell you what M t-shirts I have.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:25 AM on April 30, 2011


I have a way tiny tl:dr shirt along with a bunch of wonderful yet similarly minuscule - they shrink more every. time. you. wash. them. - threadless t-shirts I could see throwing into a general exchange. Granted, it would have to be an exchange with hobbits or gnomes or small children who improbably have too many enormous t-shirts, but this is the internet and anything is possible.
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:00 AM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have two hobbits and a gnome I'll trade for a T-shirt.
posted by Sailormom at 9:14 AM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have a very rare X-Files t-shirt (it was made by someone who sold a run of them at MediaWest*Con ages ago) that has a print of line art of Mulder and Scully's faces on the front, and on the back it says

Trust No One
Deny Everything
Eat Bagels

I cut the neck open because the shirt fit okay but the neck was too small.

I just thought everyone should know about it.
posted by tzikeh at 9:22 AM on April 30, 2011


Also, I think the idea of the First Annual MeFi T-Shirt Exchange and Cyber-Rummage Sale would be the most fun I've had in a long time.

I need to get out more. Or, you know, ever.
posted by tzikeh at 9:24 AM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


So let me get this straight. You're trying to exchange a t-shirt that's too small for you with a small person who bought a shirt too big for them?
posted by crunchland

It's like the gift of the magi.
posted by The Whelk


No, no.

Gift of the MeFi.
posted by George Clooney at 10:47 AM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Washed or not?
posted by buzzman at 10:53 AM on April 30, 2011


You gotta pay extra for unwashed, buzzman. (I kid! I KID!)
posted by bitter-girl.com at 10:57 AM on April 30, 2011


totally into it if we are doing a tshirt exchange.
I have a vintage Flickr tshirt from back in the day they were based in Vancouver.
Never worn, still folded as given.
posted by seawallrunner at 11:03 AM on April 30, 2011


I have this shirt, but looking at the back I'm guessing people would just throw things at you if you wore it in public. (and, I wouldn't give it up anyway).
posted by eyeballkid at 2:17 PM on April 30, 2011


This t-shirt sold for one day and one day only at Tee Fury (that's what they do: one print sold for 24 hours, and then gone). I'd pay cash on the barrel for it.
posted by tzikeh at 7:41 PM on April 30, 2011


I've got a Nirvana "two virgins" t-shirt from the late '80s that I would be willing to trade. For a metric shitload of cash. I'll even throw in the two Steel Pole Bathtub tees from the same timeframe.
posted by NoMich at 3:13 PM on May 1, 2011


I have an England shirt from the 1992 Cricket World Cup and it's as good as new. Those things will outlast the cockroach on earth. They are absolutely indestructible.
posted by joannemullen at 5:36 AM on May 2, 2011


Once, on a second date with a guy that I really didn't want to go out with again (but I was trying to keep an open mind), the guy tried to sell me a T-shirt he had stolen from his last job - at a T-shirt printing company.

An hour later, as I was thinking I could probably now politely make an excuse to go home, he told me he would like to have sex with me on the pool table of the bar we were in, except that "all these people in here would probably enjoy watching!"

I do have a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tour T-shirt from the "Damn the Torpedoes" tour, but I plan to be buried in it. You could maybe borrow it sometime, though.
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:52 AM on May 3, 2011


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