There can be a ton of reasons why buying jerseys can be a difficult journey. The heavy price tags are the usual culprit; new season kits will run your pockets for about $90-110 a piece for just the replica versions. Don’t even get us started on authentic prices.
If price isn’t a huge deal for you, then you move onto the next step: actually deciding what team’s kit to buy. According to a report released in 2019 by FIFA, there are at least 3,903 professional clubs around the world, and over 128,000 pro football players playing at these clubs.
Of course, we can trim down these numbers to only include the highest-ranking leagues and divisions, but that doesn’t change the fact that hundreds of millions of jerseys get produced every single season.
Which begs the question…
Where are they at?
In this blog, we provide two unique methods that you can rely on to get your hands on your next favorite jersey.
Unfortunately for us Americans, we live in a country that prioritizes everything besides the beautiful game, making it a much more straightforward task to secure the jerseys of basketball, baseball and American football teams than any other sport.
This leaves us football (soccer) fans left with no choice but to order kits at full price online or scavenge for a local soccer shop that hopefully has a discounted section.
But did you know that certain department stores actually tend to carry limited stock of football kits?
You heard right! Major discount retailers like Marshalls and Burlington actually receive a wide variety of jerseys due to overstock, which basically happens when manufacturers make too much and have no choice but to ship out the excess. That’s when they end up on the racks of these department stores, along with a satisfying heavy markdown on the price tag.
So give it a try! Below we listed all the department stores that can be found across the United States, so be sure to head to the ones that are in your area. You’ll never know what you may find. 👀
This next method is for those that prefer as little in-person effort as possible. Those that prefer online shirt hunting, keep reading.
It can be a much scarier world buying from other fans on social media, but trust us, it’s not as scary as it seems. On Discord and Reddit specifically, check out KitSwap. It’s basically a global community of buyers and sellers that are actively helping each other find their next favorite football jersey.
People just like you are posting their unique finds on these platforms on a daily basis, along with the price (usually pretty cheap) and it only takes a couple clicks and a quick message to the seller to coordinate your purchase! Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s still pretty cool to see what people around the world are managing to find at their local bargain stores.
We hope you can find use in these methods!