Kevin Stecko Turns His ’80s Fanaticism Into a Thriving Business

Kevin Stecko is the founder of 80sTees.com, a website that offers apparel, memorabilia, and pop culture goods from ’80s TV shows, movies, cartoons, video games, and more. The story of 80sTees began in the summer of 1999, when Stecko was at Kennywood Amusement Park, wearing a T-shirt of the 1980s cartoon character He-Man. According to him, six different people asked him where he got it, and he started to wonder why no one else was selling these shirts.

Stecko subsequently went back to the store where he bought his shirt and purchased some retro tees in bulk. He put them up on eBay, and the first one sold for $30. Encouraged but keeping his expectations low, Stecko worked at a full-time job during the day and sold T-shirts online at night.

In 2000, he started the first ’80s memorabilia online store. By 2005, the business was growing and he began to hunt down some of the most avid ’80s fans he could find to build the 80sTees team. Today, 80sTees carries a wide selection of ’80s apparel, featuring favorites like Karate Kid, Top Gun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, and Jem and the Holograms, among many others.

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