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Penn State Brothers Start Online Vintage Nittany Lions Clothing Store

Need some unique clothes for game-day? Are the toddler-sized crop-tops not cutting it anymore? A new social media retailer might have the vintage Nittany Lion apparel you’re looking for.

Run by current Penn State student Arif Demirci and his Penn State graduate brother, Deniz, Penn State Threads is an online and Instagram shop that offers a variety of vintage Penn State clothing.

What began three years ago was born and raised in State College and is now a growing company with close to 3,000 followers on Instagram.

“We resell vintage clothes that we find around the internet or in person,” creator Arif Demirci said. “It’s a fun company, definitely. We just like sharing the love of vintage.”

Penn State Threads offers a variety of vintage Nittany Lions-branded clothing, ranging from hats to polos. You can check out the store’s online archive to see every piece that’s already been sold to Penn State fans.

While the Demirci brothers had to take a break as the COVID-19 pandemic began, Penn State Threads is back up and steadily growing. With over 50 different items currently up for sale, demand is going up, too.

“The biggest challenge was finding people to buy stuff,” Arif said. “Now, if we post something, it’s gone within a few days, especially if it’s really nice. Before, it was months or weeks, sometimes.”

Because it’s placed in the heart of Happy Valley, Penn State Threads offers free delivery to shoppers located in State College. After your purchase has been processed, Penn State Threads will reach out to set up a delivery time that works for you.

Penn State Threads also offers giveaways to its followers from time to time. This week, the page is partnering with three other companies to give away some unique Penn State clothing.

The giveaway will be formally announced on the shops’ Instagram accounts later this week. Their platform handles are included in the graphic, too.

Even with all the work that goes into running and promoting a sucessfull online shop, Demirci says it all pays off in the end.

“It makes everything worth it when I see the smile on [customers’] faces, because the vintage clothes we sell are not an everyday thing,” Arif added. “It is definitely unique.”

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Alexandra Pepe

Alex is a sophomore from New Canaan, CT, pursuing the Master's of Accounting program and minoring in both Journalism and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She spends most of her free time with friends, watching Curb your Enthusiasm, or trying to figure out the buses. Favorite things are getting breakfast sandwiches on a Sunday morning, listening to new music, and... writing for OS of course! She can be reached through her email [email protected] or Twitter @aalexpepe

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