Plenty of people visit the merch stand at concerts. Some people buy an item with the intent to wear it again and again, and it unexpectedly becomes destined to live on the top shelf of a closet where it won't be seen again for years. Others sport their band merch until it's been sufficiently worn out, with holes and pit stains and all.
The stories behind such precious items are unique to each piece. A Beastie Boys Grand Royal shirt was taken on a cocaine-fueled journey to a music conference, where it got stolen by a friend. Nearly 15 years later, the owner hangs it proudly in his closet as a gem of pop culture.
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