Inside the Yetee: Outside the Gates


Aurora, IL – Vintage apparel is huge these days. That’s what Charlie Zine was banking on when he held on to dozens of t-shirts from the late 1970s that he once sold outside of concert venues.

Zine, of Aurora, traveled all over during his college days selling bootleg shirts at concerts, like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin.

“We’d find out where the shows were, and then we’d have t-shirts printed for them,” Zine said.

The job paid some of his way through college, and he’s hoping that sales of the t-shirts on eBay will help to get his son through college as well. But before Zine puts the shirts up for sale, he is showing most of his collection at the Yetee Gallery for one night only on Friday, March 7.

Zine said the show will include t-shirts from tons of big-name bands that toured in the late ’70s and up through about 1981.

“It was a fun way to get through college, and if it helps two people through college, then that is just great,” he said.

Visit Yetee Gallery at 110 Cross St. on March 7, during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora, to see Zine’s bootleg t-shirt collection. Special edition shirts of the evening’s poster will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting Communities in Schools. The Kevin Trudo will perform a live concert during the evening.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Yetee Gallery on Facebook.

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