7/31/19

My Favorite Places to Shop for Sports Team Gear

My Favorite Places to Shop for Sports Team Gear

Ok, college football fans — we're officially only FOUR weekends away from the start of college football season on August 24. That means it's time for my favorite tradition: pre-season shopping! All the anticipation and excitement about a new season is a great excuse to treat yourself to something new. However, you might be wondering where to look, especially if you don't live in your sports team's hometown. Luckily, I've become a professional shopper when it comes to this (considering how challenging it is to track down good merch for my beloved USF), so to get you started, here are my favorite places to shop for sports team fan gear:

Your College/University Team Bookstore

This is a great place to start your search because most college and university bookstores are guaranteed to have plenty of team goodies, especially new items that might not be available through national retailers.

Fanatics / FansEdge

These two online retailers are owned by the same company, so they offer basically the same product selection. From my experience, they stock the most teams in the most leagues, so if you can't find your team on either of these websites, you've got your work cut out for you!

Bealls

Bealls is affectionately known as "The Florida Store" and for good reason. Based in Bradenton, Florida, Bealls has stayed true to its Florida roots and offers an AWESOME selection of fan gear for Florida college teams. If you root for the Gators, Seminoles, Knights, Bulls or Hurricanes, be sure to check out Bealls. They usually have items I haven't seen anywhere else and at great prices, too.

NFL Shop

When it comes to NFL team gear, this is your one-stop shop. The website carries every professional football team in this season's current styles, so look no further for your pre-season shopping spree!

Flying Colors Apparel

I recently stumbled back across this website after a few years and color...me...impressed! Their women's collection is trendy, eye-catching and stylish. They carry USF (bonus points!) and tons of other college teams, in addition to items in popular team colors.

Amazon

I think I shop on Amazon an average of 2-3 times per week and why wouldn't I when I've got Amazon Prime 2-day shipping?! They have everything and unsurprisingly, this includes sports fan gear as well as home decor and gifts.

Walmart

Walmart's Sports Fan Shop is a relatively budget-friendly place to look for sports team gear, but it's powered by Fanatics, so you'll find similar items here, though not necessarily at a huge price cut.

Little Earth Productions

Chances are you've probably never heard of this company before (unless you've been reading my blog for a while!), but you've most likely seen one of their products. They create fun, innovative products like ponchos, clear handbags and pet gear.

Dick's Sporting Goods

You can find some unique items at Dick's, so I recommend doing a quick spot check here just in case.

Lids

Like Dick's, Lids is another one that frequently pops up in my search results, so I recommend checking there, especially if they're running a sale or offering a coupon code.

'47 Brand

If you're shopping for a team hat, go straight to '47 Brand's website. They make the coolest, most stylish ball caps in the game and are on top of the trends when it comes to this staple accessory. Their hats are sold through various retailers, but my advice is to go straight to the source and good luck picking just one!

Where are you planning to start your pre-season shopping? Let me know in the comments!

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