Thrifting For An Ugly Sweater Party

Thrifting For An Ugly Sweater Party

Thrifting for ugly Christmas sweaters is not for the weak. You must be determined enough to sift through racks upon racks of disorganized donated clothes, strong enough to face the overwhelming smell of mothballs and body odor that permeate throughout every Salvation Army and Savers, and discerning enough to pick the ugliest of all the ugly sweaters. But if you are up for the challenge, it can be a yearly tradition that will fill up your wardrobe with tons of clashing patterns, glued on pom-poms, and pictures of cats in tiny Santa hats (bonus points if it also says “Meowy Christmas!” on it). Remember: The bulkier, the better—and make sure to examine the clothing closely before purchasing; you never know what weird stains or parasitic creatures you’ll find. Then, hold a competition for who finds the ugliest sweater—though, you’ll all be winners since you’re rocking the latest and greatest in sweater wear straight from the runways of Value Village Thrift. A lot of clothing companies nowadays are capitalizing on this trend by making purposely ugly, and overpriced, sweaters, but forget that! The best part of finding the perfectly hideous garment is the search. Picture it: You’re weary and you’ve hit up every Goodwill in the tri-state area but have nothing to show for your efforts. But then, a heavenly fluorescent light shines on the most perfect sweater you’ve ever seen in your entire life. You put it on and it feels like a warm hug from your grandmother. The earnestness and unapologetic tackiness of true ugly sweaters cannot be manufactured, so get thrifting! (Gianna DeCarlo)

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