Ugly Christmas sweater parties. Ugly Christmas sweater 5K runs. Ugly Christmas sweater fundraisers. Where does it stop? And why are all these people so obsessed with ugly Christmas sweaters?
Where did the Ugly Christmas Sweater idea even come from?
Legend has it that ugly Christmas sweater parties started in Vancouver, around 2002. Every year, the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver has a holiday party and attendees are required to wear an ugly, gaudy, or tacky Christmas sweater. Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch founded the annual event, and their legend lives on today through thousands of merry-makers who are searching for the perfect sweater of ugliness, the festive tacky sweater that can help them win a contest or just aid in their holiday ridiculousness.
Where to find the ugliest of sweaters
eBay is the place to find that perfect ugly Christmas sweater. Of course, ugly, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. (Bill Cosby is said to be the father of the Ugly Christmas sweater, based on the wild geometric patterned sweaters he wore on the 1980s hit "The Cosby Show.") Right now there are over 22,000 listings on eBay with the keywords "ugly Christmas sweater." Prices range from $716 for a lot of 50 sweaters in various sweaters, to a BT Kids ugly Christmas sweater in size 6-9 months for under $5. (Hey, babies want to be ugly, too!) You will find everything from 100% cashmere from the finest department stores, to handmade creations with interesting embellishments, vests, socks, and some x-rated sweaters.
Get the best deal on the perfect ugly Christmas sweater
For the best deal, look for auctions ending soon that have no bids or low prices. Take advantage of listings with Best Offer - don't be shy, make an offer! The worst that can happen is the seller declines. Or, the seller may make a counteroffer that works for you. Look for listings with free shipping and make sure you order in time to receive for your special ugly sweater event.
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