It’s Fashion Friday, and If you are unfamiliar with Jimmy Fallon’s “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters” on Saturday Night Live, here’s an SNL update — 20-somethings have been holding Ugly Sweater parties for years. So what is an ugly sweater, you ask? There is nothing ugly about them — they boast holiday fare. I have worn countless holiday sweaters over the years, and who knew they would become fodder for an SNL skit?
And who knew said sweaters would become cultural fads and jokes that make fashion statements? My kids have raided my closet and stolen my sweaters for party events for years. In fact my oldest son expressed disappointed awe that I had no appropriate sweater for him to wear to a Halloween party. He bought his own at a thrift store — an orange appliqued vest that Mister Rogers might have worn in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. I was so proud, and I am now the proud owner of that vest.
My kids laugh at me, but the funny thing is you can make big money if you sell these ho-ho holiday sweaters, or ugly sweaters, at a thrift shop. Erie’s Sabrina Fischer, owner of Sassy Peacock in Erie, was quoted in a Woman’s Day article that verified the value of these trendy sweaters. Here’s the article.
My sister and brother-in-law have a gold mine in animated, illuminated sweaters like the one pictured at the top of this blog. Really they do. And my sister has the earrings to match. No kidding — they light up. I am betting the fam will never part with any of it.
I wanted to use a Valentine’s Day sweater for the lead art, but honestly, the selection on eBay really was, well, ugly. Never fear, One company, Skedouche, the self-proclaimed leader in ugly Christmas sweaters expanded its market to St. Patrick’s Day sweaters. So the mighty shamrock and leprechaun will be big business in haute couture this year.
If you have an ugly sweater, wear it and enjoy it. If you’re tired of your holiday sweaters, make some money on them. There is an entire market of 20-somethings that will pay for your sweaters. Sell them on eBay or take them to your fave thrift shop, but weave your way into the trend, and you’ll have a good yarn for the family.