The holiday season is upon us, ‘tis the season for serious nostalgia! From gingerbread houses to festive lights, some yearly traditions bring us right back to our childhood.


One holiday tradition you’re sure to never forget? The ugly Christmas sweater! These tacky fashion pieces have a long history and still hold a dear place in all of our hearts each Christmas. But how did the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” go from granny’s 80’s fashion to trendy costume attire?


Remember Christmas in 1985? Hard to escape the Christmas sweaters on display at the family party, but they aren’t considered a novelty gag, they are a full-on fashion statement.


Fast-forward to 2017 and guests at a party compete for the most outrageous, tacky sweater. Christmas sweaters gained popularity in the 1980s from popular films like National Lampoon’s Family Christmas, but the trend faded after the decade. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the craze resurfaced and people embraced the true fad of the “ugly” Christmas sweater.

With a little help from media attention like Jimmy Fallon’s “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters” and Shark Tank’s protégée “The Tipsy Elves,” Christmas sweaters are now sported all season long, and the uglier the better!


This holiday season, we’re looking to spread the joy of the ugly Christmas sweater with all of our holiday shoppers, but we need your help. Our Resale Stores are looking for the ugliest, tackiest, most festive Christmas sweater donations. So clean out your closets, relive your childhood memories, and help us spread the holiday cheer! If you have sweaters you would like to donate, please stop by our Resale Stores to drop off your donations.