What once was a thing of beauty in the fashion world has since become something to sneer at and joke about at parties.
Now that it's Christmastime, it's also the season for ugly sweater parties. Yes, those gaudy, sparkling, over-the-top, decorated sweaters have been reincarnated with a slightly less-than-kind reputation.
Some retailers are kinder than others.
Take Goodwill, for example.
"We consider them festive and funny sweaters," said Allyson Rey, manager of fund development and community relations for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio. "We appreciate our donors and their donations."
According to Amy Candos, a supervisor at the Foxboro Goodwill store in Jackson Township, the sweaters have been flying off the racks since the end of October.
"They are a hit," she said. "We put new sweaters out every day, and we sell them just as quickly."
At the Akron Salvation Army thrift store on Whipple Avenue NW, Rob Davis, manager, said, "A couple weeks ago, we had three or four racks of sweaters. Now, we are down to (four sweaters). They may be considered ugly sweaters, but people are buying them."
Granted, some are uglier than others. At one time, these sweaters marked the beginning of the holiday season. Now, they are once again all the rage, but not for the same reasons. They are so popular again now, there is even a day for them. This year's National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is Dec. 15.
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