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Christmas Sweaters: the Uglier, the Better!

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Ugly Christmas sweaters are creating a small pre-holiday financial boon for thrift stores nationwide. And here in Reno they are flying off the racks.

"We collect them year round, because the real ones from the 80's are hard to find," says Kendra Crosby of Junkee Clothing Exchange in Reno. "We have pickers who find them for us in Los Angeles and send them here. And to keep up with the demand, we even buy plain sweaters we find and decorate them ourselves."

"I'm looking for a really ugly one," said Kelly Case, as she leafed through the racks. "It's a contest and so I've picked out two and am seeing which one will be the one here." She was considering two 80's era sweaters with holiday scenes. And then she settled on one with a three dimensional stuffed bear and a Christmas tree on it. "This is it!" she said happy to pay the $20 price for it.

And across town at the Assistance League of Reno's Thrift Store on Vassar, there are Christmas sweaters and even sequined evening jackets they can hardly keep in stock.

"The end of October and the first week in November we went through at least a rack and a half of them," said Helga Miller who is the Chair of the Thrift Store. "They are really popular and we have a lot of them."

Prices vary from $5 a piece to about $ shop around until you find just the right fit.

Written by Erin Breen

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