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Ugly sweaters — yule love ’em

What’s old is new again as hipsters and oldsters alike troll second-hand shops or call up Great Aunt Lou in search of sweaters so heinous, they’ll scare off the ghosts of Christmas past.

What’s old is new again as hipsters and oldsters alike troll second-hand shops or call up Great Aunt Lou in search of sweaters so heinous, they’ll scare off the ghosts of Christmas past.

This year, Ugly Christmas Sweater parties have turned the “what’s not” into “what’s hot.”

“Every year, the world is injected with more tacky sweaters,” said Kyle Reagan, a 25-year-old Vancouverite whose home business selling cheesy holiday attire snowballed into a full-time job in just two years.

Reagan knew he was onto something horribly magical when he hunted down 20 sweaters, put them up for sale on Craigslist and they were snapped up in a week.

This year, along with the hefty pile of vintage pieces, he handcrafted his own ghastly garb complete with glued-on ornaments and blinking LED lights.

“Anyone who … comes in and sees them personally starts laughing immediately,” he said. “It brings great joy over the holiday season, which is what it’s all about.”

 
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