The phenomenon of Ugly Sweater Parties is fast becoming a holiday staple, but the demand for hideous sweaters may have exceeded supply in one San Francisco neighborhood. Mission District shoppers looking for an acrylic sweater decorated with a giant glitter reindeer head and whimsical antler sleeves, or a sweatshirt with a puffy-painted sunglasses-wearing Santa decorating a palm tree in Los Angeles, were greeted by near empty racks at neighborhood stores yesterday.
|The Meta-Sweater: not available at local stores.|
At Thrift Town, located at the corners of Mission and 17th Street, the rack usually reserved for seasonal wear offered only one sweater, a fairly inoffensive navy blue knit decorated with snowflakes. While it easily lent itself to hilarious jokes about going "skiing," its ugliness was minimal. The remainder of the rack was occupied by red T-shirts, some of which didn't even have Christmas slogans on them. At least one shirt was for a Thanksgiving fun-run. Two women who were both shopping for something to wear to the same party were debating the purchase of the lone Christmas tree decorated vest. "If you don't buy it, I will," said one cheerfully, through gritted teeth.
|Thrift Town: This perfectly nice sweater sucks.|
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