By NoBetterNina (@Nobetternina)
With holiday shopping looking a little different this year, and local businesses’ needing our support now more than ever, why not purchase your ugly Christmas sweater from one. Check out these 5 local vintage brands selling ugly Christmas sweaters with a side of holiday cheer.
Black Market Vintage
Another local brand selling exclusive vintage pieces based out of Toronto is Black Market Vintage. Offering curbside pick-up at their Queen Street location, as well as online shopping, Black Market Vintage has everything from vintage sportswear, jackets, denim and concert tees. They also have a limited stock of vintage Christmas apparel, so make sure you check them out online or on Instagram @blackmarketvintage.
Retro Festive is your one stop shop for all things Christmas. Offering festive gear from some of your holiday favourites like The Grinch, Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas and more, Retro Festive has everything one could possibly need to spread Christmas cheer. From ornaments, to puzzles, to books, to socks, to mugs and of course ugly Christmas sweaters (and Retro Festive does quite the job at producing some pretty awful looking pieces). Each year, during the holiday season Retro Festive opens a pop-up store in Oakville, but due to the current pandemic, orders are placed online through their website and can be picked up at their Oakville location.
Exile Inc. offers customers custom merch, as well as vintage costumes from the 1800’s to the 90’s all year round. Located in the city’s Kensington Market, the clothing store’s doors are still open, while also taking orders via their Instagram dm’s, as well as over the phone. With a selection of old school inspired, vintage Christmas sweaters for purchase, they’re sure to be as unique as they are ugly. You can check out a preview of this year’s collection on their Instagram or in person at 60 Kensington Avenue.
F as in Frank
F as in Frank is a vintage apparel brand, based out of Vancouver with a Toronto location, offering wholesale items for purchase as well. Aside from offering vintage tees with some of your favourite old school artists on them, throwback sports jerseys, unique hats and bags, F as in Frank has also launched their own brand Frankie as well. With Christmas right around the corner, F as in Frank is sure to have their share of ugly Christmas sweaters available for purchase on their website any day now.
With 2020 going down in history as one of the oddest year’s we’ve ever had, I think it’s safe to say ugly Christmas sweaters can help make this holiday season feel a little more normal again.