Teen starts ugly Christmas sweater business - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Teen starts ugly Christmas sweater business

WAUWATOSA, WI (KCTV) -

A Wisconsin teen is cashing in on an ugly holiday tradition - Christmas sweaters.

When teenage boys take to the basement for hours at a time, moms start to worry. Unless you are the mother of 18-year-old Jack McCarthy. His obsession in his parents' Wauwatosa basement revolves around Christmas sweaters so tacky some people find them beautiful.

Since selling his first one three years ago, Jack McCarthy has made a ton of money.

"We sold it on EBay and it went for about $50 and we were surprised that sweaters would have that kind of market," he said.

Inspired by that revelation, Jack McCarthy built his stockpile at every flea market, thrift store and yard sale across six different states.

The result is a website, ultimateuglychristmas.com, where his finds sell for $20 to $50 a piece.

"The more colorful, the more action, the more eye-popping things - that's our definition of ugly," Jack McCarthy said.

While he's now shipping out sweaters at a pace of 40 a day, there was a time no one was sure this would pay off.

"There were moments, though, I suppose where I was concerned there was more stock than we would get rid of and I would never get my basement back," mother Cathy McCarthy said.

And she may not. Jack McCarthy graduates from Marquette University High School in a few months and it would be hard to conduct his sort of business from a dorm room.

Click here to view some of the ultimate ugly Christmas sweaters Jack McCarthy has for sale.

Courtesy: Steve Chamraz/CNN

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:20 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:41 AM EDT2017-07-22 12:41:15 GMT

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

    More >>

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

    More >>
  • Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

    Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

    Saturday, July 22 2017 1:49 AM EDT2017-07-22 05:49:17 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:22 AM EDT2017-07-22 12:22:45 GMT

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

    More >>

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

    More >>
  • Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Stunning Painted Bunting almost seems unreal

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Stunning Painted Bunting almost seems unreal

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:41 PM EDT2017-07-22 02:41:06 GMT
    Painted Bunting on Dauphin Island (Photo by Ken Hare)(1) jpgPainted Bunting on Dauphin Island (Photo by Ken Hare)(1) jpg

    When I've shown the handful of photographs I have of male Painted Buntings to friends and family members who aren't into birding, a common question is, "Is that real?" It's a natural response: The mix of bright blue, red, green and yellow on the male Painted Bunting looks more like how my granddaughter would color a bird in her coloring book than real life.

    More >>

    When I've shown the handful of photographs I have of male Painted Buntings to friends and family members who aren't into birding, a common question is, "Is that real?" It's a natural response: The mix of bright blue, red, green and yellow on the male Painted Bunting looks more like how my granddaughter would color a bird in her coloring book than real life.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly