Are these the UGLIEST Christmas sweaters ever? Mother makes a living crafting gaudy festive knits embellished with lights and baubles (which she sells for $125 a pop)
- Deb Rottum, from Wesley Chapel, Florida, set up her business four years ago
- Single mother, 48, already has 550 jumpers ready ahead of the festive season
- Business owner now sells dresses, skirts and shoes for Christmas parties
A mother of three has created a successful business selling ugly Christmas jumpers embellished with fairy lights and baubles for $125 (£97) a pop.
Deb Rottum, from Wesley Chapel, Florida, began selling her gaudy sweaters four years ago, spending around two hours on each of the deliberately hideous creations.
Converting her daughter’s former bedroom into a studio for the abominable outfits, Deb already has 550 fully decorated jumpers ready to ship out this festive season.
Building on her success, the 48 year old has even started selling dresses, skirts and shoes, which customers from as far away as Sweden quickly snap up.
To keep ahead of the competition, Deb offers custom jumpers and even goes up to size XXXXXL.
Deb Rottum, from Wesley Chapel, Florida, makes a living selling ugly Christmas jumpers across the globe
Her hideous creations take around two hours to make and sell for $125 (£97). She has even started selling dresses, skirts, and shoes
Deb has 550 sweaters ready to sell this festive season, and sizes go up to XXXXXL
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Deb said: ‘This year I have seen people buy multiple items, not just a a sweater but also the skirt and the shoes. People can show up to a party in the whole outfit.
‘Every year there’s more people that get invited to Christmas parties and they need to step up their game.
‘If they want to wow everyone they really have to go dressed all ugly.
‘I’m a single parent so I really rely on the income from my sweaters, now more than ever as this is my primary business.
‘I’m a one girl show – I source the items, I make the sweaters, I model them and then I ship them.
Her most popular items feature Dr Seuss’ The Grinch, and Deb stocks up on the dolls online throughout the year
Deb said: ‘This year I have seen people buy multiple items, not just a a sweater but also the skirt and the shoes. People can show up to a party in the whole outfit’
She picks up other dolls, baubles and decorations from garage sales and thrift stores
‘I get no help apart from my daughter who takes the pictures of me. I do everything else myself.’
Her most popular items are based on Dr Seuss’ The Grinch, and often feature dolls stitched into them.
Deb added: ‘The Grinches are probably my number one item that I sell. I search online for them every day, I have probably bought around 60 Grinch toys online this year.
‘And the Barbies I collect at garage sales, thrift stores and just pick up a regular barbie and then I decorate her, like a sequin bikini top and Santa hat.
‘I have more competition now because anybody can make the sweaters, but they think it’s just placing decorations on sweaters.
‘People take their glue gun and put a bunch of junk on it. Anyone can throw a bunch of junk on a sweater and make it ugly but I take pride in mine matching.
‘They are tricky but they are decorative and pretty.’
Each of her creations costs $125 (£97) – and Deb doesn’t charge any extra for a custom sweater.
Deb sells her wares online on a number of sites including Etsy, Pinterest and Facebook.
To keep ahead of the competition, Deb takes pride in making her that items on her jumpers match
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