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With the winter holidays quickly approaching, it's time to start planning for one the best events of the season – the ugly sweater party! This is your chance to go all out, because when it comes to this get together, nothing is off limits. Add lights to your sweater to electrify the crowd or find a crazy pattern that you normally wouldn't be caught dead in. The uglier the better! While you want your look to be the hit of the party, there's no need to pay crazy retail prices. There are several thrift stores near your USF apartment with a wide-selection of crazy, eclectic, and just plain old ugly sweaters!
Best Thrift Stores Near Your USF Apartment
- Hope Thrift Store: Less than 2 miles from the University of South Florida you'll find Hope Thrift Store – the perfect place to pick up your ugly sweater and any additional décor you may want to add to your ensemble. The best part of shopping here is that every purchase contributes directly to the care and education of over 80 orphaned children residing at Hope Children's Home – a purchase that'll surely put you in the holiday spirit!
- YesterDaze Vintage Clothing & Antiques: If you're looking for especially unusual items, YesterDaze Vintage Clothing has a wealth of items dating back as far as the late 1800's! Shopping at YesterDaze you're sure to find the ugly sweater of your dreams, and maybe even a few fun vintage items or costume jewelry. Who knows? YesterDaze, located just over 6 miles from USF, even carries a variety of furniture, collectibles, and household items that may be perfect for the party or even as a unique piece in your USF apartment.
- St. Vincent DePaul Society Store: You're sure to save a few bucks shopping at St. Vincent DePaul Society Store. About 2 miles from your USF apartment, you'll find a surplus of fun clothing, shoes, and handbags to really complete your look. While you're looking for the perfect ugly sweater, remember to keep your eyes open to other great finds. Be creative with your costume and think outside of the box – that's what will really make your outfit stand out!
- The Salvation Army Family Store: At The Salvation Army Family Store, you can catch some awesome deals while giving back to the Tampa community. The Salvation Army, located just 2.2 miles from USF on Nebraska Avenue, even offers a 50 percent discount on clothing, purses, shoes, belts, ties, and linens on Wednesday! If you need a ride to and from the store, take advantage of the public transportation options near your USF apartment.
As you're shopping for the perfect ugly sweater, remember to have fun and enjoy the holiday festivities! By shopping at thrift stores, you can save money and have a blast piecing together a one-of-a-kind outfit that's all your own. Be sure to take lots of pictures at the holiday party to commemorate the ‘ugliest' holiday sweater around – yours!