New respect for ugly Christmas Sweaters

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Indianapolis, Ind. (CNN) - Gaudy Christmas sweaters are usually regarded as a fashion faux pas, but some retailers say the unique, eye-catching threads are making a comeback.

The one-time darlings of your grandmother's closet became a party trend on college campuses a few years ago.

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Now, they're all the rage at holiday parties.

Pam Windler drove from Lafayett to Broad Ripple Vintage to find a sweater.

"I'm really into not only a lot of stuff in the front, but I want a little stuff in the back, too.  The gaudier the better," says Windler.

According to store owner Stephanie Cater, ugly Christmas sweaters help people get into the holiday spirit.

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"They're just cheery little numbers, you know. They've got bells and bows, sometimes they have Santa with a puppy dogs or kitty cats, they put you in a happy mood."

If you are considering buying an ugly sweater, you may want to get one soon, because what's on the rack now won't be there for long.

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