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Single mom in Wesley Chapel gains worldwide buzz for 'ugly, tacky' Christmas sweaters

Crazy holiday fashion available on eBay, Etsy
Posted: 6:08 AM, Dec 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-03 11:08:09Z

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Deb Rottum’s “ugly, tacky” fashion style has made her a worldwide smash.

The single mom’s gaudy Grinch-y Christmas sweaters and dresses were recently featured in London’s Daily Mail newspaper.

The Wesley Chapel fashionista has shipped her light-up, tinsel-heavy holiday finery to Australia, Sweden.

“When I’m putting these things together, I’m not really thinking about what I’m doing, I just do it,” says Rottum, who also works part-time at Moffitt Cancer Center.

“I grab the stuff, put it on the sweater, and then it starts to look tacky and ugly.”

Rottum, who makes ugly tacky Hanukkah sweaters as well, started toying with the idea a few years ago. 

She stitched a couple together. She put a few online. And then, demand grew.

She gets many of the sweaters, dresses, even hats — and the blinking jingling tchotchkes that go on them (Barbies! Olaf! Charlie Brown!) — at thrift stores. 

Her biggest seller just happens to have a giant Grinch on the front.

To find Rottum’s sweaters click on the links below: