Teen turns ugly Christmas sweaters into booming business from mom's basement

Wisc. teen ships 40 sweaters daily

WAUWATOSA, Wis. - A Wisconsin teen is cashing in on what some may consider an ugly holiday tradition – Christmas sweaters.

Jack McCarthy, 18, sold his first tacky Christmas sweater on eBay three years ago and made $50.

Since then, he's raked in a ton of money in a business he operates from his mother's basement.

McCarthy's stockpile of Christmas sweaters comes from flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales across six states.

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

McCarthy ships out about 40 ugly sweaters a day. He graduates from high school in a few months and said he probably won't be able to transfer his business headquarters to a college dorm room.

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