Cole Magalis needed an ugly Christmas sweater for a party last week, and it wasn’t easy to find one.
He and his fiancee searched at five stores to find a matching pair in their sizes. His determination paid off in a green sweater with a giant gingerbread man applique and candy-cane-striped sleeves.
“I’m wearing the only one that would fit me,” the 29-year-old from St. Paul said. “We went to Herberger’s, Target, Wal-Mart and two Goodwills and all were nearly sold out. The guy at T.J. Maxx said if we could wait 90 minutes they were expecting a truck.”
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