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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas Sweaters

Best I can tell, Christmas sweaters became popular in the 1980’s, but over the years they have continued to grow in popularity.  In fact, Amazon reported an increase in sales of 600% in 2011, and it seems that no one is immune to this trend.  In fact, celebrities have even been caught on camera wearing them.

These days Christmas sweaters come with all kinds of bells and whistles – literally.  Besides those with jingle bells, there are some where you can have your picture placed in a frame sewn on your sweater; with Christmas lights that actually light up; with ornate buttons; with pompoms, sequins, and ribbons; and even garland and tinsel.

We always advise that you never store a garment without cleaning it first.  Even if it looks clean, things like body oils, perspiration, and invisible stains are there and will attract moths and other insects.  That advice applies to Christmas sweaters too.  Just think about where you are wearing them – to parties where you can spill food or drink down the front, while cooking a holiday meal, or out shopping.  All these environments will provide an excellent meal for insects.  But perhaps because of all the embellishments on your sweater, you are hesitant to clean it on your own.

That’s where Shores comes in.  When you drop off your Christmas sweater, a qualified member of our staff will inspect it, looking for tears, broken buttons or embellishments, and stains.  They will also determine which method of cleaning will be best for your sweater.

Since it is the beginning of December, you’ve probably already pulled your Christmas sweater out so that you can get plenty of wear out of it this season.  But after Christmas, when you are ready to store it away, drop it off at one of our Shores locations so that we can give it a good cleaning.  That way, you’re sure to be able to enjoy it for years to come.

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