You may have gotten one: A holiday sweater, knitted with care that is just not what you would willingly wear anywhere. Where do these things come from? Stores all over will have their holiday gear out for everyone to see, so have fun, buy a sweater that makes a holiday fashion statement. Then wear your new clothing to a holiday party or give it away to a lucky loved one. Whether your gift recipient will wear it is always a question. But, as the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts.
Evangeline’s
113 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-2181
www.evangelines.com

Evangeline’s has all manner of wonderful and off beat things. Since it’s sweater time, take a prowl through their selection. It’s not likely to be overly traditional. They are known for being a bit out there with their goods. Holiday-themed sweaters here will give you a good choice of special designs. Maybe it’s time to gift an offbeat sweater to your buddy.

Freestyle Clothing Exchange
2101 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-3733
www.freestyleclothing.com

This thriving business has been offering a wide variety of clothing since 2007. What’s here? Just about everything. Can you find a holiday sweater here? Probably. Just think of the possibilities. The Exchange buys good stuff from people who are thinning out their closet. This means there is an eclectic selection of clothing here. Traditional to hip and so much more. Take a look. Maybe that “perfect” holiday sweater is here just waiting for you to discover it.

Snowline Hospice
616 E Bidwell St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 984-5853
www.snowlinehospice.org

People clean out their closets all the time. They dig through the dresser drawers and amoires. All those things that no longer fit, are out of style or just need to find a new home get bagged up and taken to the thrift store. Snowline Hospice runs a vibrant and fully stocked store. What you are likely to find here is all over the map: old, new, outrageous, all under one roof. They roll out seasonal items in time for the holidays. This is a great place to shop and an extraordinary organization to support. Every dime you spend here goes to support this community based volunteer organization.

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Moth Hole Consignment Boutique
11725 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 965-5542
www.mothholeconsignment.com

Consignment stores carry an eclectic assortment of clothing, jewelry, furniture and other items. Some specialize in clothing: retro, gently used, re-gifted. It’s all in good shape and the selection changes all of the time. Looking for that special holiday themed sweater? Stop by the Moth Hole and peruse the aisles. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they probably know where to send you.

WEAVE, Inc
2401 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 643-4606
www.weaveinc.org

WEAVEWORKS is another community-based foundation that deserves your fashion dollar support. Their stock is all donated and runs from uber trendy to vintage. Going through the clothing can take some time, and finding that sweater for the holidays that’s perfect may take even more time. When you find it though, not only will you be smiling, but those who benefit from WEAVE’s mission will appreciate it too. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.