Week starting 27 December 2009
27 December 2009
The Chrismas tree season is over. We sold 12 trees on two weekends for a tot al of about five hundred bucks. Overall the return was better than farmer's markets.
I did this as a market test: Did people want to come and cut their own tree? I placed an free ad on PickYourOwn.org, and made a 2 paragraph mention on the services page on my web site. The phone calls started in October Then, the last two weeks in November I went on holiday. Must have gotten two dozen calls on Laura's cell. Got home to another score. The next three weeks saw a dozen contacts a week.
The only reason I have any trees left at all is that most people either didn't want a pine, or wanted a bushier tree than what I currently sell.
So yes. There is a market.
Long range: I'd like to sell about 200 premium trees per year for about 50 bucks each. Do this mostly on the 5 weekends prior to Christmas. Possibly sell home made ornaments too. Give hot chocolate to anyone crazy enough to brave the Christmas Tree Maze.
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