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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Tree Lot in Portland, Texas (Nov,, 18 - Dec. 19th), 2011

The Staff
Darlene's Work-Station
 
Bring on The Trees
Beautiful Oregon Christmas Trees
We arrived at the very well known Christmas Tree Lot over the years at Hwy. 181 and Wildcat Drive  in Portland, TX.on Friday the 18th. We started  out with a grass lot next to the Community Bank in a strip mall plaza.  We had to first get everything out of storage and start setting up the lot with fencing, tent, covered storage area, the tree racks, the pay shack and of course the giant inflatable Santa Claus.  Electrical, water, christmas lights, lighting all had to be set up. The much needed work to the pre-preparation of the Christmas Tree Lot.  We worked for the next few days and it looked pretty good.  The 159 trees came in on the 22nd for us to unload (we hired some local helpers as well).    We sold 5  trees the first day we opened which was the day before Thanksgiving.  Surprisingly, we sold 10 trees on Thanksgiving and then the rush hit us on the weekend.   We sold 71 trees (beat last year's record) and with some local helpers unloaded another 325 trees Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. which took us to 1:00 a.m.  We were beat and dragging by Monday but the fun was just beginning to start.  Another load of trees (200) was coming in on Dec. 5th and we would have our supply of Christmas Trees to sell for the rest of the Holiday Season.

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