Last year I made a shocking discovery: our fake tree had a lead content. I actually read the guide that came with it and there was an advisory to not put presents under the tree until the night before. With small children, I couldn’t legitimize doing anything other than buying a real one.
I was expecting to spend $60-100 on the tree, which was a real bummer. But the boyfriend took me to a place in the city that sells them. He couldn’t understand why I was so stressed out about the budgeting. When we got there, they had all the same beautiful varieties I was used to seeing in the suburbs (where I lived the last time I bought real.) The trees were brought in from farms in the boonies, just like the ones I was used to. The only difference? The price. $30. For any tree. Any tree.
We talked after and he told me that price was pretty normal. Some places in the city sell for less. Some sell for a little bit more. I have no idea if this is a phenomenon unique to the city of Pittsburgh or if it’s a widespread thing that I simply never knew about. Either way, check out your tree places in the city. At least in Pittsburgh, you’ll save a ridiculous amount of money without sacrificing any quality.