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Sellers help people pick the perfect tree for Christmas

The Christmas tree buying season is already well underway in McDuffie County.

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Glen Howle looks at a Fraser Fir at McDuffie Feed and Seed.
Kristopher Wells
And local vendors certainly aren't complaining about the mad rush to find the perfect tree.

"We've done real well this year -- a lot better than last year," said Irene Fulmer, who runs Santa's Tree Lot at Carriage Lane across from Bi-Lo.

Ms. Fulmer said that people have been buying her Fraser Firs faster than any of the past four years she's sold trees in Thomson. And she doesn't have many answers as to why.

"I don't know if the war has got people thinking more about Christmas. ... I don't really know what it is," she said.

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Workers send trees through this machine to wrap them in plastic netting.
Kristopher Wells
The story is the same over at McDuffie Feed and Seed, where Rachel Newton said sales were booming even a few days before Thanksgiving.

"Sales have been excellent; we have already sold probably two thirds of what we got in," she said. "People have been buying them right away."

McDuffie Feed and Seed also sells Fraser Firs.

Besides the usual suspects -- Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart -- there are some unconventional means to go about finding the perfect tree this holiday season. John Lokey allows buyers to choose their favorite Virginia Pine from his tree farm three miles east of Thomson towards Dearing, and he cuts it down for them to take home.

When it comes to picking out the perfect tree, Ms. Newton said that it really depends.

"It's in the eye of the beholder," said Ms. Newton. "We have people who really want a Charlie Brown tree, and they ask for a Charlie Brown tree. Some people want them perfectly symmetrical, and others care about how thick it is. Everybody's got their own idea."

Ms. Fulmer agreed, saying that a Christmas tree has many traits for the customer to sort through.

"It depends on if they want a full one, one they can see through -- it just depends on what they want," she said. "Whether it's the height, or if they want a tall, slender tree or a really full one. There's a wide range."

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Heather Thomas makes a wreath at Santa's Tree Shop at Carriage Lane.
Kristopher Wells
Where to buy

McDuffie Feed and Seed -- Fraser Firs from $12-$110. Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sun.

Santa's Tree Lot -- Fraser Firs from $35 to $125. Hours: M-F, Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

John Lokey's Tree Farm -- Virginia Pines for $20. Hours: Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winn-Dixie -- Fraser Firs for $34.99

Wal-Mart -- Canadian Pines for $23.42 and Fraser Firs for $36.34



Web posted on Thursday, December 11, 2003











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