Christmas Tree Supplies: Local Hardware Store vs. Big Box Stores

Christmas Tree Supplies: Local Hardware Store vs. Big Box Stores

Kyle Freeman
Dec 18, 2008

Recently we sought your ideas for handmade christmas tree decorations for our first tree. The thing is that we still haven't bought the tree and as of yesterday, the stand or the lights. On our way home from a client's house a couple days ago we passed a big box mall. On a normal day, the idea of visiting this mall makes going to the dentist look good to us. Add the holiday crowds, and it makes getting a root canal sound appetizing. Not to mention all the other reasons to shop local instead of big box. But we barely have a free moment between now and Christmas so we confess that we pulled into the mall. Here's what we discovered...

We went to Target and Home Depot and they were completely sold out of Christmas tree stands AND lights. We assumed that the big guys, known for deep inventories and massive selection would have what we needed: a tree stand and LED lights. Nothing.

We grew discouraged, thinking maybe our tree wasn't meant to be. The next day (yesterday) we stopped at Yumont True Value Hardware in Jamaica Plain and lo and behold: plenty of stands and tree lights! (Granted, they didn't have the more efficient LED lights which was disappointing and we're aware that Target did, at one point.)

Honestly we assumed it would have been the other way around: we figured our local hardware store carries less inventory and would have sold out long before the big guys. We learned a memorable lesson: always start local. Not to mention it's a lot better for a thriving local economy.

Now we just have to get the tree...(We're planning to go to Allandale Farm in Brookline!)

Where have you been getting your Christmas trees and supplies?

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