Christmas tree shortage continues to have people digging deeper in their wallets
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you buy a real Christmas tree, you've probably noticed the price going up every year.
“The prices, without a shadow of a doubt, have gone up,” said Kim Lee, who was out buying a tree from Jecker’s Tree Stand at Waterfront Park this week.
It’s been the trend now for the last several years, because when the recession hit in 2008, tree framers stopped planting new trees when their supply would be cut down. And since the trees take eight to ten years to mature, they're harder to find right now.
“There's a lot of stress, because it's like, 'Are we gonna sell trees? Are we not gonna sell trees? Are we gonna pay more money?'"” said Levi Jecker, who's sold trees his whole life with his family.
This year, the Jeckers got their trees from North Carolina and Wisconsin.
“It was almost nearly impossible this year to get a Fraser Fir Christmas tree,” Jecker said. “They're asking so much more money for them."
It then makes the price more expensive for customers too. A nine-and-a-half foot Fraser Fir cost $95. An eight-footer is $70.
But a lot of customers said the price is still worth it.
“You know, you only live once ,” Lee said. “The smell, I want the fragrance where you wake up in the morning. You get that smell like you're actually outside.”
The Jeckers expect it will still be tough to get a tree for the next four to five years.
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