Q. Why are Christmas trees no longer a good choice for fundraisers?
A. There is a shortage of trees from the Pacific Southwest that is likely to last several more years, making it almost impossible to get trees.
Q. What caused the shortage of Christmas trees?
A. Economic fluxuations in the Country caused growers to get out of step with the market.
Q. Where do Christmas trees come from and why are they so hard to get at wholesale prices?
A. Of the 30 million trees sold in the USA every year, about 1/4 come from Washington and Oregon. The other major growing areas are in North Carolina and Michigan. They are delivered in trucks holding 500 to 700 trees each, so because of the shortage of trees, it is almost impossible to get fewer than a full truck-load delivered.
Q. Are Wreaths & Garland a good choice for fundraisers?
A. That combination is a perfect choice because they are smaller, less expensive, and easier to sell. Unlike trees, there are no unsold leftovers and you don’t even need to rent a tree-lot?
Q. We always were left with dried out trees that we could not sell and had to pay someone to haul them away. Is that a problem with Wreaths?
A. The best way to avoid that problem is to pre-sell the Wreaths and order only what you have sold. There is zero waste.
Q. Others have told us that Wreaths are really easy to sell. Is that true?
A. The reasons are simple;
… they are less expensive.
… unlike trees, every household is a potential sale.
… even people with plastic trees like the aroma a Wreath.
Q. How do we know what sizes and types to offer?
A. We make that really easy by helping you chose the right products according to your target market and deciding on quantities according to your staffing level.
Q. What is the best way for customers to care for their wreaths?
A. Here is a list of Dos & Don’ts. It is critical to help customers understand those things.
Q. We have been told that “dipping” helps Wreaths last longer. Is that true?
A. That is absolutely true and absolutely a bad idea. The “dipping” solution is a polymer material that slows the drying out. The problem is that the gradual “drying” is what creates the aroma. If no aroma – why have a Wreath? You might as well just buy a plastic wreath.
Q. Another group across town found Wreaths at a lower price. What is the difference?
A. A premium quality, 22 inch wreath should weigh almost 5 pounds. You can get one from Costco that weighs less than half that for a fraction of the cost.
Q. Is it true that Wreaths need to be made from high-elevation branches?
A. That is definetely true. The early-season frost at higher elevations in the Cascades “sets” the foliage so it does not dry out and fall apart. Wreaths made from foliage grown in warmer areas will not last nearly as long.
Q. Some say that Wreaths, hand-tied with wire are better. What do you think?
A. Tied with wire, tied with twine, made on clamp rings – makes no difference. What is important is the quality of the foliage.
Q. What about shipping to our location?
A. Wreaths & Garland are made in the Pacific Northwest and shipped to our warehouse, where they are stored in a controlled environment. We can then deliver to your location when you need them or you can pick them up and avoid the local delivery cost.