According to an auctioneer who recently sold 51,000 Christmas trees, your tree will cost significantly more in 2021.
“The prices were out of this world,” Mifflinburg said.
It’ll go down in the books.”
The world’s largest Christmas tree auction, according to Neil Courtney, is billed as such.
The manager of the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction near Mifflinburg said he has never seen prices like these for 51,000 trees of various sizes.
Courtney said, “I sold more (dollar)100 trees than I had ever sold in my life.”
Frasers with medium-length needles cost (dollar)110 this year, compared to (dollar)65 the previous year, he said.
That means people who buy a live tree at a store will pay 40 percent to 50 percent more than they would in 2020, he said.
Customers may have to go to multiple locations to find a tree because the prices will be “incredible,” he said.
“There are no trees for sale anywhere,” he said.
“I knew it was coming, but it’s worse than we anticipated.”
Buyers came from Maine to Alabama, he said, making it the largest crowd ever at the auction.
He said there were far more people from the New York City area than usual.
According to him, one buyer left the lot without purchasing any trees due to the high prices.
When Courtney said it might be difficult to find live trees, he didn’t mean places where people choose and cut their trees.
According to him, the shortage will primarily affect cities.
He said, “I hope the small garden centers can stay in there.”
He believes the shortage will last two to three years longer.
He attributes it to the fact that there was less replanting five to six years ago, when supply outstripped demand.
Courtney is concerned that the scarcity and high cost of natural trees will encourage more people to use artificial trees.
He added that the approximately 40,000 wreaths, 8,000 rolls of roping, centerpieces, winter berries, bulk greens, and other holiday decorations auctioned on Thursday fetched high prices.
He attributes some of it to the labor situation.
He stated that there is no one to cut the greens or put the decorative items together.
The baled trees, many of which were sold in lots of 50, began to move off of Buffalo Valley’s property almost immediately.
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