Record Christmas tree sales in Prince Albert

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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GAudet's Trees sign is seen at Second Avenue WEst and 15th Street. 

This December brought a record year for Christmas tree sales, with Ray Gaudet of Gaudet’s trees nearly sold out by the time they closed their lot on Dec. 23.

 

“I left the lot about two hours ago, and as far as I know there was about 11 trees left,” Gaudet said on Monday. “We’ll be out by tonight, and we’re just taking a few trips to the farm to bring all the equipment back.”

Gaudet said he planned to leave the leftover trees behind at his lot in case anybody wanted to pick them up.

“If I ever have trees at the end of the season I usually leave some trees and someone will pick it up and if they aren’t picked up I go back Christmas Eve and pick them up,” Gaudet said.

2013 was one of Gaudet’s busiest years, selling more than 1,000 in less than a month.

“It was a really crazy year,” Gaudet said. “As soon as we opened people were taking trees off the truck and we had to ask two of our wholesalers to restock it, otherwise we would have run out on Wednesday, and I don’t think people would have been cool with that. It went really well, I am astonished. We stocked more trees then ever, and they pretty much all went.”

It was a really crazy year Ray Gaudet

The two best sellers on the lot this year were the balsam fir and the Frasier fir. Other trees were popular as well, but Gaudet says those two trees were “neck and neck” in terms of sales.

Gaudet attributes the frigid weather the city experienced in December for his high sales.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a colder season to be outside,” Gaudet said. “The crew got all dressed up everyday, and some of them had split finger tips because it was so cold. If the weather is warmer people tend to go out into the forest and cut their own, but when it’s really cold or there’s lots of snow, they wont go do that. So our sales are a lot better in years like this.”

 

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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