December 8, 2008 in City

Budget cuts

You needn’t break the bank to bring home that perfect Christmas tree
By The Spokesman-Review

Lot manager Torrey Sprenger, background, helps Nick Page select a tree at the Spokane Boys lot at 44th and Regal on Dec. 3 in Spokane.
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If there’s a recession-proof product out there, it may be the Christmas tree.

No matter how much people are hurting, it seems they’ll find a way to get that tree into the living room.

“People seem like they want a Christmas tree no matter what the economy is like,” said Edith Huckaba, who’s owned Greenbluff Christmas Tree Farm with family members for more than a decade.

Vic Dietz, owner of Dietz Christmas Tree Farm in Green Bluff, agreed. He said that this year’s tree-buying season started late, with Thanksgiving, but that it started strong.

“So far I don’t see any effect,” he said. “We had our biggest opening weekend ever. I expect a good Christmas.”

But how much people will spend is another question. Depending on what you want – short or tall? Fake or real? Noble or Doug? – you can spend anywhere from $5 to $500, or even more for a deluxe artificial tree.

Following are four ways you can go – forest tree, farm tree, lot tree, fake tree – and some of the considerations that go with each.

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