Hello, my name is Mary and I am a thrift-aholic. I love thrift stores and ever since Saver's Thrift Store re-opened by my house, I've found bargain after bargain. This one happened last year, when I needed a new Christmas tree. I had decided on a green tree after my white tree had yellowed. I will never buy another white tree, they just start looking bad after a couple of years,(even though I would carefully seal mine up before storing it).
The tree I bought did not come with a box. And half of the pre-lit lights were burned out. I think that's why it was still available. But I could tell that it was a very expensive tree when it was new. It's big and full and very realistic looking. They were selling it for $69.99. I had a 30% discount card. So the tree only cost me $ 49,00. I've seen trees like this for hundreds of dollars new.
After lugging the 3 monster sized, box-less tree sections home in my SUV, I set about unwrapping and cutting the old Christmas lights off. It took several hours, because boy, those fancy-schmancy trees are intricately wrapped! I kid you not, it took forever. But you know what? It was totally worth it.