Setting up a Christmas tree lot can be a great way to spread holiday cheer and earn some extra income. However, it also requires careful planning and preparation to ensure a successful and enjoyable shopping experience for your customers. In this blog post, we'll outline seven essential steps for setting up your first Christmas tree lot, from market research and location scouting to tree displays, staffing, and end-of-season recycling.
1) Do market research in your area
You will need to determine demand, pricing, popular sizes, species, permit requirements, availability of shade, payment collection, and tree security.
2) Tree lot location
Find a location with good visibility, ample parking, temporary electrical service or generator, permits, festive decorations, and signage.
3) Tree Displays
Set up tree displays, cutting and baling areas, and determine pricing.
4) Recommend Supplies
Stock up on recommended supplies such as baler and netting, chainsaw, protective gear, twine, and first aid kit.
Hire enough staff for a pleasant shopping experience.
6) Related sales items
Offer related sales items such as wreaths, garland, stands, lights, and decorations.
7) End of season
Recycle unsold trees and offer customers local recycling center options.