I knew that finding an abandoned Christmas tree pole and stand wouldn't be hard, but I didn't think it would be this easy. On Monday morning, I cruised the post-holiday curbs and found not one but two contenders. The first trash-bound tree had lights on it but I'm sure they weren't working anymore. Moreover, I really didn't want a big box of tree; I just wanted the pole and the stand. Yes, we trash-pickers can be choosers, so I kept going.
Four blocks later, BINGO. A tree with a stand and a homeowner removing the branches from the tree. This was too easy. Just the pole and the tree?? Just what I wanted. So, I circled around the block and put the naked stand and pole in my van.
Now, it's not completely perfect but it's pretty darn close. The pluses: It's about six feet tall and has the tiers for the branches right on the pole. Plus, the branches fit perfectly. I think I might have a few extra but I didn't put them all on, just enough to give myself (and you) an idea of what the tree might look like. And no, I didn't take the time to properly fluff the boughs either.
The minuses: The pole, which is metal, is also green, so it will have to spray-painted as will the plastic rings that hold the branches. I'll have to find the right spray paint for metal and plastic.
I'm also debating the plastic tree stand. It looks, well, cheap. (Yeah, I know a free tree and a free stand. What am I expecting?) But on the other hand, I kind of like the retro red and green. Plus, it rotates. Yes, it spins, just like Linda Blair's head! Hopefully nothing pea green comes out.
So, we'll see. I'm still not entirely sure that I will use it as a tree but now I have that option. I also know that spring will bring more stands and tree poles to the curb, but this one was just too convenient to pass up.