Day Two Hundred and Fifty-Five Unloading, Tagging and Selling Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association Christmas Tree Sale/November 21st, 2022/Closing the site down January 21st, 2023

*Bloggers note: It was another successful year. We sold out by December 9th!

Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association members at the Christmas Tree set up November 25th, 2022

Christmas is here!

At 8:00am (actually 7:45am), the truck from Canada arrived in Hasbrouck Heights to deliver the 400 Christmas trees we ordered for the Annual Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association Christmas Tree Sale starting the day after Thanksgiving.

The truck arrived early

I was in the middle of eating breakfast when I got the text that the truck arrived a half hour early (after being over an hour late the previous year) and gobbled down my meal and rushed over to help onload trees. Most of the other guys must have done the same as we all trickled in as a small group of us started the take the trees off one by one.

Our President, Steve Palladino, helping onload the trees

One by one we unloaded all 400 trees

The previous weekend (when I was at the Cornell vs Columbia game), the members of the Men’s Association set the Christmas Tree Stand up so that it was ready for delivery this weekend. On top of set up, the guys also had to rebuild part of the shed that we do business in. I think we can another year out of it.

The stands we have been using for years

Keeping every section organized

Each tree as it was unloaded had to be counted, sorted, organized by pile, and then placed on the racks by size, type (Balsam or Frazier), price point and then had to be tagged for sale. We have had the same routine for over twenty years so we are pretty organized. We work in teams with our more seasoned members keeping things organized.

Our Treasurer, Lou Verdi, keeping the piles and racks organized

Tagging and sorting the trees takes time. Thank God it was 55 degrees today

All the Christmas unloaded, organized and ready for selling

We got the racks filled with some of the beautiful and nicely smelling trees. Each tree had to tagged according to its tree type and size and then double checked again. We managed to empty the truck by 9:00am and tagged most of the trees by 10:00am. We had our first two customers by 10:30am and sold two trees before we were even finished unloading and tagging. This broke last year’s record of 11:00am.

The Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association Christmas Tree stand ready for business

The truck left by 9:15am for its next stop with us having taken the trees off the truck in an hour. Talk about team work!

The truck left on time

After we got the lot organized, sorted, tagged and priced, most of the guys left for the morning ready to arrive on their next shift while a group of us stayed back to make sure that everything was done. There are always a lot of last minute things to do. The press arrived to take pictures of the lot and then we took our annual group shot for the organization.

The men of the Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association proudly opening the sale in November of 2022

We are at the lot on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Terrace Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ until the last tree sells. Last year, we finished the sale in eleven days. We are hoping for just as good of a sale this year as well.

Last year, we gave over $16,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

The Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association open for business on November 25th, 2022 at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Terrace Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

The commercial that I shot for the Christmas Tree Sale in 2015. It must be working as we are getting more people from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

These clips are from the brillant independent film on Christmas Tree selling and relationships from 2015 “Christmas, Again”:

The trailer for the film “Christmas Again”:

The Director talking about the film “Christmas, Again”

Listening to Taylor Swift when selling Christmas Trees:

The Closing of the site on January 21st, 2023:

All good things come to a end and we closed the Christmas tree site down for the season on January 21st, 2023. About twenty of us gathered at 9:00am (some earlier) and took the site down, cleaned it up and put everything away in storage.

The start of the Christmas Clean Up at 9:00am

It was another great season! Thank you for everyone who supported the Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association Christmas tree sale! The community support is very much appreciated every year. Thank you!

Taking down the shed for the last time.

Everyone working together to take the site down for the season.

The last of the site cleaned up for the season

The site is fully cleaned up (and then some) and we are all set for the Spring and the upcoming sale in November 2023. See you all Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thank you again for all your support!

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