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Optimist Club Christmas Tree Sale Begins Saturday

by ARLnow.com | November 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm | 2,783 views | 16 Comments

The annual Optimist Club of Arlington Christmas tree sale begins Saturday.

The trees arrived on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo bank lot near the corner of Lee Highway and Glebe Road. Volunteers offloaded the trees from tractor trailers, sending the unmistakable holiday smell of fresh Christmas trees wafting across the immediate area.

The Optimist Club will offer the trees — 1,800 total, including white pines, Canaan furs and Fraser furs — for sale starting at noon on Saturday. From there on out, until Dec. 22, the lot will be open on weekend mornings starting at 10:00 a.m., on weekdays starting at 2:00 p.m., and on Fridays starting at noon. The lot will remain open until 9:00 p.m.

The tree prices range from $40 to $240. This year, for the first time, the club will take credit cards.

Last year, the tree sale raised $75,000, according to Optimist Club volunteer Greg Clough. The proceeds all benefit the local club, which sponsors “academic and sports activities designed to give Arlington’s youth a better chance to succeed in today’s world.”

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  • Pessimist

    I bet their business fails.

    • SomeGuy

      I’d recommend that you form a club of like-minded individuals, but it’d probably never get off the ground.

    • Lucas

      Thank God for the boys who are helped by International Optimist Clubs selling fresh-cut Christmas trees and for the club members who work hard selling the trees. By the way, The members have a lot of fun doing it. I am the grown daughter of an Optimist Club member. I got to help separate the bundles of trees and help families pick out their trees.

  • Scoot Scoot

    Are they pelts or fir trees?

  • Joe Blow

    You have to give them credit for generating the free advertising. The tree shop at Lee and Harrison has been open without the fanfare.

  • Painted Trees

    I made the mistake of buying one of their trees a number of years ago. It was a week from Christmas, at night, and I found what looked to be a great looking tree. When I got home, I noticed that while decorating the tree, my fingers were turning green. Turns out the tree looked so good because the tree sellers spray painted the tree green, which in turn, fused the dead, now spray painted green, needles to the branches. Nice trick. Don’t get tricked.

    • Wayne Kubicki

      We’ve bought trees from the Optimists for years now – always very satisfied. And remember that when you visit their tree lot, everyone working there is a volunteer.

    • Theakston

      it’s pining for the the fjords

  • Malaka

    240 Bucks for a tree?!! Yep – they are certainly optimistic!

  • JimPB

    Our experience with the Optimist’s Christmas tree project: Consistently enjoyable trees and helpful Optimists.

  • DCBuff`

    Like Wayne and Jim, we usually get our tree from the Optimists, and have always been pleased. And, the Optimists support Arlington Babe Ruth baseball, which is near and dear to our family.

    • HJ

      We’ve always preferred Arlington Little League and don’t want a painted tree.

  • b0rk

    I played on the Optimist t-ball team when I was in kindergarden in Falls Church. Great organization and a good cause.

  • AR12

    for 240 $, I plan to travel and get nice tree i like , myself..in forest…;like those in WH…

  • ajr

    Does anyone know if they sell small trees? I’m talking like 3-5 ft. for my shoebox apartment…

  • http:www.serviceclubproject.com Claude Haggerty

    Optimist Clubs are an amazing organization that support children around the world. Optimist Clubs are always looking for ways to raise money for their local community projects.

    If you know of a Optimist Club looking for a unique community event, I would love to help. Please visit http://www.serviceclubproject.com for complete details.

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