Across America, Black Friday means with shopping for Christmas gifts. But in Golden, it is also synonymous with the start of shopping of a different sort: the Golden Optimist Club's annual Christmas …
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Across America, Black Friday means with shopping for Christmas gifts. But in Golden, it is also synonymous with the start of shopping of a different sort: the Golden Optimist Club's annual Christmas tree sale.
But the tree shopping had to wait this year, as the Thanksgiving week snow storm that dumped nearly two feet of snow delayed the delivery of the 350 trees the club is selling this year.
“We were all prepared to start selling trees but they didn't arrive,” said Golden Optimist Club member Micki Stuebe. “So we had to get started later than we would like to.”
But Stuebe said a late start to this year's sale, which officially began on Dec. 4, did little to temper enthusiasm for the annual event, which serves as the Optimist Club's primary fundraiser. On the contrary, it only seemed to lead to heightened anticipation.
“We've had brisk sales so far,” Stuebe said. “If somebody wants a tree, I would recommend they get in as soon as they can to choose one.”
Stuebe said the sale will continue until all the trees are sold but “once they are gone they are gone.”
The trees, which this year come from Michigan, range in price from $45 for a six-to-eight-foot White Pine to $70 for a six-to-seven-foot Balsalm Fir. And while the tree's arrival was delayed, Stuebe said customers should find them worth the wait.
“I think the trees this year look as good as any I have seen,” said Stuebe. “I haven't seen a single tree that's crooked or just not nice looking or anything.”
In addition to getting the essential decoration for a truly festive Christmas, Golden residents who purchase one of the trees will also be supporting both the Optimist Club and local boy and girl scout troops. In true community style, some scouts also help out at the sale after school and on weekends.
“We wouldn't be able to do it without the scouts that's for sure,” said Stuebe. “And also without the loyal clientele that supports us, especially this year when people had the option to buy trees elsewhere and waited for us.”
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