So where do you stay when you’re here?
We rent a truck by the side of the road with a heater and electricity in it. It’s not hard to find furniture in New York. It’s everywhere on the street. We bring our own bed, though, so we don’t get bedbugs. The city provides the rest.
How are you selling so far?
It’s about 200 a week and then by the end of the season, 800 trees? It can be maybe 1,000.
How do the trees get here?
By big trucks! It’s part of this company, Evergreen, that serves different locations. We have new stuff coming in every two to three nights. We get them from different farmers. Most of the trees come from North Carolina. We also have some from Tennessee, from upstate, and from Canada and Nova Scotia.
Have you had any memorable customers?
There’s an old lady who comes every two or three days because she just wants some branches. There are also lots of young people ordering our “Charlie Brown trees” or the tourists passing by who go, “Oh I don’t live in New York, I can’t buy anything!” So I sell them our tree in a bag. I’ve been doing this for many years. It’s basically a potpourri bag. You can put it in a bowl or a vase and it’s very fragrant.