Before Geoff and I got married, he bought a tree. It was only 3 years old when I pulled it out this year to set it up. I quickly discovered a problem. One of the feet was broken, causing it to list to the side a little. A few days later I discovered that this was a bigger problem than I'd realized, because the tree was incredibly unstable, especially with cats.
After finding this far too many times, trying two types of glue and a tree stand, I gave up. We were going to need a new tree.
Unfortunately, I didn't feel like spending $100+ on a new tree, so I decided to try my back-up plans first. Craigslist, and Freecycle. I didn't have a lot of hope, since trees seem to be going for at least $250 on Craigslist, but I sent a few emails and posted to Freecycle. I was shocked when, a few hours later, I had a response on Freecycle! There was someone who had been planning on listing her tree anyway. I was thrilled.
The tree was a bit of a pain to set up, but it's much fuller than our other tree, and half a foot taller (which is at about our limit, but that's OK!)
I love it, and you can't beat the price! Hopefully some time soon I will put lights up, but since it took me almost an hour to put the tree together I think that can wait.
As for our original tree? It's listed on Craigslist!
Check out my other Freecycle finds here:
A love seat
A frame that I turned into a cute craft