VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - The Christmas Tree industry is seeing an increase in sales this year.
In hopes of beating the COVID-blues, it appears those spending the holidays at home want to keep the Christmas spirit alive.
The owner of Balsam Acres Nursery and Tree Lot in Valdosta said sales this year have been better than the last three years.
“I think this year by far is better,” said Roy Maltba, vice president of Balsam Acres Inc.
His father started the company in 1963 when he found out the Christmas tree industry was something he wanted to do for a living.
When he retired, Roy took over full time in 1991.
Maltba lives in Pineola, N.C., where he grows these pine trees.
This year is their 10th year at the Valdosta location on Lankford Drive and Saint Augustine Road.
“Business has been really great this year, I think it’s because of COVID. A lot of people tell me when they came in they’re like ‘we’re ready for something good to happen this year, so we’re here to buy a tree and see if we can have some fun at home and stay safe,’” said Maltba.
Maltba said they began selling two days before Thanksgiving. They started the season with 1,500 trees.
And just on Black Friday, 253 trees were sold.
“People started decorating definitely earlier this year,” said Maltba.
If you’re still looking for a real tree, the clock is ticking — there are only 50 trees left, at the Balsam Acres Nursery and Tree lot.