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Christmas tree prices holding steady in Charlotte area

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Dozens of families spent the afternoon at the Darrell Simpson Family Christmas Tree Lot at Kings Dr. and Morehead St. picking out the perfect Christmas tree.

It took Billie Colley and her family about 20 minutes to agree on a tree. Colley said they were looking for the right height and the right fullness for the right price.

"Price is very important, especially this day and age," said Colley.

Tree lot owner Darrell Simpson has been in the Christmas tree business since he was five years old. He says prices have held steady for the last few years.

"We're trying to put the same price that we've been having on them," said Simpson, who sells trees from the North Carolina-Virginia border, many of which are freshly cut just one day before going on sale.

"We've been buying our trees here for the last five years. I think the price has been very constant," said Colley.

Simpson said it's been a good growing season, and wholesale prices are holding steady. He thinks families will likely be in luck for the next three to four years, and other local tree farmers agree.

As for Colley, she and her husband were able to pick out the right tree, with the help of their two sons. They spent $68 for a tree between eight and nine feet tall.

"The agony is now putting the lights on, because that's where we start fighting," said Colley.

The Simpson Family Tree Lot is open seven days a week from nine AM to nine PM.

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