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Posted:  12 Jan 2011 04:33  
how do people store clients artifical trees -
decorated? boxed? wrapped in plastic?
The cardboard boxes they come in don't last for that many years, then what?
Posted:  12 Jan 2011 17:45  
You can always get new storage containers for artificial trees on the "aftermarket"...ULine shipping products has some supersized cardboard boxes (about 60" long by 24" by 24") that will fit broken-down trees, either the hinged kind or the ones with individual branches that come off the trunk.  Larger trees (above 10 ft.) may require two of these boxes, but with 6-7-8 ft. trees you can fit the tree parts and boxes of decorations inside the larger carton to save space and keep things together and protected in storage.

You can also get heavy vinyl tree and wreath storage bags that zip open and closed and have handles for carrying.  Search online for these.

Some people leave their trees intact, decorations and all, and wrap or bag the whole deal and move it to storage.  Saves a lot of time going up and taking down, but you need to have lots of space and a big truck and be very careful when moving them in and out of buildings lest you damage the ornaments and lights.

Posted:  12 Jan 2011 18:55  
We store all our trees in their original boxes.  They are replaced every 5 or so years and the boxes last that long. You have to be a little carefull and tape good. All the decorations for a 7.5' tree are put in a large plastic storage box, with a smaller divided box for the ornaments,so for every tree you have 1 tree box and one decorations box.  We don't have room to store the trees decorated and we like to tweek the designs each year a little (change the ribbon, etc) I definetely don't like the storage bags, they are hard to carry, and store and I don't think they protect the tree very well.
Posted:  14 Jan 2011 00:59  
my suggestion would be to cover the artificial trees
Posted:  14 Jan 2011 23:16  
We used to break down the trees and box them, but we have way too many now and we leave them all standing,decorated and covered with plastic bags. If we had to take them all down and set them all up every year we'd never make it through all the volume that we do now. We buy our bags from consolidated plastics for both trees and wreaths (which we hang) and it makes for simple refresh every year...and we use rolling tree stands too, which really helps when we're doing "the tree dance" in our warehouse and staging/moving product. As for big trucks, we have one and rent another for the install/takedown season and it works out really well!
Posted:  15 Jan 2011 00:00  
Hi, 'chick,

How do you get the trees through the doors of the buildings when bringing them in or taking them out?  I'd love to do what you're describing, only I know that our buildings don't all have such generously proportioned access points!  Most of our trees are large (12', 14', even the 7.5' trees won't fit out a standard lobby door), so I'm guessing your trees are all 6.5' and under?

Posted:  15 Jan 2011 00:45  
We move all our trees decorated also. For 7.5', 8.5', and 9.5' we take the top out and let it hang. Then the trees will fit in a truck standing up and go thru doors.
For 12' and above we only use the ring tree frames from GKI or others with the prelit branches that fit into the slots and then have their own plug in. We also decorate in our warehouse and hang the branches on rolling garment racks. Put the frame together at the job, roll the racks in and put the branches in  and you're done. All branches are coded to match the slot in the tree so tree looks just like it did in our warehouse.
Posted:  09 Aug 2011 16:19  
We leave all trees standing up to 10', the heads come off and are placed in rolling stands. Some doors are trickier than others, we lift up the branches and twist them to go through narrow doors, and always have a designer along to re-fluff the branches and straighten things. I stopped using glass ages ago, so breakage isn't much of an issue. The biggest problem is with inexperienced installers who let the branches bend or pull the light cords which shortens the life, but we try to get clients to buy new trees every 3-5 years. We simply could never decorate on site, most trees take 2 1/2 hours+ to set up! One year we lifted up the branches and wrapped them with plastic which seemed to help with particularly fat trees, I buy slimmer models now!
Posted:  12 Aug 2012 19:00  
While packing your Christmas tree, it can be so much easier to just put off repairing a broken Christmas ornament or decoration til next Christmas. Worrying about fixing or buying a new tree over Christmas days before you set it up can be a stressful thing. So it’s best to do the repairs before they go into the vault.

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