Supply chain issues causing shortage of trees and holiday decorations



Many are starting to think about pruning their Christmas trees, and it could be a little trickier this year.

Carolanne Joseph embarks on setting up her holiday decorations.

She recently moved to a new location and her list goes on.

“I ordered a tree online, then I went out to see the others, and I was able to find two more here, then a few small ones,” Joseph said.

While Carolanne may have hit the holiday jackpot at a store in Barrington Lake, she didn’t have the same luck in a few other places.

“I’ve been to some places that say they don’t even know if they’ll get, like, their adornments and things like that,” Joseph said.

Laurie Kane is the owner of Tree Time Christmas Creations.

“This year, we really recommend that people pre-order their tree this year, as there won’t be a lot of time between us to receive the tree and Christmas,” Kane said.

Even with all the holiday magic filling his store, Kane says they weren’t immune to supply chain issues.

“Some of our trees use a little chip in the lighting – the chips you’ve heard of that delay cars – so some trees took a little longer to produce, then once produced the ships were full, a Kane said.

Jeanette Gallagher and her 3-year-old granddaughter Ariana are also on the hunt for the perfect holiday decorations.

She must buy a new set for each of her seven grandchildren.

Like Carolanne, Jeanette is more likely to shop in a Downers Grove store than in other places.


Joe Wannemaker and his sister Jennifer own Wannemaker’s Home and Garden.

Their advice to vacation buyers for everything from lights and adornments to wreaths and trees is, “If you see it, and it’s there, and you like it, get it.”

“Things are moving fast. We’ve already sold a few trees here on the man-made side, and you can’t rearrange them now. It’s too late,” Wannemaker said.

Wannemaker says prices for real and artificial trees have increased from $ 50 to $ 100 due to transportation costs.

“In order to get the product this year, you had to pay a bit more to get it here on time,” Wannamaker said.

This year, he expects to receive only about 75 percent of the real trees he orders each year.

So if you are looking for another way to get a real tree, there is another option worth checking out.

Robert Richardson owns a Christmas tree farm in Spring Grove and is the president of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association.

“There seems to be a growing demand for live trees. As a producer, we are trying to meet that demand, ”said Richardson. “It takes time to grow a Christmas tree.”

Most of us want the coveted Fraser Fir when buying a real tree, but Richardson says you have other options that will look just as good, like Douglas Fir.

“There are trees there. You’re just going to have to look a bit more. Be open-minded as to what type of tree you might want,” said Richardson.

Wannemaker says that if you want a natural tree, the key is to give your tree a fresh cut and keep it outside in the shade until you put it in place.



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