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Christmas tree shortage increases prices this holiday season

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

People who sell Christmas trees say this weekend is the most popular time to buy a tree.  Andrew Farrell and his dad Hunter were out looking for a tree ahead of the rush.

“We found one, so we're pretty happy about it,” Andrew Farrell said. “We were out looking for a Christmas tree that was about six to seven feet tall.”

They say they lucked out on the price.

“We came here last year, and it was about the same price,” Hunter Farrell said.

People who sell trees say that might not always be the case this year at most tree lots.

“Prices are up,” Norton Commons Tree Lot owner Scott Tomes said.

Tomes says you could see an increase of anywhere between $5 and $10 for an 8-foot tree or between $10 and $20 for taller trees.

He says the reason is supply and demand.

“For years, we've had an over-supply of trees, and it drove the prices down," Tomes said. "A lot of people got out of the business."

This year, the market has turned, but the price isn’t stopping people from buying the real deal.

“We have a shortage of trees,” Tomes said. “But people haven't said anything like ‘oh that's too much,’ yet. It's been OK so far.”

Last weekend, Tomes sold about 70 trees, and this weekend he plans to sell about 100.

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