Shortly before 4:00 PM (CST) yesterday, the tear-down began. There were still at least twenty or more trees left unsold, which would be hauled back to Wisconsin and run through a shredder. The Christmas Tree Lot, a tradition at this spot for many years, will most likely not be back, as Mr. James N. Pritzker (of real estate development/restoration fame) now owns the property…and there are plans for a four-story parking structure to be built on this and the property just north, which is now owned and occupied by the Shambhala organization of Rogers Park. Apparently, their fine building will be torn down within the year!
Two customers watch as their tree is shaved down to fit their tree stand.
The sawbucks used a support for the trees are dismantled, and the trees are laid out, ready to be hoisted onto this pick-up truck…there was a second truck off to the side, as so many trees went unsold.
The last tree being tied to the customers’ car roof was a sad sight, as usually the Tree Lot remains open until Christmas Eve…when trees have been offered for no cost!
Here’s Bob, this year’s ‘not-so-successful’ salesman, readying the trailer for it trip back to northern Wisconsin. Bob was a bit of a negative guy, and frequently trees were on the ground (not nicely arranged against the sawbucks, until early afternoon. Not much of a ‘go-getter’ personality, which the previous salesman, George, had scads of! And George had a great sense of humor, too!
One of the tear-down people collects all the 2x4s. At that point, my window began to steam up, due to baking squash, and I was unable to see through the window for the rest of the night…but here’s what the place looked like at 7:05 AM (CST) this morning:
Not the best focus (hand-held dusk/dawn shots never turn out!), but you get the idea of emptiness. I’ll go down today and check for pine cones…the lot has been a great source for small and medium-sized cones which I use in my decorations!