12.17.2010

Dreamin' of a White Christmas (tree)


Woe's me.  


I found a perfect, fluffy little 4 foot white pre-lit tree at my favorite thrift shop the other night while out with hubs and my boys. 


Hubs and I had a bit of a disagreement about getting it....he said we didn't have room.  
I never see this as a problem.  Ever.


So we playfully went back and forth for a bit, then I decided to let it drop.   

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It so happened that the sales people working that night were an older couple from our church 
(it's a Mennonite Central Committee Dove's Nest Thrift)...


...and I was kinda embarrassed about disagreeing in front of them.


Anyway, later that night I said I really did want that tree 'cause I'd been oogling them on the blogs this year.


Hubs apologized, not knowing how much I really wanted it, and said we could go back and get it.


  But, they had already closed.

 
No problem, thought I.  I had to be back over there the next day.  
You know where this is going, right?


Well, I ended up having to go into jury duty first thing the next morning, then to 2 funeral viewings before I could get back to the thrift.


  When I arrived, there it sat in all it's twinkling goodness.


I walked up to the sales lady and said "I'll be taking THAT." 


 Saleslady says, "Oh, I'm sorry.  It just sold about 10 minutes ago.  
The lady is coming back with her van to pick it up."


Ayup.  
Now I know it was just a dumb arty-feeshal tree, and it shouldn't have bothered me as much as it did. 


But, dear readers, I went out to my car and cried like a baby.


  I obviously have WAAAAY too much stress in my life right now.  
When a plastic Christmas tree can make me lose it, I know things just ain't right in my life.


So today, I went to every big box and thrift store I could find, 
and there was not a single white tree to be had. 
 Not a one.


  Oh, except for Wally's Place.  But after falling for the full, fluffy wee one at the thrift, 
theirs was akin to a skeleton (with a Colts hat on top.)  *sigh*


Online, they are pricey, and not guaranteed for Christmas unless ya shell out for faster shipping.  


So, I guess I will just have to enjoy all the other white trees out there in blogland this year, 
and hope I can get one next year.

In the meantime, I'm upping my meds.....


48 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, you certainly featured some fabulous looking tree! Your tree is out there and it will be worth the wait! Happy Holidays!

Michelle D said...

Oh Cindy, I was rooting for you and the pretty white tree right to the end! I really wanted to see how you ended up decorating it!!! :( I will look forward to seeing it next Christmas! lol Now I want one...but not this year. Perhaps next! Take care, have a wonderful Christmas...with you green tree!

Polly said...

Oh you poor thing! I've been having a bit of holiday anxiety myself....at least I hope that's what my problem is!!

Wait til after Christmas and I bet you'll find one half off!! Or even 75% off!!

:-)

Polly

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, I am so sorry you didn't get it. Hopefully there will be some in the after Christmas sales. I can so relate to all the stress, it is the season for it. Take 2 aspirin and a good hot bath. That may help. Hugs, Marty

texasdaisey said...

Sorry you didn't get it. It is hard to miss out on something you so desire. I have had things like that happen too. Maybe you will find an even better one that is even less money.
Debbie

Leanne said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you didn't get your white tree. I had my fingers crossed for you. I'm sure you'll have one for next year and I can't wait to see how you'll decorate it. Merry Christmas Cindy!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

OK, there is a silver lining in all this. You'll get a white tree after Christmas for, like, 50% off! No,there are two silver linings. 50% off, and you get more meds!

I'm sorry you missed it by that II much. Bummer.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Oh darlin. I'm so sorry. I'm just surprised you haven't spray painted your other tree white by now - awfully surprised.

kelly said...

first sorry you missed out on the tree, i hate when that happens but second i have a hard time with christmas for that reason. we get so caught up in everything, baking, presents for everyone, decorating, shipping and on and on. i just want to sit by the lit tree, watch christmas movies and think of the real reason for christmas and all we have to be grateful for!
maybe next year, tell your friends to watch for them again.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh I admit I laughed just a little. Not that you missed getting your tree. But I too have cried at the drop of a hat! Many times! I wonder where it comes from sometimes. Stress can do that to you, along with the wonderfully powerful hormones! Hormones are the devil right now for me. I'm 46 and breaking out like I just started puberty. What the heck is that about?

I know you will find your wonderful white tree and it will be fabulous darling, fabulous!! :)

C'est Magnifique said...

Oh Cindy... you almost made me cry :( I'm so sorry you didn't get it... I totally understand though. I've gotten my heart set before over what others might think is dumb stuff and then find out I really can't have what I want... it can be crushing!

I hope you find one for next year!

Tania

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Awww, so sorry! How disappointing. I got my white tree and Walmart two years ago and I love it so much! It looks a lot fuller with ornaments. Hope you get one next year.
Hugs,
Michelle

Junk Exchange said...

i was soo hoping for a happy ending .. like the older couple had purchased it for you .. or your husbands secretary had purchased for him to gift you .. well, keep your eyes open cause with all the love coming your way .. there is bound to be a fluffy white Christmas tree coming your way soon ..
Merry Christmas to you and yours...
Troy & Rod

Deb said...

Oh Cindy...I just want to pop a little white tree in the mail for you right now...so sorry! ~Deb~

~ Regan said...

AW!! Im sorry! Doesn't that lady know she bought YOUR tree??? ;)

It wasn't meant to be... Maybe because you'll find a bigger better one, or maybe because that one has electrical issues and someone ( a-hem...↑↑↑ ) was just looking out for you!

Barbara Jean said...

Oh I'm just gonna have to get me one of those white trees!
all so lovely!

blessings

barbara jean

Modern Country Lady said...

O, I am so sorry- what a disappointment.You will get a nice white tree one day, I am sure. What about taking a fake tree and spray- painting it all white in the meantime?? Just let it air a bit so it won't be all smelly.I know it won't be the same but it might get you through till you find your dream tree...
Big hug
PS crying gets rid of your stress so don't worry!! - and thanks for sharing this with us!!!!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Well, I totally expected a different ending. That Hooked on Houses dresser looked so much like yours I thought you landed your tree!

And for some reason, you have me wanting a white tree now. Where did that come from?!?

Sorry you didn't land your tree. But my gosh... what an amazing collection you DID find here!

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

Oh no! I was rooting for you, too. :(

I had a similiar experience with a glitter house. I saw one I really liked at Marshalls and at the time hubby was saying I should be careful with money so I didn't buy it. Then later he said go for it. I went to all the Marshalls store that I could and no glitter house. I checked other nice stores and couldn't find a glitter house that I really loved. Then I saw (on someone's blog) a beautiful pink glitter church that they sold at Target - last year! Arggg.

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Poor you! Same thing happened to me the other day. I decided to go to a local vintage store and buy this vintage red deer picture I'd been craving. Well, I went into the cafe side of the store and bought a tea to go first. As I was walking to "my" picture, a woman asked if she could just take it down. WHAT???? Dang. The store owner knew I had come to get it after stalking it for so long, but what could she do? My picture left with someone else. Lesson learned for me.

susi said...

do you have a Kohls nearby? They are selling smallish ones cheap. maybe 4 ft? if you don't let me know and maybe i could ship you one...

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Dear Jesus - please walk with Cindy today and let her feel your love...And those things that are troubling her and creating some stress - I ask you to bring healing and peace in those areas. In Your name...

sissie said...

Oh Cindy honey, you will find one after the holidays and will have it for next year!
Don't let that stress you out. Your home is so pretty for the Holidays and a white tree will come your way next time.

hugs
Sissie

Mari said...

I never thought white trees could be so addicting. Awesome collection.

Because we haven't even decorated... I'm kinda enjoying Christmas through everyone else this year. I really enjoyed this tour, and story. Rats...thought you got it.

I have a aluminum sorry looking little thing you could probably borrow...ha.

One thing my husband and I have discovered, if you see something you REALLY like, get it...as long as you can return it once you come to your senses. :)

Merry Christmas Cindy. I'm coming up there on Monday..to Indiana that is. I hear there is lots of snow already.

Sherry from Alabama said...

Oh, I know how you feel and I'm so sorry you didn't get "your" tree. But maybe you should take another look at the ones from Wally World. That's where I got mine a few years ago. After you add your special ornaments it becomes "your" tree. Here's the link to a picture of my tree on my blog:
http://ahappyvalentine.blogspot.com/2010/11/simply-christmas.html

Hope you find "the" tree for you!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

You're so creative and kind. I'm so lacking in those by the end of many preChristmas days. Spontaneous crying happens often - like last night when UPS told me that my package to Seattle might arrive by the 28th. It. was. packed. last. week. Why couldn't I find time to just get it into town?! Hope you're feelin better. By Jan ist all is forgotten and the Christmas sales will have yielded new treasures. Besides, did you really want another project before the 25th? Thanks for keepin it real and sharin those pretty pics of someone else's *work.*
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Claudia said...

Gosh darn it! This story does not have a happy ending. I'm so sorry! We have a weensy little pre-lit white tree - but it's about 2 ft high. Looking at all the photos makes me realize how striking they can be. Who knows...maybe you'll find one this week!

xo
Claudia

The White Farmhouse said...

Oh my poor baby! I know how you feel though. That is the story of my life. I have learned that if you love it, you need to get it. Someone else is just waiting to screw up your day. I am going to scour every thrift store in the tri-state area for you though. My girl will have a white christmas!

Jennifer said...

Sorry you missed your tree.I love ALL THE tree u posted.The ones from W arent that bad with lots of orns and fluffing the branches.I bought 2 the year before last for 7.50 a piece after christmas,one with color lights and the other with white lights.I love them both. I use one in the family room and one in my sitting room.I posted the fam room last week and will the other soon it is done in aquas.I'd love to find a vinatge silver like my grandparents had.Merry Christmas,Jen

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh Man, I hate when that happens!! I'm sorry you didn't find your white tree- yet! It will happen! I found a 7' white tree one year at the big 'k' store of all places- it was the display on clearance for $20 and that wee tinsely one I just found was on clearance already- you may find one yet!
Merry Christmas!

Brooke said...

I've awarded you the stylish blogger award! Congrats!!!

Mandy Lou said...

Here's a couple of little ideas...just a thought....you could buy a smaller green tree and spray paint it with either "snow" spray paint or white....and yes, you would probably have to lie it down on a drop cloth in the garage and turn it over as you go so as not to get paint everywhere! Or...you could do the same thing to some small ever green branches and stick them in a vase or even in your existing tree to give a little "whiteness"....hugs, Mandy

Bringing Pretty Back said...

" Upping my meds!" That just took me out! Hilarious! h! I honestly do feel so disapointed for you. And isn't it funny how dang mad you were at your hubby. haha! Sittin' in that car, crying... thinking ... If I would have just gotten it in the first place!
have a pretty day~!
Kristin

Mrs.B said...

Oh, WOW...you need help! OK...JUST KIDDING!!! :) Maybe you'll come across one soon that isn't taken! The pics are beautiful- I LOVE the last one~all white and fluffy and feathery! Awesome!

Starwood Country Creations said...

I was so hoping you found one. I too lost it on the Meds comment.

Thank you for featuring our tree ... it's the first time I have been featured on another blog and I'm bouncing off the walls excited! You made my weekend.

Thanks!

Jo

beth said...

Oh no! Sorry you didn't get your white tree. Next year, for sure! :)
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
Beth.

Elaine said...

I cannot count how many times that has happened to me. All I can say is there is something better to come! Love the white trees and might just have to have one myself!

Love of the Sea said...

I chuckled a bit when I read this...because the same thing has happened to me before. And now you have me really wanting a white tree. WOW - okay - so next year we get white trees!

The Domestic Fox said...

Lovely trees! Sorry to see you didn't get yours. But your tree is out there just waiting for you.

I am a totally NOT traditional Christmas type decorator - so a white tree was required many years ago before they were so popular. Everyone thought I was nuts! But, I am with the previous poster - I got mine at Wally World...cringe...I dread that place. But after bringing it home,ditching the plastic tree stand and dropping it in a galvanized bucket and decking it out with red and white candy goodness that first year - it looked MARVELOUS!! And here it is 7 years later and I still love it, just like that first Christmas.

Here's to a less stressed 6 days until Christmas...I think we all could use those Christmas wishes...

Lynn said...

OMG you are so totally me! haha I completely understand. You will find your tree and it will be the best yet....everything happens for a reason.

Lynn said...

OMG you are so totally me! haha I completely understand. You will find your tree and it will be the best yet....everything happens for a reason.

LDH said...

Oh, sweet! Thanks for the comment so I could come by and visit and thanks for including my little tree :) It was an after-Christmas gift from my cousin a few years ago because she knows I love white!

Such a beautiful post filled with the prettiest trees. Lovely blog!

Jana said...

Hallo.
Solche tollen Weihnachtsbäume habe ich noch nie gesehen.Finde sie sehr schön.
Grüße aus Germany.Jana

Vintage Simple said...

Oh, I'm sorry you've been stressed... but you want to know something kind of funny? Every x-mas we get a live hedge tree of some sort, like a cypress, and we decorate it inside and then after the holiday, we plant it in our yard.

Well. This year the one we got was infested with ants, so I had a moment of utter frustration as I dragged the thing out into the back yard, a highway of ants trekking from the corner of our den all the way to the kitchen sink, and I just went out and bought white x-mas tree.

It was really cheap, it looks a little like a plucked chicken, and hilarious in a Charlie brown sort of way - but I love it. I am sure there's a white tree waiting for you out there, my friend. even if it's not the one you thought was meant for you. And you'll make it look fabulous. I just know.

Merry Chrsitmas, Cindy. I'm sending you a big hug from here.

much love,
-maria

Ann said...

really? Your husband must give permission to purchase a tree?

Next time call ahead and ask them to hold it...I'm sure they would since you know them.

Happy Holidays!

Heidi Meyer said...

Wishing you good mojo to find the perfect white tree! Thanks for sharing the pics - love all of them!
Merry Christmas ~ Heidi

Red Gate Farm said...

I'm sorry your tree was already gone... and just 10 minutes too late!

Those trees are a lot of fun... after checking all of the pictures out, I think I want one now too! I'm not sure I've seen a white tree anywhere around here. I have the day off of work tomorrow to spend with my daughter (who's here for the week from Toronto) and I'll be on the look out for any white, fluffy trees!
Happy holidays and happy hunting.
Chris

Cindy said...

Ohhhhh.... Nooooooooo! But that was a charming story! It was very cool the way you cried, and had the release at the end... and realized it wasn't just about the tree...

oh.. and... those are GORGEOUS trees you showed during your fractured christmas story!

Cindy

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