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Buy 2 tomato cages for a buck apiece, turn 'em upside down, zip-tie 'em together and you've got basically the same frame for 20 bucks less.

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Mini trees aren't that hard to make with a little planning and set-up. If you set-up a production line and have a helper you can turn out a 600 light mini tree in about 20 minutes. You might want to check out this thread:

http://lightorama.mywowbb.com/forum79/19468.html

Check out the pictures of the turntable I built. It works great for me, and I am sure there are others out there. Maybe somebody even built a motorized version.

Even if somebody were to sell a commercial version, I would imagine the cost to be more than most of us could afford, particularly when you might have a dozen or more mini trees in a display.

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George Simmons wrote:

Buy 2 tomato cages for a buck apiece, turn 'em upside down, zip-tie 'em together and you've got basically the same frame for 20 bucks less.


Yes that is what i used. But the one in the link have legs that screw on and go into the ground so you can keep the wires up off the ground. if i had the extra money i would use these.
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joshua wrote:

Yes that is what i used. But the one in the link have legs that screw on and go into the ground so you can keep the wires up off the ground. if i had the extra money i would use these.

I guess keeping the wires off the ground isn't a factor in my circumstance. When you pile up a foot or two of snow it really doesn't make any difference how high off the ground the wires are. Even with all the snow last year, I didn't have any GFI's tripping. Maybe if I lived in a warmer climate where rain was a major concern in December it would be different...
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Yeah, I don't think I can build anything like what you guys can. I was just thinking maybe these minitrees were for sale somewhere with the lights in red/green/white already on them in three or more separate strings for each color that I could just plug in...wishful thinking...but it never hurts to ask.

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2 years ago while at the Dallas Trade Center January Trade Show, I asked a major supplier of Christmas decorations if they could wire trees with three independent colored strings or lights. It took several conversations on the phone for them to understand what we wanted. They finally said no as our quantity was not large enough.

BTW, this was for a major hotel in the Dallas area wanting to add expand the Christmas display with more animation.

Goto www.Holdman.com and watch his videos, he has one showing the wrapping of the trees.

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