a VirtualTourist member from Portland
Hiya' from Portland Oregon! My dream right now is to drive a truckload of fresh-cut gorgeous Douglas fir Christmas trees to sell in the L.A to Phoenix, Az area, but wonder if I'm biting off more than I can shake a stick at? (haha!) My first idea is to advertise in the local newspaper and park outside of (perhaps) Pinks HotDog stand (never been there before) for people to pick up and pay for trees? Would I get arrested? Has anyone seen Christmas trees from Oregon sold from a truck this way before? I do have a friend who lives in Mesa, Az and I can park my truck there, but what about other places? San Diego, maybe? I've heard that these trees in past years have gone for approx.100-150 ea (5-7' tall). Does that sound reasonable? I, of course have overhead to figure out: gas prices, cheap motels and rental or buy a used truck. I'm a single mom trying to support 3 kids still at home, so can't afford to lose money on this venture. Any thoughts or advice? (would be greatly appreciated!) :-D
In CA you will need a city or county business license and a retail sellers permit issued by the State for the collection of State Sales tax. But I have seen what the profit can be from selling Christmas Trees brought down from OR and it could very well be worth your while.
Do you have your dsl?
It sounds good.
What a great idea! Once you have a business license for selling retail you should be good to go. And yes I think it could be quite the profitable venture if you're selling Oregon Christmas trees, most definitely. People in the southern regions will pay top-dollar for those evergreens - you're sure to make more money than you'll have to put in to get the business off and running. Just be sure you buy wholesale Christmas trees from a top-notch supplier (hard to go wrong with anyone in Oregon, but I know the lot I buy my tree from every year gets their shipments from Oregon Evergreen & Willamette Evergreen - willametteevergreen.com).