We've been eyeing this tree since November 2012, but due to budget constraint incurred from our moving expense and holiday vacation plans, we had to forfeit a tree for Christmas 2012 :[ (we're not folks that make impulse purchases on credit). Fortunately, when I returned to the Improvements site in January 2013, I saw the price for the pull up Christmas tree drop by more than 50%. When I finally placed our order, I used a 20% off all $75+ orders promo code and picked up the tree skirt and storage bag at the same time. All three items for less than $100, saving well over 60% off Holiday peak-season pricing! Talk about incredible off-season value :).
I like to point out that this is the first Christmas tree we've had the opportunity to own and it is money well spent. The tree arrived in a box with everything needed for set up. It also includes an instruction sheet with 8 replacement Christmas light bulbs and 2 fuses. Set up was easy and took less than 5 minutes. Even without the instructions, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to intuitively figure how to set it up (matter of fact, I didn't read the instructions at all!). The ribbons are very flexible, so you can "bend" them into shape. For the perfect looking tree, I recommend steaming the ribbons straight and free of crinkles. The ornaments appears to be made of high density styrofoam material. Two ornaments were dislodged from their hangers, but I just glued them back in place. One was slightly cracked from the pressure, but I just turned it 180-degree around and the cracked face is hidden. Also, one light bulb was crushed - and I just replace that with one of the replacement bulbs. The ribbon topper is held on via wire and our ribbon was positioned 6" short from the tip of the tree, exposing the tip of the tree. I undid the wire and reposition the ribbon so it's right at the top, covering the tip.
The tree and its components actually held up pretty well during its shipment from OH to CA.
The tree is ready for display straight out of the box, but if you're like me, I like to ensure the tree looks good at all level of details, almost to the point of being OCD! lol. I took an extra hour to un-ruffle and steam the ribbons and fluff out all the artificial leaves, pull out all the hidden holly leaves as well as straighten them out. Once all the rigmarole detail work is done, the tree truly looks amazing and just like the picture in the Improvements stock photo.
Because of the nature of the tree's structure, it is not like the typical artificial Christmas tree. For example, the whole tree is basically a collection of cascading wreaths with no random protruding branches. This is something to consider if you're looking for that ultra realistic artificial Christmas tree. However, add pine scented oil beneath the tree and you're ready for Christmas! With our extremely busy life styles, this tree is very versatile and convenient. Very happy with this purchase. If you order this tree, I recommend the skirt and storage bag. The skirt makes a world of difference, truly. You can store the tree back in the handle box it came in, but the storage bag will shave off unnecessary surface area.
The Pull-up Christmas Tree can be purchased from Improvements: http://www.improvementscatalog.com/6-1-2f2-pull-up-christmas-tree/267045?defattrib=&defattribvalue=&listIndex=1