Martha Stewart Informative - Martha Stewert/K-mart nuts and bolts christmas tree

Review by ambiences.8 on 2006-12-11
ALBANY, NEW YORK -- Last nightI bought a Martha Stewart pre lit 4 ft.christmas tree that originally sold for 59.99. Tonight, the entire top section of lights are not working. Rather than return it, I plan to rip all the lights off (I wanted clear lights anyway) But my point is I want to inform ANYONE who buys one of these trees to carefully examine how the branches are assembled. Since I bought the last one which was on display , I did not know how it was assemembled, but the store clerk asked me if he could please leave it assembled, he would even carry it out for for me. I agreed and boy do I know why. Each and every branch is secured into its' slot with a nut and bolt securing it. The bolt is actually more of a metal washer with little sharp points on it.In order to raise or lower the position of the branches, one must tediously turn a little nut at the beginning of the branch. My arms and hands are all scratched up, just trying to adjust two branches. Only Martha would have the time to assemble soemthing like this, or the money to pay soemone to do it.When I take it down I plan to leave it assembled or just throw it away. Martha's lights were out on this one.
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-12-13
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
You wanted 'clear' lights, anyway, then, why did you buy something else? I always get somewhat scratched up assembling an artificial tree.
Posted by Skye on 2006-12-12:
emt, thank god you are one, and can treat yourself. I am one of those people who hurt myself physically, by tripping, walking into things, ya know, kind of clumsy. I think, and this is just my opinion, that it would be much cheaper to buy a 4ft tree, and buy the lights you want. I have a little 4ft I got last year, for 2 bucks on clearance. Anyway, I got it, cause it was just too adorable to pass up. And lights, well they are pretty inexpensive. But thanks for the warning regarding the nuts and bolts!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
It's a good thing.
Posted by ambiences.8 on 2006-12-12:
emt- hi thanks for the response. I usually buy just what I want also. This year I bought the one with the colored lights as it was the last one in the store the size I needed. I work 9 hr shifts and help family with babysitting, blah, blah, blah.This year I don't have the luxury of being able to shop around as I normally do, so I compromised and thought maybe the colored light would be o.k. The point of my review was the nuts and bolts.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
ambiences.8, I understand the point of your review, I just was curious. I'm seriously thinking about not putting a tree up next year! My daughter recently moved, and it's just the 2 of us that will see the decorations this year.

I just read an article in BH&G where instead of putting up the tree for an older couple, she decorated 5 wreaths and hung them up. She used ornaments that meant something (i.e., one wreath contained handmade ornaments that her children made when they were small). I like that idea!!
Posted by ambiences.8 on 2006-12-12:
emt- sounds like a nice idea.I really love a tree, though. Always thought it would be neat if someone created a halogram tree,one where you could just project the image of the tree onto a wall, and change colors with a remote. I have a tendency to obsess every year as I dont like to rearrange my furniture and things to make room for the tree. But once its done, it works, then I want to leave it up all year.Still the wreathe idea is neat and may work well for some
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-12:
ambience.8.LOL...holograms remind me of STTNG. If ONLY...
Posted by ambiences.8 on 2006-12-13:
emt- what is STTNG?duh

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