2015 - Volume #39, Issue #6, Page #02[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“John Deere Only” Christmas Tree
“I love Christmas,” Debbie Wranosky says. “Collecting John Deere ornaments was a way to share in Fran’s interest, and it has been fun.”
The ornaments are not that old (late 1980s to present), but they can be valuable, such as the Medallion series John Deere started in 1996. Those don’t even get on the tree, Wranosky says. But she has plenty of other treasures to hang.
“My favorite is a bike, because it’s just so cool,” she says. “It’s about 9 in. long and just something different.” She also likes her collection of 25 lunch boxes complete with latches that open, and the large glass ball ornaments hand-painted by a California artist.
Wranosky got the idea to surprise her husband with a Deere tree in 2006 when he was having health issues. She had ornaments delivered where she worked and decorated a small 6-ft. pencil tree the first year.
After that the couple shopped for more ornaments at flea markets and auctions. When a larger 6 1/2-ft. tree filled up, they bought their third and current tree.
“He’ll sit and look at the different ornaments and talk about where we picked them up,” Wranosky says. Through trial and error, she’s learned plain white lights on the tree are best to show off the green and yellow ornaments.
Each year she adds new ornaments sold by Hallmark and Enesco, buys the new medallion from John Deere, and watches for ornaments on eBay. Fran occasionally also finds ornaments in Green Magazine.
The tree goes up right after Thanksgiving and stays up until the end of January. Wranosky packs each ornament in the box it came in and stores the collection in half a dozen totes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fran and Debbie Wranosky, Oconto Falls, Wis. 54154 (ph 920 846-3103; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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