Saturday, October 10, 2015

Local Saturday - Pieces of Fall

This is one of those true "why didn't I think of this" moments.  Perhaps everyone in the Northeast United States is thinking that right now.
A tree turning in Binghamton, New York October 5

A man in the New England part of the United States is selling autumn leaves.

But not just any autumn leaves, mind you.  These are high quality autumn leaves, gathered on hikes this gentleman takes during his off-work hours. Each leaf is hand selected, devoid of holes or other imperfections. 

$19.99 U.S. will buy you three autumn leaves - one red, one yellow, one green or mixed.  A special solution is applied to the leaves, first, to preserve them, and they are shipped with a hand written note.

Would these catalpa leaves make the grade?
There, apparently, is so much to the mystique of New England leaves that some of his customers are from New York.  The same New York, apparently, that I and millions of others live in, blowing or raking leaves off our lawns while muttering obscenities, just a few hours drive from said New England.

Just think of the fortunes we have raked or blown away.   The chances of being on television - I've run into interviews of this man several times in the last couple of days.

Seriously, though, I remember, growing up in New York City and (in early elementary school) being assigned to pick up colored leaves and bring them to school.  Later, when my son was young, we used to take walks and gather the colored leaves.

We would press them between sheets of waxed paper, putting books on top.   We didn't quite use these methods, though.

Why are people so attracted to autumn leaves that they would pay this kind of money? This blog post may give us a clue.

Do you have fall color where you live?  Or would you consider owning some New England leaves?


  1. Our leaves generally go from green to brown with no variations in between. There are a few trees, some of them non-native, that do provide fall color, but, for the most part, we miss out on it. It's one of the things that I truly miss about growing up in a place that actually had four seasons instead of two or two-and-a-half, so I do understand why people pay good money for autumn leaves.

    1. I lived in Florida for two winters when I was in my early 20's, but it's been a long time since I've been in a climate where the leaves don't color up. Thank you for reminding me how lucky we are in upstate New York. (Remind me again in February.)

  2. One can sell anything. I went to a fall celebration and we all wrote a goal on a leave. Mind was to keep my lilac planted.
    Coffee is on

  3. I heard about this. Not willing to shell out the cash for it, but I guess there's a market for it.

  4. We have no colour except brown leaves close to where I live in England. I love the colour of some of the trees I see, but I would never consider buying them, no matter how well they were preserved.

  5. Oh yes, I just got back from some days in the countryside here in Norway- stunning fall colours in red, orange and yellow- so amazing! We used to press those leaves too, but never thought of selling them:-) why not though... if someone wants to buy:-) :-)


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