CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In just a few minutes, the Garcia family spotted this year's tree, a Fraser Fir from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
"We like the really thick fir, the fir-style branches," says Regina Garcia. "We found the perfect one that's about eight-and-a-half feet."
Garcia says it's their first time choosing a tree from Halls Tree Farm.
"We like to know they're not mass produced. They're a genuine one-man show."
That man is Loyd Richardson.
"Oh, the smell of a Fraser is just something you crave."
From Sparta, North Carolina, he's been in the tree business for 30 years.
"The needles are much stronger. They stay. They don't just come off like a Balsam does."
For the third year in a row, Richardson has set-up shop along Highway 61 near Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
<09'06'00>"I stay here. I'll be here the whole month with this."
Richardson says he has about 500 hand-picked trees to choose from, with some of the larger Fraser Firs arriving later in the season.
"It turned bad right as the cutting season started. We couldn't get on top of the mountains to get the big pretty trees, so we're cutting the lower mountains until the weather clears up."