Man raking in cash by selling leaves

The winter and fall markets are pretty much cornered

(WPRI) — The fall season brings droves of people from all over for a firsthand look at New England’s beautiful foliage. But, what if you can’t make the trip? Well now one Boston-based company has you covered and it’s raking in the dough.

The website launched Tuesday and is capitalizing on the changing of the seasons. Leaf lovers can buy a “three leaf bundle” – which includes one red, one yellow and one green or mixed leaf – for the bargain price of $19.99.

According to the site, they “…collect, preserve and ship gorgeous fall foliage” to anyone in the U.S. The leaves are collected by foliage experts who hike around the Northeast in search of the perfect leaves. The company says customers concerned about quality need not worry, as the site boasts that the leaves are hand-selected and the rigorous selection process only allows for “Grade A” foliage to make it through.

But how do they keep the leaves so crisp and vibrant you may ask? According to an article in The Boston Globe, the leaves are “…carefully cleaned and preserved with ammonia and glycerin, to ensure they stay alive and colorful for years to come.”

Let’s be honest – you’re all probably thinking “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The guy who actually did is Kyle Waring. That’s the same Kyle Waring who also sold snow (yes, snow) during the harsh winter this season though his site, “Ship Snow, Yo.”

Waring tells The Boston Globe, he noticed a gap in the market and just went for it.

“There are people who want to share some of the foliage with their friends and family, people who have lived in New England and don’t have access to it anymore, leaf-peepers of all types, really,” said Waring, 27, of Somerville.

So even though the winter and fall markets are pretty much cornered, it seems like it’s anyone’s game for spring and summer. What will they come up with next?

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