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New England man has colorful idea: Ship leaves for $19.99

BOSTON - People who want to see New England's colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-color vegetation straight to your door for $19.99.

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Leaves in drying process. shipfoliage.com

BOSTON - People who want to see New England's colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-color vegetation straight to your door for $19.99.

Kyle Waring, of Somerville, Massachusetts set up the website www.shipfoliage.com and began sending his first packages of hand-picked leaves to customers this week.

"It's really an emotional kind of season. A lot of people here in New England feel very passionate about where they live. They want to share it with the world," Waring told the Boston Globe, discussing the region's scenic autumn.

It is not Waring's first foray into seasonal offerings. Last winter, he shipped snow from Boston's record snowfall for $89, using the website ShipSnowYo.com. He said he received requests for snow from around the United States.

According to shipfoliage.com, Kyle offers bundles of three leaves of red, yellow and green, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in size. The leaves are preserved in a chemical cocktail and shipped.

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New England states bring in an estimated $3 million in tourism revenue during the autumn foliage season, which typically lasts for a couple of weeks in October. (Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Will Dunham)

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