We have been trying to find some nice bookcases to cover one whole wall in our media room for ages now. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a nice looking, sturdy bookcase for a reasonable price. And our other priority was that they needed to be tall because the room has 11 foot ceilings so something not having some decent height would just get dwarfed by the room.
For over a year I looked everywhere. Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware type places, which had ok things but really high prices and they weren’t all that tall or nicely detailed. I also tried this place that sends me their catalog and is targeted at people that read a lot and presumably have large libraries. Unfortunately, they had nice things with a highish price and a middling level of detail. I also tried a variety of furniture stores and they had the right amount of detail but some were kind of dodgy construction, while others were so expensive I’d have had to sell a kidney to get enough to fill our 12′ wall space. And, I did try looking at Costco.com, but they didn’t have anything that really appealed to me and met all of my criteria.
Then one day when we were in Costco for our weekly stocking up when we saw the perfect bookcases for our room. They had one assembled so you could get a feel for the height and width of it, plus see all of the great detail. We couldn’t believe our luck. And then we saw the price. Now, I want you to look at the picture and then get a price in your head of how much you would pay for that bookcase. Can’t quite come up with a figure? Well, let me give you a little more detail that might not be evident from the picture.
- Double bookcase with dimensions of 48″ wide X 15.5″ deep X 84″ high.
- Constructed of hardwoods and cherry veneers with an 11 step hand-applied finish.
- Elegant crown and base moldings.
- Four adjustable glass shelves with halogen lighting, six adjustable wooden shelves, and two fixed wooden shelves.
Ok, so after all the details and the photo for guidance, you probably have an idea of how much these bookcases might cost. Well, you’re wrong…you’re way off…much too high. No, I can’t read your mind but I am willing to bet that your guess was not $199.99. That’s right these bookcases were only $199.99!!
We assumed there must be something wrong with our eyes or that they had messed up the price on the ticket. But no, that was the real price. So, we immediately decided to get three of them (thankfully there was a nice strong guy in the parking lot that helped us get them in our car or we might still be in the Costco parking lot).
I mean, the dimensions couldn’t have been more perfect for our room. We were looking for 12′ to 14′ (width) of bookcases and really needed something that would be at least 7′ tall but not more than 8′. Not to mention the details of the crown and base moldings fit with the style of our house perfectly.
This is without a doubt the best deal I have ever gotten on anything at Costco. These are sturdy, wood, real adult bookcases (i.e. not something you would buy for your college dorm or apartment). And they’re absolutely gorgeous! Everyone that comes in the room comments on how nice the bookcases look and how they wish they could find some as nice. We even had one friend ask us if we had them custom made because they fit the room so well. Of course, I tell them they can get them at Costco for just $199.99. I still can’t believe that we only paid $600 for that whole wall of bookcases. How incredible is that?
In any case, I haven’t been able to find anything of similar quality to compare prices but I know I looked at things that were not nearly as nice, big, or detailed for $800 – $1,200 in various catalogs and stores. Seriously, I looked for over a year for bookcases. I was beginning to think that I’d never find the right bookcases. And before I forget to mention it, you can still get these bookcases, at this spectacular price, at the north Costco in Austin. I also noticed that both of the Costco stores in Kansas that I went to had them.
And this is just one of the reasons why I love shopping at Costco. So, what’s your best Costco buy?