You may have noticed that once they moved out all of the holiday items, in came the furniture. There is a small but varied selection of furniture available at the local warehouses, and even more online, for everything from sofas and chairs to bedroom sets, sideboards and dining room furniture, to lamps and mattresses. I don’t even have kids but can appreciate some of the cute bedroom sets that they have for children, like the race car bed and gas pump chest of drawers that are available right now. I’m sure you’ve either been tempted or actually bought something furniture or home accessory-wise at Costco. And there’s nothing wrong with that: you trust Costco to have quality furnishings for a better price than you could find at a more traditional furniture store.
I read an interview with the assistant general manager for Costco Home (a separate store with only 4 locations currently) that really drove that message home. I was also more than a little pleased to hear that someone really is looking out for quality elements, as well as value, when buying the furniture for Costco. There are also some interesting things in the article about the trends and demographic influences, and how they offer value to customers that are buying furniture at Costco. While the mark up at Costco Home stores is higher than the mandate of no more than 14% at regular Costco stores, it is still a value. Actually, they say that they must provide a minimum of a 20% savings over regular furniture stores, so that could be a pretty significant savings on something like a $3,000 couch. And what’s even better, those of us that can only shop at the regular Costco warehouses or Costco.com for furniture and home accessories, benefit from the work that the Costco Home buyers are doing everyday to secure quality items. Apparently, some of what they offer at Costco Home does trickle over to the select items that the average Costco warehouse will sell during their two furniture seasons: one going on now for a couple of months and then another after the outdoor stuff is packed up in July or August.
Generally, it amazes me that the Costco warehouses sell so many large and heavy items, since you know everyone will have to take it home themselves. Of course, the Costco Home stores do offer delivery but that doesn’t help those of us that shop at the warehouses because we still have to lug it home ourselves. However, that hasn’t stopped us from buying the best bookcases in the world (which were heavy like you wouldn’t believe) and considering purchasing things like sofas, sideboards, and chairs. In truth, all we have bought so far in the way of furniture, are the bookcases but we do have our eye on a sectional right now. If we can just figure out how to work it into our room before it’s gone we might buy it.
The really amazing part is that this couch is huge, nicely built, and comfortable with an incredible price of just $799.99! And I saw a really cute set of chairs and a little side table that would be great in our bedroom for just $294.99 last week. There’s another sectional that would be perfect for someone with a small house or apartment for just $599.99. They also had a couch and love seat, sold separately, that you could get for around $850 (sorry, can’t remember the exact pricing). I did see the new version of the best bookcases in the world for a slightly higher price of $224.99. I’ll be honest, we don’t think they look quite as nice but they are still very nicely built and a very big bookcase for a steal (even for $25 more). They also had the most adorable race car bed and gas pump chest of drawers set (I wish I could remember how much it was because I know it was much lower than the $1,300 they want for it at Costco.com).
In any case, Costco definitely has some good deals on furniture and home accessories for just about any taste or style. If you keep walking right by the furniture aisles, you really should just take a few minutes to walk through them, sit on a couple of chairs or a couch or two. Or, you could just dip your foot into buying this kind of thing from Costco by picking up one of the many sets of lamps (sold in sets of 2 or 3) to brighten up a room.