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Published May 25th 2019
You can never underestimate Costco
This review is going to be in two parts because Costco is massive. It's like an alternate universe with everything material you need to lead your life. And when I say everything, it means everything from pacifiers to coffins. You'll even find vehicle tyres in store and the fuel across the street.
Beginning with the car park, the parking bays are spacious all-American sized. And so are the shopping trolleys. I suppose that makes sense because their items come in bulk-sized packaging. If you were to put one of their loo paper packages in a Woollies trolley, that would probably collapse on its side. So, you grab one of these massive trolleys from outside the shop and head indoors. At the entrance you have to flash your membership card to the personnel, who then wave you through and you're inside under the colossal roof.
You're immediately surrounded by large boxes of clothing, stuffed toys, pillows, blankets, jammies on one side and rows of electronics and jewellery and watches on the other. Invariably families members split up right about here. They meet up again as the ones without the trolley has to follow the one who has commandeered it. And the shopping begins in earnest.
White goods like fridges, freezers, cooktops and other household goods are stacked up in the middle along with outdoor and garden equipment. Alongside you'll find the kitchen appliances and tools. Just about here is where more clothing is displayed on racks as well as on tables. These are just piled up in batches and you'll have to dig in and find your sizes. There's nothing fancy here; it's mostly jumpers, hoodies, t-shirts, underwear, and such.
Then there is the furniture. Again, they look big and sturdy and are made of solid timber. There was an outdoor table with real marble top. TV tables, storage cabinets, and even tool sheds are all lined up in a row.
As you leave that area you enter the zone of books and stationery. They have a wide range of picture books and story books for young and older kids. There's Woody and there's Harry Potter, as well as classics such as Aesop's fables and Jules Verne in faux leather jackets and gold tinted edges. If you're looking to build a library with pretty books this is a good place to begin.
The sports section has basketball practice hoops, bicycles, golf clubs, and even surfboards. This is where you'll find the outdoor and camping gear. As you reach the home stretch you'll find the tyre section where you'll not just find tyres of all description and sizes but also cleaners, car batteries, engine oil, and other automotive stuff.
Costco has a large line-up of vitamins and supplements covering a whole aisle. Right across from that you'll find cosmetics, lotions, body creams, and more. They also have a baby section with all things baby.
Two things you do not expect to find but actually do are an optical section and a hearing aid centre. It doesn't make sense to see these here but then like I said at the beginning they really do have it covered.