Sure, we've got monthly unemployment figures and a consumer confidence index, but how's this for an economic indicator: a high-end furniture line launching at Costco. Starting Aug. 17, after picking up a $1.50 hot dog-and-Coke combo and that discount case of hand sanitizer, shoppers at select Southern California Costco stores can peruse bouclé-upholstered sofas, hardwood headboards and hand-crafted dining room tables, some priced at upwards of $4,000.
The Jennifer Adams Home collection will consist of 83 pieces, many to be displayed on a 400-square-foot section of participating Costco stores. As tests go, the furniture will be an interesting one.
The furniture will appear in each store for only 10 days, starting Aug. 17 in Yorba Linda, Aug. 31 in Huntington Beach, Sept. 14 in Carlsbad and Sept. 28 in Torrance.
Though a detailed price list has not yet been released, the upholstered furniture (available in a range of fabrics) and the wood bedroom and dining furniture (kiln-dried alder with a walnut stain and slightly distressed finish) appear to be priced higher than one might typically see at Crate & Barrel. All of the furniture will be manufactured in Southern California, which explains pricing more in line with a furniture boutique than a warehouse store. Orders will be delivered within six weeks, a spokeswoman said.