Who doesn't love Costco? It's the perfect place with something for all of us. I don't really know how my family ever managed to stock up on toilet paper and paper towels before Costco came to town.
But sometimes it's frustrating too. For example when my husband got completely addicted to the pomegranate chocolate ice-cream bars and then they stopped carrying them. We called the manufacturer and tried in vain to find another place to buy them locally. Now they are nothing but a distant dream for him, those delicious pomegranate ice-cream bars.
I had the same experience with Luna bars. As a rule, I dislike health food bars. My sister keeps telling me how wonderful they are but until I sampled a Luna bar at Costco, I never thought to buy a protein bar. After buying them twice, they stopped carrying the Luna bars and it would have been a complete disappointment for me as well, except that I can still get them at Wegman's.
Then of course there are the kids’ toys. We purchased our entire playground at Costco online and three years later, it's as good as new. For Christmas the toy selection is wonderful...I mean if I list everything I buy there it's would be ridiculous.
Recently, a cousin from New Jersey visited my parents. We do not wear shoes in the house (think about your kids picking up something from the floor after you walked into a public restroom with those shoes...enough said!) and my husband, my brother and my cousin's husband noticed they were all wearing the same socks. My husband was thrilled to be wearing the same socks as my fashion forward brother, my cousin's husband was similarly amused about wearing the same socks as the "young guys" and my brother began thinking that maybe Costco is not the place for a cool younger guy like himself to buy socks anymore....
Wearing the same thing as other people is not such a big deal for me because Costco is not where I usually shop for clothes...until, I walked in a couple of months ago and spotted Miracle swim suits. Apparently, they are like the Spanx of bathing suits. I remember seeing similar Miracle swim suits for $140 a few years ago and another reason why I noticed the display in Costco is because my friend Julene wore one and she swears it's a miracle and worth every penny.
That made it stick in my mind but I don't go to the pool enough to shell out that kind of money for a swim-suit; I’m (Asian) Indian guys, it's not like I need to work on my tan! Well Costco had the Miracle suits for $39.99 but the only problem is that they had just five or six designs. It would be embarrassing to go to my pool and find that everyone purchased the same swimsuit because they too had discovered the Spanx of bathing suits. So...I passed the swimsuits since I really don't swim that much and I have more than enough already.
On my next trip to Costco they were marked down to $29.99 for a few days...this is where Costco just kills me. I mean it's like the bathing suit was begging me to take it home. So...I picked it up on the giant plastic mannequin on which it was displayed and folded it in half so it would be less obvious in my cart. I'm already self-conscious about things like prancing around the pool half-naked; I think it's a cultural thing. Anyway, holding a big-breasted mannequin while walking through Costco is equally embarrassing but like I said, I managed to fold it in half and that made is bearable.
I paid for my cartful of goods (you don’t think I only bought the bathing suit do you?) and walked out into the parking lot. In the distance I spotted a vendor who sells my baked goods in his café. As I was about to wave hello, my folded mannequin popped back up in her bathing suit as if to salute this individual too. I ducked my head instead of waving, hurried to my car and threw it in the trunk.
Costco may be awesome but sometimes it can be downright embarrassing!