Consumer reporter Pat Volchok
gives a behind-the-scenes look
at Costco products and services.
of holiday trim
JUST LIKE THE UNSEEN ELVES who feverishly
work year-round in Santa’s workshop, Costco’s bevy
of holiday-décor manufacturers spend all of their
time creating exclusive magical holiday decorations.
They remind me a lot of Santa’s little friends, which
is why I’ve nicknamed them the Costco elves.
This group of holiday-focused (dare I say
obsessed?) vendors works directly with Costco’s two
seasonal-trim buyers, Shelly Bucklin for warehouses
and Jodi Ellis of costco.com.
Shelly reports that Costco is the perfect place
for those who wish to celebrate the season with
style—and save money. Emphasis is on holiday
decorations that fit all tastes, from traditional
and/or religious to fanciful. The hot items this year
are energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) holiday lights, decorations that incorporate motion and
LEDs already light the numbers on digital
clocks, clarify dashboards of airplanes and add visibility to traffic lights. Now they are improving
Decorating your home indoor/outdoor holiday light strings. Unlike old- with elegant touches is fashioned filament bulbs that burn out, LEDs are asy—and affordable— illuminated by a computer chip. They use up to 90 at Costco. But don’t percent less electricity than conventional bulbs and wait too long: The can be plugged directly into standard 110/120-volt most popular seasonal wall outlets without the use of a transformer. items go fast. Costco’s LED Forever Bright icicle (#899934) h Yoomure and multicolor or red (#780739) strings are rated for
20 years and 200,000 hours of use. They are for made of heavier 20-gauge wire, and each diode is housed in a one-piece, moisture-resistant cone. All are UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved. Costco also carries traditional outdoor/indoor lighting. This season’s icicle and mini twinkle lights