If you move house there is good chance you will buy a carpet, along with some other furniture and the bits and pieces for a new kitchen.
It used to happen. When the housing market boomed so did the market for things to fit out houses, along with sales in the DIY sheds. When the housing market took a breather the furniture shops took a hit.
Commonsense, you may think, a logical link - except that it is no longer there.
Victoria in Kidderminster has been faring better than most of its competition in what is now a pretty dire market for carpets.
But nobody there yesterday was even tentatively inclined to look for tender green shoots of a recovery from this year's increasingly persistent revival of the housing market.
You can guess at reasons. A fashion for wooden floors has accompanied the craze for minimalist decor. But that is far from universal. You can be minimalist without wanting to hear every footstep to echoing round your new home.
A more mundane suggestion is that housebuilders have been resorting to "incentives" to drum up sales and these often include a new carpet. Fine, the lucky buyer doesn't have to buy one - because the builder has bought it already.
Or maybe those first-time buyers who do scrape together the wherewithal to pay today's prices have nothing left over for anything except second-hand furnishings and hand-me-downs.
Some, no doubt. But Nationwide's economist Fionnuala Earley shrewdly points out that, although a resilient 40 per cent of home-buyers is still classed as first-time, by no means all are "the fresh-faced young person or couple getting their very first foot on the housing ladder after saving hard for a deposit".
A good proportion are returning to the housing market after a spell in a rented place, or a "dissolving household".
Such people frequently have a substantial deposit to put down on their new home, because they have sold a previous one at a handsome profit some time ago.
They may also have their own carpets.
A bunch of economists at the Bank of England, which has to keep an eye on these things, has been looking at the relationship between house prices and consumer spending generally. Their conclusion, published in the Bank's latest "Quarterly Bulletin", is that it is less strong than it was and in any case more subtle and less stable than you might suppose.
Rising house prices redistribute wealth, they point out.
The winners are older households able to take out an equity release mortgage and those who trade down to something cheaper - by and large people less likely to splash out the cash they raise through this.
The losers are younger, people hoping to trade up the housing ladder and forced to tighten their belts as they do.
The process points to less ready cash, not more. Add the effect of elderly traders-down passing on their profits to stake their offspring with the £20,000-£45,000 deposits typically required of today's first-timers and there is even less.
Whatever happened to the feel-rich factor?