Costco isn't just $1.50 hot dogs, $5 rotisserie chickens, and bulk paper products. As the seasons change and the stock rotates, some surprising items work their way onto the shelves and into the center aisles. That boat hanging from the ceiling? That surfboard on the racks across from the cheese? Those studded tires on the way out the door? All those are bargain buys from Costco, and you might see other unexpected items if you keep an eye out on your way to the walk-in dairy fridge.
JETSON ADVENTURE ELECTRIC BIKE
Price: $1,300 | Buy it
You might need a semi truck's worth of cargo room to transport items from a Costco run, but green transportation still has a place at the warehouse retailer. With a rechargeable 36-volt lithium-ion battery, a 30-mile charge range, and a top speed of 20 mph, this exhaust-free pedaler is strong enough to hold a few panniers' worth of bulk goods.
TRUEGOLF VISTA SIMULATOR
Price: $14,000 | Buy it
If the price tag isn't an obstacle, you likely have the space to house this interactive golf theater. It's the most expensive item on this list, but it goes for $16,000 and up at other stores. With a smart club and a ball-tracking system, this high-definition simulator offers more than 80 courses and even incorporates fairway turf and rubber trees for a more authentic indoor-outdoor experience.
WILDERNESS SE INFLATABLE PONTOON BOAT
Price: $300 | Buy it
It's tough to buy a true “boat” at Costco; this is essentially a fishing seat attached to some pontoons. With six mesh and six zippered pockets, a padded swivel seat, oars, an anchor, and a motor mount for trolling, this 9-foot float is designed for trolling on a Class 1 river.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 40X-1024X MICROSCOPE
Price: $100 | Buy it
This looks like a standard compound microscope, but it has a USB eyepiece that connects to a computer for viewing specimens, capturing images, and sharing them with friends. The microscope also comes with prepared slides, blank slides, a slide case, specimen samples, a shrimp breeding system, and a hard-shell case with a molded interior.
NATURAL BLIND GREEN 3-PIECE DELUXE GHILLIE SUIT
Price: $40 | Buy it
Even if you use it only as a swamp-monster costume, it might be worth the price. But this ghillie suit (a jacket and pants, along with a storage bag) is made for hunting. The 3D camo strips blend into the brush, while breathable camo mesh lining makes it slightly more comfortable than staking out a spot in some shrubbery.
HOLMES WORKWEAR HI-VIS PARKA
Price: $60 | Buy it
Consider this anti-camo. This high-visibility yellow parka comes with 7 ounces of polyester fill insulation and is seam-sealed and waterproof. A combination of 2-inch reflective tape and 4-inch high-visibility tape should help drivers see you in any conditions, while a drop-bottom hem and stormfront flap guard against inclement weather.
GREAT NORTHERN POPCORN GOOD TIME POPCORN MACHINE
Price: $200 | Buy it
We aren't sure why upmarket popcorn poppers always come in the "old timey carniva" setup rather than "'80s multiplex" or "hardware store sale day" varieties, but reviewers like this as an option for a home theater. With a stainless steel popcorn bin and kettles, a warming deck, drawers for unpopped kernels, tempered safety glass panels, and 3 gallons of kernel room, this popper has commercial capabilities at a residential price. It includes 25 popcorn bags, three plastic serving cups, measuring cups, and a popcorn scoop, so it's ready to go right out of the box.
ECOVACS WINBOT WINDOW-CLEANING ROBOT
Price: $450 | Buy it
If you're good with a robot vacuuming your floors, go right ahead and let this one do the windows. It can be guided by remote control, and the edge detection and suction fan work on framed, frameless, frosted, filmed, colored, and decaled glass. Robots may be taking over, but it's nice to see that they at least do windows.
CELESTRON AMBASSADOR BRASS TELESCOPE
Price: $680 | Buy it
This likely isn't the telescope you'd want to use for tracking the International Space Station or preparing for a meteor shower, but it's powerful enough to check out some planets — and the brass and mahogany would give a room some vintage charm.
WHYNTER 2 QT. ICE CREAM MAKER & YOGURT INCUBATOR
Price: $160 | Buy it
Want to learn to surf, but don't want people at a surf shop thinking you're some rube who's going to cough up thousands? Costco sells 8-foot surfboards with removable fins, an ankle leash, and a textured traction pad for those just getting the hang of a difficult sport. Light, soft, and easy to transport, this is a suitable beginner's board.
LEUPOLD LTO-QUEST THERMAL IMAGER
Price: $320 | Buy it
Made for night or early-morning hunting, this handheld thermal imager comes with a camera and built-in 300-lumen variable-power flashlight to help you make your way around. Hunters can use it to avoid easily spooked game or recover prey. A thermal sensor, 20-degree field of view, and 300-yard range also makes it easy for non-hunters to find their way back to a campsite or find lost pets in the dark.
BEST MASSAGE 2-FOLD PORTABLE MASSAGE TABLE
Price: $180 | Buy it
Whether you're considering a new business or just want a more professional surface for your regular massage, 3-inch high-density foam makes this table a comfortable option. It's more than 6 feet long and roughly 3 feet wide, yet it folds up into a canvas carrying case for easy transport. Of course, it's oil- and waterproof. An adjustable face rest with pillow, armrests, and a book rest underneath are nice touches.
QUICKJACK PORTABLE CAR LIFT
Price: $1,100 | Buy it
Costco sells a bunch of auto equipment, but for DIY mechanics who need something more than a pump jack, this 5,000-pound-capacity lift is on another level. Automatic lock bars go into position on their own, while the mini power unit operates on standard 110-volt power via a pendant remote. It fits under low cars and comes with quick-connect hydraulic hoses and rubber lifting blocks.
BODY GLOVE OASIS INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD PACKAGE
Price: $1,000 | Buy it
This giant paddle board weighs only 80 pounds but carries up to 1,000 pounds — potentially a whole family, or a bunch of friends. It's built smartly, with seven carrying handles as well as a bungee storage area, cooler attachment points, a water bottle holder, and two large anchor points underneath for securing the board while diving off it or sunbathing on it. It comes with four adjustable paddles, two high-pressure pumps, a duffel bag, and even a repair kit.
GRILLEYE SMART BLUETOOTH GRILLING & SMOKING THERMOMETER
Price: $80 | Buy it
Costco puts out grills and grill accessories just as winter is wrapping up, but this tool is available year-round. It lets you know when food is ready by sending a message to a smartphone app. The device comes with four temperature probes that send data up to 300 feet via Bluetooth.
GRECIAN BLUE BRASS URN SET
Price: $100 | Buy it
It's increasingly common for big-box chains to offer caskets, but a swanky blue brass urn with a small token urn and an ash heart necklace? That's a bit more rare. This full-size urn has a capacity of 220 cubic inches, and the token urn and heart hold 3 cubic inches apiece. This may not be a purchase you want to consider in the near future, but it isn't such a bad fallback option.
JEAN PAUL TENOR SAX BUNDLE WITH CASE AND STAND
Price: $600 | Buy it
Costco sells a number of instruments with the idea that they'll end up in school bands. This yellow brass tenor sax (in the key of b-flat) is recommended for music students of all ages and comes with a reed, ligature, mouthpiece, carrying case, neck strap, cleaning equipment, and a music stand. It's a great starter kit for those who aren't quite ready for the New Orleans club circuit.
VTECH HANDSET CORDED/CORDLESS PHONE SYSTEM
Price: $55 | Buy it
This is the one corded phone Costco offers, and likely one of the last corded phones not being sold to corporate customers only. This set also comes with two cordless handsets, as well as an answering system, caller ID, and call blocking. All this may seem redundant if you've been carrying mobile phones for decades, but for those who still have a preference for a landline, this is a tether to 20th-century communications.
MARATHON COMBO FOLD DISPENSER
Price: $17.50 | Buy it
Whatever the reason for wanting a gas-station-style paper towel dispenser, Costco makes it available to warehouse club shoppers. This wall-mounted plastic dispenser holds 600 multifold towels and dispenses one at a time to reduce waste.
BRUNSWICK CONCORD 12' SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE
Price: $3,600 | Buy it
Yes, Costco sells less expensive shuffleboard tables, but this chestnut wood model with a playing surface of resin-coated maple is a handsome classic you might not expect to see at a warehouse store. With six leg levelers, six climate adjusters, eight pucks, a table brush, and shuffleboard wax, this table can be the centerpiece of any man cave, den, or basement rec room.
PLAZA OSETRA CAVIAR GIFT SET
Price: $120 | Buy it
This farmed Bulgarian sturgeon caviar actually isn't the only caviar Costco sells. Plaza Osetra is billed as Costco's "top grade of caviar" and has a unique, nutty finish that is the trademark of wild Black Sea caviar. You get a 2-ounce jar that should be eaten within 24 hours of opening, as well as blini, crème fraîche, and a pearl spoon. Shipment via FedEx's 24-hour next-day air is included in the price.
NORTHWEST FISH AND WAGYU KING TRIO PACK
Price: $750 | Buy it
This gourmet food item combines 3 pounds of New York-cut A5 wagyu steaks from Japan with 4 pounds of Alaskan king salmon and another 4 pounds of Alaskan king crab, straight from the Bering Sea in the Gulf of Alaska. Costco will also sell you wagyu beef on its own for up to $1,240.