Surprising Finds From Costco
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20 Surprising Finds From Costco

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Surprising Finds From Costco
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Warehouse Wonders

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.

Related: 25 Things to Buy at Costco and Sam's for Emergencies (Besides Toilet Paper)

Note: Prices and availablity are subject to change.

Jetson Adventure Electric Bike
Costco

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.

TruGolf Vista Simulator
Costco

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.

National Geographic 40x-1600x Microscope
Costco

National Geographic 40x-1600x 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
Costco

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
Costco

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.

Ecovacs Winbot Window-Cleaning Robot
Costco

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
Costco

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.

Wavestorm Surfboard
Costco

Wavestorm Surfboard

Price: $180 | 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.

Best Massage 2-Fold Portable Massage Table
Costco

Best Massage 2-Fold Portable Massage Table

Price: $120 | Buy It
Whether you're considering a new business or just want a more professional surface for your regular massage, 2-inch high-density foam makes this table a comfortable option. It's more than 6 feet long and 2 feet wide, yet it folds up into a 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
Costco

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
Costco

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.

Grecian Blue Brass Urn Set
Costco

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
Costco

Jean Paul Tenor Sax Bundle With Case and Stand

Price: $650 | 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
Costco

Vtech Handset Corded/Cordless Phone System

Price: $57 | 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.

Brunswick Concord 12' Shuffleboard Table
Costco

Brunswick Concord 12' Shuffleboard Table

Price: $4,000 | 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
Costco

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 Colossal King Crab, 10 Lbs.
Costco

Northwest Colossal King Crab, 10 Lbs.

Price: $380 | Buy It 
You'll get anywhere from four to seven King Crab's worth of legs and claws shipped fresh frozen — Costco is fussy enough about freshness that it won't ship ship over a weekend — to enjoy with a friendly serving suggestion: "Served chilled while dipping into warm drawn butter" for a decadent treat.

LED Open Swivel Sign With Remote
Costco

LED Open Swivel Sign With Remote

Price: $97 | Buy It
Of course you need a sign advertising when you're open for business, but this one blares it in glowing LED within a clever frame that can run the word "open" in the traditional side to side or shift to stack the letters at a whim. It comes with a remote, too, and at a price that could make a fun gift for the home — without the need to pay it back within the fiscal year or justify to your accountant.

Bartesian Premium Cocktail Maker
Costco

Bartesian Premium Cocktail Maker

Price: $350 | Buy It
It takes no skill to craft the perfect margarita, martini, or old fashioned with this device on your counter — it comes with 30 cocktail capsules (dated for freshness) that you need only insert and decide how strong you like your drink. Provide your preferred liquors and the Bartesian system does the rest.