Surprising Costco and Sam's Buys
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30 Surprising Things You Can Buy From Costco and Sam's Club

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Surprising Costco and Sam's Buys
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FOR THE REFINED PALLET

Warehouse clubs such as Costco and Sam's Club promise savings on everyday household items including paper goods, bulk food, electronics, and even prescription drugs. But there are also some truly unique, unexpected and off-the-wall items that can be found in warehouse clubs, often for a fraction of the price shoppers would normally pay. As part of Cheapism's continual research on Sam's and Costco, we've stumbled upon some surprising offerings.

1965 Shelby Mustang Car Pool Table
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MUSTANG POOL TABLE

There are pool tables, and then there's this pool table that honors a classic Ford Mustang. Designed to look like a 1965 Shelby GT-350, this item will certainly make a statement in your home or office. For a mere $11,000 it could be yours. Delivery and installation are included.

Palram Nature Hybrid 6' x 8' Greenhouse
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The President Casket by Prime
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COFFINS

Yep, you read that right: Costco sells coffins. Starting at about $900 and ranging up to $1,799, coffins can be ordered online from Costco with the option of expedited shipping.

2.95 CT. T.W. Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold
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ENGAGEMENT RINGS

While Sam's Club doesn't spring to mind for fine jewelry, the warehouse store has a surprisingly big selection of engagement rings, including nearly 500 styles online. Prices start around $450 and inch their way to a staggering $79,500.

Vera Wang V804 Black Marble Sunglasses
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DESIGNER GOODS

Hankering for designer sunglasses? Costco sells them. Check the website regularly to spot designer steals. Vera Wang glasses are currently listed for $45, and sunglasses by Balmain (a fashion house constantly sported by the Kardashians) are $60.

Augason Farms Emergency Water Storage Kit
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DOOMSDAY SURVIVAL GEAR

While the zombie apocalypse may never come to pass, Sam's Club helps members prepare for anything. Water storage, for instance, is a must-have in case of an emergency and Sam's Club sells a water storage kit designed for just that. Created to serve as a backup during a drought or any other type of emergency, the 55-gallon water barrel (which sells for $133) comes with water treatment drops.

Grape Solar 5830 Watt Grid-Tied Solar Kit
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SOLAR ENERGY KIT

Yet another item that can help a home be more self-sufficient, this solar kit sells for $10,000 and is capable of generating 310 kilowatt hours to 723 kilowatt hours of electricity per month. With that hefty price tag, the good news is the panels may qualify you for 30 percent federal tax credit, local utility rebate, and incentive programs, Costco says.

20-piece Rose and Mini Calla Wedding Collection
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WEDDING FLOWERS

Sam's Club and Costco sell cheap wedding flower packages. At Costco, the offerings start as low as $99, for wedding party boutonnieres and corsages, and grow to $450 for a 20-piece rose and mini calla wedding collection.

Costco Auto Program Ad
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CARS

Costco may be better known for refrigerator-size bundles of toilet paper, but members bought more than 520,000 vehicles through the warehouse club's Auto Program in 2017. Shoppers research and select a vehicle through the Costco Auto Program and then they receive information about participating dealerships and the specific salespersons authorized to offer the program's prearranged pricing. Although the process may not always result in the lowest possible price, it appeals to consumers who want a good deal without haggling.

3 Photo Canvas Panel Split
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CANVAS PRINTS, METAL PRINTS, AND MORE

Warehouse clubs provide an impressive array of photo services including canvas prints, metal prints, photo books, mugs, and calendars. Costco also offers business printing services such as brochures, business cards, flyers, and posters.

Braxton 12' x 24' Garage Shed
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CUSTOM SHEDS

Both Sam's Club and Costco sell a dizzying variety of outdoor storage sheds, starting with the most basic resin shed for less than $200 all the way up to elaborate wooden sheds that resemble a small home, complete with windows and doors, topping out at nearly $4,000.

Bush Office In An Hour 65W x 65D L-Shaped Cubical Workstation
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Burlington Electric Fireplace Media Console
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FIREPLACES

If you live in a house without a fireplace, it may feel like something is missing. An electric fireplace is a relatively easy and cheap way to add that cozy ambience. The warehouse clubs offer options, some starting at about $400, that look like the real deal and even put out heat.

Renin Authentic Barn Door with Hardware Kit & Easy Glide
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BARN DOORS

If a sliding barn door is the style detail that your house has been lacking, Costco has you covered. The warehouse sells an authentic barn door, including the hardware kit needed to install it. The door, which comes pre-stained and features metal cross braces, is designed to help save space in places where a traditional swinging door might otherwise be used.

Trixie Chicken or Rabbit Coop with a View
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CHICKEN COOPS

Raising chickens is not reserved for farmers anymore. Plenty of domestic dwellers are getting in on the act as well. Wherever you happen to live, Costco has a chicken coop to suit your space. Prices start at about $79 for a basic coop and go as high as almost $400 for an elaborate coop duplex with an outdoor run.

Sid Wainer & Son Cheese Lover Artisan Wedding Cake
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A WEDDING CAKE MADE OF GOURMET CHEESES

Who knew a wedding cake could be made entirely of giant chunks of gourmet cheese? The Sid Wainer & Son Cheese Lover Artisan Wedding Cake ($439) is made up of gourmet cheeses sourced from around the world. Decorating the cake is up to you. The listing suggests using flowers, ribbons, or edible garnishes.

Heritage Security 10.8 CuFt Safe, 30 Minute Fire Protection
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SAFES AND EXECUTIVE VAULTS

For those who have pricey baubles and other valuables that need to be locked up or perhaps stacks of cash laying around, a safe from Costco may be the solution. They start at about $79, but the more spacious models are as much as $3,200.

Skywalker Trampolines 11' Adventure Arena Trampoline with Enclosure
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TRAMPOLINES

The backyard must-have for countless kids, Sam's Club sells all manner of trampolines. Prices start at about $180 for more basic models and go as high as $630 for a trampoline that will accommodate all the kids in your neighborhood with its weight capacity of 500 pounds.

Kids Creations Adventure Mountain Redwood Playset
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JUNGLE GYM PLAY SETS

Trampolines are really just the starting point when it comes to the backyard toy possibilities available at warehouse stores. Costco also sells elaborate play sets and jungle gyms, which top out at $13,000 for Mountain Redwood Playset that includes six play decks with four slides, five swing stations, two rock walls, monkey bars, two sandboxes, and a drawbridge.

Portable Victrola Suitcase Record Player with Bluetooth and 3 Speed Turntable
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PORTABLE VICTROLA SUITCASE WITH BLUETOOTH TURNTABLE

File this under the item that you never knew you needed. The Victrola suitcase with Bluetooth technology, which sells for $49, allows for streaming music from any Bluetooth enabled device to a three-speed turntable.

Everlast Spas Grand Estate 90-Jet Spa
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SPAS

If it's a spa that your home needs, both Costco and Sam's Club have plenty of luxurious options. The only real question will be how much you want to spend. Prices start at about $2,000 and can go as high as $9,000 for a seven-person spa at Costco that includes a full-body lounger and three captain chairs with neck and shoulder jets.

Health Insurance
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HEALTH INSURANCE

Small-business owners may not realize it, but health insurance programs can be purchased through Sam's Club. Hundreds of plans are available — Aetna, United Health, Kaiser Permanente, and more. Medical, dental, and vision plans are among the options. The Sam's Club team will provide recommendations to help you find the best option for your business.

Streetrod Vintage Convertible 2-4 Passenger Electric Golf Cart
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GOLF CARTS

Golf carts are practically an essential accessory in certain parts of Florida. If you're looking for a cart that will wow the neighbors, Costco has a handful of over-the-top options including a Streetrod Vintage Roadster two-passenger electric golf cart, for a mere $18,000. (Yes, as much as some cars).

Stevie Ray Vaughn Autographed Business Card with Concert Photograph
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PreGra BlueGrass
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ARTIFICIAL GRASS

Does your back yard need a makeover? Costco has a variety of artificial grass options for sale ranging from bluegrass to Bermuda. Sam's Club also offers artificial turf and putting greens in a range of prices and dimensions.

La Crosse Projection Alarm Clock with Weather Information
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WEATHER STATIONS

For the amateur meteorologist, Costco sells weather stations. The fanciest model sells for about $95 and will provide data about wind speed, rainfall, and relative barometric pressure.

Baton Rouge Full Wall Bed Grey
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WALL BEDS

For homes where space is an issue, perhaps a wall bed is the answer. Costco offers a variety of stylish options starting at $800. Roughly double that price ($1,760) and you'll get a cozy set-up that includes doors, a 36-inch storage unit with drawers, and a 25-inch storage unit with drawers flanking the bed.

Hyperlite Westport 8' Surfboard
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KAYAKS AND SURFBOARDS

REI is not the only name to remember if you're an outdoor enthusiast. Both Costco and Sam's Club sell kayaks, surfboards, and paddleboards. Prices range, with surfboards starting at $180 at Costco and youth kayaks at Sam's Club beginning at $87.

Selectivend Commander ADA Plus Snack Combo Vending Machine
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Ticket Station, Compact
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TICKET STATIONS

Not for dispensing tickets, but rather for counting tickets, this item at Sam's Club is designed to provide users with a custom receipt detailing the amount of tickets that were inserted into the machine. (Just in case you operate an arcade or some other type of recreation facility.) The ticket station sells for $7,858.