20 Weird Things You Can Really Buy at Home Depot
Home Depot is a virtual wonderland for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts. Of course, if you spend enough time hunting the aisles in search of the perfect item to complete your project, you may come across some products that will surprise you. Here are 20 of the strangest, funniest and most unexpected weird things you really can buy at Home Depot.
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It's not every day that you run to the store for weird things like a fresh bottle of urine but when that day comes, Home Depot has you covered. Used to keep pests and critters at bay, coyote urine identifies your property as home to a predator. Or at least home to someone who buys urine by the gallon. Available in bulk or in its own dispenser.
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As Halloween has grown in popularity, Home Depot has gone big in the weird things decoration department. In this case, REALLY big. Why decorate your home with cardboard bats and cheerful jack-o'-lanterns when you have the option of installing this over-sized nightmare fuel? Just imagine the holiday cheer you'll experience every morning as you stumble toward your car in the dim morning light, still half-asleep before the caffeine has kicked in, only to find a nine-foot spider perched over your garage. Happy Halloween!
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Pallet furniture and projects have grown increasingly popular. Their rough-hewn and weathered look brings character to everything from headboards to Christmas decorations. This spike in popularity has been driven in part by the affordability and easily obtained nature of pallets. But if you don't want to bother taking a prybar to a dirty, reclaimed pallet on your own, you can buy disassembled pallets at Home Depot. Perhaps the best part of the disassembled pallets is that they're available for home delivery. Which means that if you order a few of them, they'll likely be delivered on ... a fully assembled pallet.
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Snorkeling gear on its own isn't funny. Home Depot on its own isn't funny. And yet somehow, when you see a set of snorkel, mask, and fins while browsing for galvanized nails and light bulbs, it's funny. Perhaps it falls under the category of safety equipment?
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Castle Bundt Pan
Whether you want to turn out quality sand castles at assembly line speed, or just bake cakes that look like sand castles, then this Bundt cake pan is your dream come true. This item is weird partly due to its novelty nature. And partly due to the general surprise we all feel when we see that Home Depot carries weird things like baking pans.
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This is great accessory to spook-ify your house for Halloween. Or this works to make that nine-foot spider feel more at home. The Webcaster is a glue gun that attaches to an air compressor. With the added air pressure, the hot glue spins out long strands that look like classic, creepy spider webs. Works with regular hot glue sticks, or Webcaster specialty glue sticks. Although a bit unusual to find something like this at Home Depot, it does make for fun "haunted" decorations. For more tips on the junction of Halloween and hardware, see Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools.
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A Lamp with a Name too Long to fit on This Slide
Sure, this lamp looks weird. And yeah, a 12-inch long clam shell with a fake pearl that shifts through a spectrum of shimmery light may be an unusual accessory in almost every home. But what's strangest about this item is the product name. From HomeBrite Solar comes the "Solar Powered Progressive Color Changing Novelty LED Mood Light Pearl in Clam Shell." Try saying that out loud. Just rolls right off the tongue, right? And when you're in the market for a solar-powered progressive color changing novelty LED mood light pearl in clam shell, Home Depot wants to make sure you think of it first.
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This fits into the "useful but weird things" classification. Powder-actuated tools are useful when working with concrete or other hard masonry surfaces. Activated by a hammer blow or trigger pull, these tools use small caliber loads to deliver propulsion to nails. They're common enough on job sites. But the average consumer isn't usually familiar with them. This means it's always fun to watch people strolling down the aisle at Home Depot, and see their head swivel when they see what looks like a box of ammunition for sale. For more on powder-actuated tools, see this excellent introductory article.
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Biker Babe Pot
What's better than a bodiless gray-haired biker granny? A bodiless gray-haired biker granny with a plant on her head! This planter is one of several unusual yard ornaments available at Home Depot.
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It is strange to purchase a two-pound bag of bat guano. But what's even more bizarre is that this weird things product's label makes it look like a bag of candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters. Resist the urge and use it for the intended use of fertilization only.
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A milk crate is nearly a universal item found in college dorms and basements all across the world. And they have been a mainstay of items repurposed for storage. But part of their appeal has been in their easy availability. So it makes this weird things list because it's a bit strange to make a trip to Home Depot specifically, to buy an item often used as a container for other things.
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Creepy Tree People
Trees are magnificent symbols of nature's enduring, ever-renewing cycle of life. But now they can also be terrifying demon creatures that watch your every move! The only thing stranger than the way this face looks is its name: Whistlin' Pete. There's something about naming the inhuman tree-being that watches over you that pushes it beyond strange. If not into downright disturbing. The reviews on Whistlin' Pete make for interesting reading. Apparently, his eyes tend to fall out of their socket after a heavy rain. After that, he'll stare out at you from empty sockets.
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Paint Can Light
From strange and disturbing, we move to strange and whimsical. This novelty lamp is shaped like a paint can, pouring its contents out onto your tabletop. A clever design that embraces its own strangeness earns the pink paint can lamp a place on our Home Depot list.
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This product allows you to squeeze out perfectly shaped strings of treated meat to turn into jerky. And, the jerky gun is a strange but useful kitchen item found at Home Depot. Purchase it now at Home Depot. Of course, it does look an awful lot like a caulk gun. So if your shower is smelly, unusually spicy, or if your jerky tastes like silicone, you'll know why. Check out these 11 tools that can help with food prep.
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A 50 Pack of Pink Flamingos
What's that in your cart? Is that just one pink flamingo? Why settle for a single flamingo when you can have 50? This pack of 50 flamingos is a great choice to decorate the yard of someone who's about to be 50. But no matter what you want to use them for, you'll find these pink fellas at Home Depot.
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It's no secret that Home Depot carries a wide array of lighting options for every budget and style preference. What isn't as widely known is that it also offers farm animal-inspired lighting fixtures, such as this rooster lamp. Related, but not quite making the weird things list: a calendar full of cows in yoga poses.
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Tucked away in the shelves of your local Home Depot are countless little trinkets like this monkey key ring. Strange but adorable. Novelty key rings let you grab the right key from your key ring. This is an especially useful trick when it's late at night or a storm is threatening to soak you.
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Why skimp when it comes to the comfort of the wild animals in your yard? If you haven't already scared them off with all that coyote urine, provide birds a luxurious lifestyle. This cottage style birdhouse features grid windows, wood shingle roof, dormer and wrap-around porch. Available in the original colonial gray or robin's breast red. Of course, you can always opt to keep a little cash in your pocket, and build a backyard birdhouse on your own.
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Sexy Pirate Yard Ornament
The last of the strange yard ornaments on this list is the classic Sexy Lady Pirate with Sword Statue. There's no disputing that this lady in Daisy Dukes and a tri-corner hat brings a certain attitude to your yard. It's just hard to say exactly what that attitude is. Whether she's alone or accompanied by a biker lady planter, she'll certainly make your yard more entertaining than ever before.
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Of course, Home Depot isn't afraid to acknowledge that it carries some pretty odd items in its stores. Sometimes it even embraces it with a nod and a wink, such as with Pawfume. If you've ever thought your dog wanted to smell a little more flowery, but you didn't know where to buy canine perfume, rest assured that Home Depot (as always) has you covered.
Originally Published: March 20, 2021