I saw this recently on House Digest – What It Means When Lumber Is Marked Purple At Home Depot: https://www.housedigest.com/869420/what-it-means-when-lumber-is-marked-purple-at-home-depot/. Longer article. Good information to know.
BY DANIEL FEININGER/MAY 20, 2022
Home Depot is known as a fantastic source of home improvement equipment, materials, and more. The outlet is one of the best-known brands in the United States and it’s the highest-grossing home improvement retailer (via Fortune).
The Krazy Coupon Lady offers a variety of essential tips to make the most of any trip to Home Depot, but one of the best for DIYers is actually kept pretty quiet. Home Depot culls lumber after it has been sitting on the shelves for a while. Likewise, cuts that aren’t quite placed straight or have gnarly wood grain trails that make them undesirable — in the same way that ugly fruits are separated out in many grocery stores — are often marked down.
Certain marking practices are well-documented at Home Depot, with clearance tag numbering signaling when an item is going to be reduced even further, for example. Yet the purple-painted lumber that lies in the back of the store is often overlooked by those on a mission to reimagine the function and features of their home. With clearance lumber, you can reduce the cost of any home improvement project by a significant margin and perhaps even expand your designs to tackle an even greater array of opportunities that will enhance the comfort of your home without ballooning the budget.