You don't have to be affiliated with a lab or school to try your hand at chemistry. There are a ton of chemistry projects you can do using common household chemicals. I'm working on a list of common chemicals that you can get or can make from other household chemicals, plus you can add your own suggestions for obtaining relatively pure common chemicals. Chemical availability varies greatly from one country to another, so these lists should make it easier for home chemists to find what they are seeking.
If you know of a common pure chemical, you're invited to post a reply so others will be able to identify it too.