Isle of Palms vacation rentals are great in August, or any month of the year, actually.  The water temps are warm, the sun is shining, and the kids are enjoying a last couple free weeks of summer.

Tourism in South Carolina is big business, indeed.  It’s more than an $18 billion industry, and it’s growing each year.  So if you’re here in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, thanks for doing your part!

On a holiday in our Isle of Palms vacation rentals?  Take a sales tax holiday…

Also, if you’re here now in one of our beach rentals Charleston, either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, then get set to save some money…. especially if you have school-age children in your Charleston beach house.  (Actually, it applies to anyone staying in any SC vacation rentals since it’s valid across the entire state.)

It’s the annual sales tax holiday, and it’s a chance to save a chunk of change on items you generally purchase this time of year.  You’ll save the 6% sales tax as well as local taxes on the following items:

  • school supplies
  • computers
  • printers
  • computer software
  • calculators
  • book bags
  • clothes!
  • shoes
  • bedspreads and linens
  • bath mats
  • shower curtains

NOTE: these items are not included in the sale tax holiday near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals —  cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, jewelry, wallets and watches.

The holiday runs today (August 5th) through Sunday August 7th at midnight.  Here’s a link with plenty of extra info, including sale ads from local stores:

And at the end of this blog, check out the full list of what is and what isn’t covered.  It’s quite extensive, to put it mildly!

Save money this weekend while staying in Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Save money this weekend while staying in Isle of Palms vacation rentals

When visiting Isle of Palms vacation rentals, consider helping the hungry at SC state parks

South Carolina is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, which no doubt is part of what lured you to visit our luxury beach house rentals SC and the state in general.  It also has a slew of beautiful state parks  –  47 of them, to be exact.

Now through the weekend after Thanksgiving, they are sponsoring a program called “Hunger Takes No Vacation”   –   and it’s a way to help the needy in our state.  It’s organized with the S.C. Food Bank Association, and all 47 parks are participating.

Visitors are encouraged to donate food bank items which will be distributed to those who have need in what’s known as the food bank “off-season.” They have a truck parked in each park, and you’re encouraged to come “PACK A PARK TRUCK.”

This is what the Park Service says about it:  It’s a “five-month long food drive to help fill pantries and feed the hungry.  The Program ‘Hunger Takes No Vacation’ invites you to drop off unopened, non-perishable food items and goods, especially those left over from vacations and trips, to collection bins at nearby state parks.  The parks will send those donations to the official food bank in their region.”

This is a great use for anything left over from your stay in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  If for example you’re staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just drop off the items when you visit Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site   —  a really cool local park  — and it will be donated to the good folks at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

These are the most requested and needed items: canned vegetables, canned meats, dry goods, beans, peanut butter, toiletries, diapers, detergents and plastic bags.

Here’s a link to their website with more about last year’s event:’s an article about this year’s:

And lastly, here’s a link to their “park finder” which shows you where the 47 state parks are located:

Help the Lowcountry Food Bank near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Help the Lowcountry Food Bank near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

So get set to shop, save and maybe donate.  And remember, when you are looking for the best rental homes South Carolina, especially beach house rentals Charleston SC, to contact Exclusive Properties.  Our Isle of Palms vacation rentals are without peer.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Items exempt from sale tax this weekend near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals include:

  • Adult diapers
  • Aerobic clothing
  • Antique clothing
  • Aprons
  • Athletic or sport uniforms or clothing (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets and pads)
  • Baby bibs
  • Baby clothes
  • Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
  • Baby shoes
  • Bandanas
  • Barrettes
  • Bath mats
  • Bath rugs
  • Bath towels (all sizes, including beach towels)
  • Bath washcloths
  • Bathing caps
  • Bathing suits
  • Bathing trunks
  • Beach capes and coats
  • Bed comforters and bed comforter sets
  • Bed duvets and covers
  • Bed linens, including baby bumper pads, canopies, baby crib padding, bed skirts, box spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, mattress toppers, pillow covers, and shams.
  • Bed pillowcases
  • Bed pillows (e.g. baby pillows, body pillows, husband pillows, throw pillows)
  • Bed sheets and bed sheet sets
  • Bed spreads
  • Belt buckles
  • Belts/suspenders
  • Blankets such as afghan, baby, electric and throw blankets
  • Blouses
  • Bobby pins
  • Bonnets
  • Boots (climbing, hiking, riding, ski, waders, fishing, cowboy)
  • Bow ties
  • Bras
  • Bridal gowns and veils (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Capri pants
  • Caps
  • Coats, capes and wraps
  • Computer hardware service contracts sold in conjunction with computers
  • Computer software
  • Computer software service contracts sold in conjunction with computer software
  • Computer software service contracts when the true object of the contract is to obtain computer software updates during the contract period
  • Computers Note: The following are examples of devices that are not considered computers for purposes of the sales tax holiday exemption: cell phones, smartphones or any other handheld devices that allow users to make telephone calls; handheld devices that are primarily used to download and listen to music; handheld devices that are primarily used to download and watch videos; and devices that are primarily used to download and read books (e-books). However, portable devices that have computing and media functions, allow users to access the Internet and have a multitude of software applications (or the capability to download a multitude of software applications) are considered computers for purposes of the sales tax holiday exemption, provided such devices do not allow users to make telephone calls.

Note: The sale of a computer monitor, keyboard, or scanner by itself would not be exempt during the sales tax holiday. If a monitor, keyboard or scanner is purchased as part of a package that included the computer processing unit, then that is one transaction to purchase a computer and the sale of the packaged unit (CPU, monitor, keyboard, scanner) is exempt. The sale of a digital music player, digital camera, cell phone or a smartphone, whether or not purchased in conjunction with a computer processing unit (CPU), is not exempt during the sales tax holiday near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. 

  • Corset laces
  • Corsets
  • Costumes (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Coveralls
  • Daily planners or organizers when used by school children as a school supply
  • Dress shields
  • Dresses
  • Earmuffs
  • Elastic ponytail holders
  • Fishing boots
  • Formal clothing (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Furs
  • Galoshes
  • Garters/garter belts
  • Girdles
  • Gloves, including those for batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis
  • Gowns
  • Graduation caps and gowns (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Gym suits
  • Hair bows
  • Hair clips
  • Hand muffs
  • Handbags
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Hats
  • Headbands
  • Hosiery
  • Hunting vests
  • Ice skates (rentals are taxable)
  • In-line skates (rentals are taxable)
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jogging suits
  • Jumpers
  • Leg warmers
  • Leotards and tights
  • Lingerie
  • Mittens
  • Nightgowns
  • Overshoes
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Pantsuits
  • Pantyhose
  • Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs (PDAs are hand-held computers used as daily planners. Please note that the exemption does not apply to cell phones with a PDA, computer applications or similar components.)
  • Pillow cases
  • Pillows (all types)
  • Ponchos
  • Printer supplies. Note: replaceable ink cartridges used in printers are exempt from tax as “printer supplies”
  • Printers, but replacement parts are taxable
  • Prom dress (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Purses
  • Raincoats
  • Rainwear
  • Riding pants
  • Robes
  • Roller skates, provided the skates are permanently attached to the boots.
  • Sandals
  • Scarves
  • School supplies, including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, blue books, bookbags, lunchboxes, musical instruments (but only if the musical instrument is used in the classroom or at home in relation to school assignments). Note: Items such as refrigerators, toiletries, bicycles and food purchased by college students are not school supplies and not exempt from the tax.
  • School uniforms
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shawls and wraps
  • Shirts
  • Shoes, including ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling (taxed if rented), cleated, cross trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates, running, etc.) (rentals are taxable)
  • Shorts
  • Shoulder pads for dresses, jackets, etc. (but not athletic or sport protective pads)
  • Shower curtains and liners (shower curtain hooks and rings and shower curtain rods are taxable)
  • Ski boots (snow) (rentals are taxable)
  • Ski masks
  • Ski suits (snow)
  • Skin diving suits
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Slippers
  • Slips
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Sport clothing and uniforms, but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads.
  • Sport jacket
  • Stockings
  • Suits
  • Support hosiery
  • Suspenders
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweat suits
  • Sweatbands
  • Sweaters
  • Ties/neckwear
  • Tights
  • Towels of all types and sizes, including bath, beach, kitchen, and sport towels. Paper towels are taxable.
  • T-shirts
  • Tuxedo (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
  • Umbrellas
  • Underwear
  • Waders
  • Wet and dry suits

Nonexempt items near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals include:

  • Any clothing or footwear that is rented
  • Any item (whether sold or leased) used in a trade or business
  • Any item placed on layaway or similar deferred payment and delivery plan
  • Backpacks for hiking and camping (bookbags for school are exempt)
  • Bathroom accessories or supplies, including soap, shower curtain hooks and rings, shower curtain rods, toothbrush holders, towel holders, tissue box covers, toilet paper, wastebaskets.
  • Box springs
  • Briefcases
  • Cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Change purse
  • Clocks, including alarm clocks and wall clocks
  • Clothing that is rented
  • Computer parts
  • Cookware
  • Cosmetics
  • Costume rentals
  • Daily planners or organizers when not used by school children as a school supply
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital music players
  • Drapes
  • Employee uniforms
  • Eyewear
  • Footwear that is rented
  • Formal clothing that is rented
  • Furniture
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Glasses
  • Goggles
  • Golf clubs
  • Greeting cards
  • Hardware, including hand tools, power tools, etc.
  • Health food supplements
  • Helmets, including sport, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.
  • Hobby equipment, supplies and toys
  • Housewares
  • Jewelry
  • Key cases
  • Mattresses
  • Mitts, including a baseball fielder’s mitt, hockey, etc. However, a batting glove is exempt.
  • Music players
  • Music tapes, records and compact discs
  • Paper products that are not school supplies such as greeting cards and gift wrapping paper, etc.
  • Paper towels
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Printer replacement parts
  • Protective masks and goggles, including for athletics, sports or work
  • Roller skates not permanently attached to the boot
  • Safety clothing for use in a trade or business
  • Safety glasses and goggles
  • Safety shoes for use in a trade or business
  • School office and janitorial supplies
  • Sewing accessories
  • Sheet stretchers
  • Shin guards and padding
  • Shoulder pads, including those for football and hockey
  • Shower curtain hooks and rings
  • Shower curtain rods
  • Sleeping bags
  • Smartphones
  • Sporting equipment, including baseball mitts, golf clubs, helmets, hockey mitts, life jackets and vests, masks, pads, swim fins, swimming masks and goggles
  • Stereo equipment
  • Sunglasses
  • Table cloths
  • Table placemats and other table supplies such as napkins and napkin holders
  • Tissue box covers
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Towel holders
  • Toys
  • Vitamins
  • Wallets
  • Wastebaskets
  • Watch bands
  • Watches
  • Wigs
  • Window curtains
  • Window treatments such as curtains, drapes, shades, valances