If you’re staying in one of the many rental homes South Carolina this weekend, it’s a great time to take a holiday  – a sales tax holiday!

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 this is the 17th year that the tax break holiday has been going on.  They say it’s the second best shopping weekend after Black Friday.  This weekend is your 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 —  cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, jewelry, wallets and watches.

The holiday runs today (August 4th) through Sunday August 6th at midnight.  Here’s a link with more on the story, with the focus on shopping at 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 a list!

Check out the lighthouse near our rental homes South Carolina

Check out the lighthouse near our rental homes South Carolina

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day near our rental homes South Carolina

One of the many neat things about visiting the coast  –  especially the eastern seaboard  –   is getting to see lighthouses.  Historically they played a very important role in keeping people safe and helping folks navigate in the pre-GPS days.

Lighthouses were so important, in fact, that on August 7th, 1789, the young United States Congress passed a law promoting the establishment and maintenance of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.

Exactly 200 years later  –  on August 7th, 1989  –  Congress again acted on the subject, declaring August 7th forever to be known as National Lighthouse Day.

If you are here staying in one or our beach house rentals Charleston SC, especially one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you may have noticed a local lighthouse or two.

If you’re in a Folly Beach house Charleston, the closest to you is the Morris Island Lighthouse, standing proudly out in the water toward Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor.  This was the original “Charleston Harbor Light” built in 1876.   Years of erosion, storms and tides took their toll, however.  Waters now surround its base, and it no longer functions as a lighthouse.

Morris Island Lighthouse certainly is an important landmark of the Lowcountry, though.  A nonprofit Save the Light has been tirelessly working toward preserving the lighthouse and undoing some of the damage to make sure it will stand for future generations.

The lighthouse that took its place as Charleston’s official one is the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse.  If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just look toward Breach Inlet or down the beach from your luxury house on Isle of Palms   –  you can’t miss it.  It’s tall, black and white, and triangular in shape  –  quite unusual for an American lighthouse.

There are a couple other interesting facts about this lighthouse that distinguish it from others.  It has an elevator, aluminum siding, and was the very last major lighthouse to be built in the U.S.   It was commissioned on June 15, 1962 and recently celebrated its 52nd birthday.

If you are in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC this weekend, you might want to check out the open house this Sunday, August 6th, where they will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day a day early.

It’ll take place from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, on the grounds of the United States Coast Guard Historic District.  The street address is 1815 I’On Avenue, Sullivan’s Island, convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina.

The quarters, cupola, grounds and newly-restored historic life-saving station boathouse will be open for visitors.  There will be water safety displays and activities  – especially good for the kids staying in your Charleston beach house – put on by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Sullivan’s Island Fire & Rescue.  Reps from Save the Light will be on hand.  There will also be refreshments and staff on hand to answer questions… and there is no charge for any of it.

Here’s more info from the National Park Service, who is in charge of the site.

So HLD (Happy Lighthouse Day), go save some tax money this weekend  – and remember to call us when you are searching for the best in rental homes South Carolina.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Exempt items near our rental homes South Carolina 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 RE: computer purchasing near our rental homes South Carolina

  • 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.
  • 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 rental homes South Carolina include:

  • Any clothing or footwear that is rented
  • An item (whether sold or leased) used in a trade or business
  • Items 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