By the time June rolls around, we'll all be brainstorming ways to beat the heat. But right now, Charleston weather is at it's finest, and we're all clamoring to get outdoors.

While there are certainly better times of year to buy lounge chairs or other outdoor goods, like during off-season months of September and October, I realize that lifestyle products are often the sorts of things people shop for when the mood strikes.

And with the sun shining and cool breeze blowing right now, it's hard not to be in the mood to get outside.

The patio

Few things make me happier than a good seating area on a front porch or back patio in Charleston. Take advantage of your outdoor spaces by livening them up with comfortable seating or vibrant decor.

It doesn't have to cost a lot. For example, Tuesday Morning this week is offering all sorts of outdoor goods such as wicker chairs for $25 and indoor-outdoor pillows for less than $40.

Home Depot has a patio table and chairs set, The Hampton Bay Northridge 5-piece set, for sale at $179. Use the coupon code "HDSPRINGB" online for $10 off your purchase.

If you have the space, I highly suggest investing in a hammock. You can buy an original Pawleys Island Hammock for about $180 online at


I admit I don't have a green thumb, but for those who do, there are plenty of gardening gadgets that will make your hobby feel a little less labor-intensive.

A broadcast fertilizer, for example, is great for large gardens, according to The Scots Snap 15-pound spreader at Lowe's is on sale for $30, about $20 below the list price.

Cedar-raised flower beds also are good for gardening if your backyard doesn't offer an ideal plot of soil. Tuesday Morning has one on sale for $40, about $60 cheaper than usual.

Camping, boating

Whether you're venturing by land or sea, a good cooler is essential for a day outdoors. The rolling 40-quart Coleman cooler is a good deal at for about $25.

You wouldn't want your day on the water ruined by a pricey life jacket citation, so make sure you have plenty of flotation devices on board.

It's best to keep a pack of life vests on the boat at all times. Walmart has a pack of four vests for $45, one of the cheapest bundle deals I could find.

If you're new to camping, the first thing you'll need is a good tent. points to Sears for the best deal on a large tent, the Northwest Territory Chippewa 8-person tent for $65.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.