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Bill Cosby had it right. Yes, many of us dads are the “fun ones,” the “jokesters,” and the “dress up dolls.” There are fathers all over the world “who get things they can’t use and . . . don’t want.” With Father’s Day coming up I wanted to offer some suggestions for things that Dad actually wants: Want – Deck Box. Give dad a Lifetime Deck Box so he has somewhere to quickly put away all of the kid’s toys left on the lawn. Keep them safe so he doesn't hit them with the lawn mower anymore. So, really . . . it’s a gift that keeps giving.  Don’t Want – Another light-up, pink, paisley, or superhero tie. It’s just another burp rag for the baby to spit up on. Want – New shed to store all the yard tools in. You know ... More

Wow! Who would have thought our little homemade ‘How to Build our Shed’ video would have gotten so much attention. This little video one of our employees and her husband posted of building their shed at home a few years ago has more than 111,400 views. Our customers have told us how much they appreciate having videos along with the instructions to help guide them through their shed assembly. I am happy to announce we’ve provided even more shed assembly help videos. We have been working hard on producing videos that are specific to the various shed models we produce. We have taken the more difficult parts of our instruction manuals, as rated by our customers, and turned them into step-by-step videos. Customers can view these on their smart phones while out back building their shed, or view them in advance s... More

We're welcoming spring with an amazing deal on our new Lifetime Garden Caddy. Be one of the first 10 customers to order this handy Garden Caddy from buylifetime.com and get 25% off the regular price. This is the only tool organizer you will need for all your lawn & garden tools. It not only keeps your tools organized and easy to find in storage, but it's designed with wheels so you can roll it with you to different projects around your yard, even over bumpy, uneven terrain. No more struggling to lug various tools from flowerbed to vegetable garden to potted plants on the patio! The Lifetime Garden Caddy is constructed from heavy-duty polyethylene (HDPE) with a strong steel frame. It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, and designed to hold 7 long-handled garden tools. There's also a convenient tray for holding smaller items.... More

At dinner with some friends this weekend we got talking about my job at Lifetime. One of my friends said, “Lifetime makes a lot of cool stuff.” There is a reason I have started my seventh year here at the company… because I agree.  We do make a lot of cool stuff. Working in the Lawn & Garden category these past six years, I have seen a lot of new products. But the core of the category has always been our sheds. In fact, it was an idea to create a shed that launched the category, and thus, my job! One of the neatest innovations in our family of sheds, in my opinion, has been our 10x8 and 15x8 line. These sheds have proven to be very popular. One of the great things about them is the way they allow you to organize your stuff. With the entry on the long side, you can compartmentalize between right a... More

I’m excited to talk about our new shed that we have been busy working on over the past few months. We have designed a new size with some fresh new features. Through customer research, we learned that you, our awesome consumers, like the width of our 8-foot wide family of sheds, but some of you just don't have the space for a deep shed like our 8x10 or 8x12.5. This new shed is 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep! The shed also has a new look with vertical siding and windows in the doors. It has corner trim to make the colors pop and look good in your yard. We’ve also added a skylight that runs the full depth of the shed to allow natural light in so you can more easily see your stuff. Also, this new shed comes with shelving to help you organize your bug spray, weed killer, and whatever else you want to store. With our... More

It’s that time of year again for a lot of us.  Time to store that kayak away for the cold cold winter.  We are often asked about how to store a kayak while it is not being used, especially during the chilly winter months.  So today, I am here to offer up some winter kayak advice! First piece of advice, kayaks are not for sledding!  They go fast but they don’t like the cold, so keep them off of the snow!  Ok, now for the real tips.  As always, make sure you wash your kayak after use.  This is especially important when you will be putting it into storage for several months.  Mild dish soap and water works just fine, no need for fancy cleaners.  Make sure you remove sand and dirt, even from those little crevices. And, just think about how nice it will be to pull this baby... More

Over the years, we’ve told you about how our blow-molded products are made, and how our metals are powder-coated to protect them, but how does the whole process work, anyway?  I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.  But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.  When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  No kidding.  Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?  The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic and prepare them for a... More

Wow!  A LOT of you have storage projects on your to-do lists!  We were overwhelmed with entries this month and we heard dozens of different uses that all of our entrants had in mind for the Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box.  But, a big congratulations goes out to Melissa O. of Hamptom, Virginia who was the one lucky winner of our September giveaway. She will receive a free Lifetime 80-Gallon Outdoor Storage Box and plans to use it for her gardening supplies… a very popular idea shared by many of you.  It's always interesting to learn how our customers plan to use our products. Your feedback helps us design our products to best fit your needs so thank you for always sharing. Just because you didn't win the giveaway doesn't mean you're completely out of luck.  If you are still wishing you had ... More

Saturday, September 22, is officially the first day of autumn! Time to start gathering up those toys scattered around the backyard or floating in the pool. If you've been buying lots of fun stuff all summer long and now you're wondering where you're going to store it all, Lifetime has a product you'll be interested in. It goes by the name of Deck Box, Storage Box, or Horizontal Shed. But whatever you call it, we're sure you're going to call it The Perfect Solution to your storage woes. Lifetime deck boxes come in 80 gallon and 130 gallon sizes, and for a limited time we're offering a 20%discount in the Lifetime Store Online on the size of your choice. These deck boxes are constructed from high-density, double-walled polyethylene plastic so they're durable, low maintenance, and much lighter than wooden or metal storage b... More

This giveaway has ended. Like it or not, fall officially starts this weekend which means cooler temperatures will soon be on their way and - gasp - even snowflakes for some of us.  Time to start packing up all those fun new pool toys and floaties for the winter, plus those cute patio furniture cushions you bought this summer. Oh, and don't forget the kids' balls and outdoor toys, too.  Uh-oh.  If you're like me, this is when you start to think…  "Umm.  This stuff was great in the summer, but now where am I going to put everything when we aren't using it?" I completely understand your dilemma.  It seems every year I keep accumulating more stuff that seems like a great idea at the time, until it comes time to store it.  That's why this month we're going to give one lucky random wi... More

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Win Two Lifetime Modular Cabinets!
This giveaway has ended. The holidays may be gone, but more than likely, they left behind a lot of new "stuff" for you to store or stash. Whether it's new toys, outgrown toys, Christmas decorations, craft supplies, or tools, reorganizing after the holidays is sometimes an overwhelming task. (No wonder the National Association of Professional Organizers has declared January as "Get Organized" Month!) That's why we thought this month was the perfect time to give away two Lifetime Modular Cabinets to one lucky winner to help solve those storage problems! As you saw last week in Charyls' blog post, the Lifetime Modular Cabinets are attractive for use in your home or office, yet strong and durable for use in your garage. The cabinets can be used freestanding on the floor, or hung on the wall. And, by using multiple Lifetime Modu...
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I Love My New Garden Caddy
Gone are the days of having to load up my wheelbarrow or other container with tools from the shed, only to arrive at the spot in my yard I am working on and not have what I need. You know how it isyou end up spending half of your time in the yard going back and forth to the shed to get what you forgot the first time. That is, providing you can find it in the shed. Because if youre like me, you havent organized your tools very well, either. I used to go back and forth, getting the stuff I needed before I was able to get to work. And when I was working I would inevitably set down one tool somewhere to use another, and then forget where I put the first tool. On one occasion, not exaggerating here, I was working with a rake. Two different times after I had laid the rake down, I stepped on it and had it swing up to hit me in the ...