yellow death and empire covers

Updated: we have our winner- Congratulations, Kirk! And a big fat thank you to Empire Covers to their generous giveaway! You never know when you’re going to win!Hey guys, Jamin here again. I’m subbing in for Ashley, because she is a little down and out. It seems the invincible mom has unfortunately caught a virus the kids have had…so you get me today! While we’re on the subject of being sick, is anyone else over what we like to refer to as ‘the yellow death’ yet? It went out with parachute pants in the 80’s as far as I’m concerned. (Yeah I owned several pairs and rocked them like M.C. Hammer.)

But unlike the pants (which thankfully haven’t made a comeback) pollen seems to rear its ugly head every year. And you can count on at least one good sickness from it. Anyway, I digress….

While we are on the subject of my disdain for the yellow death (which I know is very useful) one of the other things I can always count on, is the annual cleaning of all things outdoor furniture, once the dust from the bomb has finally settled.

That is why I’m excited today to tell you about our current giveaway. We’re partnering with Empire Covers.

They are an amazing company that has a great selection of patio furniture covers, and so much more.

We received our patio table cover back before the pollen began to fall, and it’s one of those things you don’t really think about until you actually have one. We’ve seen what a huge difference it can make…what a treat it has been!

I have known for years I wanted needed one, but didn’t want to shell out the money. That’s the great thing about Empire Covers, they are, as far as I can tell, the lowest priced covers online, and even locally.

We placed ours just before spring began (see photo above-wrinkles came out within a few days) and it’s been a pollen and dirt fighting machine.

It’s so nice to just walk outside, take off the cover and skip the 15 minutes of scrubbing our table from outdoor gunk! The kids don’t have to wait to sit down (and complain) while we get it ready for our latest cookout session. {And don’t worry…the porch is next on our list of projects if you were wondering.}

However, if you aren’t into patio covers, no worries. Make sure to check out their car covers and bike covers. Even boat covers, for you lake lovers.

Now to the goody bag…..They’re giving away a $100 store credit to one lucky winner. Think about all the dirt you can repel with that! For those of you who just can’t wait, go ahead and check out their 15% off sale right now. 

Want to win?

1. Leave a comment here telling us what you need to cover.

2. Share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest {and leave a comment here telling us you did.}

Giveaway ends Thursday 4.26.12 and the winner announced here Friday 4.27.12

Obligatory disclaimer: According to the FTC guidelines, The Handmade Home was compensated for this endorsement. However, we only bring the very best products, ideas and exciting companies to our wonderful readers that we love, and hope you can benefit from knowing about. Enjoy and good luck! 

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Responses to yellow death and empire covers

  1. Heidi says:

    We need to cover our patio furniture!

  2. April Allen says:

    I think I would need a car cover….just got a new one last week….so it would be nice to keep it good and clean/protected!! :)

  3. April Allen says:

    Shared on FB!

  4. Mary Martin says:

    We need to cover our brand new patio furniture! In our neck of the woods, it’s called the Ohio Valley Flu!

  5. Andrea says:

    Thank you for sharing! We are currently shopping for a cover for our ski boat.

  6. colleen says:

    Oh my word I need this so bad for my outdoor furniture. What a great giveaway!

  7. Diane says:

    I need a new grill cover and patio furniture cover but I also need a new boat cover!!

  8. Laura D. says:

    We need to cover our table and chairs, plus a lounge chair! The pollen in our area has mostly subsided, however protecting our newly acquired furniture from the elements (too much sun and/or rain) would be great too!

  9. Jennifer Alexander says:

    Patio furniture, boat, deck furniture, grill. They could all use an update!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Kimberly says:

    Both our pontoon boat and car could DEFINITELY use covers!

  11. Alli says:

    Would definitely love covers for our patio furniture…the pollen took its toll on it this year!

  12. Michelle Corbo says:

    I have a beautiful teak table and chairs that are in desperate need of covers

  13. Jenn says:

    This is well timed giveaway and would be perfect for protecting our new patio set!

  14. Lauren Mowen says:

    I need to cover my porch swing. It would be so nice to not have to always take the cushions on and off to keep them safe from the rain. Help me cover those bad boys ; )
    Shared on Facebook : )

  15. Victoria C says:

    We need covers for our patio furniture. Never got round to purchasing any so to win would be perfect!

  16. Caitlin S. says:

    we need a cover for our outdoor table to eliminate the need to brush the cobwebs off it every single morning… why don’t the spiders get a clue and find somewhere else to make their masterpiece web creations? Don’t they know as soon as they are done I’m going to knock it down??!

  17. Caitlin S. says:

    shared on pinterest!

  18. Mindy says:

    I need to cover my patio table too. I recently bought a cover for the kids’ picnic table and it is SOOOO worth the money!

  19. Mindy says:

    shared on pinterest :-)

  20. becca holt says:

    We have some chairs and a fire pit that aren’t under any covering and they desperately need help! I live in AZ where the sun destroys anything it touches so maybe these covers would help extend the life of my chairs!

  21. Patti says:

    I need a cover for my patio furniture! It’s yellow right now!!

  22. AWESOME! Yes, I need this so my shorties don’t have to wait while I scrub our patio furniture down before we can sit down. It gets SO filthy so fast this time of year.

  23. Kirk says:

    I’d like to cover the table and chairs on the deck.

  24. Kendra says:

    We could use a cover for our grill!

  25. Becky Jones says:

    Wow..this is perfect timing..just this weekend my hubby pointed out that our grill cover is starting to shred on the top…it’s a bland gray…boy oh boy could we use a lovely new striped one!! :) Thanks for the great giveaway…fingers are crossed!! :)

  26. Suzanne S. says:

    I would need a bbq cover and a bike cover.

  27. Kelsey says:

    YAY! Our patio Furniture gets GRODY every few days in the summer! Thanks for this great giveaway!

  28. Kate says:

    Badly needed for our patio furniture!!

  29. Sue says:

    These are great to have. The first one I would like to have would be the grill cover for a new grill, then on to the furniture covers. Thanks for the link.

  30. Sally P says:

    I need to cover my grill!!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  31. Christine says:

    Definitely patio furniture and grill.

  32. Beth says:

    I would get one for our grill, and one for the patio table. Love the stripes!

  33. Della B says:

    A cover for our patio furniture and fire pit would be wonderful!

  34. Della B says:

    Shared on Facebook

  35. Jennyroo says:

    Our barbecue and our picnic table, definitely!

  36. Ruth S. says:

    I didn’t realize how many options of things to cover! So many choices, but the top of my list would have to be air conditioning covers for both of my air conditioners to deter all the debris that falls during fall and winter.

  37. erin says:

    I need a cover for our table and chairs as well! I hope I win!!

  38. Pamela says:

    I would love to be able to protect my double rocker from the devil-to-get-rid-of-problem that comes with living in the Pacific NW…mold.

  39. april v says:

    I desperately need to cover our grill!! It’s awful!

  40. Elizabeth Sloman says:

    Well while I would love to cover my entire house (wouldn’t that be nice) (living in FL is rough during the spring) I would most likely want to cover my small patio set and maybe our grill (just to preserve the metal) (the store bought plain covers are not fun to look at and never last). I love the cover you have!

  41. Amy Brandt says:

    Hope you feel better soon! Thank you for sharing the website, we have a travel trailer and now I know where we can order a cover for it…. Thanks

  42. Carmen Goddard says:

    I too need a grill cover! Or maybe my patio set or how about both! Thanks

  43. Jessie H says:

    I desperately need to cover the picnic table on our back porch. It gets sooo nasty so fast! My father in law just scrubbed it down yesterday, but there’s already a coat of pollen on it…so sad and gross 😛

  44. Amy glover says:

    We desperately need to find great deck and patio furniture covers. Every year we spend so much $$$$ for the covers and they never last!!! We are always looking for a durable brand! We would love to try your covers!!!!

  45. Mikelle says:

    Patio furniture. Just had a baby the savings of 15 min in scrubbing would be fantastic!!!!! Thank you!!!!