Back-to-school shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

Customers look at the clearance shoes at Shoe Country Saturday afternoon during the tax-free weekend where all clothing and shoes priced under $100 per item are tax free. Many area stores featured sales on their merchandise in addition to the free sales tax. (Lauren Wood)

Customers look at the clearance shoes at Shoe Country Saturday afternoon during the tax-free weekend where all clothing and shoes priced under $100 per item are tax free. Many area stores featured sales on their merchandise in addition to the free sales tax. (Lauren Wood)

By JB Clark
Daily Journal

TUPELO – Parents and grandparents were out in droves Friday and Saturday, taking advantage of Mississippi’s sales tax-free holiday.

The next-to-last weekend before many schools start, stores in and near The Mall at Barnes Crossing were inundated with back-to-school shoppers.

Cathy King said she saved a good chunk of money while shopping for her daughter and grandchildren because of the tax-fee holiday.

“We’re shopping for my grandbabies and a daughter going to college – saving quite a bit,” she said. “We just saved about $50 in JC Penny.”

Mya Guyness was buying new school clothes with her mother.

“We saved money at Aeropostale and Journey’s,” She said. “Between $20 and $30.”

Shoe Country manager Corey Chunn said they had a record sales day at the store Friday, followed by a day of solid traffic Saturday.

“We’ve had teachers, students and even professionals coming in and getting ready for school and the change in season,” Chunn said. “We’re closing out the summer stuff so we have a lot of sales and tax-free on top of that.”

Chunn said they made more than 200 sales Friday and had about that many people through the store by noon Saturday. “Regular traffic is between 50 and 100 people a day,” he said.

Carolyn Tigrett said she shopped for her two teenagers both Friday and Saturday.

“This is our first place today,” she said Saturday afternoon as she browsed some of Shoe Country’s clothes. “We went yesterday too to places by the mall like Old Navy and Gap and we went to Vanity Fair.”

The Vanity Fair Outlet was filled with shoppers taking advantage of the tax-free weekend most of the day Saturday.

Cristy Treece shopped at the outlet mall for her son and daughter Saturday.

“We’re looking for jeans, shorts, T-shirts and things like that to get through the school year,” she said. “I guess every bit of savings helps.”

Downtown Tupelo retailers contacted Saturday chose not to comment but foot traffic in the area was sparse.

The tax-free holiday is an annual event where sales tax on clothing and footwear items under $100 is waived to assist with back-to-school shopping.

jb.clark@journalinc.com