Tax-free weekend draws crowds to area stores

August 4, 2014

As students prepare for a new year of school, many shoppers were out this weekend to save a few bucks on school items during Georgia’s annual tax-free weekend.

The tax-free event began Friday and ended midnight Saturday, and allowed shoppers to be exempt from all state and local taxes on school associated items and clothing.

According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, exempted items included clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item; computers, computer components and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000 or less; and school supplies, art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less per item.

This year’s tax holiday brought several local shoppers who said they usually do not partake in the weekend event.

“We don’t usually go, it just sort of happened this way,” said Lyn Perrati, mother of LaGrange Academy sixth grade student, Jordan Perrati. “But this is a good time to go shopping. School doesn’t start until the 15th but we decided to go early because everything usually sells out. That’s one advantage of going this weekend before everything sells out.”

Callaway Elementary fifth-grader Bailey Haper’s parents aren’t typical tax-free weekend shoppers either, but found advantages of the weekend deal.

“We just decided to come this weekend and found some good deals,” said Bailey’s mother, Jackie Haper, while shopping in Staples.

The Hapers had found many of the items on Bailey’s supply list and hoping to find a nice computer desk for their home.

Students in the Troup County School System will return to school on Friday.