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State's final tax free weekend proves bittersweet for some


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It’s the final day of the last tax free weekend for North Carolinians, and crowds flocked to some Wilmington stores to catch all the good deals.

Shelves lined with notebooks, crayons, and pencils, aisles jammed pack with parents looking for bargains, and taxes nowhere to be found. All the ingredients needed for a successful back to school, tax free weekend.

"Real simple. We got everything we needed here.” shopper James Parker said. “We're in and out in less than an hour, so we're good.”

It’s good for more than one reason.

“It's always good when you don't have to pay taxes," Parker said.

Parker says the final tax free weekend is bittersweet for him and his family.

“Yeah, you know, we could have something from the state,” Parker said. “It's nice that we can do this. They should do this I feel but you know, sometimes they have to make hard decisions, and sometimes they have to take away things that help everybody.”

Another shopper says she likes the tax free weekend because it helps her parents, and in turn, helps her.
“That means she saves more money for us to go out to eat and buy more stuff,” shopper Lauren Monroe said.

But she was highly disappointed when she found out this is the last tax free weekend ever.

“Oh no, that would be pretty bad,” Lauren said. “That’s pretty bad.”

Her little brother says he is just excited to start the first grade.

“It is going to be very exciting in first grade, I hope so,” Jacob Monroe said.

Target spokesperson, Matt Merritt says getting rid of tax-free weekend could impact sales.

He says while there are no official plans for next year, he thinks the company will definitely have a special deal to make up for the lost holiday.

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