Shoppers, stores gear up for tax free weekend


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ll probably have to get in line at many of your favorite stores, as shoppers will be out and about for North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday this weekend.

Stores like Target say this weekend is one of their biggest of the year, and it could mean big savings for you.

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“All hands on deck for us here during this busy weekend,” said Erica Rodgers, the Executive Team Leader at the Target store in Wilmington.

You might feel a bit better when you look at your sales receipt this weekend.

With the first day of school right around the corner, many parents will be out shopping for supplies, taking advantage of tax free weekend across the state.

“Tax free weekend is probably up there in our top three holidays as far as businesswise and how busy we’re going to be,” Rodgers said.

But not everything in stores is tax free. Taxed items include cosmetics, jewelry and e-readers among others. Meanwhile most items, like school supplies, computers and clothes are tax free up to certain price limits.

Click here for the full list of tax free items

“I’m going to be buying lots of the pretty dresses that I just saw, that my husband wouldn’t let me buy just now,” shopper Kim Bageant said. “And I’m going to buy lots of clothes for my little girl.”

The sales holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning and runs until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The event is a positive for shoppers and businesses alike.

“Our sales forecast is definitely higher than it was last year, so by going off that, we do expect more guest traffic with that,” Rodgers said.

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