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David Uniform's Operations Manager Patsy Griffin sorts through some of the local school spirit shirts in preparation for the annual Sales Tax Holiday taking place today through midnight, Saturday.

By Brandon Ward

bward@themeridianstar.com

    As the beginning of a new school year draws closer, many shoppers are expected to hit the stores for one of the biggest back to school shopping events of the year.    

    The annual Sales Tax Holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. today and ends at midnight Saturday.

    Shoppers are looking to save as much money as possible this weekend, as most back to school transactions under $100 will be free of state taxes.

    Patsy Griffin, the operations manager for David's Uniforms located in Bonita Lakes Mall, said their business will have various uniform packages under the $100 limit.     

    "We have a back to school package we are running this weekend," Griffin said. "It costs $98 and will consist of polo shirts, shorts, pants, and a skort option for girls. We also have an option for customers who want to get an early start on winter, by having long sleeve shirts in some of the packages."

    Griffin said she expects this weekend will bring a noticeable increase in sales.

    "A lot of people wait to do their back to school shopping for this weekend," Griffin said. "You have a lot of parents already making a budget for what they are looking to spend. So we are looking forward to a strong sales weekend. We have already seen that our traffic level has increased."

    Griffin predicts today will be the busiest shopping day, since some customers are afraid items will quickly sell out.

    Medical scrubs and spirit shirts that some students are able wear on Fridays are included in the tax exemption.  

    Griffin said there are items they sell that are not included in the tax exemption, including backpacks, totes, pom poms, rain boots and jewelry.

    Other items such as school supplies, computers, sports equipment, and watches do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday.

    During the Sales Tax Holiday, David's Uniforms will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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