Tax Free Weekend Begins Across the State

By Audrey Castoreno
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Aisles were filled with shoppers looking to take advantage on the Tax Free Weekend incentives. Stores have prepared weeks in advance for one of their busiest shopping weekends.

"We're expecting a much busier weekend than what we've seen in the weeks past. About a 30% traffic increase," Target Store Team Leader, Lisa Bennett, said.

Shoppers advised to shop early and come prepared with lists in hand of what they need when they go out to tackle sales.

"Tax free is basically all clothing, most of the stationary office supply type stuff. They can go on to the State Comptroller's website and get that information to get an exact list," Bennett said.

Parents who were out tackling the first day of Tax Free Weekend had no problems finding what they needed.

"There's just a lot of good sales. There's lots of under a dollar that I'm enjoying," Tax Free Weekend Shopper, Summer Lahue, said.

"You save money and I'm into saving money. I am a single parent so that helps," Tax Free Weekend Shopper, Jessica Jimenez, said.

However, we did find some people who vowed to stay far from stores this weekend.

"I'm going to avoid Wal-Mart and any place like that cause I know it's going to be a mad house," Shopper, John Wolf, said.

"I'm trying to avoid it because I'm not really into the hustle and bustle of standing in line and waiting forever," Shopper, Megan King, said.

But the sales and tax exemption are too good for many to pass by despite lines.

"If there's crowds, oh well. I know I'm going to get a good deal so it's worth it," Lahue said.