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Local Shoppers Take Advantage of Tax-Free Weekend

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's that time of year again; Texas' annual tax-free weekend kicked off Friday and it's one of the most anticipated weekends for shoppers and retailers.

"We are so excited for tax-free weekend," Lyndsey Kees, Director of Marketing for Midland Park Mall, said. "We just expect to see a full parking lot and shoppers with a lot of bags in hand."

"It's gonna be ridiculous," Jordan Trimmell, an employee with Zumiez, said.

Items like clothes, shoes, backpacks and even school supplies are tax exempt this weekend only.

For every $100 spent, you save about $8.

Retailers say they're slashing prices to bring in even more sales.

"On top of their tax-free, they have special discounts going on, lots of 40%, 50%, buy one get one," Kees said.

"Since it's back to school, people are buying outfits so they're definitely buying pants and shoes together and socks and stuff," Trimmell said.

For some shoppers, the weekend is a back-to-school tradition.

"We love tax-free because it helps out with the cost," Stacy Mason said.

It's also a new adventure for others.

"This is my first time actually doing tax-free weekend," Sindy Rios said. "I usually don't do it because I know it gets real packed."

Sally Gonzales is also a first timer and said so far, so good.

"We've not had any trouble finding sizes, styles, colors," Gonzales said. "I'm not spending as much as I thought I would so the budget I had, I don't really need it."

As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm so shoppers are encouraged to do the same.

"Try to come when the mall opens, know what you want, try not to meander around because you're probably not gonna get what you want," Trimmell said.

"We're going to have food and games and back-to-school activities, it's going to be a lot of fun," Kees said.

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