Mid-Southerners stock up on school supplies during tax holiday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-Southerners stock up on school supplies during tax holiday

(WMC-TV) - The weekend tax holiday had shoppers in Arkansas and Tennessee trekking to stores in droves Saturday.

Parents said tax-free shopping is the way to go on the cusp of the school year.

"We've really waited for this weekend to do the majority of our shopping," said parent Ashley Rougeou.

Colonial Road Target manager Chris Bedokis told Action News 5 how most people were cashing in.

"Definitely school supplies," said Bedokis.  "That is really the mainstay."

Arkansas and Tennessee have three tax-exempt categories:  school supplies, clothing and computers.  Mississippi's tax holiday was last weekend.

Bedokis said this could be the best opportunity to buy the new iPad 2.  Some are buying it for immediate use, while others are waiting for Christmas.

"They are part of the state's tax-exempt list," said Bedokis.

Though Saturday is the busiest day of the tax-free weekend, Bedokis said Sunday is no slouch.

"Sunday will wrap it up," he said.  "Anybody who hasn't come out and taken advantage of the tax-free savings Friday and Saturday, Sunday is the day."

Some parents said the key to the tax-free weekend is one-stop shopping.

"I go exactly by the list," said parent Andrelena Rosser.

Bedokis said he is restocking his store nightly to keep up with the back to school blowout.

The tax-free holiday ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday for both Arkansas and Tennessee.

For a full list of tax-exempt items, visit the I Saw it on Action News 5 page.

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