Local stores are beginning to prepare for this weekend’s tax-free holiday by offering extra discounts and incentives to shoppers.
From Friday through Sunday, qualifying merchandise including clothing, footwear, backpacks and school supplies costing less than $100 an item will not be subject to state or local sales taxes. As a result, the state comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers could save $78.9 million statewide.
The items that are exempt from state and local taxes are the same as in previous years, and shoppers will save about $8 for every $100 they spend, the office reported.
Mailers listing discounted specials at Golden Triangle Mall are on their way to 50,000 residents, and the mall plans to promote store savings through social media this week, said Matt Ludemann, the mall’s manager.
“We’re excited about it,” he said. “It’s always a great weekend to be included in the back-to-school season, and we anticipate strong traffic and strong sales.”
Some shopping centers in the area, like Rayzor Ranch Town Center, have posted deals online that include discounts beyond the tax-free items, such as meal deals at Mooyah Burgers and Cowboy Chicken.
Hours will be extended throughout the weekend at Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
At the JCPenney inside Vista Ridge Mall, there will be door-buster deals Friday from 3 p.m. to close and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a news release. Certain clothing items and backpacks will be on sale during this time, and there will coupons for discounts all weekend.
Local retailers are also amping up with specials to attract customers. At Small Fry Children’s Clothing, owner Nancy Cole is already letting customers put clothes on hold this week before purchasing this weekend. The store will offer special clearances — 30 percent to 50 percent off original prices on spring and summer clothes — and free 60-day layaway.
“It’s always clearance at this time, but then they get to save the tax, so it seems like that’s quite an incentive for quite a few people,” Cole said. “Of course, they’re going first for school supplies, but we always get a nice amount for the tax-free weekend.”
Here is a list of school supplies that are tax-exempt Friday through Sunday in Texas. To qualify as a tax-free purchase, each item must be priced less than $100. For a complete list of qualifying clothing, footwear and other items sold during the tax-free weekend, visit: http://bit.ly/NEIeKr .
Folders — expandable, pocket, plastic and manila
Glue, paste and paste sticks
Index card boxes
Markers (including dry erase markers)
Paper — loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
SOURCE: Texas Comptroller
The following is a list of back-to-school deals provided by local business owners: (The list will be updated, as businesses announce their deals.)
Friday Aug. 9 and Saturday Aug. 10 with extended store hours – store opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Kids will receive $10 haircuts and $25 eyeglasses at all the stores’ salons and optical.
The store will offer a free Customization Kit with purchase of a new backpack or pair of sneakers. Each kit includes a variety of craft materials to doodle, embellish and stylize kids’ new shoes and backpacks. Follow #MakeItYours on Instagram and Twitter to see pictures of customer’s creations.
Some of the deals announced includes:$7.99 for Arizona brand tees, juniors and guys (original price $14 – $16), $12.99 Arizona colored skinny jeans, juniors (original price $24) and $12.99 characters backpacks for kids (original price $30). Blockbuster deals begin 3 p.m. Friday to close time and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The store will also offer $20 off $100 purchase or more, $15 off $75 purchase or more, $10 off $50 purchase or more — on select apparel, shoes, accessories or fine jewelry.
For more information, visit http://www.jcpenney.com.
Fusion Hair Design
Offering 1/2 price kids haircuts (12 years and under) to anyone who donates school supplies. The staff will be collecting supplies to be donated to the Denton County Friends of the Family fromAug. 13-23.Walk in’s welcomed but, appointments are recommended. Fusion Hair Design is located at 1400 North Corinth St. Ste. 105 in Corinth. For more information, contact Angela Grubke at 940-497-6677.
Rayzor Ranch Marketplace
Here is a full list of stores offering specials during tax-free weekend.
Free haircuts for students will be provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 303. College students must show ID unless they are an existing client. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 214-306-3078.
Staples will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers get the needed school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, the first100 teachers (who are also Staples reward members) will receive a free shopping bag plus 20 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything they can fit in their bag, according to a company news release.
Teachers can also enter for a chance to win a $25 Staples gift card.
This event will take place at the Staples located at2315 Colorado Blvd., in Suite 160.
Vista Ridge Mall
Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville will open earlier and close later to accommodate shoppers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, the shopping center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
During tax-free weekend, Vista Ridge Mall and Christian Community Action of Lewisville (CCA) will ask individuals to stop and donate to the nonprofit’s Apple Tree, a back-to-school program that provides qualifying area students with items needed for the beginning of the school year. Representatives from CCA will be available in the Food Court.
For information, visit www.vistaridgemall.com.
Find & Save
For Denton area local deals visit the Find & Save website.