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July 24, 2005

Albany- In the next several weeks it will be back to the books for many students. Sending them back to the classroom can be costly. That's why the State of Georgia is holding their annual Sales Tax Free Holiday beginning Thursday.

The shelves are stocked with binders, scissors, and pencils as students dreams of summer vacations fade into the latest fashion trends and supplies they need for the new school year. To get those supplies you may have to fight the crowds starting Thursday.

"Everybody's waiting for the tax free weekend," said Samantha High, Beall's Outlet Supervisor. Georgia's Sales Tax Free Holiday runs Thursday through Sunday and many stores are calling for reinforcements.

"It will be busy, we'll get a rush," said High. The sales tax break includes some big ticket items, like computers, laptops, and calculators.

"We're window shopping, comparing prices today and we will wait to take advantage of the tax free," said Sandra McKinney of Cordele. The McKinney's have two students in college who come home weekends looking for a computer to use. With two tuition's to pay, every bit helps. "I think it's a wonderful idea, hopefully for a lot of consumers to have the extra edge of having a little extra money in their pocket, particularly when it's time to go back to school," said Lonnie McKinney of Cordele.

"We've had a few come in and they're like, we'll hold off until tax free," said High.

The holiday also includes clothing and other items. "School uniforms, ties, dress clothes, accessories like pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, shoes, different items," said High.

"The list that they give out for preschool is a very short list, mainly clothes for him, crayons, things like that," said Felecia Sykes, her grandson Leetavious Davis will start preschool.

Despite the size of the list we found many consumers out shopping that say they just can't afford not to wait until Thursday.

"Yeah it does, any break helps," said Sykes.

In order to qualify to be a sales tax exemption, individual clothing items must be under $100 and school supplies must be under $20. Clothing means any article of wearing apparel, including shoes. Many of the stores we stopped by have a list of supplies your student may need and exactly what is tax exempt in the store.

Georgia's Sales Tax Exempt Holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will run through midnight Sunday, July 31.

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