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South Georgians take advantage of tax-free shopping

July 28, 2005

Albany-- With three days of tax-free shopping to go, stores are constantly working to keep school supplies on the shelves. The statewide sales tax holiday started Thursday and runs through Sunday.

"We've had people come in ever since six and seven o'clock."

You can buy school supplies and some computers and clothes without paying sales tax. And, that has parents packing stores to get their kids ready to head back to class.

Shoppers race to catch back-to-school bargains at Target, during the state's four-day sales tax holiday.

Shopper Lisa Burke said, "I totally forgot about it until I walked in the door, and I thought this is a good day to buy."

Employees are feverishly filling empty bins. "I got here about 7:30, and we've been pushing tubs like that all day long, keeping this refilled," said Target Employee Tanya Jones.

"We've waited for today to start buying everything," said Linda Zimmerman

The Zimmermans are visiting family in Albany but not even a visit to grandmother's house, could keep Elaina from shopping for the coolest new school stuff. "I'm really interested in dogs, so I mostly like stuff with dogs on them," Elaina Zimmerman said.

And mom doesn't mind buying those more expensive specialty folders knowing that once they get to the cash register, they get a break. How much does she expect to save in all because of the tax-free days? "About $100."

And with savings like that, the store is expecting huge crowds over the weekend. "Tomorrow morning, they're going to knock down the doors, I already know it," said Target Employee Tanya Jones. "Eight o'clock they run in here like we're giving something away back here, but it's o-kay because we enjoy seeing it."

For most students in south Georgia, school starts the first week of August.


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