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August 1, 2002

by Ashley Harper

There's no doubt where Jackie Figeroa will be this weekend. You'll find her at Valdosta's Colonial mall, taking advantage of Georgia's tax free weekend. 

"I have three boys so its alot of shopping to do and the tax free weekend will help me out alot," says Figeroa. 

At the end of each summer, Jackie and her children head to the mall to shop for back to school items.  But this shopping trip will be a little more cost efficient. 

"The average household will save anywhere from $300 to $500," says Greg Small, Sears manager.

But consumers aren't the only one's benefiting from tax-free shopping.

"Some of the big computer retailers last year saw a 100 fold increase in sales," says Representative Ron Borders.

Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, and are bringing in extra employees to provide the best in customer service.

"We'll be staffed like its Christmas in July," says Small.

And retailers expect this year's crowd to be bigger than ever, since shopping in Florida won't be tax free. 

"We'll retain those dollars in Valdosta because people will be coming up from Florida and our other border communities," says Borders.

With back to school being less than a month away, state officials and retailers hope this weekend will kick off a great year for Georgia schools and businesses. 

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