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Locals took advantage of tax-free

Local retailers reported a successful weekend as locals took advantage of the 13th annual sales tax free holiday.

It was a great opportunity to buy items such as school supplies, clothing and even diapers for local children without paying sales tax. The state, Escambia County, Brewton, East Brewton and Flomaton waived sales tax Friday-Sunday.

Exempt items included:

• Clothing priced at $100 or less per article of clothing;

• School supplies valued at $50 per item;

• Books that cost $30 or less per book

• Tablets, laptops, computers with a price of $750 or less.

Locals in Walmart took advantage of buying school supplies for their children as the school year draws near. “Anytime you save money, it’s a good thing being able to save a few dollars. It also benefits the children and the teachers as well,” Shilah Routley and Trudie Blackmon said.

“We had a great sales tax weekend selling school supplies and our school uniforms. I feel we had a higher participation this year than last year,” Chuck McCall, Wal-Mart store manager, said.

There were also big sales on the shoes and clothes in Hibbett Sports, where locals were taking advantage of shoes. “People are able to purchase our back to school clothes, shoes and other sales we have going on throughout the entire weekend,” Katie Ward, team member, said.

“It was very fast paced, we sold a lot of little kid shoes and football cleats. The weekend went smooth and great,” Tiffany Hable, Hibbett Sports manager, said.

There were also great sale opportunities at Goody’s and Factory Connection for the locals on clothes and other items. “Our sales was good for the holiday, had more customers than usual and the sales was just awesome,” Dianna Rudolph, Goody’s manager said.

In Factory Connection, locals were also able to take advantage of the great sales that were happening in the store for the weekend. “At Factory Connection the locals were able to buy a bunch of school clothes it was something to keep some of the locals in town instead of going out of town,” Allison Clark said.

“We had a great weekend where we had a few people come and bought a few items,” Jenny Clark, of Weavers said.

“It was a great weekend for the sales tax holiday because we sold everything including; jewelry, shoes and clothing, Mallory Stanley, Talula Belles store manager, said.