East Texans Hit The Shopping Centers For Sales Tax Holiday

The first day of school is just a couple weeks way for many East Texas students. That means it's time to get that back to school shopping done. Shoppers hit the malls early this morning for the state's annual Sales Tax Holiday.   At Target, we met two sisters, who woke up this morning with shopping on their minds.

When the doors opened at 8:00 a.m. this morning, Ruthie and Karen Ware were one of the first people to walk through.   Karen is shopping today for her 10-year-old granddaughter who is just about to start 6th grade. Ruthie is helping out.

"What we do is we go half and half, and so we get two of everything, and so that's what we do because we want her to look pretty," said Ruthie.   With so much to choose from, Ruthie and Karen move fast.   Target says this is one of its biggest weekends bringing in thousands of people just like Ruthie and Karen.

"First of all, the guests it's tax free," said Store Manager Larry Edwards. "The tax rate is 8 and a quarter percent, so they are going to save 8 and a quarter on there purchases, and it's back to school time. It's time to get your kids ready for school." Karen's granddaughter is going to be ready for school with a cart full of clothes.

"She loves skirts, so we got about four or five skirts and some of the shorts above the knee and we also are going to get some shoes," said Ruthie.   Just like that, with no sales tax, back to school shopping is done, and with a little extra money in the pocket.

"We are set for the school year, yes we are," said Ruthie.   You don't have to get all your shopping done today like Ruthie and Karen did. The sales tax holiday runs through Sunday. Target has normal business hours this weekend, but the mall here has extended hours. It closes today at 10:00 p.m. and then is open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. On Sunday it's open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you'd like to see what items are tax free and what are not, go to our homepage and click on the Know More on 7 link and go to Sales Tax Holiday.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com