Updated 08/02/2012 02:26 PM
Stores and shoppers prepare for sales tax holiday
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RALEIGH – The sales tax holiday weekend kicks off this Friday, and shoppers are ready to save. It's considered one of the biggest sales of the year where people can save money while getting their kids ready to head back to school.
"We save for it,” said shopper Tegra Dodge. “It's a huge help. My husband's on call, so his income isn't guaranteed. We need it a lot.”
As a mother of two, she's stocking up on school supplies. But parents who have their kids in year-around schools say they wish the sale was earlier. Stacey Ojala is one of those parents.
“I have to plan a little bit, so I just wait a few weeks and get them their supplies and clothes for the year a little later," said Ojala.
But the sale is more than just clothes and things for school. People can save more than $100 on a new laptop computer. Stores say they are ready for the crowds.
"It's a three day Black Friday,” said Best Buy Supervisor Ryan Piggie. “It's a very fun event and very busy.”
"We make sure we have everything in stock,” said Target Supervisor Aaron Todd. “We have plenty of cashiers here to keep lines at a minimum.”
Exempt items include clothing, footwear and school supplies less $100. Computers and some tablets less than $3,500 are also exempt. Furniture, jewelry and all other electronics are not exempt. For a full list of the exemptions, visit the NC Department of Revenue website.