Tax-free weekend just around the corner

Local department stores and shops are preparing for a crazy weekend on August 19, 20 and 21 - the state’s annual tax holiday. Wal-Mart Manager Gary Flecher believes his store is ready for the chaotic weekend. Fletcher stated, “The Wal-Mart home office ships supplies along with items the local store has ordered including back-to-school items and tons of other items that shoppers can save on.” Fletcher also stated, “We are doing something a bit different this year. We will hold the store open all night Thursday, and at 12:01 a.m. shoppers can get a jump start on shopping tax free.” He continued to say that as far as a increase in sales goes, “We will see how things go. We hope so but, it really depends on the weekend it falls on usually.” The manager of United Supermarket, Theron Baker, said this time of the year is “normally a little slower.” United Supermarket still offers some back-to-school supplies and few clothing items. This year’s Tax Free Weekend will be the first for Pink Cadillac, located at 225 North Main in Borger. Owner Connie Englund stated, “The store will be successful and should also increase in sales.” Englund said, “I have tried to stock inventory with the latest styles of clothing, shoes, and accessories at affordable prices.” The store will be selling clothing such as shoes, jeans, tops, and jackets. Englund also said there are lunch totes, back packs, and purses to choose from. A few more items listed as tax free include baby clothes, backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students, belts with attached buckles, boots - cowboy, hiking, caps/hats - baseball, fishing, golf, knitted, coats and wraps, diapers - adult and baby, dresses, gloves (generally), gym suits and uniforms, hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts, hosiery, jackets, jeans, jerseys - baseball and football, jogging apparel, neckwear and ties, pajamas, pants and trousers, raincoats and ponchos, robes, shirts, shoes - sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking, socks (including athletic), shorts, suits, slacks, and jackets, sweatshirts, sweat suits, sweaters, swimsuits, underclothes, work clothes and uniforms, and all school supplies if priced less than $100. Items that will be taxed are accessories (generally) - barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches, backpacks - unless for use by elementary and secondary students, baseball cleats and pants, belt buckles (without belt), boots - climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders, buttons and zippers, cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics, dry cleaning services, football pants, golf gloves, handbags and purses, handkerchiefs, hard hats, helmets - bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports, ice skates, jewelry, laundering services, leather goods - except belts with buckles and wearing apparel, pads - football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder, personal flotation devices, rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes), roller blades and skates, safety clothing, glasses, Shoes - bicycle (cleated), bowling, and golf.