Starting Friday, local shoppers can save some extra bucks when purchasing items like sneakers, socks, underwear and jackets — just to name a few.
The Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday cuts shoppers a break during back-to-school season, exempting certain clothing and shoe purchases from sales tax.
Shopper Diana Phelps plans to take advantage of the tax-free weekend.
“I do it every year,” she said. “My grandson needs shoes and clothes for school.”
According to tax.ok.gov, the annual sales tax holiday will start at 12:01 a.m. Friday and end at midnight on Aug. 4. Qualified items are exempt from state, city, county and local municipality sales taxes. Retailers are required to participate and may not collect state and local sales or use tax on most footwear and clothing items that are sold for less than $100 during the weekend.
For Dina Seward, owner of Bookcase Uniforms, 1922 Cache Road, it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year.
“A lot of people wait for the tax-free weekend to do their school shopping,” she said Friday in the store.
Seward also is offering 15% off all items through the back-to-school season.
“With the tax-free weekend, that’s a really good deal,” she said.
Bookcase carries uniforms in a variety of styles and colors — in keeping with Lawton Public Schools requirements — in sizes ranging from 2T to 5X.
Seward encouraged shoppers to stop by the store this week to try on uniforms and create a hold list. They can then return to the store over the weekend to purchase their list when the items are tax exempt. She also said the store has options for more than back-to-school shoppers.
“A lot of people in town who work in restaurants can save a few dollars that weekend buying their uniforms here,” Seward said. “I’ve got adult sizes, basic black pants — something for everyone.”
JCPenney also is doubling up on savings for shoppers with its Super Saturday sale, which usually falls the same weekend as the tax holiday.
Store manager Cayce Vickers said a number of items are buy one, get one free, including kids’ polos, junior’s pants and Arizona brand denim. All Nike items will be 20% off, and various doorbuster sales will be available throughout the store.
“For us, this is just a preview of how the holidays are going to go,” Vickers said of the shopping frenzy expected next weekend.
JCPenney, 200 SW C, in Central Mall, hires 15 to 20 temporary associates for the back-to-school shopping season, Vickers said. She advised shoppers show up earlier in the weekend or be prepared to order items online if the store is sold out.
“We’re already starting to get picked over on uniform sizes,” Vickers said. “If you need to order online, make sure you have at least a handful of things to get you through first few days of school.”
Vickers also said the store is sold out of clear backpacks. All LPS schools will require students to carry clear or mesh backpacks, starting with the 2019-20 school year.
“We’re working on getting a few more clear bags, but we do have mesh backpacks left,” she said.
Vickers said though it can get a bit hectic, her team enjoys helping local families find just what they need in time for the new school year.
“It’s busy, but it’s always a fun weekend,” she said.
For more information, visit tax.ok.gov.