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August 8, 2010

Tax break equals big sales day

Holiday continues Sunday

STILLWATER, Okla. — Shoppers preparing for fall and the new school year flooded some Stillwater stores this weekend to take advantage of the Oklahoma sales tax holiday.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending at midnight today, Oklahoma shoppers can purchase certain clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 sales-tax free.

The state legislature approved the holiday during the 2007 session to boost the economy.

“We picked up yesterday with a great start,” Belks Store Manager Jason Teagle said. “A lot of people are shopping for the kids but also for themselves as well.”

Teagle said the sales-tax holiday applied to about half the products sold at the Stillwater store, and the holiday caused this week to be the biggest sales week of the month for the store.  He said some customers had been coming in from surrounding towns such as Perry and Ponca City.

“They (consumers) had it in their head and wanted to come in and shop,” Teagle said. “They’re already stocking up for the fall season if you can believe it.”

Leslie Baker and her kids Samantha, 14, and Adam, 15, said they saved money by trying to get their fall clothes and school clothes this weekend.

“We always try to get ready for the school year,” Baker said.

Stillwater High School student Jazmyn Cabe said she went shopping for new school clothes both Friday and Saturday night to take advantage of the sales-tax holiday.

The Rue 21 store on North Perkins Road stayed open late Friday night to accomodate the increase in sales and had customers waiting for it to open  Saturday morning, Store Manager Sarah Hixson said.

“It’s a great increase into Sunday,” she said. “People really come out.”

The sales-tax holiday did not apply to school supplies, accessories or special clothing or shoes designed primarily for athletic activity or protection like steel-toed boots.

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