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Pine Belt gears up for no tax holiday

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the second year in a row the state is offering a no tax holiday.

Mostly clothes and shoes qualify for the sales tax holiday. Schools supplies, accessories and items worn for school sports are not included.  Visit http://www.dor.ms.gov/docs/sales_salestaxholidayguide.pdf to see a full list of items eligible for the sales tax holiday.

Several venders in the Pine Belt said this is a great opportunity for parents to save on back-to-school wear.

As people entered the Turtle Creek Mall in Hattiesburg Monday signs were posted to remind shoppers about the upcoming tax-free weekend. General Manager Bryan Leblac said this coming weekend is a perfect time to save money while shopping.

"It's just going to be bring a lot of crowd," Leblac said. He added, "People are going to be able to come out and shop and get a little bit of a discount on their school appeal. We will be extending hours on Friday to 10 p.m. and opening up earlier on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Cynthia Holland, owner of the Tropical Glamour Tanning Salon Clothing Boutique in Petal agreed.

Holland said, "Last year, we didn't know what to expect. It was the first year and people were waiting in the parking lot at 5:30 a.m. We had a packed house all day, both days and were open to late that night with our shoppers as well."

Both venders said they are expecting to see people shopping this coming weekend like never before.

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