Tax-free holiday enjoyed by shoppers/merchants

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Shoppers and merchants alike are enjoying the annual, two-day sales tax-free holiday across Mississippi which began on Friday. For 48 hours, the state is allowing consumers to purchase many items, such as clothing and shoes priced under $100, without having to pay a 7-percent sales tax.

Shoppers are taking advantage of the holiday, by stocking up on school uniforms for their children, while merchants are enjoying the extra business the tax-free holiday is bringing to their stores.

"Anytime you can save money buying clothes, especially for kids at school, it's always good to save money," said shopper Dmitri Parker, who was picking up school clothes Friday for his child at Petal's Tropical Glamour store.

"Tax-free holiday, since it started, has actually boosted our business," said Cynthia Holland, owner of Tropical Glamour. "A lot of people wait until the last weekend when it is tax-free in July, just before school starts, to do all their school shopping, so it really brings the people out," Holland said.

The tax-free holiday ends at midnight Saturday.

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