ARDMORE, Okla. -- Oklahoma is preparing for the biggest sales event the state has ever seen- sales tax-free weekend, and it kicked off Friday.
This time last year, Ardmore clothing store owners were paying taxes out of their own pocket for their version of the tax-free weekend. Now thanks to new legislation, the entire state can shop tax free for the weekend, and owners couldn't be happier.
"People shopped last year early because they wanted to keep the money at home for back to school, but this year I can see the change.. It’s nice to see people enjoy the day and save money and I’m enjoying the traffic" said The Buckle district manager Toni McBride.
Local state officials are happy as well. State Senator Johnnie Crutchfield, one of the bills biggest backers, feels this event was a long time coming.
"For us it’s a great help having businesses and citizens and for the people with children. Some of the opposition in Oklahoma City and Tulsa couldn’t understand the point and compare to Durant and Ardmore this has been a long time coming and will be very good." said Crutchfield
The sales tax holiday will last through Sunday, and some Oklahoma residents can turn around and still shop next week in Texas for their tax-free weekend.