School supplies, backpacks among exempt items for tax-free weekend

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- For a lot of Texoma kids, school starts next week.

And that means back to school shopping for supplies and new clothes.

"This is the best weekend to shop, you know, school starts next Thursday," said Sherman JCPenney general manager Terry Anderson.

He calls this the black Friday of the summer.

"We expect to be very busy, we've got all hands on deck to help our customers...we get try to get them through the lines just as fast we can," Anderson said.

Lillian Phillips is going into 8th grade at Colbert Middle School.

Her grandma took her and her sister on a back to school shopping spree.

"I got six pairs of clothes, she got four. And I got these awesome converse that I want to wear forever," Phillips said.

She said shopping makes her excited for school.

"Showing everybody like my sense of style...I was supposed to get 5, but I got 6. So it's a lot better," Phillips said.

Aside from some clothing, the holiday includes things like backpacks and school supplies as long as each item is under $100.

But be careful what you pick, items like tennis shoes are exempt while sports cleats are not.

"Its gonna be busy. Not just Texas, near Oklahoma. So there's gonna be a lot of residents from Oklahoma coming to shop," said Academy assistant manager Douglas Hotalen.

As for Phillips, she's content with her new clothes to sport next week at school.

"This super cute dress with this plaid shirt, its great," Phillips said.

Tax-free weekend goes through Sunday.

State officials said Texas shoppers will save about $90 million.