Texas tax free weekend kicks off back to school shopping

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - It is back to school season in Texoma, and that means back to school shopping.

Customers got a sales tax holiday last weekend in Oklahoma and now it's Texas' turn.

"Just kind of gets me geared for school and ready to learn more," said shopper Jake Wright.

Wright is getting ready to head back to college for sophomore year and said tax free weekend came just in time.

"I'm a twin for instance, so me and my brother get double clothes before we go back so that's the really big part of it," Wright said.

Clothing items, shoes, school supplies or backpacks under $100 are included.

But for things like jewelry, watches or most sports apparel, you still have to pay state sales tax.

"We anticipate to be very busy," said JCPenney Cashier Supervisor Connie Yost.

Yost said lots of preparation goes into this weekend.

"We hire about 10 to 12 extra associates just to take care of our zoning," Yost said.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts expects shoppers will save around $102 million total in state and local sales taxes just this weekend.

Laurel E. Boutique Owner Emmi Wilson said it's also an opportunity to support local businesses.

"It's just a good way for people to come in, see new arrivals and not have to pay tax on it. So that's always exciting," Wilson said.

The Texas Comptroller said shoppers will save about $8 on every hundred they spend, a perk Wilson said benefits retailers too.

"Everyone just seems to have a warmer spirit in this season, so it's fun for all of us," Wilson said.

Tax free weekend starts Friday and goes through Sunday.