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Shoppers take advantage of tax holiday
by Zack Steen
Jul 26, 2014 | 58 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anzley Newman carries her family's shopping bag full of back-to-school clothes on Saturday at Belk's in Corinth. Newman will begin her school career as a pre-k student in Walnut next month.
Anzley Newman carries her family's shopping bag full of back-to-school clothes on Saturday at Belk's in Corinth. Newman will begin her school career as a pre-k student in Walnut next month.
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Crossroads area residents looking to save a buck shopped till they dropped this weekend as Mississippi held ira annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday.

Corinth Commons and South Gate Shopping Center were both crowded during the two-day event. Shoppers had a hard time finding a parking spot in front of Belk’s on Cass Street.

Corinth mother Angela Swanson stopped by the department store around noon Saturday to pick up her daughter, Aubrey, some new Yellow Box shoes.

“Tax free weekend is nice. It helps quite a bit,” said Swanson. “We did some shopping in Tupelo on Friday and it wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be.”

Young Aubrey, who got to pick out a new backpack during the savings weekend, will start the fifth grade at Corinth Middle School next week.

“I’m not really looking forward to school starting back,” said Aubrey. “I wish it would stay summer.”

Aubrey said she was looking forward to working on her new MacBook Air laptop computer when school kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 7. Corinth School District’s new eMerge technology program will place a MacBook Air laptop computer or Apple iPad in the hands of every sixth-twelfth grade student.

Several Corinth department stores offered special sales and other offers on top of the savings of not paying sales tax. Belk’s was one of a few stores that even extended their open hours to help out their customers.

During the statewide two-day Sales Tax Holiday, sales tax wasn't charged on clothing and footwear items, meant to be worn next to the body and cost less than $100 per item.

Shoes, computers, school supplies, jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches and backpacks did not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday.
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