Thousands shop for school supplies during tax free weekend
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina's tax free weekend is now officially over as hundreds of shoppers have their back-to-school shopping complete. Many parents took advantage of the extra savings on back to school items like notebooks, paper and pencils.
Many spent time in stores like Target pouring over those school shopping lists to make sure their students got the tools they needed to head back to school. Parents said it was worth waiting in longer lines to save money.
Store managers said their back to school section, clothing, bedding and linens as well as computers flew off stores shelves over the past few days. It is interesting to note that stores like Kate Spade in the Tanger Outlets were still charging tax on some items like handbags and wallets. Store employees said that was a decision handed down by corporate headquarters.
Nevertheless, stores were flooded with people, but they were prepared with extra workers. Target Store team leader Danielle Flores said, "We were pretty lucky that our second full weekend being open was tax free weekend. It's really been busy since we opened and it's carried into this back-to-school season, so I think that's been great for us and we've seen some overwhelming excitement and support from the community about the new Target."
Parents added that the weekend was somewhat chaotic. Parent Lisa Fitzgerald-Clayton said, "If you put something down don't expect to find it when you go back because my daughter found one book bag and she went back to go get it and it was gone. So I was like, 'put it in the cart next time'. You're dealing with a lot of everyone trying to get ready."
Store employees said their parking lots were full throughout the weekend. Some even had extended hours so customers could take advantage of those last minute sales.