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Tax-free weekend provides welcome break for consumers

Aug 07, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor There were plenty of shoppers in area clothing stores Saturday and Sunday taking advantage of the sales tax-free weekend to purchase back-to-school clothes, and also some clothes for those too old or young to be students.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

When Iowa’s tax-free weekend (on clothes, shoes, etc.) was passed by the Iowa Legislature, its intent was to give Iowans a tax break as they did their back-to-school shopping.

Always the first weekend in August, the tax-free weekend not only has achieved its intent but also has drawn shoppers from nearby states to spend their money in the Hawkeye State.

Ryanne Wood was one of those out-of state shoppers this weekend. The Canton, Mo., resident was scouting the racks at Peeble’s Department Store in Mt. Pleasant.

“I’ve known about it (tax-free weekend) and didn’t purposely come for it, but it was a bonus,” Wood said. She also said the tax savings will probably encourage her to purchase more items than usual. I really like the idea of a tax-free weekend.”

Although the weekend’s intent is the purchase of back-to-school clothes, those shopping last weekend weren’t only shopping for kids and grandchildren but also themselves. Many mothers said they wait until tax-free weekend to buy the bulk of their children’s school clothes.

Kelsey Field of Mt. Pleasant said she was “just looking around. Tax-free weekend is a big incentive, and I am looking for both my daughter and myself. I think the tax-free weekend is a good idea, and I buy a lot of clothes for both of us during the weekend.”

The only reason Katie Snyder was shopping was because of no sales tax. “I buy quite a bit for myself, usually clothing. It is a good weekend to do your shopping.”

Sales Associate Deb Beggs of Peeble’s said that traffic picked up at the store on Saturday. Not only was that due to the lack of sales tax, but the store had a 50-percent off sale on most clothing.

“We have a good increase of business today,” Beggs said. “Today, I’ve seen a lot of mothers with school children. We’ve been selling mostly clothes, a lot of jeans. You can save quite a bit without the tax. I think the 50-percent sale has helped, too. That way you can double your savings.”

Joe and Linda Keeber of Mt. Pleasant were shopping for a son and numerous grandchildren. Joe had even sneaked a pair of shoes for himself in the cart.

“We try to do most of our back-to-school shopping this weekend. No taxes help a lot,” Linda said.

Joe said the couple will spend well over $100 during the weekend and most of it will be spent at Peebles. “When you consider the 50 percent off, it is an added bonus.”

Once the weekend is over, he said they “will be close to done” with back-to-school shopping.

And the Keebers undoubtedly were joined by many others who wrapped up their back-to-school shopping over the weekend.

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