Gary Dinges / Austin-American Statesman – Bargain hunters of all ages swarmed Central Texas stores Friday, the first day of the state’s tax-free weekend.
Through Sunday, retailers aren’t charging state and local sales taxes on most clothing and school supplies priced less than $100. In most cities, including Austin, that means shoppers will save 8.25 cents for each dollar they spend.
Over the course of the three-day weekend, the state comptroller’s office estimates Texans will save $82.7 million.
At the Tech Ridge JCPenney, located at 12351 N. Interstate 35 in North Austin, shoppers showed up as early as 9 a.m. The store was ready, manager Melanie Wergin said, with all merchandise in the stockroom moved to the sales floor, extra registers and additional employees, including some seasonal workers hired specifically for back-to-school season.