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The tax holiday means that when buying certain items like clothes and school supplies, the 9.25 % that's usually tacked on to your total, will read zero and the retailers are cashing in on the droves of shoppers that come from far and wide.
A little thunder and rain couldn't keep families from packing up the car and driving to Opry Mills....but getting around inside wasn t so easy.
"Oh my gosh, this is insanely crowded," said Susan Simmons, who was shopping for her twin daughters.
"Quite a lot of people," Karen Stein said. "Long, long lines."
They came by the thousands to take advantage of the tax holiday to buy everything their kids need to be ready for school.
"Clothes and shoes, pocket books, jewelry," Stein said.
"School supplies, computers, things of that nature," Simmons said.
Simmons said even though sales tax may not seem like much for one item, when it comes to family shopping, it really adds up.
"It really helps, especially when you have two like I do, twins," Simmons said. "So I've got to have two of everything, so it really comes in handy."
But the tax holiday is also helping many of Opry Mills retailers, like the Old Navy outlet that's cashing in on a big boost in in-store traffic.
"Almost ten-fold on Friday," said Bo Landry, the Tennessee market leader for Old Navy. "Today we're seeing a great increase and while I can't cover specific numbers, I can tell you we're very happy with the turnout this weekend."
Landry has been with the Old Navy company for seven years and saw Opry Mills through the worst of the historic May flood. The mall re-opened in late March, making this the first back to school craze at Opry Mills since 2009. Landry says, the mall is back and better than ever.
"To watch it open strong and to see this great tax-free weekend in comparison to the tax-free weekend before it closed, it's really a miracle to see all the customers come back and embrace the building," Landry said.
Whether you do your shopping at Opry Mills or any other retailer, you'll need to know which products qualify. You can find a full list of all the items that qualify on the Fox Links section of this website.
Sunday, August 5 2012, 06:25 PM CDT
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