Oklahoma's retail tax holiday is luring shoppers with a brief tax break on select items over the weekend.
The holiday, which began Friday, will last through Sunday. Tax-exempt items are limited to clothing and footwear that cost less than $100.
Some items, like jewelry, handbags and other accessories, are not included in the tax-exempt status. All retailers in the state are required to forego sales tax on the exempt items during the holiday weekend.
Several shoppers at Penn Square Mall on Friday were looking for back-to-school clothing. Debbye Rosen and her granddaughter, Chelsea Grant, said lines hadn't been as long as they anticipated, but parking was still difficult.
Others, like Tira Vinson and her two sons, won't be limiting their shopping to one mall, and planned to visit the Outlet Shoppes and Burlington Coat Factory for back-to-school wear.
“At least that's the plan,” she said, laughing.
Shoppers will spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Most of that will be spent on apparel and accessories, according to the federation's survey.
Some families are taking advantage of the savings to purchase other needed goods.
Stacy Gerken, along with her husband and children were mostly shopping for back-to-school clothes, but said she'd like to also purchase backpacks and a watch with the money she's saving on the clothing items.
Penn Square Mall, Quail Springs Mall and Sooner Mall in Norman are offering extended hours during the weekend. Some stores in the Outlet Shoppes — extended their hours as well to accommodate tax holiday shoppers.
With the extended hours, “shoppers can make the most out of the special shopping incentives offered from our large selection of popular retailers,” Penn Square Mall Manager Jeff Dozier said.
For some, the event was a chance to spend time with family.
Raeann Spurlock and her granddaughters came to Oklahoma City from Lawton and Okemah to shop at several different stores from Shoe Carnival to Wal-Mart and the mall.