Metro-area retailers prepare for annual tax-free weekend
Retailers are preparing for the annual state sales tax holiday, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and runs through midnight Sunday. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 must be sold tax-free.
Many parents use the time to stock up on T-shirts, jeans and sneakers for their children. But other items are included, such as diapers, baby blankets, costumes, coats and jackets, lab coats, rainwear, uniforms and wedding apparel, as long as the item costs less than $100. For a complete list, visit www.tax.ok.gov/stholiday.html.
Not included are special clothing or footwear for sports, accessories including jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, and clothing or shoe rentals, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Area malls and stores are planning back-to-school events to coincide with the sales tax holiday.
The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free valet parking will be offered to shoppers from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Activities include the CBS Buzz Tour, Jana Kramer concert (1 p.m. Sunday), money madness machine and AAA membership special from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.