It’s not Black Friday; it’s the other widely celebrated shopping holiday.
Friday morning starts Oklahoma’s eighth annual tax-free weekend.
Like Black Friday targets shoppers for Christmas, tax-free weekend is for shoppers for the school year — specifically those seeking back-to-school clothes.
Various clothing items will be tax exempt throughout the weekend. The exemption doesn’t apply to school supplies or any individual items priced more than $100.
During the three-day reprieve, shoppers won’t pay local, county or state sales tax. Throughout the metro, sales tax amounts to a little more than 8 percent.
Last year, Oklahomans saved about $7.3 million during the holiday, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
The Legislature established the holiday in 2007. It was a measure to keep shoppers in state, said Paula Ross, a representative of the commission. People were driving to Texas to save money on sales tax.
In a win-win situation, retailers see more business, customers save money and government doesn’t lose revenue, Ross said. The bill that created the holiday also created a fund to reimburse lost tax dollars.
To encourage tax-free shoppers, retailers throughout the metro are supplementing savings with sales and promotions during the weekend.
Various merchants in Quail Springs Mall will have sales, said Jeanette Smith, who oversees the mall’s marketing.
Throughout the mall, people will distribute fliers listing many of the sales.
Quail Springs is giving out $15 in gift cards to every shopper who spends $115 throughout the weekend from noon until 4 p.m.
Hours will be extended during the holiday. Friday and Saturday, the mall will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday, it will be open 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City also will extend its hours and feature promotions.
It will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
The weekend also marks the opening of the Shoppes’ “Phase III;” various new stores are opening. These include Forever 21, Lids Locker Room and Toys ‘R’ US Express.
The retailer is providing free valet parking and a few celebrity appearances, including one by Dora the Explorer and a “Pretty Little Liars” cast member.