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Shoppers swarm stores for tax-free holiday savings
No tax added on clothing, computers, school supplies sold Friday through Saturday
Families fill the school supplies aisle at Wal-Mart on Friday afternoon taking advantage of the tax-free holiday that runs through today.

The Henry family showed up at the Gainesville Target Friday morning to find some back-to-school deals. Shopping with nephew Xander Sherwen, 11, in tow, they bought clothes, pens, pencils, lunch boxes.

And, owls.

Six-year-old Alee Henry is enamored of the big-eyed night dwellers. Mom Melissa Henry fished an iridescent, stuffed owl out of the red buggy.

Like the Henrys, shoppers from all over the state swarmed stores for clothing, computers and school supplies, taking advantage of a back-to-school tax-free holiday that kicked off in the early morning hours Friday. They can continue to take advantage of the tax-free sales today, which cover numerous items including clothing, school supplies and computers. View a full of tax-free items here.

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget estimated that the two-day holiday will save Georgians up to $73 million.

“Georgia’s back-to-school tax-free holiday is designed to afford hard-working families and students an opportunity to save money on essential school items, clothing and technology,” said Gov. Nathan Deal in a news release.

In addition, shoppers will get a break from road construction this weekend to go along with the sales tax suspension.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced it will suspend construction-related closures within five miles of all shopping malls or major shopping districts and on all interstates and major routes until 10 p.m. Saturday.

In Hall County, school starts next Friday.

Gainesville City Schools kicks off the year on Wednesday.

The Henry family of Clarkesville said they showed up in Gainesville Friday to shop for the same reason that the Houston family said they did.

“There’s just nowhere to shop where we live,” said Dahlonega resident Heather Houston, who bought school supplies for daughter Kayleigh, 7, at Target. She pushed 9-month-old Natalie Houston in a shopping cart as Kayleigh tried on backpacks.

“I’m excited,” Heather said. “This is a good chance to save money this weekend.”


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