Tax Free Weekend kicks off


Stores along the Gulf Coast are starting to fill up as the Tax Free Weekend has kicked off and the Gulfport Premium Outlets are no different.

Sales are being made. Just in time for back to school shoppers, it’s Tax Free Weekend. The seven percent sales tax is not in place today or tomorrow. Tax Free Weekend includes items of clothes and shoes under one hundred dollars. Shopper Jonathan Kitchens said, “I know we got school coming up. The kids have definitely grown out of their stuff from last year.”

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Kitchens and his family came to the Gulf Coast from Petal, Mississippi for vacation. When he and his wife heard about the deals they knew they would have to take advantage of it. They have a nine-year-old, a four-year-old, and a two-year-old so these savings add up. “I think it gets people out that wouldn’t normally come out and they want to take advantage of that. I mean, seven percent may not seem like a lot to some people, but when you have three kids it definitely makes a difference.”

The Kitchens aren’t the only ones visiting the Gulf Coast and enjoying the Tax Free Weekend, Lora Pierce and her son Nicholas came to visit family and shop on the Gulf Coast all the way from Indiana. “Well, with the thousands of dollars that we spend it can really save us a lot of money. Where we live the tax is a lot higher so it saves us even more by coming here instead.”

Management at the Gulfport Premium Outlets say that people are coming from all over to take advantage of this tax free holiday. They say today will be busy, but tomorrow is going to be something worse than Black Friday.

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Stores along the Gulf Coast will be receiving plenty of business until this Tax Free Holiday is over Saturday at midnight. Two Ocean Springs High School students wanted to make sure they are ready for the first day of school. High School student Sara Waters said, “We were thinking about coming here because it was tax free and it would be a good opportunity for us to go and find some new clothes for us before school started.”

High School student Natalie Waters said, “Wish it was summer forever, but I’ll be ready to go back when it’s time.”