RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - By now you've heard all about this weekend's back to school, tax free holiday. But because of this slumping economy, retailers are hoping to attract more than just "Back to School" shoppers - and it appears to be working.
The tax free holiday had Kathleen Martin driving to Richmond all the way from Fluvanna County to cash in on the tax free sales at K-Mart. Her kids start school on Monday. She was careful to pick-out only the tax free items:
"They had a list of school supplies they needed for school, so that's what we bought," said Martin.
Over at the Best Buy there is no list - every in the store is tax free this weekend. And Bonnie Falbo and her two nephews are cashing in, but look through her shopping basket and you won't really see any school supplies.
"Like this phone is a hundred buck and I'm not going to have to pay taxes on it. We're getting DVD's - we're gettin' some camera equipment. It's just a great day to do some shoppin' and save a little bit of money on things we were gonna buy anyway," said Bonnie.
And that's the goal here at Best Buy. At a time when the store has seen a double digit decline in year to year store sales, the company is counting on weekends, like this, to boost over-all sales. And even though you can get anything tax free; the store manager says there is one back to school item that always is there number one best seller.
"Biggest thing back to school, just like it is every year, is lap top sales, portable electronics. Those things are going to keep them entertained while they're at school and help them be productive while they're at school as well," said Customer Solutions Manager David Denoff.
The tax holiday lasts until Sunday at midnight. Click here for all the details.