Stores prepare for Tennessee sales tax exemption


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Time is running out and it’s time to shop for back to school.

Starting Friday, Tennessee’s duty-free vacation for all your back-to-school needs will officially begin.

“The tax-free weekend is something we look forward to every year. We might be a little biased, but these are our favorite holidays,” said Tori Dean, Marketing Director of CoolSprings Galleria.

Dean encourages buyers to take full advantage of the holidays. School supplies, clothing and even computers will be zero-rated throughout the weekend.

“You have a lot of options. You have your summer clothes that you can get out a few more months of being in Tennessee, and you have your fall favorites that you can start picking out,” Dean explained.

Small shops like Teach a Child in Hermitage have even created a back-to-school campaign to get people excited.

“Those who enter will receive a free packet of Ticonderoga, the hard-to-find gold crayons,” said Sonia Dorer, owner of Teach a Child.

Dorer is hoping for a big crowd, especially post-pandemic and dealing with supply chain issues.

“Everyone likes going to Amazon because it’s convenient, but here we are. You can touch it, smell it and then buy it. It will keep another small business here,” Dorer said.

So, if you decide to shop, remember that purchases of clothing and school supplies cannot exceed $100.

“We highly recommend getting out as early as possible. In a way, you make sure you’re the first to get the best deals,” Dean explained.

After the weekend, the Grocery Tax Suspension Holiday will go into effect for the entire month of August.

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