Shoppers from the Southern Plains and beyond flocked to Lubbock on Friday to get a head start on back-to-school shopping and take advantage of the Texas Duty Free Weekend.
The annual sales tax holiday for school supplies, many clothing and other back-to-school items began Friday and continues through Sunday.
But it was only Texans who took advantage of this discount.
Ashley Muñiz traveled from Roswell, New Mexico to the South Plains Mall with her three children – Alma, 11, Ari, 9, and Jahdyn, 6 – to stock up on clothes for the upcoming school year.
They came to Lubbock to shop because they could find more options and more variety, Muñiz said.
Speaking of concerns about her children being sent back to school during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she said her children attend private schools and that she is delighted that they are becoming as normal as possible.
Overall, Muñiz said he had a fun shopping experience.
Social distancing guidelines varied across different stores in the mall. While some stores had implemented limited capacity, other stores had no restrictions.
Amanda Adamson and her children – Trooper 11, Tally, 11 and Tenley, 9 – were in the food court, taking a snack break after their back-to-school shopping.
Tenley said she was thrilled to go to school and meet classmates and teachers.
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Adamson said she would generally avoid the tax-free weekends due to the long lines, but this year she decided to go. And it was worth it, she said, adding that she was able to find reasonable deals.
“I think the stores do a pretty good job of limiting guests and providing social distancing,” Adamson said.
Betty Mendez, who was shopping for her 5-year-old, said that while she didn’t buy a lot, the Duty Free Weekend was useful for saving money.
Mendez said she was thankful the stores weren’t very busy, adding that she decided to come early assuming it would get busier later in the day.
According to a press release from the Office of the Comptroller.
Qualifying items can be purchased tax-free at a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you don’t need to give the seller an exemption certificate to purchase qualifying tax-free items.