GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Clothes? Yes. School supplies? No. It's tax-free shopping weekend. And shoppers need to know which items they purchase qualify for the two day tax break.
For a look at what items qualify for the tax-free program, click here.
Tax-free weekend is comparable to Black Friday at shops across Mississippi. "Tax-free weekend is one of our big weekends. It's probably one of our biggest weekends of the year for back to school. It's where they start discounting all the brands, plus you save that additional seven percent," said Rhonda Roberts, Gulfport Premium Outlets Director of Marketing.
Subtracting sales tax from apparel purchases under $100 can mean big savings for parents trying to rack up on back to school items.
"It will help me save a lot of money," said Monica Page as she did some pre-tax holiday shopping. Only apparel and footwear can be rung up as tax exempt, which is why many parents like Page will be shopping for school year wardrobe essentials. "We're going to go through our bags and see what else she needs. It will probably be some more shirts, some more items for football season, and some jeans," said Page.
Retail managers say they're expecting big crowds throughout the weekend and will spend this week preparing for the rush. "Our uniform is our biggest seller during this time and also just like our denim; just getting that out and making sure our associates are prepared," said Andrew Mauer who is assistant manager at Aeropostale.
Assistant Manager at Sand Dollar Lifestyles, Christy Cox, is looking forward to the rush. "We're getting fully staffed. We're expecting big crowds. We're getting all of our fall merchandise out as quickly as possible. All this week we're going to be getting out new stuff, fall jackets backpacks, all sorts of stuff like that," said Cox.
The mall's director of marketing adds their are tips to make it a fun, stress-free shopping experience. "Go to the website, map out where you're going to go what you need. Make a list so that way when you get here you can hit the ground running, go to the stores you wanna go to first, get your shopping done and then do a little shopping for yourself," said Roberts.
Gulfport Premium Outlets will open an hour early both Friday and Saturday at 9:00 a.m.