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By Donna Summerall
Mississippi has been enjoying a tax break on clothing and shoes the last weekend in July since 2008. Then Governor Hailey Barbour instituted the tax-free weekend to help Mississippi families afford back-to-school clothing for children ages pre-K through college. The time frame for the tax-free weekend is 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 25 through 12 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 each, qualify for the savings.
All clothing, athletic and discount stores, whether they are locally owned or part of a chain in West Point are participating in the tax â€“ free weekend.
Clay County Co-op in West Point not only has Dickeyâ€™s school uniform pants but also Wrangler and Carhartt jeans for students who no longer need uniforms, according to Clay County Co-op manager, John Elliott.
â€śThe first few tax â€“ free weekends we did a booming business in school uniforms,â€ť Elliott said. â€śNow a lot of stores carry them so the demand has died down. We do have Wrangler and Carhartt jeans, Carhartt and John Deere T-shirts, Rocky and Georgia boots.â€ť
Elliot said the store has plenty of jeans and T-shirts for students who do not have to wear uniforms and pink and blue rain boots for small children. Rocky, Georgia and LaCrosse boots are in stock for hunting season, he said. The tax free weekend isnâ€™t just for kidâ€™s clothes, Elliott said.
Clay County Co-op hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. - noon Saturday.
Bill Kadoos, manager of Nu Look Fashions in downtown West Point is ready for the tax free holiday, with uniforms, brand name athletic shoes and the latest fashions for young people.
â€śWe have the dark blue shirts, khaki and dark blue uniform pants in sizes 4 - 20 including husky sizes,â€ť Kadoos said. â€śWe are always happy to order anything that we donâ€™t have in stock. The shop will be open normal hours during the tax â€“ free weekend.â€ť
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