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Stores, customers to benefit from tax holiday weekend

Posted: July 30, 2012 - 2:30pm  |  Updated: August 7, 2012 - 5:23pm
A sales tax holiday banner hung over technician Cason Haughton (left) and store manager John Delgenio as they worked at Computer Exchange in  2010 in North Augusta. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday.  FILE/STAFF
A sales tax holiday banner hung over technician Cason Haughton (left) and store manager John Delgenio as they worked at Computer Exchange in 2010 in North Augusta. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday.


God Given Talent Upscale Resale owner Kathie Ulrich says her customers will get a great deal this week, especially this weekend.

The store is having a buy one, get one half off sale this week and, on top of that, South Carolina’s annual sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday, meaning customers will not have to pay any sales tax on the clothing items and accessories.

“It’s a great chance for families to come out and shop for name-brand clothing and save,” Ulrich said.

The annual sales tax holiday weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The holiday means that South Carolina shoppers won’t have to pay the 6 percent state sales and use tax or any applicable local sales and use tax on a variety of items such as school supplies, clothing, shoes and computers.

The weekend is beneficial for customers along with North Augusta area stores and restaurants, said Judy Whaley, the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s director of member services.

“In addition to school shopping, people spend time shopping for other things and visit a variety of stores. They will probably grab a bite to eat, so it also helps our restaurants,” she said. “Overall, it’s a really great weekend for our businesses here.”

Georgia reinstated its sales tax holiday weekend this year for the first time since 2009. It will be held a week later on Aug. 10-11. Despite its comeback, Whaley said she doesn’t expect it to affect the turnout this weekend for North Augusta businesses.

“I think people will still come over from Georgia, even if it’s to save a few cents on the dollar,” she said.

Last year, customer traffic at Big Lots was “really good,” said the North Augusta store manager, Darrell Hillman.

The store is preparing for the upcoming weekend by making back-to-school shopping as convenient as possible, he said.

“A majority of our school items will be pulled to the front of the store,” he said, adding that supply lists for schools will also be available.

At Office Depot, they are also preparing for the weekend, said Keith Ladun, the store manager of the North Augusta store.

“We’re making sure we are fully stocked on back to school and popular type items,” he said. Some popular items that are purchased during the weekend are laptops, desktop computers and tablets, he said.

The store also has supply lists available for schools in a kiosk at the front of the store. Some of the lists are broken down by grade level or by teacher.

For the weekend, the store will be open extended hours. It will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and its normal hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Ladun said.

For a full list of what’s exempt during the sales
tax holiday, visit www.sctax.org.


For a complete list of exempt and non-exempt items, visit www.sctax.org

Example of exempt items: (These items must not be used in trade or business; be placed on layaway or similar deferred payment and delivery plan; and not be rented.) Clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, lunchboxes, computers, printers, printer supplies, computer software, wash cloths, blankets, bed spreads, linens, sheets, comforter sets, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, undergarments, hair accessories and shoes.

Items such as fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers that become physical components of clothing or other exempt items are also exempt from tax.


Example of
non-exempt items:

Backpacks used for hiking and camping, briefcases, cameras, cellphones, computer parts not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit, cookware, cosmetics, furniture, glasses, jewelry, mattresses, toys, window treatments, and bathroom accessories such as shower curtain rods


WHAT: Free haircuts and styles, school supplies and snacks for children

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Monday

WHERE: Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology-North Augusta, 736 E. Martintown Road



Office Depot, 1117 Knox Ave., will have its annual Teacher Appreciation Week from Sunday through Aug. 11. Teachers can sign up for a Star Teacher Member Card and also receive a 20 percent discount on school related items in the store during the week.

The store will have a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on Aug. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. The breakfast is being sponsored by Chick-fil-A. During the event, teachers will also receive a bag with items from vendors and can speak with representatives from companies who will be on hand to talk about their products and services.

For more information about Office Depot’s Star Teacher Member Program, visit www.mystarteacher.com. For more about Teacher Appreciation Week, contact the store at (803) 279-3300.

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