Shoppers take advantage of tax-free holiday

HARLINGEN — Plastic bags rattled in the afternoon breeze as a mother and two children walked to their car.

Lorena Martinez, her daughter, Lizeth, 12, and son Pedro, 11, had just left the Wal-Mart at 1801 Lincoln Ave. They’d searched through the store’s crowded aisles to take advantage of the tax-free holiday on certain school-related items.

“It’s very important because every year that’s where we go shopping for all these supplies,” said Lizeth, a seventh-grader at Memorial Middle School.

Their thin gray bags bulged with clothes, socks, shoes and school supplies such as pencils and folders. They depend on the tax-free weekend each year to save money.

Throughout the city, shoppers are thronging to stores this weekend in search of clothes and school supplies — jeans, shirts, dresses, backpacks, pencils, pens, paper and folders — all without the 8.25 percent sales tax.

Business was brisk at JCPenney at Valle Vista Mall where Lorena Alday looked through stacks of jeans.

“I’m looking for jeans, shirts, T-shirts,” said Alday as her son Santiago, 15, stood nearby.

“You try and tighten up,” she said. “You try to save, especially when you’re shopping for four kids.”

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