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Sales tax-free weekend underway

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Tennessee's sales tax-free holiday got underway Friday, just in time for the start of the new school year for most Middle Tennessee school districts.

The holiday began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Items that qualify for tax-free status include clothing, school supplies, and art supplies that are less than $100 per item, and computers priced less than $1,500.

Some area malls will be offering extended hours.

Rivergate and Cool Springs will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and then from Noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Opry Mills will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Items that do not qualify for the sales tax holiday include sports equipment, jewelry, handbags, reference books, computer parts, software, electronic readers and video game consoles, among other items.

For a complete list of tax-free items, visit

Peggy Pelfry and her daughter Elizabeth were among those shopping Friday morning at the Target store in the Nashville West shopping center.

The Cheatham County senior had a long list of school-related items that she was checking off one by one.

"It took me about 10 minutes to make," she laughed as she put book binders into an ever increasing load for a pushcart.

Her mother said they have a budget "of about $100 which means we will save about $10 this year."

Store manager Sam Newman said if the customers don't have a list, they have suggestions in the school supply area of what students might need.

Analysts believe that stores like Target at least double typical sales for a weekend when people don't have to pay Tennessee's sales tax.

The rate hovers between 9.25 cents and 9.75 cents per dollar depending on the county.

Municipal jurisdictions in Tennessee have the option of imposing a local sales tax of 2.25% to 2.75% to go along with the state portion, which is generally 7% on most items except food.

The sales tax holiday began in 2006.  Since then, Tennesseans have saved between $8 million and $10 million each year.

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