As tax-free weekend nears, kids discuss back-to-school gear
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When it comes to personal style, Dakota Schott dresses to the beat of his own drum.
The 9-year-old, who's about to enter fourth grade at Schorlemmer Elementary School, said he cares more about what he likes rather than what his friends are wearing.
"This is it. This is my style," he said, pointing to the dark jeans, orange T-shirt and hat hanging from his belt loop. "It's what I like."
Texas' tax-free weekend spans Aug. 9-11, giving consumers across the Lone Star State a break from that 8 percent sales tax when they buy qualifying clothing and school supplies.
And Crossroads kids all have their own criteria for what makes the best back-to-school gear.
Style is important to Cymber Cancino, a 5-year-old entering kindergarten at Refugio's Stricklin Primary School.
She opts for dresses - blue ones if possible. And if they have sparkles, that's even better.
"They're pretty," she said as she munched on a cookie.
It's all about color for Bella Ikonomos, who is going into fifth grade at Chandler Elementary School. The 10-year-old said she usually goes for anything that comes in hot pink.
"That's my favorite color," she said with a shrug.
Hues also help guide 7-year-old Takomea Schott's shopping excursions, although she didn't limit herself to just one. If it's pink, red, blue, white or black, the Schorlemmer Elementary School second-grader said, it might catch her eye.
And although many kids said they enjoy the chance to hit the shops for back-to-school stuff - Alex Flood, a Port Lavaca 10-year-old at HJM Elementary School, said it's fun to get new things - not everyone agreed.
When asked about his own love - or lack thereof - of shopping, 8-year-old Avery Flood, another HJM kid, was less than enthusiastic.
"Meh," he said, shaking his head.
Here's a list of qualifying clothes and school supplies for those planning to hit the stores for tax-free deals.
Qualifying school supplies - if priced less than $100 - include:
• Book bags
• Cellophane tape
• Blackboard chalk
• Composition books
• Folders - expandable, pocket, plastic and manila
• Glue, paste and paste sticks
• Index cards
• Index card boxes
• Legal pads
• Lunch boxes
• Markers, including dry erase markers
• Paper - loose-leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board and construction paper
• Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
• Pencil sharpeners
• Writing tablets
Qualifying clothing, footwear and other items - if priced less than $100 - include:• Adult diapers
• Aprons (household)
• Athletic socks
• Baby bibs
• Baby clothes
• Baby diapers - cloth and disposable
• Baseball caps and jerseys
• Belts with attached buckles
• Boots (general purpose)
• Bow ties
• Bowling shirts
• Camp clothes
• Caps - baseball, fishing and golf
• Chef uniforms
• Children's novelty costumes
• Clerical vestments
• Coats and wraps
• Diapers - cloth and disposable
• Employee uniforms, unless rented
• Fishing caps
• Fishing vests (non-flotation)
• Football jerseys
• Gloves, generally
• Golf caps, dresses, jackets and windbreakers, shirts and skirts
• Graduation caps and gowns
• Gym suits and uniforms
• Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
• Hosiery, including support hosiery
• Hunting vests
• Jogging apparel
• Knitted caps or hats
• Leg warmers
• Leotards and tights
• Mask - costume
• Neckwear and ties
• Painter pants
• Panty hose
• Raincoats and ponchos
• Rain hats
• Religious clothing
• Safety shoes that are adaptable to street wear
• Scout uniforms
• Shawls and wraps
• Shirts (hooded)
• Shoes, generally
• Sleepwear, nightgowns and pajamas
• Soccer socks
• Suits, slacks and jackets
• Support hosiery
• Tennis dresses, shorts, shoes and skirts
• Ties (neckties, all)
• Uniforms - school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police and fire
• Vests, generally
• Work clothes
• Work uniforms
• Workout clothes
Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website