Parents seek deals during tax-free weekend

Amber Aldaco By Amber Aldaco

Aug. 11, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.
Updated Aug. 12, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Sabrina Broussard, left, of Palacios, helps her son, Levi Broussard, try on a pair of shoes at J.C. Penney in the Victoria Mall on the first day of tax-free weekend. "We're hitting up the savings and getting some school clothes," Sabrina said.

Sabrina Broussard, left, of Palacios, helps her son, Levi Broussard, try on a pair of shoes at J.C. Penney in the Victoria Mall on the first day of tax-free weekend. "We're hitting up the savings and getting some school clothes," Sabrina said.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

Five-year-old Lillian Pointon was excited about her new black, glittery shoes for school.

"Aren't they pretty?" Lillian said, opening the box of small shoes in an aisle at J.C. Penney.

Her mother, Sylvia Pointon, said the family drove from El Campo to shop in Victoria for tax-free weekend.

The annual tax-free weekend kicked off Friday and will continue through Sunday. Tax-free weekend takes place during the back-to-school and college shopping season.

Pointon said she makes tax-free weekend an annual shopping trip. Usually, Pointon already has a couple of shops in mind where she will buy the polos and jeans her two children need for school.

"But if I can't find what I need here, I'll go somewhere else," Pointon said.

Another parent, Rebecca Supak, of Victoria, had an armful of T-shirts, jeans and shorts as she waited in the check-out line at J.C. Penney to pay. Supak said she planned to shop at several other department stores for her 10-year-old son, Ethan Allen, who is going to be a fifth-grade student this year.

She also shops the tax-free weekend every year and knows which stores she will visit in advance.

"We came early to avoid the rush," Supak said. "I come with a plan every year."

Some parents from out of town also plan their tax-free weekends in advance in order to get the best deals possible.

Edna resident Alexis Gonzalez also drove to Victoria to shop during tax-free weekend for the first time. Though Gonzalez already had school supplies for her 5-year-old daughter, she still needed a few more clothing items and was happy with the sales.

"There's a lot of good deals," Gonzalez said at the Children's Place.

Gonzalez said she was shopping for pants for her daughter, Eileithyia, who is going to be a kindergartner. She said she planned to shop at several other stores in the mall and Target before heading home.

Mary Kay Lopez, of Kenedy, drove an hour Friday morning to shop at several stores in Victoria. Lopez has four sons, ages 5 through 13 years, and shops the tax-free season every year.

"I've found that on Fridays, it's not as crazy as on Saturdays," Lopez said as she looked through a rack of boys' khaki cargo shorts at J.C. Penney. "We go to the places that have the best deals."

Lopez planned to spend Friday shopping at several stores to find khakis, jeans, polo shirts and school supplies. While she does some school shopping prior to the tax-free weekend, Lopez said she still shops for all the best deals in-store.

"I did what I could before (the tax-free weekend) so that I could have a game plan and figure out what was left. Now I'm filling in the gaps," Lopez said.


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