Statewide Sales Tax Holiday for School Supplies Underway

Aug. 1, 2014

Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday is underway, so if you have school supply lists to take care of, this is a great weekend to get out and buy and save.

Suzanne Shorten of Charlottesville has made this weekend a tradition to tackle her boys' school supply lists, saying, "I try to get it at one big chunk, when they have the tax-free weekend."

Shorten has two kids in high school, and her youngest will be starting pre-school this fall.

She said one of her sons is in need of a pretty expensive calculator this year.

"It saves a little bit, not a ton, but everything helps," said Shorten. "We normally try to do Friday morning because hitting Walmart or any of the other office supply stores on Saturday, is crazy!"

For those who cannot make it out before the weekend, Walmart Co-Manager Vince Moses said not to worry: His store will remain stocked, staffed and ready all weekend long.

"As soon as they walk through the door, we have a school supply list available to them depending on the schools and the teachers they have, then they can come over here to the back to school area," Moses said.

For those looking to do good with their sales tax savings, one option is to donate extra supplies to less fortunate students in the area.

Salvation Army bins are set up at both Walmart entrances and will eventually go to 'Fill the Bus' that is parked just outside of the store.

The sales tax holiday runs through Sunday.

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