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Shoppers hit the stores for tax-free weekend

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Those ready to do some damage in the stores were already out by Friday and so far, most feel tax-free weekend is well-worth fighting the crowds.

June Balirose didn't hesitate to show off her new back to school wardrobe from Tj Maxx. Especially because the family visiting from LA has never heard of a tax free weekend.

"Nope, Never have, I didn't even know about it," Lucy Lewis said. "...and we thought since it's tax free we could get a lot more stuff, and save some money and find a lot of cool stuff for her for back to school," she added.

Going in for a pair of shoes, coming out, with a long receipt....The family couldn't walk away from the deals.

"[We spent] a lot, but we saved a lot too," Lewis said.

The family spent more than $500 in the store which a manager at Tj Maxx says saved them at least $60 to $70 combined with existing sales. Savings the family will use towards other things.

"We saved that, so we'll put that towards you know a night out," Lewis said.

They weren't the only ones cashing in.

"You know If you spend $100, you're saving $7, so it adds up if you have multiple kids and a big family," Bryan Yoder said.

The parking lot, filled with out of state plates...something some people understood. Great savings in the stores meant savings in the tank.

"Probably put things off to buy just to save a little extra money, seven dollars is a couple gallons worth of gas, so yeah it's a big deal," Yoder explained. 

Several  store managers told me people were spending anywhere from $500 to $800, especially on clothes and back to school items.

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