Tax free weekend draws shoppers to So. Fla. malls

AVENTURA, Fla. (WSVN) — Armed with bags and baskets, South Florida shoppers took advantage of the state's yearly sales tax free weekend, Saturday.

"Today, it's going to be a shopping day later," said Norma Jawer, one of hundreds of shoppers who descended on Aventura Mall to take advantage on all kinds of sales.

Parents gearing up for the coming school year made up the brunt of the crowd loading up on specials. At the register, Florida's seven percent sales tax was nowhere in sight on some items.

"We didn't know, but we are happy to hear, definitely," said Kelley Corson, who came to Aventura Mall with her daughter. "We love paying less for things. That's why we're here. We are definitely going shopping," she added.

Among the tax-free items are school supplies up to 15 bucks and select clothing up to $75.

Shopper Howard Henton approved of the tax relief. "You might as well give us a reward as a citizen," he said. "I think it's a great opportunity for different parents to be able to shop for their kids if they need help, so the more you buy, the more you save."

Shoppers who are not seeking school supplies may also take advantage of the savings. Florin Lazurka bought an iPad for his mother-in-law as a surprise. "It's a pretty good deal … I think [the savings] is like 20 bucks. That's pretty good. Just waiting a couple of days, right?"

Florida's tax-free holiday wraps up Sunday.

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