A holiday from sales tax

Shoppers filled stores across Iowa Friday as the annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend began.

The two-day event, which was started in 2000, means that no sales tax will be collected on clothing and footwear sales that cost less than $100, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue. This includes the local option sales tax.

After the sale began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, local businesses saw crowds of people coming in to shop for clothes and shoes.

Katina Warder, of Bode, was at the Crossroads Mall shopping with her son, Gavin, 9, later Friday morning.

“They usually have good sales along with no sales tax,” Warder said.

Warder, who said this wasn’t her first time shopping during the Sales Tax Holiday, didn’t have a specific shopping list in mind other than buying shoes for her son.

“We’re just trying to shop around,” she said.

Tina Roosa and her son, Ryan Zuetlau, 10, both of Webster City, were shopping at the mall too. She had already bought some pillows and was looking to buy some clothes for her son.

“I’ve got the clothes, and he’s got the pillows,” she said, describing what was in the bags they were carrying. “We got an extra because they were on sale.”

Roosa said she’s happy Iowa has the Sales Tax Holiday.

“I wish it was that way all the time,” she said.

Jan and Gene Nelson, of Manson, went clothes shopping at Sears late Friday morning.

Jan Nelson said she always takes advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday.

“Who doesn’t in this day?” she asked. “Any time you can save money, it’s good.”

Nelson said she wasn’t looking for anything specific.

“I’m just looking to see if there are any bargains,” she said. “That’s all you really need to do.”

It wasn’t just shoppers that were looking forward to the Sales Tax Holiday. Business owners were also happy to see the crowds of people coming in to their stores.

“It always gives us a huge increase in sales,” Alicia Taylor, the manager of Glik’s in Crossroads Mall, said. “It really drives the back-to-school items and it’s the kickstart of everybody’s back-to-school shopping.”

“It’s one of my favorite weekends to work,” Taylor added. “I look forward to it every year.”

Right next door, at Tradehome, Sarah Holm was working her first Sales Tax Holiday.

“It’s been pretty good so far,” she said. “We’re expecting good turnout.”

Though she’s scheduled to work the entire weekend, Holm was hoping she’d be able to do some shopping of her own.

“There’s still a few things I need,” she said. “Maybe I’ll do some school shopping.”

Kohl’s Manager Brian Tadlock saw a steady flow of people Friday.

“It’s bringing more traffic into the store,” he said. “We hope to have the best possible items for the community.”

He added that this weekend allowed customers to take advantage of both summer and fall items.

“It’s a great time of year to shop,” he said. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

The Sales Tax Holiday continues today until midnight.