Better Than Tax Free Weekend

Find deals and save on back-to-school clothes and gear Aug. 5-7.

The countdown is on to the start of new school year. The list for new school clothes, uniforms, shoes, lunchboxes, backpacks and other gear can add up real fast. Charlotte Premium Outlets, Concord Mills and SouthPark are offering special savings Aug. 5-7 in lieu of the statewide sales tax holiday that is no more.

This is the first year that SouthPark joins Charlotte Premium Outlets and Concord Mills in providing extra discounts from participating retailers that offer back-to-school fashions, accessories and seasonal must-haves including Brooks Brothers, Carter’s, J.Crew, Steve Madden, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Shoppers are encouraged to share their most memorable back-to-school photos using #tbtbts (Throw Back Thursday Back to Simon) for a chance to win Simon gift cards and a $5,000 shopping spree.

If you live in or near South Carolina, you can take advantage the annual South Carolina sales tax holiday also happening Aug. 5-7. Save the 6 percent sales tax on certain items, including paper, notebooks, pens and pencils, book bags, computers, clothing, shoes, bed linens, and bath towels.

In addition to the Better Than Tax Free weekend sales, be sure to check out area fall consignment sales that rev up this weekend. Be sure to check out our feature on New Gear for the New School Year and register to win a backpack filled with school supplies.