WALLINGFORD — Parents and children were busy shopping Monday, seeking back-to-school deals during the annual sales tax-free week.
On Monday at Kohl’s, 1248 S. Broad St., parents sought deals on first-day-of-school outfits, shoes and dorm decor.
“It’s the second-busiest week of the year for Kohl’s, for Connecticut at least,” said Laura Ward, store manager. “We do better than some of the Christmas weeks.”
Staff even get additional hours, she added.
Most individual clothing and footwear items priced under $100 will be exempt from the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax through Saturday. The tax break began Sunday.
The state does not limit the number of eligible items residents can buy tax-free this week, but each individual item has to fall under the $100 threshold to qualify for the break.
Michelle Lionello, of Meriden, brought her three daughters — ages 12, 9 and 4 — shoe shopping at Kohl’s on Monday, seeking deals among the boxes of sneakers and boots.
“It’s just something that we do every year,” she said.
It’s also common for retailers to have their own sales and promotions in conjunction with tax free week. Kohl’s, for example, is rolling out an in-store coupon Wednesday, when Ward said she expects business to really pick up.
The tax will be calculated on the final sales price of an item, after all reductions are applied.
Wendy Valentino, of Wallingford, works in retail herself.
“Tax free is a crazy week,” she said, “(You’ve) got to save every penny you can.”
She hoped to find back-to-school clothes to fit her 5-year-old daughter, Gianna, who is in between sizes.
“They’ve sold through a lot,” Valentino said.
Rebecca Palermo, of Marlborough, is a former Kohl’s employee who was shopping for first-day-of-school outfits for her toddlers, Arianna, 5, and Ramona, 3.
“The taxes are so high in Connecticut,” she said. “Tax free week, I feel, is a better sale. You get more.”
According to the Department of Revenue Services, consumers are expected to save a combined $4.8 million that would have gone to cover the sales and use tax.