Store sees surge in customers for Ohio’s first tax-free weekend

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s first ever tax-free weekend is underway, and for the first time local businesses are seeing a huge impact. With only one day left, a local school supply says that customers have already exceeded their expectations.

Customers have been filing into United Art and Education this weekend. Just in the last two days, Assistant Manager Tara Pittman says she’s seen 200 to 300 people… not at all what they were expecting.

“We thought it would maybe pass by and nobody would know about it,” Pittman said. “We just weren’t sure. We didn’t advertise for it or anything but a lot of people seem to know about it anyway.”

In Ohio, the tax-free discount applies to clothing or footwear that is $75 or less and supplies and instructional materials that are $25 or less. But, Pittman says not everything in the store is tax-free.

“It doesn’t include any decorative items, it’s mostly school supplies that parents would buy for their teachers,” Pittman said “It is helpful for teachers too because they buy a lot of that stuff out of pocket. So any help that they can get with that they are appreciative of that.”

With just one day left, Pittman says both sides… customers and businesses are happy with the success from the weekend.

“Everyone’s just happy to be getting any kind of a break,” Pittman said. “If they have anything that’s tax-free they are happy about it.”

According to the Ohio Council of Retailers, more than 1.1 million children and 500,000 college students will be returning to school this fall.

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