Tax-free weekend is a holiday worth observing for bargain hunters in Charleston. Not only will certain items be exempt from the local and state sales taxes this weekend, many retailers are furthering the savings with discounts of their own.
Here’s how to seize extra saving opportunities at local shops:
North Charleston’s Tanger Outlets will have a center-wide sale this weekend, though details of the sales at individual stores were not released. You most likely can expect end-of-season markdowns.
“Tanger will truly be a bargain hunter’s paradise for fashionable savings on tax-free shopping weekend,” said Penny Benton, general manager of Charleston’s Tanger Outlets.
Ben Silver Charleston, an upscale retailer that specializes in menswear, hosts its annual sale each year during tax-free weekend.
“Everything that hasn’t sold through the catalogue will be on sale,” said Bob Prenner, co-owner. “There’ll be great deals on neck ties, dress shirts, sports shirts and sport coats.”
Collections from past catalogues will be marked down 50 percent to 80 percent during the sale, which will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the store’s warehouse at 287 East Bay St.
Blush of Charleston, a boutique for women and girls in Mount Pleasant, will kick off its summer sale this weekend. On the sale rack, shoppers will find summer trends for women, handbags, sandals and girls’ apparel from designers such as Ella Moss and Splendid. Discounts will range from 25 percent to 70 percent.
Owner Deborah Jonas said the sale at Blush will offer styles for girls and women of all ages.
“It’s an age-appropriate look that girls and moms love,” she said.
Half-Moon Outfitters’ end-of-season sale will begin Thursday in stores and online. Summer clothing for men, women and kids will be 20 percent to 50 percent off throughout the weekend. It’s a chance to score deals on brand names such as Patagonia, The North Face and Billabong, which don’t go on sale very often.
“We want to make room for the fall apparel that’ll be coming in,” said Justin Finley with Half-Moon Outfitters. “It allows people to get higher-end items at a lower cost.”
Tax-free weekend will end at midnight Sunday, so make sure you take advantage of these extra savings while they’re offered. To view all the items that are tax-exempt in South Carolina this year, visit www.sctax.org.
Reach Abigail Darlington at charlestonsavvyshopper@post andcourier.com.