From bonnets to books, you can buy all kinds of weird stuff tax-free this weekend

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Save on back-to-school necessities during this weekend's sales tax holiday. Save at least 6 percent — 9 percent in Charleston — on state and local sales tax. The tax break applies to eligible purchases beginning Fri. at 12:01 a.m. through Sun. at 11:59 p.m, either online or in-person.

The state of South Carolina gives up $2-3 million dollars in tax revenue for previous tax holidays, according to the state Department of Revenue. Georgia and North Carolina have canceled their tax holidays. North Carolina lawmakers voted in 2014 to do away with the tax holiday after it was determined that doing so would save the state more than $16 million.

The bulk of the items that are tax-free are pretty understandable, like clothing, books, bedding, and school supplies. Items that aren’t exempt include jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, and eyewear.

But you can catch a break on almost everything on your favorite teacher’s wish list, including:
Adult diapers
Bonnets
Bridal gowns and veils
Capes
Corsets (and corset laces, btw.)
Fishing Boots
Furs
Girdles
Gowns
Hunting vests
In-line skates
Lingerie
Mittens
Nightgowns
Overshoes
PDAs (but not cell phones)
Pillows (all types)
Ponchos
Riding pants
Shoulder pads (but not athletic or sport protective pads)
Shower curtains and liners (but not hooks or shower curtain rods)
Ski boots, masks, suits
Skin diving suits
Tuxedos
Waders

For more information, visit https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.

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