Amid the flurry of lobster mini-season and lobster opening weekend, back-to-school season is in full swing. The sales tax free weekend begins August 5-7 which is the perfect time to outfit your kids and check off their school supply list. During the sales tax free weekend, no Florida sales tax will be collected on clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and on school supplies selling for $15 or less per item. Below are a few tips to help you take advantage of this 3-day sales tax holiday.
Make a List
Start with a list of all the school supplies you need for each child as well as a list of wardrobe essentials each child will need for school. Don’t forget to add a few items for yourself on the list. After all, you deserve something new as well.
Stock Up On Basics
Basics are the building blocks of every wardrobe. Wardrobe staples such as jeans, black heels, white tees, sandals, shorts, underwear, and little black dresses are often the pieces that are worn the most and therefore may need to be updated or replaced on a yearly basis.
If you’re buying clothing for kids, remember to buy not only for right now but also for the size they’ll be in a few months. There is no need for them to wear pants that resemble clam diggers just because they had a growth spurt.
Take Advantage of Sales
Many stores are offering additional sales during the sales tax free weekend including:
- The Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada is offering 25% off all clothing during this time.
- D-Luxe Boutique in Islamorada is offering 15% off purchases over $25 and 25% off purchases over $100.
- Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada is offering a buy one get one deal on their reversible tote bags. Available in 10 colors, these are the perfect backpack alternative for high school girls.
- Wild Lilly Boutique in Islamorada will be offering 25% off all items in store.
Now through the end of August, United Way of the Florida Keys will be collecting school supplies to distribute to 8,000 students in Monroe County. As you’re shopping for your own kid’s school supplies, consider buying a few extra notebooks, pencils, crayons, binders, or backpacks for a child in need. There are a number of convenient drop-off locations throughout the Keys including Wells Fargo Banks, Mariners Hospital, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and Amara Cay in Islamorada. Go to KeysUnitedWay.org for more information and additional drop-off locations.