One Jenks business couples big sale with tax-free weekend, has very profitable sales holiday

JENKS, Okla. - At Mint Boutique in downtown Jenks, the cash register has been very busy this weekend.

"Especially 40 percent off and then tax free weekend, it is a great deal," Michelle Villabrille, a Mint employee said.

The shop combined a big sale yesterday, marking everything in the store down 40 percent - with Oklahoma's tax-free weekend.

The sales holiday was created to make it a little easier on parents by cutting sales tax on many back to school items.

For the most part, clothing and non-athletic shoes are on the approved list, but items like school supplies and backpacks are not.

Any shopper is able to take advantage of tax-free weekend.

Check out the full list here: http//www.tax.ok.gov/stholiday.html

Almost all of the clothes and shoes at Mint are priced at under $100, meaning they have been tax-free all weekend long.

Villabrille said the shop was so busy yesterday, they had a line stretching out the door and almost a full city block down the sidewalk.

"One girl is like 'I wanted that dress.' She was like, 'I had it hanging here.' I was like 'you guys have to calm down.' The bad thing, everything was out (on display), so once it is gone we don't have it anymore."

Mint was busy with customers grabbing items off the racks all weekend long - getting ready to head back to school, or to work, in style.

"We have from high school girls, college girls to even older women that come and shop here," Villabrille said. "Our style is that we still have trendy, but we still have more conservative, but we kid of clash the two, which is really nice."

So on a weekend when many people might turn to the mall, at least one store on Main Street in Jenks had no problem staying busy.

All retailers are required to participate in the tax-free weekend and many major retailers have had their back to school items on sale as well.

The tax-free shopping incentive goes through tonight at midnight.

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