|Take a Weekend Break from Sales Tax
Fly to New Hampshire for the weekend, and you’ll notice something different. The price tag on clothing in the stores is actually the price you’ll pay. That’s right–no sales tax.
Of course, the Granite State makes up that revenue with other taxes and fees; but it’s nice to know exactly what you’re spending when you head to the register. And during the first weekend of August, Missouri shoppers will get a chance to experience the same convenience. The State Tax Free Holiday runs from Aug. 3-5, and extends to all clothing under $100. (New York City has a similar system year-round: no taxes on garments under $110.) The purpose of the Tax Free weekend is primarily to give families a small break when shopping for back-to-school items, such as clothes, bags and school supplies. But everyone who’s wardrobe shopping in Missouri can take advantage of it–and the boutiques at Briarcliff certainly hope you will.
Tax Free weekend is a great way to incentivize consumers to support small businesses. In effect, it’s a sale; but one where the government cuts its prices, not the entrepreneur. Furthermore, the timing of Missouri Tax Free Holiday to coincide with Back to School gives local merchants the chance opportunity to spotlight nationwide trends for fall, and all the great styles they’ve picked up for the new season.
Briarcliff’s three main clothing boutiques–Amelia’s, Design in the City, and Finishings for Her–will all have the latest fall fashions on hand. And don’t forget about shops like Urban Arts + Crafts and Shana Vaughn Designs, which sell handbags. (Or a Vera Bradley backpack from Finishings for Her, like the one pictured below.) Your little ones can qualify for a Tax Free discount at Lauren Alexandra, and you might even find some shoes at Smart Feet.