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August 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Florida Legislature takes away my favorite week of the year: No Tax Holiday???

So school’s just around the corner and what are we to do here in Aventura without the usual tax holiday? Incase you weren’t clued in, our State Government has decided against the week long free for all.

All savvy shoppers know that waiting for the end of summer to do back-to-school, or any shopping for the matter has been the best time to maximize your clothing budget for the year. Between end of summer sales making way for Fall fashions and the tax holiday, a really smart shopper could walk out of Bloomie’s with a bag full of “free” goodies.

Sadly, this year will be different. Has anyone noticed the endless racks of 50-75% off merchandise in the middle of every store? These are not seasonal sales made to entice us into spending more. Retail sales have been down for several quarters now and pieces have to move out the door before they cost stores more than they’re worth in retail space.

Women’s Wear Daily’s “Gearing Up for Back-to-School” stated that “According to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Back to School Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, the average family with students in kindergarten through 12th grade is expected to spend $548.72, a decline of 7.7 percent from $594.24 last year.”

A few hints: Ask for extra discounts (you’d be surprised at what coupons may be waiting for you behind the register), shop by color (retailers like GAP often mark down weaker selling colors that might look great on you!), ask if they offer student discounts with proof of ID (J. CREW is our fave because they give 15% off to students AND teachers).

Some boutiques in the area whose end-of-summer sales are sure to please: Tupelo Honey, Jessie, On My Own, So-Mi.

Submitted by: Valerie Kwaterka

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