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Western MA residents take advantage of tax-free weekend

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Saturday may have been a great day to be outside, but this weekend, shoppers are making their way to malls and stores.

Not only were they looking at deals, they were taking advantage of the Massachusetts tax-free holiday.

CBS 3 found Western Massachusetts residents racking up the savings at the Eastfield Mall.

Most items less than $2,500 at stores across the Bay State are exempt from the 6.25-percent sales tax.

That makes a big enough impact that people hold off on their purchases until this weekend, including Ed from Wilbraham, who purchased a leaf blower.

Some things do not qualify for the tax break, including cars, motorboats and meals.  

In Massachusetts, clothes are typically never taxed as long as the item is less than $175, which is why this weekend seems to be more important for folks who are making big purchases, like James Brown from East Springfield, who purchased a refrigerator.

Retailers like the tax-free weekend as it helps pick up foot traffic during a slower time of the year.

Some families made sure to get their shopping out of the way early, though, to enjoy one of the last weekends before school is back in session.

Residents have one more day to enjoy the tax-free shopping.

Along with the price limitations, it should also be noted that layaway items will not be considered tax free.

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