August signifies summer is almost gone and it will be time to go back to school very soon. The kids are ready to make new friends, dress to impress, carry all the hottest accessories from backpacks to organizers and start off the new school year looking their stylish best. There is no doubt that back-to-school shopping can eat a hefty hole in your wallet. Understanding that dilemma, Florida gives all residents a big tax break, urging parents to take advantage of the established tax-free holiday taking place this year from August 7 through August 16, 2015.
Make a list and head to The Gardens Mall , located off PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. When the day is done, every item will be checked off the list. Save on everything from wedges to watches to widgets. Whether stocking up on back-to-school staples or spending on splurges, you won’t want to miss this wallet-friendly event.
No sales tax will be collected on the following items:
- Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less, per item
- Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less, per item
- Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories on the first $750 of the sales price (when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use)
If you shop at The Gardens Mall between August 7 and August 9, 2015, you will receive a $10 gift card for every $150 spent at select stores, including Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Madewell, Finish Line, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Billabong, Champs Sports, H&M, Forever 21, New Balance, crewcuts, Express, Aéropostale, Hollister Co., Abercrombie & Fitch, Journeys, and PacSun. After your shopping adventure comes to an end, present all your receipts for the day to the Information Desk, located in the center of the mall, and the gift card will be yours.
There is also another mall in Palm Beach County preparing for the big tax-free holiday. The Boynton Beach Mall located on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach is also making it easier on the wallet. The mall plans to host a variety of events including a Back-to-school Expo sponsored by the Greater South Florida Chamber featuring fashion shows, food sampling and more activities that coincide with the tax-free holiday from August 7, 2015 through August 16, 2015.
“Boynton Beach Mall is the premiere community destination for back-to-school events and shopping with a great selection of stores offering savings second only to Black Friday,” said Poonam Patel, director of marketing and business development at Boynton Beach Mall. “Our retailer promotions combined with the tax-free holiday will save shoppers even more on the brands they love in every merchandise category and help them stay within their budget.”
On Saturday, August 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Center Court, enjoy a Back-to-school Expo featuring fashion previews with live entertainment plus ensembles and accessories from JCPenney, Rue21, F.Y.E., Switch Fashions, LA Leggings, Claire’s and Origami Owl modeled by Shine Model & Talent. More than 30 exhibitors will be on-hand to answer general questions from parents and students about health, wellness, and professional business services for the new school year. Complimentary food sampling from Cajun Grill and Tijuana Flats also will be available. On, Sunday, August 9, the expo continues with the exhibitors, only, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fashion-focused shoppers of all ages will find talked-about trends and accessories at Dillard’s and Macy’s, while style-conscious kids and teens can browse the newly opened H&M, Express, Gymboree and The Children’s Place. Parents will also be able to stock-up on uniforms and carryalls for the new school year by taking advantage of unbeatable every day prices at Sears and JCPenney. For price-conscious footwear, shoppers can make tracks to Champs, Foot Locker, Journeys, Payless and Rack Room Shoes.
Both The Gardens Mall and the Boynton Beach Mall look forward to making the school shopping experience enjoyable for both students and parents. According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school is the second-largest shopping season of the year following the winter holidays. This year, the average family with children in grades K-12 is expected to spend an average of $630 on electronics, apparel and other school needs. Total spending for K-12 and college is expected to reach $68 billion. Just remember, smart savings never go out of style.