Sales tax holiday weekend expected to draw thousands of back-to-school shoppers

With South Carolina's upcoming sales tax holiday this weekend, stores are expecting parents along the Grand Strand to hit the shelves for back-to-school supplies.

Starting Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, August 4 at midnight, the six-percent state sales tax is waived on things like clothing, computers, and school supplies.

At Office Depot in Conway, workers are prepared for one of their busiest shopping periods of the year.

"We'll be getting a truck every day to build up our supply, so that we have enough for all the customers," Carol Arnold, Manager of Office Depot said.

She's expecting her usual daily crowd number to triple.

"We're getting anywhere from 200-300 now, so I'd say anywhere between 800 and 1,000," Arnold said.

Huntington National Bank's annual Backpack Index shows school supply prices jumped an average of 7.3% this year. Despite the price hike, Arnold said you don't have to break the bank going back to school.

"They're running about the same right now, in the next couple of weeks, they'll start getting a little lower and they'll start having more specials on them," Arnold said.

If you're still not sure what to buy your child, Office Depot has lists of required items for each grade level of Horry County's schools.

Click here for a list of items that will be tax-free this weekend.