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NC Shoppers Cross the Border for SC Tax-Free Weekend

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ROCK HILL, S.C. — Shoppers are heading across the border to save a few dollars during South Carolina's tax free weekend Saturday and Sunday.

North Carolina did away with its sales tax holiday last year after lawmakers said it cost the state about $13 million.

The Rock Hill Galleria was busy early Saturday as customers tried to take advantage of some tax-free deals.

Johnny Blakeney hit the mall early with his two teenage daughters and his wife looking for good back-to-school deals. Blakeney lives in North Carolina and said the drive south is worth it.

"No problem. Gas is no problem,” Blakeney said. “And the gas is cheaper here, too, so we can fill up before we go back."

The Blakeney Family isn't alone. Since North Carolina did away with its tax-free holiday last year, many families are expected to make the drive.

"It adds up over time,” shopper Nnaemeka Hardy-Holmes said. “I think it's a good thing, especially when you're getting school supplies, clothes, and shoes. It really adds up."

And many stores are adding a little extra incentive, with additional gimmicks and sales to get shoppers in the door.

"I've been checking my circulars and there are a lot of places that are really trying to add on to the savings,” added Hardy-Holmes.

North Carolina said it lost millions of dollars from the 2013 tax free holiday. Some shoppers question how that's possible, but add it's their loss and South Carolina’s gain.

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