The first day of school is quickly approaching and many North Texas families are looking forward to saving money on back-to-school supplies and clothing this tax-free weekend.
This year’s sales tax holiday is Aug. 11-13. According to the Texas comptroller website, qualifying items priced less than $100 are exempt from taxes. This includes most clothing items such as dresses and blouses to jeans and button-down shirts. Almost all standard school supplies also are tax-exempt, including paper, folders, journals, pens, pencils and calculators.
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When heading out to the stores this weekend, consider these DARTable shopping centers:
Cityplace Market features the country’s first urban Target and other stores, which are a short walk from Cityplace/Uptown Station – on the east side of U.S. 75 Central Expressway. On the west side, you can catch the free M-Line Trolley to the West Village, which features national retailers, local boutiques and numerous restaurants.
Firewheel Town Center in Garland is an open-air shopping mall. Here, you’ll find plenty of specialty stores as well as larger retailers like Dillard’s and Old Navy. From Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line, catch Bus Route 513, which will take you directly to Firewheel.
Irving Mall has the wide variety you would expect, from American Eagle and The Children’s Place, to Macy’s and Burlington Coat Factory. Ride the Orange Line to North Lake College Station and take Bus Route 501 to the mall.
Mockingbird Station, just steps from its namesake DART station, is a modern shopping center with boutique and big-name stores, including the Gap, Loft, Urban Outfitters and others, as well as many dining options.
NorthPark Center offers more than 200 retailers, restaurants and department stores. Take the train or bus to Park Lane Station, then ride NorthPark Center Shuttle Route 702, which will transport you to and from this legendary mall.
Shops at Park Lane occupies four city blocks and features a mix of designer-value and traditional retail shopping. From the lower level of the Park Lane Station, the Shops are on the other side of Park Lane; use the crosswalk near the Art Institute of Dallas parking garage.
Downtown Rowlett Station is close to two back-to-school institutions – Target is located right across Lakeview Parkway, and the Walmart Supercenter is a little further down along Bus Routes 385 and 887.