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New Braunfels stores gear up for duty-free weekend crowds | Community alert

Tons of shoppers are expected to take advantage of the duty-free shopping holiday, with many heading to local businesses to seek out the best back-to-school deals.

Downtown New Braunfels businesses such as The Local are gearing up for the big weekend.

“We have a bit of overlap in our city during this time because we have the locals gearing up and getting ready to go back to school, but we also still have the tourism overlap that is still happening,” Kathryn said. Balmos, the store owner. “We have a bit of both and our biggest (challenge) is how do we market both.”

The lifestyle store specializing in clothing and accessories offers a few school supplies such as diaries and journals.

“It’s something that we really pay attention to, it’s more like the kind of school supply situation where we might have a unique piece, you know, rather than just your standard notepad,” Balmos said.

Another retailer gearing up for the duty-free weekend is The Dancing Pony Shop.

The women-centric boutique offers clothing, shoes, accessories and candles, and helps families struggling to outfit their children by organizing gifts.

Haylee Feeback sails Dancing Pony, August 3, 2022 in New Braunfels. This Friday-Sunday weekend of August 5-7 is the annual duty free weekend where most clothing, shoes and school supplies are duty free.

Over the weekend, the store will be giving away a purse and a $100 gift card to Arlan’s Market to help with school supplies.

In addition to saving by shopping duty free, the Dancing Pony Boutique will be running a 25% sale on shoes, apparel and bags.

“We always have a good turnout…we have our staff ready (and) everyone is ready to work,” said Regina Daggett, one of the owners of the Dancing Pony Boutique. “We hope for the best but we don’t know what will happen because with everything that is happening (with inflation).”

With inflation, some shoppers will turn to community thrift stores — like Hope Hospice Thrift Shop — to outfit their kids for the school year.

One of the biggest draws to the shop, which sells softly donated clothing and shoes, furniture, toys and other items, is the low prices, and all sales go directly back to the community.

“All of our donations come from the community, and because they have given us so much, we are able to give them back to the community that needs help and needs to buy affordable clothes and shoes to dress up. his children,” Janice Phillips said. , the assistant manager of Hope Hospice Thrift Shop.

The thrift store is preparing for the large influx of customers by setting up new inventory to meet the needs of their customers and will most likely offer a half-price sale on clothes from Friday to Saturday.

The state comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers who participate in the tax-free weekend by purchasing qualifying items, such as clothing, shoes and school supplies, will save about $8 for every $100 spent.

“With inflation driving up prices on just about everything, this sales tax exemption gives Texas families a little relief to manage the costs associated with getting kids back to school,” the Texas Comptroller said. Glenn Hegar.

The tax-free weekend will run from Friday August 5 to Sunday August 7 at midnight. For a full list of tax-exempt items, visit