What to know about Connecticut’s tax-free week from Norwich shoppers

Even though business was slow during sales tax-free week last year from the pandemic, Ashon Avent, owner of Main Avent Athletics and Apparel and T-Shirt World in Norwich, said he’s getting his marketing ready for this year. “This week, we’re going to step up our marketing and let them know […]

Even though business was slow during sales tax-free week last year from the pandemic, Ashon Avent, owner of Main Avent Athletics and Apparel and T-Shirt World in Norwich, said he’s getting his marketing ready for this year.

“This week, we’re going to step up our marketing and let them know that we have supplies for the students to go back to school,” Avent said.

How does Connecticut’s tax-free week work?

Connecticut’s 21st sales tax-free week lasts until Saturday and covers most clothing and footwear items retailing $100 or less, no matter how many are purchased, meaning customers save about six cents per dollar from not paying sales taxes. Both Avent and local customers believe this opportunity helps the community afford the clothes they need.

“With the back-to-school rush, you try to do the best you can to provide resources,”  Avent said.

Ashon Avent, owner of Main Avent Athletics and Apparel, stocks his shelves at the store in Foundry 66. Most years, there's a lot of business for Avent during sales tax free week.

Stretching every dollar

Plainfield resident Darren Teal was shopping at the Norwich EbLens on Monday. As a dad with four kids and two step-kids, he said the sales tax free week is a good opportunity for parents to go shopping.

“It can be very, very expensive,” Teal said.

People enter EbLens clothing store in Norwich Monday during the state's tax free week. [John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com]

Preston resident Nancy Insalaco was also at the EbLens Monday, accompanied by her daughter, looking for back-to-school clothes. Insalaco said she also prefers to shop during tax free week, and the saved money could go toward other necessities.

“I teach my children (this) all the time; you can save something somewhere, then it’s more dollars somewhere else,” Isalaco said. “It could be food, or feeding your pet.”

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