South Carolina’s tax-free weekend is fast approaching — from Aug. 2-4, a laundry list of items will be exempt from the state’s 6% sales tax.

The intent is to help parents shopping for back-to-school items — clothes, pencils, backpacks, laptops — but the exemptions include a range of items most people wouldn’t traditionally associate with school — shower curtains, ski boots, wigs, pet sweaters.

However, there are some surprising items not exempt for the weekend — feminine products, glasses, batteries, and computer supplies sold separately are just a few of the taxable items.

Tax-free weekend first started in South Carolina in 2000, and the state’s Department of Revenue estimates shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million in previous years.

For a full list of exempt and non-exempt items, visit

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