As summer draws to a close, the excitement of a new school year begins to bubble up. But before students can embark on their educational journey, there's an essential task to tackle: back-to-school shopping! This year’s Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, Aug. 11, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 13, so it’s the perfect time to get your shopping done.
It’s a great opportunity to support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual Tax-Free weekend. Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.
Le Garage Sale
If you’re looking for the perfect place to refresh your wardrobe, Le Garage Sale is an amazing two-day shopping event each January and August where an expertly curated mix of 100+ local businesses offer end-of-season pricing for one weekend only. Since 2001, Austin's legendary Le Garage Sale has drawn fashion-conscious shoppers to a semi-annual event that pulls the creme de la creme of Austin’s independent boutiques and local labels under one roof where everything is on sale.
Ranging from clothes and accessories to home decor and more, Austin’s top tier brands and makers bring their signature selection and excess inventory to giddy customers in a one-stop-shop set to a hip backdrop of music, coffee, cocktails and a high energy atmosphere. Suellen Young, Moreland agent and owner of Le Garage, states “We are not just trying to fill our hall; we are curating a great selection for our shoppers.”
When: August 26-27, 2023 | 11 AM - 5PM
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd
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For a one-stop shopping destination, look no further than The Domain. This outdoor mall boasts an array of stores featuring the latest fashion trends, technology gadgets, and school supplies. Students can find stylish outfits at popular retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21, while tech-savvy individuals will enjoy exploring the Apple Store and Microsoft Store for their electronic needs. Additionally, The Domain offers numerous dining options, making it an ideal spot for a fun-filled back-to-school shopping day.
South Congress Avenue
Known for its quirky and unique atmosphere, South Congress Avenue is a haven for those seeking individuality and distinctiveness in their school gear. Boutique shops and vintage stores line the avenue, offering an eclectic mix of clothing, accessories, and stationery. Students who value personal style will be delighted by the array of options available. While strolling down South Congress Avenue, it's hard to resist the temptation to grab a cone from Amy's Ice Creams or take a selfie with the "I Love You So Much" mural at Jo's Coffee.
Barton Creek Square Mall
Of all the things Barton Creek Square has to offer, air conditioning definitely makes the list! As one of Austin's largest indoor malls, it houses well-known department stores such as Macy's, Dillard's, and Nordstrom. From backpacks and lunchboxes to athletic wear and school shoes, this mall covers every back-to-school necessity. With the added convenience of ample parking and a wide selection of eateries, Barton Creek Square is a go-to destination for families gearing up for the new academic year.
Located close to the University of Texas at Austin campus, the University Co-op is the ultimate destination for Longhorn fans. This iconic store offers a fantastic collection of official UT merchandise, including apparel, textbooks, and school supplies. For students starting their journey at UT Austin, this is the perfect place to show their school spirit and stock up on essentials that proudly display the burnt orange colors of the university.
For budget-conscious shoppers, Austin has several discount retailers that provide affordable back-to-school options. Stores like Target, Walmart, and Dollar Tree are scattered throughout the city, offering a wide variety of school supplies at wallet-friendly prices. Bargain hunters can score great deals on backpacks, notebooks, pens, and other essentials without breaking the bank.
Additionally, there are outlet malls near Round Rock and San Maros for those who reside outside of Austin. There is also an IKEA located in Round Rock, perfect for college students moving into apartments and looking for fairly priced home furnishings.
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