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Back to school shopping on tax-free weekend

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)If you're not back to school shopping this weekend, you may want to stay home. It's moms on a mission and dads with a dream...of finally filling those school supply requirements--and it's all made even busier by this weekend's state sales tax break for most school items. 

Raylan Dauzat may not yet know who her second grade teacher is...

"Maybe be Miss Melissa or Miss Stacy?" said Raylan. 

But she is sure of her favorite back-to-school item: "My lunchbox."

For Raylan's mom Staci Dauzat, shopping for school supplies for her two kids is a necessary evil. 

"Because my son is going to middle school, his items are totally different," said Dauzat. "So it's like, you can't find everything in one section, you kind of have to search the whole store. It's the most stressful time of the year."

It's the hunt for the perfect item at the perfect price. 

"It seems like every year it gets more expensive," Dauzat said. "You think the list would get smaller, but they get bigger every year."

That's why Staci Dauzat says this weekend's state sales tax break is just what she and her family need. 

"I waited to do all of my shopping for this weekend," she said. 

Good for the customers, and good for retailers like Target.

"Oh it's extremely busy," said Brandon Wilkinson, the executive team leader of logistics at Target in Alexandria. "Our guest traffic has picked up probably about 100 percent: It's crazy."

They're keeping up with the demand, so that you can find your school supply.

"We have to replenish every hour, just to keep it stocked and ready to go for our guests," said Wilkinson. 

So parents and students can be on their way to second grade...and beyond.

"Raylan, are you excited to go back?"

Raylan nods and smiles. 

The 4-percent state sale tax break continues through midnight Saturday, August 2. 

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