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Customers like the sales tax holiday Saturday

From left, Jennifer Carswell, Taylor Carswell and Beverly Carswell finish a shopping trip at Wal-Mart in Lee County Saturday, which was the last day to take advantage of the Georgia sales tax holiday on school-related items.

From left, Jennifer Carswell, Taylor Carswell and Beverly Carswell finish a shopping trip at Wal-Mart in Lee County Saturday, which was the last day to take advantage of the Georgia sales tax holiday on school-related items.

ALBANY, Ga. -- People lined up at stores including Staples to buy school supplies during Saturday's sales tax holiday.

"We just got back into town and school doesn't start until Tuesday, so we really can use the time to shop before our kids go to school," said Christie Warsham at Staples with her husband Lane and their two daughters, students at Baconton Charter School.

It was the first sales-tax holiday since 2009 so shoppers turned out to take advantage until midnight Saturday. Target wasn't so bad, Warsham said, but Staples had lines she didn't want to deal with.

Comparing his business on tax-free Saturday with regular Saturdays, all Greg Demery, Staples assistant manager could say was , "We are busy, very busy today."

The deals were there for everyone from elementary school students to college students. Jennifer Ahweyevu said she was going to stock up to start Georgia Southern University.

"There's a good deal on (printer) paper besides no sales tax," Ahweyevu said. "I should get what I need before school starts."

The school-supply, sales-tax exemption lasted two days and came later in the year than previous tax holidays. It left some people saying it should have started earlier and lasted longer.

"I bought early because they start school early," said Deidra Tillman. "Some places had shelves that ran down fast and no variety. I think they should have it longer so you can shop around."

That was a consensus among shoppers in Albany Saturday in an unscientific poll. The tax holiday could better serve people if it lasted anywhere from a week to a month, shoppers stated.

The tax holiday exempted some clothing with a less than $100 price tag, school supplies less than $20 per item, computers with a less than $1,000 cost and other items.