Massachusetts sales tax holiday will look different this year

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) — The Bedding Center in Attleboro has been a family operation for decades, and traditionally about a month’s worth of business comes from Tax-Free Weekend.

“It could be a big, big weekend,” said co-owner Charlie Falugo. “This year, it’s just, who knows?”

The pandemic is limiting some inventory and prompting new safety protocols, like setting up a tent outside.

“Twenty-by-twenty tent,” Falugo said. “And we’re going to have items that we normally don’t display available.”

Inside, they’re sacrificing some of the sheets they would normally sell and instead using them for people to try out mattresses — crucial for a business that relies on in-person sales.

“We lay a sanitized sheet over the bed,” he said. “We give them a couple of sanitized pillows, and they feel very, very comfortable.”

But business leaders estimate a record 30 percent of the tax-free shopping done in Massachusetts this weekedn will be done right from home, online.

“It is a higher number, but I think that’s going to be a norm,” said Jack Lank of the United Regional Chamber if Commerce. “The convenience of it, number one, the fear of going into a retail store with other people walking by, walking close.”

But even if you are shopping online, Lank still encourages you to support local small businesses.

“Those store owners are your neighbors, they’re your friends,” he said. ” And through these crazy COVID times, everybody needs a little help and support.”

For more information on what’s included in the sales tax holiday, visit mass.gov.

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