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Parents saving on "approved" clothing items during tax-free days

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Many Iowa families are taking advantage of this weekend's 2010 Tax-Free Holiday. Friday and Saturday you can purchase most clothing items and not pay a penny in sales tax.

Walmart's Waterloo Store Manager Bryan Johnson expects a twenty percent increase in business Friday based on previous year's sales. But unlike other back-to-school seasons, jeans are not at the top of everyone's list.

Many parents and kids in Waterloo are shopping for clothes that conform to the new Standardized Dress Code. Which means places like Walmart had to rush order extra items, in certain styles and colors. The hardest things for the store to find -- and stock -- were approved pants and skirts for girls. But the items flying off the shelf this weekend are collared shirts.

"Polos, lots of polos of course. Trying to get the right colors in -- it's been difficult to get the right colors in on notice for everybody. You know, everybody's got their own color charts," said Johnson.

The master chart for Waterloo Community Schools is available in the store -- listing every school participating in the dress code and what they're requiring. You'll also find a list of tax-exempt items this weekend at the registers and dressing rooms.

Even though jeans are not allowed in many Waterloo schools, parents are still buying a couple pairs for the kids. And stores are counting on families from surrounding towns to continue stocking up on denim.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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