WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Customers waited a long time for tax free weekend, and so did furniture stores. It was the busiest weekend of the year for Raymour and Flanigan Furniture.
Shelby Mason of West Springfield said she waited about 6 months to buy new furniture. “We know the colors we want, the sizes, and we figured you know we can just wait until tax free weekend,” Mason told 22News. She and her husband had a list of furniture they were going to buy without the 6.25 percent state sales tax, and they could, as long as each individual item cost less than the $2,500 limit per item.
Baby A.J.’s parents were hoping to buy many pieces of furniture too. “Just sold our house and we’re buying a new one and it’s a lot more space than what we’re used to, so we’re trying to find some new furniture to fit that space…[We’re looking for a] new bed, new sectional couch set, new dining room table,” Anthony Braden of Westfield, told 22News.
Some people took advantage of the whole weekend to make sure they got the best tax free deal. On Saturday, they went store to store, looking at all that there was to offer. Then on Sunday, they actually made the purchase.
“We were here yesterday and we went to a few other furniture stores but we came back to Raymour and Flanigan…We just wanted something smaller that made our house seem, or feel, bigger,” said Ronnie McCoy of Springfield.
Others started furniture shopping Sunday.
“We are looking for leather recliners well a love seat and a couch, for our living room. We just need some new furniture,” said Alex Bozogolos of Belchertown, who was shopping with his parents and brother.
Many stores, like Raymour and Flanigan Furniture, opened earlier than normal and were planning on staying open until late Sunday night to offer more time for people to take advantage of the deals.
Customers said while they didn’t expect to save a substantial amount through the tax free holiday, it was enough savings to make this weekend worth the wait.