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Virginia’s tax-free weekend is the perfect time for back-to-school shopping

From gel pens to spiral notebooks, here’s where you can find discounted items during the upcoming sales tax holiday.

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For most families in Northern Virginia, whether you have a nervous kindergartner or an incoming college student, August is a month of preparation. From the new clothing to the essential organizers, there’s a lot you need to purchase in order to ensure your child has a successful (and relaxed) start to the school year. 

This month, you have the chance to prepare early for what’s to come, thanks to Virginia’s tax-free weekend, happening from Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4. 

Throughout this special holiday, you can stock up on any qualifying items—school supplies, clothing, shoes, emergency preparation items and Energy Star or WaterSense appliances—without paying the local sales tax of 5.3%. Prior to heading out the door, be sure to check out the various price limits for each type of product, which are listed on the Virginia Tax website.

To make things a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of stores in the area where you can splurge for your little ones, and maybe even pick something up for yourself, too.

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
In need of a new backpack? You’ll definitely find one this weekend at Fashion Centre, but before you toss away that old one, consider donating it to local families in need at the Backpack Drive happening on Saturday by guest services on the first level. // 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
In addition to the tax-free prices, families will receive an extra 6% off on sales items priced at 65% off from stores like Kate Spade New York, PacSun, Old Navy and Aéropostale. Plus, there will be a sidewalk sale all weekend-long, featuring fall wardrobe essentials from numerous brands, including UGG and Vineyard Vines. // 241 Fort Evans Road NE, Leesburg

Ballston Quarter
Times vary
4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Dulles Town Center
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles

Fair Oaks Mall
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax

Fair Lakes Center
Times vary
12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 400, Fairfax

Fairfax Corner
Times vary
4100 Monument Corner Drive, Fairfax

Manassas Mall
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
8300 Sudley Road, Manassas

Potomac Mills Mall
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge

Tyson’s Corner Center
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner

Tyson’s Corner Galleria
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
2001 International Drive, McLean
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