Each year, select states across the nation participate in a tax free weekend timed to the start of the new school year.

Although West Virginia is not one of these states, Joshua Cline, President of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, said local parents are looking to cross the border to Virginia for back to school bargains available one weekend only.

“It’s an opportunity for businesses to do well, and that’s what we want at the Chamber of Commerce to hear that businesses are moving product and conducting sales, so we think its a win-win for families and a win win for businesses,” Cline said.

With classroom essentials, along with clothing and footwear, eligible to be purchased tax free, those with large families, look to stock-up. Jasmine Day lives in Princeton. Day said she stocks-up on everything her kids will need for the rest of the school year.

“I think it really does help having that little bit of a tax break, especially when you have multiple children. You just try to look for every break you can,” Day said.

The tax-free bargains will begin Friday, August 3, at 12:01 am, and will end Sunday, August 5, at 11:59 pm.