While Wednesday marked the start of the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in Virginia, several store managers say customers around the Valley don't take advantage of the deals.
Starting on Wednesday, customers could buy items to stay safe, like first aid kits and flashlights, without paying state sales tax.
However, some store mangers say customers tend to wait to the last minute, when severe weather approaches, and the tax holiday is not an especially busy time.
According to Ed Enterline, the manager at Dean Home Center in Elkton, when there's no threat, customers don't feel the need to get the items.
Still, he says now would be a perfect time.
"There's always been a need to be prepared. Our weather patterns have changed, and we're seeing more winds and more damaging storms," explain Enterline. "You don't when it's going to happen, if it's going to happen, or where its going to happen. Since the items are non-perishable, it would be better to get them now and when they're available, then wait to the last minute when they're not going to be available so much."
The tax holiday runs until May 31, with the Atlantic hurricane season starting the day after.
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