ROCK HILL, S.C. -- It's another way that people in North Carolina can save a buck by heading south.

Since North Carolina's tax-free weekend was canceled this year, South Carolina's event could see bigger crowds than ever.

"Typically it's really busy, so we're expecting huge, huge crowds for this particular event," said Lisa Snyder, store manager of Rue 21.

It's the first time in 12 years that North Carolina hasn't had a tax free holiday, and the major mall just across the border is the Rock Hill Galleria.

Amber Cole at the cellphone store "Cellairis" is bracing for the impact.

"We actually have a lot coming in for tax free weekend," Cole said, "It'll be pretty busy."

Here's what you need to know before driving to the mall: all school supplies, computers or electronics and clothes qualify as tax free.

The cheap buys aren't enough to bring Amber Howe back for more shopping.

"I don't deal with it," Howe said, "It's too crowded just to save a little bit of money."

Snyder says her store normally sees 10 to 20-percent in additional revenue, which should jump with the additional North Carolina customers.

"We do expect to have a nice increase here, especially in South Carolina. It might be hurting the stores a little bit in North Carolina, but that's okay, we'll take it here," Snyder said.

The tax free holiday is in its fifteenth year in South Carolina. It starts at midnight Friday and runs through Sunday.

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