BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Mickey Finn’s on Berlin Turnpike, in Berlin, has been a Connecticut retail landmark since the 1940s and today Gov. Dannel Malloy chose Mickey Finn’s to remind Connecticut residents that the sales tax on most clothing and shoes under $300 will be suspended for a week starting this Sunday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 23.
Despite the fact the state has done this for several years, many people still don’t know about it or when it is scheduled. “If I was aware, I would have waited…and I do think it’s a good idea,” said Mark Zawalich of Hamden, who was shopping today.
Elizabeth Brooks of Bloomfield, who was also shopping added, “I didn’t know that it was next week. I knew that they did it every year but I didn’t know that it was that part of the year and I think it’s great, so I would definitely come back.”
The state Tax Department estimates that Connecticut residents will save between $7 million and $9 million during the next week of shopping. “We think that this week is very important to consumers in the State of Connecticut. It’s also very important to retailers in the State of Connecticut,” Malloy said.
The family that has long operated Mickey Finn’s says there is no question that the “Sales Tax Free Week” is a big customer traffic generator this time of year.
“The initial day, the first day, kicks it off and it’s wonderful. The customers love it. We like the way it kicks off our ‘back to school,'” said Doug Cohen of Mickey Finn’s.
Here’s a complete list of what’s included for the week.