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WOODBRIDGE, Va. – There were no signs of a national recession on Saturday as thousands of shoppers packed the halls of Potomac Mill mall.

In Woodbridge and throughout Virginia, shoppers this weekend are taking advantage of not paying sales tax on clothing and school supplies. The annual tax holiday in effect since 2009 is seen as giving parents a break on back-to-school expenses while drawing more shoppers out to spur the economy.

Several signs were posted along the mall’s corridor reminding shoppers of the tax-free weekend which expires at midnight tonight.