Crazy Day shoppers took advantage of the shopping sales extravaganza Saturday afternoon in McAlester.

Oklahoma’s tax free sales holiday started at 12:01 a.m. Friday and is set to continue through midnight Sunday, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

It gives shoppers statewide the opportunity to purchase “certain clothing and shoes” priced at less than $100 without having to pay sales tax.

The Crazy Days event officially kicked off at 8 a.m. Saturday downtown on Choctaw Avenue. And within two hours of opening their stores, owners were pleased with the amount of customers coming through to do their Crazy Days shopping. “We’ve had about 50 customers,” said Taryn Good, of Interior Resources on Choctaw Avenue.

And Cindy Radtke, an employee at Brown’s Show Fit Co., said, “We had a bog ol’ spurt this morning, its been busy. It’s been good, yes, it’s been very good. We had a good day yesterday too.”

Kristen Lloyd, a Leopard Cupcake employee, was ringing up a customer when she said, “We’ve been staying busy. It hasn’t slowed down.”

A couple McAlester youngsters took advantage of the Crazy Days shopping extravaganza and set up lemonade booths. Estella Kirk, age 7, of McAlester, and Taryn Good, age 13, of McAlester, both sold lemonade to help Crazy Days shoppers quench their thirst and get relief from the hot August day.

The McAlester News-Capital caught up with one family of shoppers Saturday morning coming out of the Crowded Closet on Choctaw Avenue. Linda Williams, of Crowder, and Marcie Arnold, 33, of Crowder, were doing some “back to school” shopping for Destinee McGuire, age 13, of Crowder, and Kaiti McGuire, age 7, of McAlester. All four woman were holding bags stuffed full of clothes. When the News-Capital asked Arnold if she had purchased something for herself as well, she replied, “I can’t go shopping without getting something for myself.”

Then 13-year-old Destinee McGuire said, “She calls it (shopping) therapy.”

And 7-year-old Kaiti McGuire said, “When she goes shopping, she comes out with at least three bags or four.”

Contact Rachel Petersen at James Beaty contributed to this story. Contact him at

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