Tax holidays start in Virginia and Maryland this weekend, which means a number of items in each state will be exempt from sales tax.

In Virginia, the back-to-school sales tax holiday runs Aug. 7-9. A laundry list of items, from backpacks to apparel, will be exempt from local and state sales tax. The tax rate runs from 5.3 percent to 6 percent, depending on the locality, so savings can add up. This year, for the first time, shoppers will be able to purchase far more than back-to-school supplies tax-free. Items for emergency preparedness and energy efficient appliances also will be tax-free. Those items are normally tax-free during other designated tax holidays.

Here’s a list of what will be tax-free, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office.

  • Most school/office supplies, such as pens, loose-leaf paper, scissors, binders, backpacks and construction paper, will be tax-exempt as long as each item costs $20 or less.
  • Clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less per article or pair will be tax-exempt.
  • Items that may be needed to prepare for an emergency, priced at $60 or less each, will be exempt from sales tax; examples include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits.
  • Gas-powered chainsaws that cost $350 or less each, and chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less each, will be exempt.
  • Portable generators will be exempt if they cost $1,000 or less each.
  • Energy Star-labeled dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers and refrigerators will be exempt if they sell for $2,500 or less each.
  • WaterSense-labeled sink faucets, faucet accessories, aerators, shower heads, toilets and landscape irrigation controllers priced at $2,500 or less each will be exempt from sales tax.

In Maryland, the sales tax holiday will run Aug. 9 to 15. Apparel under $100 will be exempt from that state’s 6 percent sales tax. A limited number of other items, like diapers and braces and supports, also will be tax free. Here’s the entire list of what’s exempt, according to the from the Maryland Comptroller’s office.