Consumers who buy clothing and footwear under $100 will get a break on the state's sales tax during Maryland-Tax-Free Week from Sunday, Aug. 12 to Sat. Aug. 18.

Managers at Towson Town Center said they plan to lure shoppers on the first day of the week with gift card prizes ranging from $10 to $500.

Starting at noon on Sunday, Aug. 12, the first 500 shoppers to visit the mall's customer service booth in the food court on level three will get a scratch off game card, a chance to win a gift card. That's while supplies last, with a limit of one scratch-off game card per person.

But if you're planning to save yourself the 6 percent sales tax, load up on clothing and shoes, not accessories. The tax free week does not apply to items such as jewelry, watches, watchbands, handbags, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.