North Carolina created a summer sales tax holiday weekend in 2002, after seeing its success in South Carolina.
The holiday on the first weekend in august allows shoppers to buy back to school supplies, computers, and sporting goods, tax free.
It has been a windfall for many retailers, who've compared the crowds to holiday shopping in November and December.
On Tuesday, state senators are expected to take a final vote on a bill that includes ending the 11-year-run of the sales tax holiday.
Republican State Sen. Bob Rucho called the holiday a gimmick.
"If the idea is to give a boost to economic growth, it doesn't do it," Rucho said.
Some in the Senate are concerned that the state loses more than $13 million in tax revenue on that one August weekend. Rucho said it doesn't cause shoppers to spend more money, only to wait and spend it all in one small span of time.
He favors lowering the state income tax instead.
"What we tried to do with that plan is give everybody a tax holiday every day, not just on the weekend that they've set aside," he said.
On the opposite side of the aisle, Sen. Malcolm Graham opposes ending the sales tax holiday.
"I believe that these holidays help to stimulate the economy, in that they give consumers a break, and encourage them to buy and to buy more than they would without the tax holiday," Graham told Channel 9 via email.
North Carolina Rep. Carla Cunningham also emailed Channel 9 saying she does not support eliminating the tax holiday. “I know how much the tax holiday benefitted me when my children were in school years ago. It is my hope that the tax holiday is not eliminated. Families are already struggling to make ends meet. At this current time, I do not support eliminating tax holiday."
In the middle are shoppers, like Mary Lou Bolin. She has five grandchildren, and always shops for them on tax-free weekend.
"They may be losing money, but they're also helping the residents of the state," Bolin said. "A lot of parents take advantage of it to buy school supplies and clothes."
Several retailers wouldn't talk to Channel 9 on camera, but they were surprised to hear that state lawmakers were considering ending the sales tax holiday.
Even if the senate gives final approval to the bill it must then go to the house, which does not have the sales tax holiday issue in its own bill.