With the onset of winter, selling of warm clothes has increased manifold in the capital’s different markets.
New as well used warm clothes are having an increased demand among the customers due to the season. A large number of people from different walks of life thronged the markets and footpaths to buy clothes that are less expensive.
Some customers complained that the prices of warm clothes this year were higher against those last year.
“The prices of new winter wear are out of our reach. We, therefore, rush to second-hand clothes’ stalls, where we get quality clothes at affordable rates,” said Ziaur Rahman, a rickshaw puller while buying clothes at the Mouchak circle.
“People who cannot afford to buy new clothes from different shopping malls, get warm clothes from footpaths at cheaper rates,” said Ziaur.
Crowds of people, both poor and well-off, can be seen bargaining with retailers at Gulistan, Farmgate, near Baitul Mukarram, Bangabazar, Municipal Hawkers’ Market, Bangbandhu Stadium, Dhaka College, New Market and Gausia, Muktijoddha market at Mirpur section 1, Shah Ali market at Mirpur 10, and Purabi Super Market in Pallabi.
All kinds of clothes, including old and new woollen sweaters, shawls, cardigans, jumpers, jackets, blankets, headgears, scarves, socks and gloves can be seen hanging in front of shops and booths at small and big markets of the city.
The prices of locally made and Indian shawls range from Tk 300 to Tk 2500, woollen sweaters are selling at Tk 200 to 2500, and cardigans cost Tk 150 to Tk 300 while winter caps cost Tk 50 to Tk 60.
Chinese blazers are selling at Tk 1500 to 5000, leather jackets at Tk 1500 to 4000, long sleeve t-shirt at Tk 200 to 500 while woollen blankets are selling at a price between Tk 400 and Tk 1500, and sometimes even more depending on the quality.
A day labour Naru Mia while buying warm clothes from a footpath at Gulistan told Bangladesh Post, ‘we cannot afford to buy quality winter clothes due to the high price from different shopping malls. Footpath is the only place where we can afford these.
“Only because of the rejected garment products, the middle class and the low income group can survive in the winter season,” Naru added.
Md Delwar Hossen, a hawker from Gulistan said, ‘we mainly buy pullovers, which are extra and rejected by the local garment industries. Most of the time the lower income crowd is opting for used clothes.
Another hawker Gufar Mia at Bangabazar said, the high price of raw materials of the warm clothes is a main reason for the high prices of the products. The living cost is increasing day by day, it must be considered. Besides, the transport cost for the products has increased. So we had to increase the price,” he said.
Jobaer Al Hasan, an owner of Fashion House at New Market said, during the winter, more warm clothes are being sold compared to other clothes. That is why the retailers are selling the goods on a little profit.