Brisk sales in warm clothes amid severe in Rayshahi
RAJSHAHI, Jan 12: The traders of warm clothes in different upazilas and the city are passing busy times as cold weather has been prevailing in the northern region for the last few weeks.
The sales of winter clothes have increased at different posh markets and roadside makeshift shops of the city. People are buying warm clothes to save them from cold wave and chilly weather.
During a recent visit, this correspondent found that many customers were gathering at the roadside shops in the city on Wednesday to buy warm clothes. Traders are also selling the clothes on footpath or on mobile vans.
There are selling different warm clothes like sweaters, jackets, cardigans and caps. Besides, poor people are crowding at the roadside shops to buy second-hand warm clothes.
Talking to The Daily Observer, Kamrul Hasan, owner of a roadside shop at Rail-Gate area in the city, said, "I sell second-hand warm clothes. The demand for used warm clothes is much higher than the new ones. I'm selling different types of warm clothes for the people of all ages."
"The boy's and girl's sweater is being sold at Tk 100 to 500 per piece. Per piece jacket is selling at Tk 100 to 500. I'm also selling baby sweater, gloves, woollen cap and muffler at Tk 70 to 300 per piece," he added.
Ashraf Ali, an old clothes seller at Holdia Road area, said, "I have already started to sell old warm clothes since the winter stared. I pull rickshaw in other times but only in winter I do this business of selling old warm clothes on mobile van."
"I go out for sale every morning and return home in the evening or night. It is a risk-free business and does not need huge capital. Especially, the lower class people want to buy the old warm clothes at low rate," he added.
Dalim Hossen, a warm clothes businessman of Godagari Upazila, said, "Every day different classes of people including rickshaw pullers, day labourers and ordinary employees of different government and private organisations crowd my shop. I sell different warm clothes at Tk 100 to 1,500 per piece. I'm now selling the warm clothes worth about Tk 10,000 to 15,000 daily."
Najmin Ara came to buy a blanket at Ganakpara on Tuesday afternoon. She bought a blanket at Tk 700. She said, "I have bought the blanket as cold has become severe. But the price of China blanket seems to be a bit more. Last year, I bought a blanket at Tk 600."
Hashem Ali, a blanket seller said, "I sell different blankets at Tk 150 to 1,200. The price of per piece blanket has increased by Tk 50 to 100 compared to that of the last year. I bring the blankets from Dhaka."
Some warm clothe buyers- Saida Banu, Rupali Akhter, Kamrunnahar and Sathi Rahman, who were visiting a footpath clothe store near Rail-Gate area in the city said, "The prices of warm clothes are increasing every year. It is very hard for low income group people like us to purchase warm clothes spending huge money."