Warm clothes sale on rise as winter settles in Nilphamari
Sales of winter clothing, both new and used, have risen in several markets of seven upazilas in Nilphamari district and its neighbouring areas in the past few days, with the first stirrings of the coldest season of the year.
According to local sources, various items of clothing such as shawls, sweaters, headbands, caps, mufflers, fur-lined coats, cardigans, etc. are being sold at makeshift clothing stores, roadside pushcarts and stalls, as well as in shopping malls. Buyers crowding these places are mostly of low-income backgrounds looking for low-cost warming gear.
Winter in this region means a drastic change in the way general people lead their lives and organize their schedules. Family and social programs are timed to coincide with the coldest and warmest times of the day, but those living in the remote areas are usually the most helpless.
Since they cannot afford buying warm clothes most of the time, they have to depend on used clothes coming in through charity when and if they come.
“I sold a number of second-hand warm clothes, which are higher in demand than new clothes,” said a trader of Sadar upazila market.
Those coming to his shop are usually people from low and fixed income groups, including day-labourers, rickshaw-pullers and such, he added.
Shirin Banu of Newbabupara Sadar upazila town said, “We have been facing extreme cold over last few days, so I have come to buy some clothes for eight members of my family.”
Morsalin, who sells second-hand items including denim jackets, woolen blazers and sweaters in his shop in the town, claimed to have sold some of to well-off individuals as well.
“Particularly, young well-off customers think that used items are better in quality and design than new items.”
Mohiruddin of Bahalipara of Sadar upazila said he had bought some woolen sweaters for his children from a footpath shop.
“Their quality is very good. They even look fresh and almost new and are comfortable to wear,” he added.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer SA Hayat said , " A total of 7,500 blankets have been distributed over the last few days among the poor people in the district."
''We have informed the higher authorities to send more blankets for the sufferers of the cold-wave," he added.