Harmattan: Second hand warm clothes dealers make brisk business in Enugu

Enugu State

Second hand warm clothes’ dealers, popularly known as Bend down select, are making brisk business in some major markets in Enugu metropolis.
A News Agency of Nigeria Correspondent who went round some major markets in the metropolis on Saturday gathered that the dealers of the warm clothing were experiencing high patronage.
Some dealers who spoke to NAN said in spite of the demolition of their make-shift shops, they were still making brisk business as temporary stands had been created for the sale of the goods.
Emenike Chibgo at Ogbete Main Market said the business had been profitable since a month ago when preparations for the Christmas and the harmattan season commenced.
Another temporary stand owner, Ifeanyi Ozor, said he ventured into the business because it was always lucrative during harmattan period.
Ozor said notwithstanding the demolition of his shop at Kenyatta Market, he still experienced high level of patronage as people trooped to his position to buy the clothes daily.
Another seller of the clothes at Old park, Enugu, Eunice Ibe, said she usually made about N12,000 to N15,000 or more on a weekly basis from sales.
Ibe said during harmattan people preferred to buy second hand clothes because they were durable than the new ones.
She said: “Although getting second hand clothes is difficult now due to the border closure, I still make good sales from the few ones I get from the wholesalers.”
Amaka Chimmuanya, another dealer at Garki Market, said the second hand warm clothes included sweaters, stockings, jackets and blankets.
Chimmuanya said: “The clothes are sold according to their sizes and textures.
“The stockings can go for between N100 and N250, while the sweater goes for between N250 and N500 for children.
“For adults, one can get a sweater for between N850 and N1,500 depending on its make and texture.”