Islamabad - With the advent of winter season, sale of warm clothes has increased manifold in the federal capital. The demand for warm clothes, new as well as used ones, has increased due to the sudden change in weather conditions.

The major markets of the federal capital including Aabpara, Karachi Company, F-10 Markaz and other areas cater to the needs of people who want to buy second-hand garments.

Meanwhile, stalls of winter clothes and sale points of shoes can be seen at all Itwar, Mangal and Friday Bazaars where piles of second-hand quilts, blankets and rugs are up for sale Mohsin Ali, a shopkeeper at Aabpara Itwar Bazar, told APP that customers were demanding warm clothes like sweaters, shawls and coats due to the winter season. He said that demand has drastically increased, while people of middle and lower classes demand used warm clothes.

Crowds of people, both poor and rich, can be seen bargaining with retailers in markets where besides woollies, piles of quilts, bedcovers, blankets and rugs are up for sale. Because of the increasing cold, a large number of people from different walks of life thronged the weekly bazaars and sale markets to buy clothes that are less expensive. People who cannot afford to buy new clothes, get warm clothes from Lunda Bazaars for cheap items, said Rafiullah Khan while buying clothes at a shop at F-10 Markaz.

“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,” Rafiullah said. Rasheed Anjum, a shopkeeper, said his sales had doubled and he was hopeful that in the days ahead these would go up further.

All kinds of clothes, including gloves, woolen hats, mufflers, pullovers, sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets, can be seen hanging in front of shops and booths at small and big markets of the city. Some customers complained that the prices of warm clothes this year were higher as compared to last year.

“I bought a jacket of the same kind for Rs 300 last year, but this time I have paid Rs 500 to the shopkeeper, after a lot of arguments,” Abdul Raffay a student said after buying a second-hand jacket.