ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI – As Eid is approaching, sale of bangles and artificial jewellery is gaining momentum in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad despite inflation.

Eid shopping is on its peak as women from all age groups are thronging shopping centers to buy various goods ranging from clothes to bangles.

The shopkeepers have illuminated their shops and stalls with multi-coloured lights and decoration pieces to attract people.

Makeshift stalls are found in every market with glitzy bangles and glittering jewellery. Even the small Mohallah shops are keeping bangle boxes handy to meet local demand.

Blue Area, Melody, Karachi Company, Aabpara Market, F-10 Markaz, F-11 Markaz, G-10 Markaz, G-11 Markaz, Supermarket, Jinnah Supermarket and I-10 Markaz are bangle hubs at the Federal Capital.

The shopkeepers expect the sale will go further up a week before Eid.

“It is three days before Eid when our sale of bangles will be at the highest point,” Javed Qureshi, a stallholder at Jinnah Super, said.

“Price of a dozen of bangles ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 300, depending on their quality and style,” Afza Adeel, a pretty teenage girl said.

“Consumers have been left at the mercy of shopkeepers who have increased prices of everything that is related to Eid, buy the clothes, shoes, bangles and cards,” said Ghulam Murtaza.

“Without wearing bangles, Eid is incomplete. You feel as if there were something missing,” said Shazia Banno, a housewife.

Some of the buyers believe that prices are high of artificial jewellery and bangles but Eid is a joyful day and they are forced to buy to make the occasion a memorable one in this regard.