Dealers in warm second hand clothing in Jos are making brisk business as the harmattan cold bites harder, the News of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A NAN correspondent who went round markets in Jos and its environs on Tuesday, reports that there has been rush for second hand warm clothes, blankets, caps and head warmers in the last few days due to the intense cold weather.
Some of the dealers interviewed expressed happiness over the development.
Mr Godswill Nnaji, who sells second hand children cardigans, panty hose, head warmers and trousers in Kabong market told NAN that the surge for the items started even before the Christmas.
He said “the high demand for the items has made business very lucrative even before the Yuletide. Infact, customers plead with me to call them whenever I want to open new bales of clothes so that they would be the first to pick.”
Mr Amos Madu, who sells second hand winter jackets, hand gloves and head warmers at the Miango-Junction corroborated the claim, adding that he started witnessing high patronage from customers from the second week of December.
He said “with the increased harmattan cold since the second week of December the patronage has doubled.
‘`I enjoyed high patronage with the onset of the harmattan, business has been very good, in fact I open two bales of clothing daily,’’ he said.
Mr Shehu Bello, who sells second hand ladies panty hose, Turtlenecks, trousers and blankets, said business had picked up seriously and the demand for items was very high.
Mr James Destiny, one of the customers at Kabong market, however, lamented high price of the second hand clothing.
He said “the weather is very cold, so I don’t want to jeopardise my health and that of my family, that’s why I am here to get these clothes, you dare not use any type of jacket for this weather, it has to be very thick.”
Similarly, Mrs Peace Bature, a mother and a civil servant, said she was in the market to purchase warm clothes for her kids but added that sellers were taking advantage of the high demand to hike their price.(NAN)