Street-side shopping culture seems to be catching up with people of the twin cities

Vijaya Bhaskar, a student, has a special liking for the Sunday market at Abids. He prefers to drop in at the market along with his friends as it offers a wide variety of products at affordable prices.

Affordability

“One can not only save money but also buy trendy clothes. Moreover, the merchandise offered is of good quality,” he says.

The Sunday market shopping culture seems to be catching up with the people of the twin cities as many visit markets at Abids, Charminar, Park lane, Erragadda and Kondapur. Affordability is the prime reason for shoppers to descend on the markets.

Each market offers commodities depending on the location and demand at a particular season. At the Charminar Sunday market, also known as ‘Itvaar Bazaar’, one can pick mechanical tools, antique goods, pre-owned bicycles, clothes and plastic wares.

“I come here whenever I need some mechanical tools like screw drivers, cutting pliers and spanners as they are offered at affordable prices,” says Mohammed Yakub of King Kothi.

One can haggle for prices at these markets and at the end of the day head home with the satisfaction of having made a good bargain.

The Park Lane and Abids markets offer readymade apparels for men, women and children apart from perfumes, footwear, belts, bags and women’s accessories.

“The quality is satisfactory, and the goods are worth the money we spend,” feels Ramesh, a private employee.

In the far west of the city, at the decades-old Erragadda market continues to hold prominence. Nearly 200 traders participate in the weekly market there. Right from plastic wares to poultry and livestock, one can choose from a wide range of products sold here.

In addition, there are two auction stalls at each market where one can bid for items such as digital camera, grinders, DVD players and bed sheets.

“The Sunday market offers us a source of livelihood. Most traders solely depend on it. The huge public turnout encourages us,” says a trader.

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