It is 8 a.m. on a foggy winter Sunday and the pavements at Abids that usually spot thin attendance of pedestrians are bustling with activity.
People move around the place swiftly laying their hands on the colourful merchandise comprising jeans and jackets displayed on pavements. Look and re-look at a piece or the other and hectic bargaining warms up the atmosphere of the chilly morning.
Rohit Varma, an architecture student is a happy teenager today; his labour has yielded good results. He is one amongst the many youngsters, who have come all the way to this market to purchase a jacket that is widely available here.
“I have managed to buy a good jacket at a cheaper price, while the same brand is available at malls at a higher price. Those who come early can also get some good stuff,” he says.
If the readymade wear like jeans and shirts and t-shirts drew crowds to this Sunday market, it is now the turn of the jackets. Cashing in on the demand for woollen clothes, the traders at this weekly market have now began stocking and selling jackets of various varieties and sizes that cost as cheap as Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000 depending upon the quality of the product.
“The colours and designs are fascinating and even the quality is good, it is a best buy. I have come here after hearing from my friends,” says Shafequllah, a student from old city.
“The jackets are being brought in from Mumbai and Bangalore and can also be used in the rainy season and these are the same variety available at malls at discounted rates,” says Takhee Ahmed, a trader.
This market in the past was famous for road side book stalls that have now paved way for a readymade clothes market and now is earning a distinction of stocking seasonal wears.
Asif Yar Khan
Cashing in on the demand for woollen clothes, traders have began stocking and selling jackets of many varieties