islamabad - The sale of warm clothes has increased in the federal capital as mercury has fallen due to foggy weather.

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 parts of Islamabad 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 Sunday and Friday Bazaars where piles of second-hand quilts, blankets and rugs are up for sale.

Mohsin Ali, a shopkeeper at Aabpara Sunday Bazaar told APP that customers are demanding warm clothes like sweaters, shawls and coats in view of the approaching winter season. He said that demand has drastically increased, while people belonging to the 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 cheap. People who cannot afford to buy new clothes get warm clothes from Lunda bazaars for cheap, said Rafiullah Khan while buying clothes at a shop at F-10 Markaz. “The prices of new winter wears are out of our reach. We, therefore, rush to second-hand clothes’ stalls, where we get quality clothes at affordable rates,” he added.

Rasheed Anjum, a shopkeeper, said his sale has doubled and he is hopeful that in the days ahead these would go up further. All kinds of clothes and accessories, including gloves, woollen 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.

Chilly weather, especially at night, during the last three days when rainfall hit the capital, forced people to buy winter clothes and other necessary items to bear the sudden wave of cold in the city.