The chill in the air at the advent of winter has sent people rushing for warm clothes and blankets in the city, triggering a rise in the sales of winter items.
The winter has already set in coupled with fog sweeping across the country for the last few weeks. People are now visiting different shopping malls, shops, makeshift shops for buying winter clothes.
Seasonal traders have started stockpiling and selling warm clothes and blankets, including second-hand ones at different shopping malls, shops and makeshift footpath shops in the capital.
Some buyers are placing orders at tailoring shops for suit, blazers and other fashionable winter clothes. A mild and a moderate cold wave may sweep over the northern, north-eastern and central region in the last half of December and temperature may dive to 6 to 8 degree Celsius, forecast Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
In January, a moderate cold wave and one or two mild to moderate cold wave may hit and temperature may drop to 4-6 degree Celsius during the period, the Met office said.
The lowest temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 10.5 °C in Srimangal while the difference between night and day temperatures is reducing day by day.
Shops at Baitul Mukarram, New Market, Purana Poltan, GPO, Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Farmgate and Shadarghat areas have started storing blankets and various warm clothes to take the advantage of rising demand.
They are also selling sweaters, jackets, woollen shirt, trousers and blazers to the shoppers.
Traders said they have already started selling these items, but the sale is yet to gain the momentum. “The sale will boost from next month,” a trader said.
Most of the limited-income people were seen buying warm clothes at cheaper rates from the makeshift markets for getting warmth and protection during the winter. Some buyers are searching for second-hand warm clothes for more affordable purchase.
During a visit to the New Market area on Monday, this correspondent found different types of sweaters, jackets and blankets were being displayed for sale.
Saiful Islam, a private company employee who was shopping for winter items for his family at New Market, told the daily sun that he bought a sweater for his wife and a jacket for his child. He thinks the prices will rise further when the winter will get more intense.
The traders said they are selling sweaters, jackets and blankets of different quality at competitive prices.