Residents purchase clothes to celebrate Christmas and a New Year.
Residents of Jos and Bukuru in Plateau State, in a bid to get clothes for the Christmas season, have resorted to second hand clothes and other materials.
A survey in various markets in the city on Tuesday showed that items on high patronage were second hand clothing and shoes.
Residents were seen purchasing assorted materials from second hand clothes dealers for the Christmas at the Terminus, Katako and Bukuru markets.
The survey revealed that the second hands clothes market was patronised in preference to the new clothes and boutiques because of the assorted materials, which could be purchased cheaply.
The survey showed that the residents were motivated to patronise the second hands clothes due to the paucity of funds because of non-payment of majority of the workforce at the grass-roots level of government in the state.
One of the patrons, Ruth Pam, said that she came to the market to purchase some second hand shoes for her two children.
Mrs. Pam said she wanted to make her children happy during the yuletide season as their shoes had worn out.
Another buyer, John Bitrus, attributed his patronage of the second hand items to paucity of funds at his disposal.
Mr. Bitrus explained that he had not been paid salary in the last eight months and could not afford to go to the boutiques or new materials section of the market.
Danladi Gyang said that his desire to make his only daughter happy was responsible for his patronising the second hand materials.
Mr. Gyang further said that buying second hand clothes was an option to when thinking of Christmas dress and shoes for his daughter.
“As for me and my wife, we are ready to use our old clothes on Christmas day, but our daughter who is seven years old desire to wear new clothes on that special day,” he said.
Musa Garuba said that the cold weather in Jos had compelled him to purchase “wind breaker” to protect himself from the harsh cold of Jos.
Mr. Garuba said that the second hand clothes were of better quality to protect him from the cold weather than new ones.
The Plateau Chairman of Second Hand Clothes Dealers, Awwalu Mohammed, attributed the high patronage of their merchandise to its affordability.
Mr. Mohammed further said that their members also import high quality materials that would last for a long time for their customers.
He said that the second hand dealers had made it a duty to import grade one materials, so as to satisfy their customers.
The chairman commended the state government and security agents for maintaining relative peace as their business had been thriving in the state.