Shopping momentum hits Eid market in city
Eid shopping has gained momentum. Buyers are crowing city malls, shopping centers and also on way side vendor shops to purchase clothes for family members as the Eid-ul-Fitr is drawing closer. Shopping malls have been decorated in different colors on this occasion.
Shoppers in luxury malls and market places have put fashionable attires for men, women and children in colorful display. Men wears, saris for women, 3-piece for young girls and Pajama-Punjabi for younger and older are glittering in show-cases of fashion houses at almost all over in the city.
For women Tangail sari, Moslin, Jamdani and boutique print are common in display in most sari house in Basundhara city mall, New Market, Gausia, Baily Road and Jamuna Future city shops. Women and young girls are running in the shopping places in groups and putting hard bargains to buy something of their choice.
More women are in the buyers' line than men who have hardly any time to spare except in the evening. So family buying is mainly carried out by women of families who venture out mainly in the afternoon to early evening in shopping places.
High on demand are also shirts, pants, readymade garments. Most such buying is taking place in the wayside vendor shops by the poor working class people. They have limited budget and not crowding at big shops.
Open market shops in New Market, Gulistan, Baitul Mukarram, Mirpur-1 are drawing the biggest crowd of low income people who are going for buying clothes for family members staying at home in the countryside.
Shopkeepers at some places say they are yet not happy with daily sale which they expect will multiply in few days.
Women flocking the market however have a different view. They blame exorbitant price shop keepers are demanding which at times is over-running the Eid budget.
Some other things on high demand on this occasion are shoes and cosmetics, perfumes, footwear, imitation ornaments bangles and such other goods. Vendors say sale would continue till the night before the Eid-ul-Fitr. Braving the heat, hawkers have put on display their sale items in wayside open air for buyers.
Anisur Rahman, a trader at Elephant Road told The Daily Observer that buyers are yet to flood the market but construction work of metro rail in the city is causing road congestion making shopping malls at many places inaccessible.
A shopper at Eastern Plaza said road block is making movement difficult.
Traders at Centre Point Shopping Mall, Anarkali and Mouchak market are also running brisk sale while complaining road block as major obstacle to this year's Eid shopping.
Aarong shops remain overcrowded from early in the day. Prices of clothes, particularly cotton, silk and synthetic have registered a sharp rise. A 'Lehenga' is sold at Tk 4000.
Female shoppers are also thronged jewelry shops. "I came to the market to buy a pair of earrings to match with my Eid dress," said Afsana Kahtun at Gausia market. Meanwhile, more city dwellers is choosing e-shopping to avoid traffic crowd.
Bangladesh Post Office and e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) are organising a series of fairs to promote online shopping. Sifat Ara, owner of Women's Fashion BD, who runs online business through Facebook from the city's Shewrapara area, said their sales started going up after Shab-e-Barat.