Great Interest in Second-Hand Clothing Shops in Kirkuk

February 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The second-hand clothing shops in Kirkuk known as “Lenga” are crowded with the citizens of Kirkuk and the IDPs who want to stay warm in the winter.

In the past few days, and for the first time in nine years, it snowed in Kirkuk and the temperatures dropped to -4 Celsius. The second-hand clothing shops were crowded with people who wanted to buy cheap and warm clothes.

Karwan Osman, who owns a second-hand clothing shop near Kirkuk’s citadel told KirkukNow, “The number of the shoppers has increased due to the cold winter. People want to buy good clothes with a good price.”

Karwan also said that, “The second-hand clothes are better and much cheaper. The people of Kirkuk have experienced this type of shopping before, and it benefits them a lot.”

The customers are checking the clothes according to what they desire from jackets, pants, coats, and sweaters, and the prices are very convenient. They can buy a good coat that can protect them from the winter cold for only 10 IQD (8 USD) which might be more expensive in the shopping malls.

Sirwan Muhammed, who is a citizen of Kirkuk, told KirkukNow, “It has been eight years since I started buying clothes from these second-hand clothing shops, and I buy all of mine and my children’s clothes there.”

He continued, “If I get a pair of pants in another place for 20 thousand dinars, I can buy four pairs of pants here with that money. The quality of the clothes is good too.”

Sirwan also pointed out that the economic crisis has also made people prefer the second-hand clothes.

Due to the war in Iraq and the decreasing oil prices, Iraq has been experiencing an economic crisis for two years.

The people of Kirkuk have been influenced by the economic crisis. Many projects have stopped and many people have been left unemployed. The officers who receive their salaries from the Kurdish government are also influenced, and they are receiving only half of their wages or even less than that now. Employees receive their salaries every 40 days, and this is due to the policy of saving on salaries by the government.

The people of Kirkuk have been influenced by the economic crisis. Photo: Soran Muhammed

56-year-old Rezan Arsalan told KirkukNow that, “People go to the second-hand clothing stores because they do not receive their salaries on time and they do not have money.”

The second-hand clothes are imported from European countries into Iraq and the quality is better than the new clothes that come from the neighbouring countries.

Rezan said, “I always buy second-hand clothes because I want to buy a good cloth with a good price.”

The Internal Displaced People are also interested in second-hand clothes. Nearly 650 people from Hawija, Nineveh, and Salah Al-din have been displaced and now live in Kirkuk province.

Raad Abas, who is one of the second-hand clothing shop owners told KirkukNow, “Our shop is much more crowded than the other shops. People are more interested in second-hand clothes, but it used to be even better when there were more IDPs in the city.”

Last year, the Kirkuk administration decided on taking the IDPs outside of the city, and to settle them in the camps outside the city. They come to the city centre for shopping.

Besides the second-hand clothing shops near Kirkuk’s citadel, dozens of second-hand clothes and shoes shops have opened throughout Kirkuk.

SORAN MUHAMMED

KIRKUKNOW

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