February 2, 2012 The Zimbabwean
After a gruelling 300 km journey from the Mozambique border, through Mutare, to get to Harare, Plaxedes Pomerai reaches her destination and prepares her market stall for business.
“I have to wash and iron the clothes so they are presentable at the market,” she said. “Sometimes I open a bale of clothes and there are only trousers or shirts, but sometimes I hit the jackpot and get a mixture of matching shoes or quality outfits.”
Plaxedes sells her second hand clothes at Mupedzanhamo Market which literally translates as, ‘the place where all financial problems end’. Emerging from the underground tunnel that leads into Harare’s oldest suburb of Mbare, the noise of hagglers and vendors is deafening. This is the country’s largest second hand clothes market.
“Hodha bero, hodha bhero, dora dora, huya utore huya utore,” one seller shouts. “Mucheno, mucheno, mucheno,” hollers another.
People from Harare and beyond come to Mupedzanhamo to shop. They are known as “Pedzigars”, after a popular department store, and some say they would not shop anywhere else.
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