Some ladies in Lagos said they prefer buying fairly used also known as ‘Okrika’ pants and bras because they were durable and could get a good bargain from the market.
They disclosed in separate interviews last week in Lagos that their preference for fairly used pants and bras was due to the fact that such products were genuine and last longer than new ones.
Mrs. Ann Adedeji, who was at Ikotun Central Market in Lagos, said that apart from durability, most of the fairly used pants and bras had trendy designs and were colourful.
“I get more colourful pants and bras that are most times not available in boutiques and at the same time, I get value for my money as they are durable.
“You can only get unique bra designs here because the Ikotun Central Market is the main place for fairly used underwears.” she said.
Mrs. Victoria Adejo, who was also at the market, said that it was after she suffered an embarrassing experience with a new bra that she decided to make do with fairly used.
She said the hook of the brassier she was wearing came-off while she was in a meeting in the office and was left in an uncomfortable position all through the meeting.
“Since that incident, I stopped buying panties and bras from boutiques,’’ she said.
Mrs. Oluchi Onwuka, who sells used panties in Ikotun Market, said she never regretted venturing into the business.
“It is a profitable business and I am growing in it”
“I have boutique owners who come to buy in bulk; they wash and package them and resell at exorbitant rates and I am aware,” She said.
Another lady, Miss Damilola Madu, also asserted that the used underwears are durable and cheaper than new ones.
Miss Madu who deals in fairly used panties and bras added that used brassieres held the bre@st firmly and the elasticity was retained for a very long time, unlike new ones.
“Used undies are cheaper and last longer than new ones; that is the reason people come to it,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ayoola Adeyemi, a dermatologist, warned against the use of fairly used pants and bras, adding that it could cause bacterial infections.