Wednesday, 17 December 2014


For starters, this is Jand, yes, Bend Down Boutiques exist but they are not called that because there is no bending involved. Yes, you are basically buying the same dead or living people’s clothes and belongings but there is a difference—you pick them off a hangar and an Oyinbo will take your money and wrap your purchases for you, not a perspiring man wearing pencil jeans and sharing a plate of Nkwobi with flies whilst eating with the same hands he uses to serve you.

Here we use the word “Vintage” for Okrika. And you will go to proper shops to buy your vintage clothing. We call them “Charity shops,” “Shops,” and “Vintage Shops”

Basically, they all sell second-hand clothing but the Vintage shops are privately owned, may buy bales and sell to other people. The thrift or charity stores sell used clothes that people have donated and give some profit to the charity organisation running the shop. Do not turn up your nose because Okrika is such big business that Charity shops in the UK are now more than shoe shops. Oh yes. In fact, charity shops raise £200million every year, so that should tell you that even oyinbo like second hand tinz. What’s that? A point t note sha, you will not see pant and bra for sale in Jand as Okrika o; these things are needed more by your unfortunate relatives in Nigeria and Ghana.

There is also one category of bend-down boutiques in Jand that appears irregularly at the weekends, where people with broken teeth and equally broken English park their cars in a school playground, church yard or supermarket car park at the weekends and sell from their boot or just plonk everything on the floor. If they haven’t had the common-sense to put the wares on the table then yes, you will have to bend down to select what you need. But that shouldn’t be a problem for you so stop complaining because at least in Jand, you are not likely to raise your head and see someone you know (and pose for).


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