Christmas sales ended with less than a bang in the nations
capital this year. Frederick, Henry, Queen and Charlotte
Streets were all littered with vendors and their goods,
but the majority of people on the streets seemed less than
interested in shopping on Christmas Day.
Clothing vendors, who set up shop on the sidewalks early
Christmas morning, all complained that up to noon yesterday,
they had seen only a couple of last-minute shoppers.
run out of the city this Christmas man. Sales were very
slow for this whole period, and today has not changed.
not been like Christmas at all. Things real change. I going
home as soon as the sun cool, one vendor on Henry
Street said as she sold a boxer shorts to a man.
Another vendor, when approached, mumbled that she could
not talk now and busied herself by packing up her goods
to leave for home.
Still another one, who agreed to be interviewed but refused
to be named, blamed the Government for this years
who cause we sales to drop. Food prices gone up and people
have to eat so we are the ones who have to suffer.
at when we have to come out here to try and get we goods
He said the majority of vendors on the streets yesterday
were those who were displaced after the Peoples Mall
on Frederick Street was destroyed by fire in 2005.
Government only making a set of promises to rebuild, and
at clothes I have here. I hardly sell anything and I have
not gone home for three days.
real drop, compared to last year. I had to undersell my
things just to sell something, he added.
Jennifer Jones, manager of Street Level shoe store in Voyager
Mall, also echoed the sentiments of the street vendors.
this year were not as in previous years. We opened at nine
oclock this morning, because of the slow season we
had, but from then to now sales have been slow.
However, fruit vendors on Independence Square between Frederick
and Henry Streets said their sales were good this Christmas.
we got the spot a bit late, sales were good and I think
if we had been here before sales would have been even better,
one vendor said.