(The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Warm winter clothes made to withstand even Europe's coldest weather are accessible to Sidon's working class residents thanks to an old – and unique – secondhand culture that dates back to the 1970s.Although stores for preowned clothes – known locally in Sidon as "Al-Balieh" – are now uncommon in Lebanon, remnants of times past, in the 1970s, secondhand shopping was a common pastime in Sidon.As the war ended, the shops gradually disappeared.Although authentic high-fashion brands and "good quality" clothes can be found on the stalls of Al-Balieh shops, store owner Abou Anis Yassin said some customers these days are ashamed of buying preused items in front of other people.
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