The Big Issue : Edition 553
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 12–25 JAN 2018 7 STREETSHEET THE LAUNDRY? Why is it The laundry seemed Magical when I was five Light fluffy clothes Made you feel alive As I get older And now that I’ve left home I’m not that excited about the laundry When Mum did it I don’t recall Any mishaps But somehow I’ve had a red Shirt turn pink with a white shirt I’ve bought laundry powder When I didn’t need to And I’ve forgotten to close The machine properly once Or twice Have you ever had a problem with the laundry? Dedicated to Kate. Daniel K sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD and surrounding suburbs. NOT A QUITTER I had a bad day with sales. I was out for two hours and I had one sale. This made me so upset and I thought I was no good, that no-one wanted to buy off me. I was close to the office, thank goodness, and I broke down crying. I talked with the operations manager and vendor support, who were wonderful listening to me. I gathered my thoughts and I went off to sell at another pitch and WOW! I was so happy with the result of what I ended up selling this day. As another vendor put it, “patience is the key” and I love to say hello with a smile. I realise that even if I don’t make many sales, I’m out there meeting new people. I also had got a text from a former customer who I hadn’t seen Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends I worked as a volunteer at the Perth Royal Show. During the week I was helping out many different people from all walks of life. I helped people find their way by giving out maps and daily programs. I made sure they quenched their thirst by handing out over 3000 free bottles of water! I also showed the kids how to hold the baby chicks at the animal nursery. The kids were very polite, which really impressed me. I also helped make toasted cheese sandwiches for the public at the dairy display and I found out they went through 300-400 loaves of bread a day! I really enjoyed the experience and the staff gave my work efforts a 10 out of 10! I just want to say thank you very much to the staff at the Perth Royal Show, particularly Susannah and Kay, and I’m looking forward to working there next year! Sean sells The Big Issue at cnr Hay and William Sts and Stirling Markets, Perth. for ages; this made me feel really good. Thank you to the interns as well for your support and the staff for your encouraging words. And thank you to my customers. I am so grateful. Annemarie sells The Big Issue at Woolworths in Redfern, Sydney. WORKING LIFE I have worked in hospitality at a lot of different places in Newcastle, NSW, and up here. I liked working in hospitality at the time, but it is too busy for me now. I have done a Certificate III in Nursing, so I want to get into that. Stephen A sells The Big Issue cnr Creek and Elizabeth Sts, Brisbane. FAST-PACED I love working at The Big Issue because it’s busy, active and fast-paced with regular customers. I used to do office work but it was not busy enough for me. My dream job is working for myself and to have my own empire. I can read the future. My favourite time was with my much-loved ex-husband while we were married. I was happy. Deborah D sells The Big Issue on Creek St, Brisbane. CAT DREAMING This time last year I went to see A Street Cat Named Bob. I found it very emotional. Some parts were very sad. A group of us Perth vendors went to see it together and I think everyone enjoyed it. I found I had lots in common with the main character and could relate to his story. The only difference is I don’t have a cat. Maybe one day! Malcolm sells The Big Issue at Raine Square, Perth. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.