Linda sells in Ballarat, Victoria, and is known around town for her incredible dress sense, musical talents and positivity!
“I’ve sold in Ballarat, and also sold in Sydney in Gosford. In Gosford I had to get a train to get my magazines and then get a train back to sell. It was a bit of a difference. In Ballarat I get the magazines from the post office and then sell sell sell! I love selling The Big Issue and it’s good to get them from the post office. I work near Myer at Stuart Street, on the corner right up to where the cafes are. Sometimes I sell near Coles, Aldi and Pleasant Park where the IGA is.
“I really love selling, I’m my own boss and I work my own hours... A lot of people have a lot of interest in what I do, and I was given three postcards at the start of the year (as part of our vendor week celebrations). I was very excited about that, they were nice postcards and they said how I did a great job, one of them had a star too.
"I love singing karaoke, I go out for singing and karaoke and dancing. I sing Stevie Nicks and Rogue Traders, and I’m going to be in a band and sing some Stevie Nicks for them. And I love glitter and sparkles and gold and diamonds. Sometimes I wear sparkle to work or a bit of glitter and customers say ‘I love that skirt.’
“The customers I usually get love what I do and tell me ‘you’re doing a good job, keep it up’. It’s a good way to be working, you get appreciation and people like what you’re doing. It makes me feel rewarded. They’re just amazed I’m out here and they love what I’m doing.
“I just love The Big Issue so much, I think it’s a great thing they do to help with the homelessness. It’s up and up for me now.”