Behind the Campaign: Meet Vendor Garfield

Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to the vendors who are part of our 25 Years Big campaign. We’ll find out a bit about them, what selling The Big Issue is like, and what they thought of their cartoon.

Garfield sells in Norwood, Adelaide and is somewhat of a local legend in the area. He spoke to us about his customers and why he always wears his bright pink jumper.

“I started in 2014 and then took some time off. They (The Big Issue) asked me to come back, and I’ve been with them ever since. I sell in Norwood, only five minutes away from the city. It’s really good, people in Norwood are really lovely. Because I’ve been there for a long time I’ve gotten to know the businesses well, it’s like a tight knit community here in Norwood.

“Good days are the new edition days, I can get some good sales before 3pm. I’ve lots of regular customers, I’ve got a different group for each day. But mostly a lot of regulars you see every day, and you see the workers. The businesses buy the magazine, which is supportive.

“I don’t mind my illustration. I wear pink to support breast cancer and because my daughter loves pink. I got told it looks good on me, many people wear more darker clothes.

“Just want to say a big thank you to people who buy it and support The Big Issue. 25 years is a milestone, makes me feel old!”