Scott Trigg, age 36, Spar Queen St, Cardiff
Before I sold The Big Issue, I was a carpenter. Then all my tools were stolen, so I couldn’t work. I lost my flat and had to move into a hostel. Since I started as a vendor six weeks ago I’ve managed to land myself a bedsit, so things are getting better.
I was a carpenter since I left college and worked on big projects, like houses or blocks of flats. There were lots of jobs about. I remember one property I worked on near Trellech, which was amazing. It was a huge old barn which the owners spent thousands on to make it an eco-friendly home. Working on that was great.
I loved my job, so was devastated when I lost my tools. I always brought them in from the car so no one could get at them, but I went out in the afternoon and some kids broke into my flat, even though it was broad daylight. They must have seen me going to work every day and decided to take everything. All I managed to get back was a few handtools, but I didn’t ever see the expensive electric stuff again.
I’m working hard trying to get enough money together to buy back some tools and get working again. I know I will get there eventually because I won’t give up. I work silly hours, until really late at night in Cardiff city centre, to get as much money as I can.
I’m homeless due to economic reasons and don’t have any problems with drugs or alcohol. I have the odd few drinks at the weekend, but not every day. Most of my money goes on saving to get back on my feet. I think I need about three grand and then I’ll be sorted. First I’ll get back the tools, then get a van and soon I’ll be well and truly back in business.
I’m enjoying being a Big Issue vendor. It’s great being out on the streets and having the craic with the public. You have to see the bright side of life. There’s no point going around being miserable because there’s always something you can do to improve your life.
I’ve got a few regulars who stop to talk with me about what shops are closing in town or other gossip. I even met a girl the other day who took me for a drink. She just came over, asked me out and we had a romantic experience. I guess the best things in life are free, aren’t they?
My Happiest Memory
It has to be seeing my daughter being born. I see her every Sunday, back in Newport, and all the work I do is about trying to give her a better life. She's five-and-a-half years old now and I want her to have a really bright future.
Interview: Jasper Hamill
Photo: Jake Morley