“Because if Staggie keeps the other key your barrow will be gone in a week; he will sell it on to someone else stupid.’
“I never thought of that.’
“Come on Mickey this is your bloody business you are going to have to protect it with your life.’
“Keep an eye on Atkinson’s mob as well because they won’t be happy about you flogging fruit and veg in Shields either.’
Once you get the barrow and the table you are going to need some old cloth to put over the barrow and the table.’
Here is the thirty quid to order your stock from and ask Staggie to get you a till so you can serve customers without someone stealing your money. Keep all notes in your overall at all times so there will only be coins in the till.
“You are one smart kid do you know that.’
“I used to work in the Spanish City for a bit; you learn all the ways that people will stoop to then try and steal your money.’
Once you get established you can start someone to help you.’
“I will get wor Christine to come and help me. ’ She will be thirteen next month so she can come on “The Barrow” with me.’
“Good idea, keep it in the family and you won’t get robbed.’
Right Mickey I’m going home. See you tomorrow and don’t forget make sure those wheels are greased and that there’s a thick band of steel around the wheels. If there are tyres make sure there is a good tread on them as bald tyres will get punctures.’
Right you are mate; I will.’
Tom crossed the road to his mothers’ house and went in and told his parents the news;
he then cycled back home. It was eleven o’clock when he reached the house on Charlotte Street and he was tired it had been a long day. He undressed quickly and got into bed and it wasn’t long before he dropped off.
On the Saturday the following week Mickey pushed the barrow into place. He set up the stall with all the fruit and the veg onto the barrow; it was eight o’clock and Mickey got his first customer.’
Christine served the old woman. Mickey found out who the Grainger Market bought their brown paper bags from and bought enough to keep him going for a few months.
Mickey knew that it was going to be tough at first but once word got around business would pick up.’
Mickey got many customers as they came out of Woolies store.’
He used his slick patter to sell them more than they really needed. The weekend was always the busiest with people buying to make a Sunday dinner the next day and this on was no exception. He was glad that he had Christine working for him because it was none stop from twelve until four o’clock when the customers started dwindling.
When five o’clock came Mickey packed up all the fruit and veg that was left was neatly placed into boxes. The potatoes, cabbages, and cauliflowers were all wrapped up. he could not trade on a Sunday outside of his pitch but word got round and he was able to sell some from his own back yard.’
Neighbours knew straight away through word of mouth that Mickey would be open for business at nine on Sunday so if they had run out of anything they could come and get it from his back yard. All the surplus stuff was kept in the outside toilet and small