I'm Aus­tralia's long­est-serv­ing Avon lady!

Af­ter 50 years of door­knock­ing, Mar­garet is sad to say good­bye to the iconic brand

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

Five decades and around 75,000 door­knocks later, Avon veteran Mar­garet Cook de­liv­ered her last or­der this month, and she says it was with a heavy heart.

The 84-year-old grand­moth­erof-four be­gan her ca­reer in door-to-door sales way back in 1968 when she wanted to earn ex­tra money to take her three lit­tle ones on a beach hol­i­day.

“Times were tough and I wanted some­thing with flex­i­bil­ity while the kid­dies went to school. I never missed one sin­gle cam­paign in 50 years!” Mar­garet proudly tells Woman’s Day from her home in Bris­bane’s North.

When the global beauty com­pany, which first hit Aus­tralian shores in 1963, an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary it will with­draw by the end of this year both here and in New Zealand, Mar­garet and more than 21,400 other Avon rep­re­sen­ta­tives were filled with great sad­ness.

“I still have a cou­ple of my orig­i­nal clients. My hus­band left me when I was very young, so as a sin­gle mum it was a won­der­ful way to make friends and earn a liv­ing at the same time,” she says. But while she’s heart­bro­ken to say good­bye to Avon when it of­fi­cially shuts later this year, Mar­garet ad­mits she al­most didn’t make it through her first day. “I parked our ’67 Holden, and I had my two-year-old, War­ren, at my side. We got as far as the gate and a growl­ing boxer dog came at us. I ran like the wind!” she says. Mar­garet says she’s al­ways been proud to sell cos­met­ics that don’t break the bank. “Avon must be do­ing some­thing right – I’m al­most 85 and I look pretty good!” she laughs.

Her skin­care ad­vice? “Cleanse and mois­turise twice daily, drink lots of wa­ter and ap­ply sun­screen.

“I also love a cheeky glass of bub­bles!”

The 84-year-old has al­ways been proud to sell the prod­ucts – and uses them her­self.

Mar­garet aret has been een say­ing g “Avon n call­ing!” g!” since 1968.

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