Melvin Pickens “the Broom Man” of Little Rock does a great job on the CBS EVENING NEWS Interview with Steve Hartman!!!!

I couldn’t be more proud of my good friend Melvin Pickens tonight. He showed how people with handicaps can overcome huge odds and work hard with a positive attitude and do amazing things in their life. At age 81 Melvin is still working hard. Not many people know that he is a cancer survivor too. He always had a great politeness about him but he is persistent too and I think that came through in the interview tonight.

Business is “brooming” for 81-year-old traveling salesman

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September 20, 2013 7:27 PM

Business is “brooming” for 81-year-old traveling salesman

By
Steve Hartman

(CBS News) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Do you need a new broom? A lot of folks who don’t think they do wind up buying one anyway from the man we met…”on the road.”

“Yeah, I’m doing real good this morning,” said Melvin Pickens, who, at 81, doesn’t need to work. Being legally blind, he never had to work much.

But Melvin still works — as a traveling salesman. “I just can’t sit around and not do nothing,” he explained.

According to family, Melvin Pickens, now 81, started selling brooms around 1950 — worked six days a week to support his wife and their four children at the time.

/ CBS News

With the help of a caretaker friend, Melvin goes around to businesses in Little Rock, Arkansas, asking the owners and their customers to buy one of his brooms. That’s basically all he sells — $10 brooms.

“I’d say about 20-25 years,” said Melvin of the number of years he’s been doing this. “Well, I’m just estimating.

However, it may be that Melvin is estimating way off because we heard he’s been doing this 63 years. “It’s hard to say,” said Melvin. “I’ve been doing it so long.”

According to family, Melvin started selling brooms around 1950 and worked six days a week to support his wife and their four children. His wife has since died and the kids are grown, but that work ethic just will not go away.

In fact, some people say he’s the best salesman they’ve ever seen. “He’s got a special magic about him,” said one customer.

One of Melvin Pickens’ customers.

/ CBS News

“You just can hardly turn him down,” said another.

Not that people don’t try to say no — they just rarely get away with it.

“I don’t need one today because I’ve already got one,” Mary Clare Brierley told Melvin. “But I may need one next week.”

“You know what, you ought to just buy today,” Melvin told her. “I might not see you next week.”

Sale closed.

“I don’t think you can approach him and not buy one,” Brierley later told us.

She got one and so did another person. At this point, Little Rock has got to be the best swept city in America or maybe just one the kindest.

Or maybe people here simply like having him around as a living example.

“You can’t quit,” said Melvin. “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits, you know.”

To contact On the Road, or to send us a story idea, e-mail us.

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Lots of people across the USA are wondering what red handle broom Melvin Pickens sells in Little Rock and it is the Airlight  made by Little Rock Broom Works! There is a websitehttp://www.theairlightbroom.com that tells all about the Airlight Broom. Melvin’s family has set up an email for Melvin for those who want brooms and it is  Melvinthebroomman@gmail.com .  Below is more details from KTHV’s website on how to order the Airlight Broom.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Melvin “The Broom Man” Pickens has been getting some extra attention these days. While business owners and visitors to The Heights and Hillcrest areas of Little Rock have been loyal customers for many years, local and national media attention over the last couple of months has put his locally-famous brooms in much higher demand.

Now, for folks who can’t make it to The Heights and Hillcrest, there are options for you to get your hands on a Broom Man broom.

Shipmates Postal in Little Rock has agreed to sell and brooms and mops for The Broom Man. Folks can stop by and purchase them from the store or arrange for them to be shipped.

Shipmates Postal
6834 Cantrell Rd.
Little Rock , AR 72207
Phone: 501-663-6888
www.shipmatespostal.com
email: Melvinthebroomman@gmail.com

Previous THV Stories on The Broom Man:

Finding The Broom Man: Where is he now? (http://on.kthv.com/11aTacp)

CBS’ Steve Hartman in Little Rock to feature The Broom Man (http://on.kthv.com/18cegbw)

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