Potato Peelers Landed Him on Park Avenue: The Inspiring Salesman

Potato Peelers Landed Him on Park Avenue: The Inspiring Salesman

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potato-peeler-salesmen.jpgA dapper old gentleman, dressed impeccably in a $1,000 suit, sits on a New York City street corner, apparently absorbed in the joy of peeling carrots and potatoes.

Selling potato peelers with the happiness of a school kid has landed Joseph Ades in a large Park Avenue apartment, with money for the best Universities in the world for his children and grandchildren. Vanity Fair gave him a five page spread in their May 2006 issue. (Read the inspiring story or watch the video at MSNBC)

His warehouse is in a three-bedroom Park Avenue apartment. Boxes of peelers are stacked in what once was a maid’s room off his kitchen. Joe leads me down a beautiful hallway filled with art. “Never underestimate a small amount of money gathered by hand for 60 years,” he says with a grin.

 (The nattily-dressed peeler-selling Englishman – photo by Lia on Flickr)

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