Thrift stores are some of the best places to shop. There are all sorts of interesting, hard-to-find clothing items and accessories. Plus there’s a feeling of extreme satisfaction when you find that elusive piece and end up paying way less. You’re practicing green fashion, buying a piece of history, and saving money all at the same time.
However, when 11-year-old Obocho Peters from Brooklyn started his own thrift store, he was thinking more about how he could make a difference in his community by offering affordable, donated clothes and shoes for kids. But also, this kid is a young fashionista, make no mistake.
Obocho’s Closet originally started as an online thrift shop, but two years later it’s opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood.
“It makes me feel like the hard work I’ve been doing in this community… it finally paid off,” Obocho told WNYW at the store’s grand opening, which Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams attended.
Obocho first started collecting funds for his dream business on a GoFundMe page, which explained why he wanted to open a thirft store. The fifth-grader wrote that after seeing Avengers: Infinity War, he asked his mom Sasha Peters for eight toys from the film. When Peters told his she could not afford those toys, Obocho sold clothes and shoes he no longer needed to buy the toys himself.
“I realized that other families must face these same challenges when taking care of their children,” he wrote. “That idea turned into the mission I have today—to help the community GROW.”
“I was inspired by all the superheroes helping to make the world a better place,” he added. “I wanted to be a hero myself by helping my mom.”
Peters, a single mom from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, helped her son build his website and signed him up for business classes after school.
“You have to nurture kids when they come up with ideas and you have to pay attention to everything they say because they’re telling you how to groom them to be a better version of themselves,” she explained.
“It shows other kids that sky is the limit, age has nothing to do with it, he’s out there, he’s speaking, he’s going to schools, he’s speaking at big events, but he’s really promoting his dream,” added Peters.
“This young man personifies the great things young people are doing across our country and particularly in Brooklyn,” Adams told Good Morning America.
Obocho is not stopping at his thrift store. He also wants to host free financial literacy seminars “geared towards teaching parents and kids how to save for college or pursue other goals like entrepreneurship.” Sounds like he has an incredible future ahead of him.