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'I want to help people': 11-year-old CEO opens his first thrift shop on his birthday

Posted at 6:23 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 18:24:29-05

PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn — Obocho Peters‘ dream was to open a thrift store to sell gently used children’s clothing, so families in need could spend less money on their clothes and more on their children's education.

Now, his dream has come true on his 11th birthday. At the opening day celebration, on the lower level of Brooklyn Commons, this 11-year-old fifth grader from PS 6 in East Flatbush was praised by all, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

“I am so proud of you. I believe this is just the beginning,” Adams told the crowd gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “People all over the globe are watching you,” he added.

Young Obocho gave PIX11 News a tour of the beautiful, gently used children’s clothes that he will be selling.

“I want to help people so they can save money so they can start a college fund,” Peters told PIX11 News.

Obocho’s mother is in awe of her only son’s entrepreneurial spirit. This idea for a thrift store was born less than two years ago, when Obocho wanted more toys than his single mother could afford after seeing "Avengers: Infinity Wars," so the then 9-year-old came up with a plan.

“He told me he wanted to sell all the clothes that didn’t fit him any more so he wouldn’t need to me for money,” Sasha Peters, Obocho’s proud mother, told PIX11 News.

Obocho has even bigger dreams. He wants to take his thrift store idea worldwide and establish free financial literacy classes for others in his community.

Obocho’s Thrift shop is located at 495 Flatbush Avenue and will be open weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and and weekends, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.