If you subscribe to our bi-monthly electronic newsletter you may have noticed that every month we have a feature supplier. During the month, we take some time to introduce you to the person behind the name, through the highlighting of their products as well as an interview so that hopefully you get to know them. Our vendors are real people with amazing stories to tell.
Over Christmas we have no feature supplier. Instead I thought it might be a good idea to take some time to introduce you to the person working behind the scenes: ME. This week I will turn the tables and interview myself.... this should be interesting...
My Interview With a Genius
Ha ha, I had to! In all seriousness, lets try this again!
My family: Husband Kyky, Daughter Thea & Me
A Look Behind The Scenes: I Interview Myself
In case you are unfamiliar with the voice behind the blog, my name is Sarah Reuangrith and I am the founder of Thea-Bel. I've always dreamed of having my own company, I just needed the right idea. I think I found it and the website you are reading now is the result of my blood, sweat and tears. I've followed a similar pattern to previous interviews with some slight question modifications. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about me.
My interest in marketing began before I knew what "marketing" actually was. As a child I was always very interested in making money and was constantly coming up with various ideas. Some good ones and others not so good... In school I was overall a good student with my interests leaning towards the arts. I'm generally pretty creative and love writing, reading and attempting various art projects. It was my mother who first suggested that "marketing" might be the field for me. It was a perfect blend of business and creativity. Really a light bulb moment as all my passions came together and I could see a path into the future. I went to school at the university of Calgary in business specializing in marketing. Degree in hand I starting working for a small instrumentation company doing various marketing tasks. I am still with that company today as a marketing manager and love my job. I am married to a wonderful man named Kyky and together we have two fur babies (our guinea pigs: Griffin & Ravioli) and a beautiful daughter named Thea. It was while on maternity leave that Thea-Bel came into being.
What Attracted You to Selling Other People's Creations?
As mentioned above, I love selling things. The problem is that although I am creative and can create items, they are generally not at the quality that I would sell them to anyone. Even giving away some of them would be difficult as I am impatient so projects tend to get started but never finished. You will notice if you read through some of the supplier interviews that I have done, that they always say the same thing in slightly different words: They love what they do and they are not doing it for the money (don't get me wrong, they all love the money but would still be doing what they are doing even if they were not paid). The same could not be said for me... I love making money off of things I have created, not so much the creating process. I would much rather spend my time selling something than spending hours and hours tediously creating it. It really is funny as I will spend hours and hours working on a website to get things perfect but find it difficult to spend a half hour with some yarn and knitting needles.
How Long Have You Been Selling Things?
A very long time... I can't remember a time I was not pitching one thing or another. The earliest example that I have been told about was when I was four years old and sold pine cones at a campground. I'm not sure how successful I was but as I was a cute kid, I imagine I made some money.
How Do You Decide What to Sell?
I'm really not picky and am willing to try to sell just about anything. Thea-Bel is pretty new so I am still figuring out what my customers are looking for. If I like the items, I am willing to see what happens. I do want quality products though and have been very fortunate so far to get a collection of vendors that are very passionate about what they do and create high quality items. In terms of how I sell each item, it really depends what it is and who I am trying to sell to. My goal is to always find the right items for the right people. Kind of like a match making service but for homemade items. It is amazing how long some of these items take to create so nothing makes me happier than selling something to someone who is excited about owning the item and appreciates all the hard work that went into it.
Any Big Plans?
I've got a few things that I am working on in the background... Right now though most of my time is spent getting the word out. I think we have a pretty good concept and some amazing products and I want everyone to see them!
What Do You Hope People Get Out of Thea-Bel?
I hope they have a great shopping experience and find some unique items that make them happy. I've worked very hard to make Thea-Bel's website as easy to use as possible and hope that my customer service shows just how passionate I am about the company. Having lots of homemade items under the same roof with the ability to ship everything together in one shipment makes sense to me and I hope others see the value of one stop shopping as well.
Do You Have a Favorite Part of Your Job?
Yes absolutely! My favorite part of my job is getting to see the new items that come in before anyone else. It is also one of the hardest parts of my job! All the items are fantastic and it can be hard not to purchase everything. I've made a deal with myself that I can't purchase any items until they have been posted online for everyone else to see first. So if you see something you like, you might want to purchase it right away as I can only hold off so long!
What Prompted You to Start Thea-Bel?
My hobby really is marketing and selling things. In the past I have signed up with home based businesses and sold skincare as well as tea. While I loved selling these products, I found that I was limited in what I could do. These brands were already established and in some cases the market was saturated. I wanted the freedom to do what I wanted to do. I also really enjoy helping people. Marketing comes fairly easy to me (not that I don't have a ton to learn, Thea-Bel if anything has brought to my attention how much I don't know) so it is really refreshing to be able to talk to people who don't enjoy marketing or struggle a bit. I love being able to help create a brand and in some way contribute to bringing beautiful items into the world.
Is There Anything Else You Want People To Know?
If anything I would love people to give us a chance! I realize that there are lots of options out there on where to spend your money. I have to wonder how many of those places directly impact normal people like you and I though? Thea-Bel is not a big company that mass produces items. We are small and made up of individuals doing what they love.
Thanks so much for reading my interview. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions for me I would love to hear them in the comment section. I will do best to answer them.