This week we are getting to know a little more about Thomas aka TheOdd1. He is the backbone of our business, quite literally. He keeps the inventory flowing in and out and helps to keep Suzanne sane.
Q: What is your role at Wylde Oddities?
A:I’m the mule. Also known as shipping and receiving. They buy and sell the things, I move them.
Q: Why did you start your own business?
A: Because I got tired of working for other people. I wanted to see if I could make a go at working for myself.
Q: How is that working out for you?
A: (laughs) I’m a mule. We aren’t where we want to be yet but it is kind of hard to expand when we keep running out of room for storage. Given our results to date, I’m hopeful we will get there eventually.
Q: How did you come up with the name of your business?
A: Suzanne suggested Wyldly Odd which is our gamer tags put together. I got to thinking about it and decided it should have something to do with what our business is. We find “previously loved” items and turn it around and sell it to people who want it so I decided that sounds like an Oddity so combine that with Suzanne’s idea, Wylde Oddities.
Q: You said you’re both gamers, what games are you into?
A: I am more into RPG. I can’t stand MMOs. I don’t like playing online with people so I prefer single player type RPGs ie: Assassin Creed, Mass Effect. I do enjoy the occasional racing game or sports game. I really enjoyed Tiger Woods PGA Tour for a long time.
Q: What other things do you like to do?
A: Motorcycles! And guns.
Q: Is Wylde Oddities your only job?
A: No. I am currently a part time custodian at a high school. I just changed districts and before that I was a roving custodian for three years.
Q: What is the most challenging thing you’re dealing with right now as a small business owner?
A: Storage. We don’t have enough room to put everything that we get. We don’t sell things fast enough to clear up space.
Q: What’s one thing you wish you didn’t have to do for the business?
A: Organizing. Moving stuff isn’t that bad but we have a problem with where to put things so not only do we have to find places to put it but also to track where it’s stored so we can pull it and ship it. If I could pay someone to organize all that, I would.
Q: What was the best piece of advice you ever received and would like to share?
A: Never do business with family. All that does is create hurt feelings. If you want to keep your family and friends as they are, don’t do business with them. The only reason why it works with me and Suzanne is because we are doing this together as owners, not employee or employer. We are in it, ride or die, together.
If you have questions for Thomas, feel free to leave them in the comments below and he will gladly answer them. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more updates. Next post, we’ll get to know Lynn!