SUNBIZ

From Suitcase To Outlet

When Margaret Ingivald left her job three years ago, she told herself never to back. And three years later her online shopping business has expanded tremendously. Ms Ingivald, known by
21 Sep 2014 09:17
From Suitcase To Outlet
Works in progress at Princes Road, Tamavua. Photo: Fiji Roads Authority

When Margaret Ingivald left her job three years ago, she told herself never to back. And three years later her online shopping business has expanded tremendously.

Ms Ingivald, known by many of her facebook friends as ‘Naitasiri Queen’ is owner of the online retail shopping webpage called ‘WeeTeeWeeu’, for women and children’s clothing.

She is also the owner of latest in pre-loved clothing outlet, Madamoiselle on Waimanu Road which she opened in March.

Her business, took part in the monthly Westpac and Fiji National Provident Fund Microfinance Expo yesterday.

Ms Ingivald recalls: “I remember starting out with a just a suitcase in hand which my sister sent from New Zealand. But most of the clothes were not my style.

“Because I didn’t wish for the clothes to go to waste, I decided to sell them. But how? I had a thought to post things up on facebook and just give my friends and relatives a headsup.

“Amazingly, and to my surprise, the clothes were all sold out. I managed to get about $300 just within two hours. And that was when I told myself to start up my own online business and establish it by the books.

“I’ve always been a by-the-books and by-the-people kind of person. I believe that if you’re passionate to serve people, the resources will always be attracted if you stuck to your vision.”

And her vision hence has always been to provide quality clothing at affordable prices.

“If one day I can sell clothing for $1 and make a reasonable mark up, then I will go for that. However clothing from overseas is no doubt very costly even when she negotiates them.

Hence her price range target those on the margin and those who are able to afford a more up market price.

“I had initially started with just online shopping because the overhead costs were low. But I’ve managed to save much and I’ve an outlet in Banaba House, Waimanu Road and online business is still running. I also wish to open WeeTeeWeeu Men’s Clothing in future.”

For the past three years, Ms Ingivald has travelled to and from Australia (where her sister has moved) a number of times. She hand picks the new clothes preloved clothes herself and is currently in talks with Indonesian, Hong Kong, and Chinese-based vendors to expand her ‘WeeTeeWeeu’ brand. Her first line of brand was on sunglasses while the second, which has gained popularity up amongst Government officials is her Fijian leather passport cases.

“My ultimate goal is to have my own collection. I believe there is a market for it. I always try to maintain the highest of integrity and that’s paramount in business.”

Yesterday alone, through online and retail sales, she managed to make about $700.

Feedback:  ranobab@fijisun.com.fj

 




Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper