A Quick Look Into the World of Vintage Playing Cards
If you’re a fan of all things vintage, you’ll love our latest look behind the scenes of a fabulous gift company. Vintage Playing Cards take humble playing cards from yesteryear and upcycles them into unique works of art.
These “new from old” designs add a touch of love, humour and fun to home decor; a great gift idea for all those who like to brighten their home with quirky accessories.
We caught up with the company’s co-founder Tracy Kemp, who along with Allen Perkins founded the company 9 years ago.
Tracy shared the story of how the company started, what makes it special and why you should definitely shop indie!
What inspired you to start Vintage Playing Cards?
We found an old box of art deco playing cards with a few missing so they were useless as a game. Therefore, we decided to upcycle them into greetings cards. We then started looking at what we could do with other games.
What sets you apart from your corporate contemporaries?
We are very passionate about what we do and are always looking for new ways to innovate. We will always go the extra mile for a customer and ensure that any personalised gift is exactly what they want.
What’s your role in the business?
I focus on marketing and customer care, I often find that the two come hand in hand as word of mouth is one of our most efficient marketing tools.
My favourite thing is that every day is different, I may be researching new designs, doing admin or receiving briefs for personalised art – I’m never really sure where the day will lead!
Are there other people in your business?
I started the business with an old friend Allen Perkins who focuses on the designs. We also have a small team of lovely ladies who individually make all the frames and cards in our studio in Suffolk.
You currently specialise in cards, gifts and interior products. What inspires you about this area of design?
I think our frames and cards will always be the core of our business especially as they lend themselves so well to personalisation. However, we are now looking into home furnishings and hope to launch a collection at Top Drawer.
Your products feature elements from vintage games. What ‘top tip’ would you pass on for sourcing original, vintage items?
Always be on the lookout! We all love browsing in vintage stores and boot fairs at Vintage Playing Cards and you never know what you might find!
Which of the Vintage Playing Cards collection are the current bestsellers?
Our Snoopy pictures are probably our best sellers both as pictures and greeting cards. Everyone loves Snoopy, it brings back that feeling of fun from your childhood!
What are your personal favourite products in your current collection?
Personally I like the personalised frames as people can use their imagination and create something that really means something to them.
What can card senders and gift givers expect from Vintage Playing Cards in the coming months?
We are looking at extending our new bunting range for Christmas, as well as launching some gorgeous Christmas baubles featuring vintage playing cards. Christmas 2017 is going to be very exciting!
Most of the products in your collection are handmade. What can you tell us about the craftsmanship?
Each vintage frame and card is individually made and goes through several processes. We ensure that at each step of the process there is quality control. We feel passionate about making things by hand and could never outsource this.
We believe that independents offer an amazing combination of unique design and high quality. Do you agree?
This is at the core of our business. We have strict quality control and ensure that everything that comes out of the studio is something that we would be proud to showcase in our homes.
Shopping with Vintage Playing Cards
Why do you think people should shop with independent businesses like yours?
Independent businesses are at the core of the British economy and are one of the main reasons that makes Britain great. People should shop with independents to ensure that there is investment in design and customer service. Big businesses just cannot provide the personal service that independents can.
What makes you different?
There is no other company that does what we do, and every customer can be assured that they receive a lovingly made product and tip-top customer service.
Find Out More
You can find out more about Vintage Playing Cards and their wonderful collection of upcycled artworks, greetings cards and homewares over on the Vintage Playing Cards website.