Welcome to Sarah Loves Cards and thank you for visiting my Sarah Loves Cards website and blog. I have been running my Paper Stationery business since 2005 operating as a Flamingo Paperie Partner for the last 5 years following the demise of Phoenix Trading for whom I was a distributor for 13 years. I was, as you can imagine, devastated when Phoenix Trading went into administration back in 2017. After five years, Flamingo Paperie has also sadly been forced to cease trading. The past couple of years, with all the trading challenges, rising costs of supplies and general mayhem, have meant that the Directors have been unable to keep the business profitable.
Like Phoenix Trading, the Flamingo Paperie business was focused on greeting cards, wrapping paper and notecards all year round. And in the Autumn/Winter; Charity Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Advent Calendar Cards. Over the past couple of years Flamingo Paperie has also successfully developed a range of Paper Craft Kits and Colour-In Paper Stationery.
So what now for Sarah Loves Cards?
As one of the main distributors for Flamingo Paperie I am carrying a lot of stock. I will continue to supply my customers and I will attend my regular fairs until I have sold it all. I estimate that my stock will keep me going until the end of 2024.
Exciting Developments for 2024
I am delighted to announce that a new Greeting Card wholesale business has risen from the ashes of Flamingo Paperie called Lilac Tree Designs. They have recruited me as a Front Line Agent. The Directors are using the same printers as Flamingo Paperie and many of the same artists so we will be able to continue to offer the quality that you have come to expect from us. Sarah Loves Cards (as an Agent) will continue to fly the flag for British design as all of the cards from Lilac Tree Designs are produced in the UK. All of the range has been produced using UK sourced, environmentally accredited materials.
At the end of this year I will cease attending fairs and markets. I will, however, continue selling paper stationery via my website. I also plan to do a couple of Open Houses a year for my local customers.