It started with the love of Tarot…
“Our mission is to promote, support, and spread awareness of Indie Tarot and Oracle decks. We hope to connect people with cards they love.”
I discovered Tarot three years ago when I was on vacation to visit my family in Thailand. During our visit, I got the chance to meet my uncle, who I found out is a tarot reader. I did a reading with him and was both amazed and curious at how accurate and helpful the reading was. He saw that I was interested so he offered to teach me how to read tarot, he eventually turned into my mentor.
While in the process of studying Tarot, I found myself buying more and more decks. At first I started with mass production decks, which are beautiful in their own ways, but then I slowly learnt about Indie (self-published) decks. Self-published decks are unique, diverse, and intricate in designs. They are often more expensive due to their limited production and can be more difficult to purchase since they are not widely available. I realized how fortunate I’ve been to be able to have access to most of them since I live in the US. With this realization, I wanted to do something so I could share all of these decks with my fellow Tarot & Oracle enthusiasts back in Thailand.
Indie decks are not impossible to purchase, but they are not easy or inexpensive either. The language barrier, the price, the shipping fees, duties, taxes, and other importing processes are complicated enough to shy many foreign buyers away from purchasing them.
So… This is how “The Hermit Shop” got started. With the help of a friend in Thailand, who is also a Tarot reader, we decided to open this little shop to import self-published decks into Thailand.
We want to help spread awareness of Indie decks and put them in the hands of deck lovers like ourselves. We seek to have as many deck options as our little business can provide so that everyone can find a deck they can connect with.
We're trying to grow slowly and carry as many decks as we possibly could, but there are still many limitations, such as our budget and inventory space, which we hope we can overcome in the future.
Supporting small businesses is also important to us, so our main goal is to carry products created by small businesses and introduce them to our customers. We also understand that international shipping may be difficult or unfamiliar for some creators so we hope to take away that obstacle and export the decks ourselves.
Right now, we are a small, startup business with a big vision in our minds, but we are learning and are striving every day to achieve our dreams.
What's next for The Hermit Shop?
Now that we have this shop up and running, our next plan is to help promote decks made by Thai creators. We will have a Special Collection page featuring Made in Thailand decks that we hope will support Thai creators and help market them to wider audiences.
We thank you for your support and we hope that you will give us a chance to show you what we have to offer.
"We are a team of two doing what we can to achieve our dreams."
- N & P -
(The Hermit Team)