Local Folk-Us this month is heading for your local vintage market stall, Three Hollies. The owners, Rea and Lauren have kindly agreed to tell us all about their vintage loves and what inspired them to create their business.
I especially love vintage tea cups and cake stands so I was really excited to see and hear all about them over our interview. I really like Rea and Lauren’s focus and theme of reusing, rather than replacing homewares, it’s certainly given me some inspiration with regards to decorating my home. Hope you enjoy this interview, please left any comments below!
Tell us more about Three Hollies? When did you begin and why? What do you do?
Three Hollies is a vintage homewares business based on our ideas about reusing and recycling old or ‘vintage’ items. We started the business 8 months ago after we had a lot of success sourcing items and selling our products to family and friends. We sell vintage homewares, handmade soy wax candles in vintage glass and tea cups and have a vintage china hire business. Upcycling and recycling in general is really important to us both, in terms of the environment, but also from an ethical standpoint, it never ceases to amaze us how quickly people discard items.
Having both had to set up our own homes on a budget in the past, we don’t agree with the constant pressures placed on families to have the latest ‘fashions’ and then discard them a few years later for more ‘new’ things, Especially if those things are in good working order and can be used over and over again, why should people feel the need to replace them just because a major corporation tells them it’s not ‘fashionable ‘anymore. This consumerism places all sorts of pressure on families and is really bad for the environment. Individuals and families should be able to have a nice home with interesting, stimulating and beautiful items in it that don’t cost the earth – literally. Growing up our family home was full of all sorts of unusual items that all had their own story to tell. We firmly believe that it’s the people and things within a house that make it a home , not the bricks and mortar. All these ideas came together in three hollies really. We aim to provide people with affordable, beautiful things that add character and interest to a home, without costing the earth.
What’s the story behind the name?
Rea’s house is called Three Hollies as it has three holly trees in the garden. All the items we sell we would have in our own homes and reflect our own style and taste. So, it made sense to name the company after our own home.
Who’s involved and what roles do they have, why?
The company is run by us both, Rea and Lauren, two sisters both from Halifax. We both take a equal role in the company but Rea does all the social media because you can’t separate her from her phone. We enjoy sourcing the items the most but we also really enjoy the fairs and sourcing items for people specifically. We have certain people that help us out, Rea’s husband helps a bit , Phil is our plant man and our Grandad helps with the renovation of pieces; because he remembers the old cleaning techniques.
Why a vintage business? What inspires you?
‘Vintage’ seems to us to just be a label for the things we have always liked and had around us so vintage is just the label really. But it’s a label people recognise so it made sense to use it. We are inspired by the things that our parents and Grandparents have always used and liked. To us ‘vintage’ is about useable items that have age [pre 1989] and character and handmade element’s. That’s why we take old items and give them a new lease of life, maybe as a candle or a plant pot or at a baby shower or hen party!
Tell us about your favourite items!
Lauren loves a cake stand and is a particular fan of Shelley porcelain. Problem is that she can’t bring herself to sell or use any of it, so it’s becoming a collection. But she’s also got a great eye and that’s why we have been able to develop such a for hire high quality cake stand collection. Rea likes jugs and royal memorabilia. Jugs look fantastic as vases and we sell a lot of them because of that but the royal memorabilia she keeps for herself !
What do you love about Three Hollies?
The best part of the business is selling the items on to others because we know that things have been given a new lease of life with a very low impact on the environment. That’s a great feeling because people get a great product that would otherwise had ended up in the bin.
What are the negatives, if any of having such a business?
We both still have full time jobs so sometimes it can be a lot of hard work, but we really enjoy Three Hollies or we wouldn’t do it, so it’s more like a hobby than work really.
Whats’s your link to Yorkshire? What do you love about our county?
We are both from Halifax and still live in the area having both lived elsewhere over the years, But we’ve both come home because you can’t beat Yorkshire, it’s a beautiful county with a real sense of community. We wouldn’t live anywhere else its affordable and friendly with loads of good things going on locally. All our friends and family are here and our business is a family business so it made sense to base ourselves here
Do you sell your lovely items at events? If so, where are you heading next?
We are at Wortley Hall on August 14th and 21st September, then Saltaire Vintage Fair on the 17th & 18th September. Do come say hello!
Where do you see yourselves in five years? Any specific plans for the future?
We aim to be a busy local business that continues to provide a high quality product for our customers. Primarily we would like to develop our online business but we recognise that this takes time to build up. We think we will always sell our products at fairs because we enjoy being face to face with our customers.
Do you use social media? What are your channels/links ? Do you have a website?
You can find find our website at www.threehollies.com We are also on Instagram and Twitter as @threehollies For orders, enquiries, if you would like any items specifically sourcing or just to say hello you can also drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Three Hollies for being part of the Local Folk-Us series