V&OAK Post: Issue 2 Preview

Hello there from V&OAK HQ, where I am clutching a big mug of coffee and proofing the next Spring/Summer ’14 issue of the magazine, and it’s looking like a blinder. 

Here are just some of the pages you can expect from the 196-page jam-pack edition.

Build Me Up Buttercup

Gorgeous fashion shoots, using vintage clothing, inspired by the past, yet totally wearable today.

French Connection

We profile the exotic lives of our style icons, including the beautiful and eccentric 1930s megastar, Claudette Clobert.

Hollywood's Princess

Can’t wait for Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Grace Kelley this summer? We delve into the remarkable story of this graceful leading lady.

Just the Ticket

If you’re planning your big day, don’t miss our stunning vintage wedding dress photo shoot.

Ten Rules of Vintage Shopping

Don’t leave home without our ultimate guide to vintage shopping.

The Business of Vintage

Whether you’re thinking of starting a vintage business, or are well on your way, we have some essential tips for taking your venture to the next level.

Rushed Vacation

All this and much, much more is included in the next issue of V&OAK. We have a very exciting cover star to announce very soon. She’s a gorgeous lady with a penchant for vintage. Can you guess who it is?

Pre-order your copy of V&OAK Issue 2 for just £6 here.

Or why not subscribe for just £16 and get both Issue 1 and Issue 2 delivered direct to your door. Simply fill in the form on our website.

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK 

Staying Organised this Spring!


Spring has sprung and it’s time to get organised at Judy HQ. With lots of lovely events on the horizon for our fabulous traders and customers – to-do lists and lots of tea are filling up our busy days!

With this is mind, the lovely folks over at Urban Cottage Industries have sent us some organisation must-haves to keep us on the go and on top organisation form.

Personalised ‘Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair’ Moleskines


We can’t resist anything in our company colours at Judy HQ – let alone those with our name on them as well! Urban Cottage Industries can de-boss any message onto a Moleskine of your choice using vintage printing machinery! (What a perfect present they would make)

Pssst…follow them on Twitter for their weekly 50% off Happy Hour


Staying charged with Urban Extras

Keeping up to date with all our lovely customers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is one of our favourite jobs. As there are so many of you (and we love you all) we must make sure we’re always fully charged!


Check out these amazing coloured cables to keep you charged in style! (And look at that, they’ve got them in our company colours)

Where there is tea – there is hope

Tea is liquid energy in our books and our favourite tea this month is Pukka Vanilla Chai! Great if you’ve got a super sweet tooth and need something to warm you up and get you raring to go for the day.


Pukka Vanilla Chai

So where will we be this Spring?


Sat 22nd March – Leeds

Sun 23rd March – York

Sat 29th March – Cumbria


Sun 6th April – Bethnal Green

Sun 27th April – Manchester


Sat 3rd May – Bristol ***NEW VENUE***

Sat 3rd May – Newcastle

Sat 10th May – Lincoln

Sun 11th May – Reading

Sat 17th May – Ipswich

Sat 17th May – Glasgow

Sun 18th May – Edinburgh ***NEW VENUE***

Sat 24th May – Birmingham

Sat 31st May – Bath 

Spruce up your Spring wardrobes the affordable vintage way and join at an event near you!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ xx

V&OAK Post: What to Wear this Weekend

A very happy hello to you from V&OAK HQ, where we are putting together our Spring/Summer magazine. It’s a funny business, running a bi-annual magazine. In the summer we’re thinking about Christmas jumpers and duffel coats, and in the winter we’re researching glamorous swimwear and floral frocks.

At last, the good weather has come early and finally, looking up festival wear and holiday garb doesn’t feel so off-kilter after all. So, to celebrate the start of the sunny season and the imminent launch of the Spring/Summer edition of V&OAK, I have compiled for you three gorgeous outfits for beautiful Spring weekend.

Friday Night Date

Outfit 1

Custom-made 1950s style shift dress, £POA, Julie Lou

Handmade sodalite ring, £28.37, Anemone Jewelry

Gold leather bow shoes, £30, Ooh Betty

Saturday Charity or Vintage Shopping

Outfit 2

1980s dress with little hearts, £22, Rokit 

Anne Klein clip-on earrings, £12, Rokit

Pink floral headband, £24, Paradise Shore

Vintage leather loafers, £50, SMJH

Sunday Picnic

Outift 3

Upcycled denim shorts, £24, Rokit

1970s Aztec print top, £18, Love Vintage Shop

1970s floppy hat, £21.01, Charli Alana Vintage

Which outfit is your favourite?

Next week I’m off to focus on completing Issue 2 of V&OAK, so see you in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, you can pre-order your copy of the 200-page jam-packed vintage magazine here!

Thanks for reading, and see you in a couple of weeks!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK 

Returning to Edinburgh this March – Vintage Nation

We are delighted to be returning to Edinburgh Corn Exchange on March 16th with Vintage Nation! After the huge success of our October event, with over 2500 customers through the doors, we couldn’t resist hosting it again.

We’re going ALL OUT to bring you an even BIGGER event than last year, combining vintage fashion, furniture, food, music and beauty!

***The Affordable Vintage Marketplace***

Bringing much-needed retro retail therapy, prepare for the mother of all vintage markets [and then some!] 100 affordable stalls from all over the UK, with pieces from the 1900s and on are all up for grabs, with fashion, accessories, menswear and jewellery included.

For those of you wanting an interior fix, expect furniture and homewares galore! From the kitsch to the collectible, no box is left unticked!

***The Stage***

This year we’ve got even MORE live acts! With a fabulous mixture of vintage acts throughout the day to keep you entertained in between tea drinking, cake scoffing and vintage shopping!

Not forgetting our resident Gramophone DJ – LORD HOLYRUDE will be mixing up some of his best vintage tunes to dance [and shop too!]


Bombastic 50’s pop, Country Gospel, Dancefloor Rock n’ Roll and Doo Wop from these wandering princes of the desert.




Performing show-stoppin’ routines to hits of the Golden Era & dressing in the finery of the times, these delectable darlings of the stage will be sure to add that all important touch of sparkle to Vintage Nation.




Think The Andrews Sisters, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, George Formby, Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra! This 1940s singing duo are set to create some serious nostalgia at this year’s event!




For all twee-loving tea drinkers, our pop-up tea rooms will be open from midday, serving tea in china cups, sandwiches, scones and cakes [and this year it’s even BIGGER]!

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve lined up some fabulous food traders if tea and cake doesn’t tickle your flavour fancy.


Be ye Twiggy or Brigitte, have we got a treat for you! The pop-up beauty lounge looks set to be a hive of activity, with victory rolls and lippie from a fiver! Browse I-pads and vintage mags as you let the magic happen – old-world glam in an instant!

Join our Facebook event page here.

Tickets on sale here > https://ece.ticketabc.com/events/vintage-nation-2/
Full price entry – £5
Under 12s go free

We hope you can make it!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ xx