Job Vacancy: London Based Promoter


This summer we are taking over Cheshire Street with 40 amazing, affordable vintage stalls every Sunday!

We’ll be bringing our best traders together to create a vibrant, eclectic and most importantly AFFORDABLE marketplace.

We need a tip-top team of promoters who can lend us a hand on the day of each Cheshire Street Market!


We want 3 confident, hard working vintage lovers to join our LONDON promotions team.

You must be able to hit the ground running with any task we give you, use your initiative and have a fantastic rapport with the general public.

We need our team to be prompt and available ON SUNDAY’S throughout summer (this is a crucial part of the job role)

Previous experience working in promotions /events would be advantageous.

You must be over 18 to apply for this role.

We want you to really tell us WHY you would be an amazing promoter for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair.

Email with the subject ‘Cheshire Street’

Please include a 50 word introduction explaining why you’d be the perfect person for the position.

Deadline: May 14th 2014.





V&Oak Post: The Perfect Spring Picnic

The sun is out, and we are planning our perfect Sunday – a picnic in the park with a good book and some tasty treats. The following items are our essential picks for a sunny day out!

Spring Picnic 11940s Vintage French Wicker Basket – £39.95

Spring Picnic 2  ‘80s Buttercup Yellow Crochet Lace Collar Dress – £25.61

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Brown Leather Tassle Loafers – £29.00

Spring Picnic 4 ‘70s Straw Summer Hat with Flowers – £22.00


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Vintage China Yellow Primrose Side Plate – £8.95

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Fondant Fancies – £1.00 for a box of 8


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Handmade Crochet Picnic Blanket – £44.50

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V&OAK Spring/Summer 2014 issue – 196 pages packed full of vintage and handmade inspiration – £4.95

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK


V&Oak Post: The Porcelain Perk of Afternoon Tea

As bespoke, decorative plates continue to crop up on the vintage scene, Charlotte Rowland looks at the evolution of these collected ceramics to uncover what they embody and represent.

With exclusive designs and prints as well as a level of everyday practicality that makes buying them all the more excusable, vintage plates have rapidly taken over more than their fair share of the modern market. Not only is this curatorship worth it for artistic purposes, with many plates boasting flamboyant florals and patterned façades, but stocking up on these delicate and ornate plates, as well as satisfying aesthetically, is a way of historically tracing the development of the plate as object or art.

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When trade routes opened to China in the fourteenth century, porcelain objects, like dinner plates, became must-haves for European nobility. With this introduction, the plate quickly became associated with traits of dignity and aristocracy, with their use, expanding gradually to become the prime sign of an opulent Marie-Antoinette-style tea party from the Victorian era onwards, chiefly being to serve, host and impress respected guests. A cabinet stock in a courtly home was taken as a sign of finery, opulence and prosperity, and as an indicator that the titleholders were of a respectable and venerable class.

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Plates like the above, for instance, dated c1890, would have been much admired and esteemed for their hand painted glaze of pansies, lilies of the valley and ferns. In keeping with the multi-functional use of the plate we have today, however, the perforated edge here, foremost a decorative emblem, could also be threaded through its gaps, which would personalise the plate and ready it for hanging. Lace plates were also a prized style of the nineteenth century, with punctuated edges, this time much like a paper doily, allowing for the same decorative license.

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Plates, however, were also accepted as works of art. The practice of collecting ‘souvenir’ plates was popularised in the nineteenth century by Patrick Palmer-Thomas, a Dutch-English nobleman, whose public plate exhibitions vouched for plate collecting as a fashionable and inexpensive hobby.

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Credited to the Danish company Bing and Grondahl in 1895, the first limited edition collector’s plate ‘Behind the Frozen Window’, seen above, sold at an unpredicted rate. Styles like the one below, taken from the Royal Albert collection, for instance, could be picked up easily, while similar designs can be purchased from online stockists today for an average of £15.

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Serving an opulence of scones, tarts and fancies atop mismatched plates and table-wear would, to a Victorian tea-goer, have seemed out of place and uncourtly. Now, however, not only is it fashionable to stock, collect and trade vintage plates, but mixing prints, colour and periods is seen as a quirky, creative touch.

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 Pretty, lavish tints, as seen in the c.1948 Royal Crown Derby plate above, became, for their elegance, the Victorian vogue , with the style of this design  in-particular,  known as a ‘ribbon-edge’ plate, being specifically in demand.

With such a history behind them, vintage plates stand today as more than just visual aesthetics. Our recently developed obsession with vintage plates can, in part, be put down to the attraction of style, with much of the porcelain circulars being delicately and exquisitely decorated with hand-painted floral designs, yet with their development of function, and how they came to mark out divisions between social class and status, plates today should be considered as historical artefacts as well as works of art.

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Sold singularly or en masse, vintage plates are not only appearing on the shelves of copious second-hand shops, but are also slowly and gradually filling the shelves, walls and tables of our homes, too.

Plate 8Available in art nouveau, art deco, post-war, retro and, typical of the Victorian era, floriated, garden-inspired styles, plates like these are easy to obtain, with popular sites Not On The High Street, Cakes Stand Heaven, Etsy and eBay all stocking a unique supply. Prices vary, depending on the date, marque and china, yet a good browse at the market will easily reveal a plate to your tastes.

And not forgetting you can pick up gorgeous vintage plate (or two) and an eclectic range of homewares at a Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair near you – click here for the calendar!

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Whether you purchase a refined six-set to fund a welcome Afternoon Tea, or prefer to use your plates more artistically, there’s no doubt that vintage plates, adaptable and sundry in their uses, are functional and creatively compliant, reminding us all the while of their pertinent back-story which we as modern-day plate collectors can and should unfetter.

Take a look at V&OAK Magazine for more vintage products and collectables.

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK










V&Oak Post: The History of the Cloche

Beyond the decade of their initial hype, when the sheer freshness of a new commodity is enough to generate curiosity, hats, it seems to me, have a hard time surviving.

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Take the thin-ribbed cloche, modelled here by ‘20s American actress Constance Bennett in all its eye-hiding, shapely glory. Named after the French for ‘bell’, the dome-like arch quickly became a desired form. Looks like this, pioneering the cloche’s sculpted, bell-shaped fit, were widely imitated during the Jazz Age, prompting a new calibre of sophistication.

A dominant trend in ‘20s film, fiction, and fashion, the trim, comely cloche is one of the key hats we as modern-day failed hat-wearers have let slip.

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When Swedish film actress Greta Garbo, a top Hollywood star of the decade, played the part of emotionally wounded woman in her first ‘30s talkie ‘Anna Christie’, sales of the cloche rose prolifically, spurred all the more by the film’s deep sentimental intrigue which Garbo’s lead role, enhanced by the facial concealment of the cloche, performed.

In its prime, the concept of the cloche had huge appeal to couture houses like Lanvin and Molyneaux, who opened ateliers to join milliners in manufacturing hats that precisely matched their clothing designs.

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Invented by Caroline Reboux, whose delicate, novel designs are modelled below, the cloche was deemed a fashion-forerunner of the ‘20s ever since Reboux’s first unstructured felt hat launched the decade into a cloche-craze.

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Reputably, Reboux was self-invented. As French word has it, she was the fourth child of an impoverished noblewoman and a man of letters, who was orphaned and came to Paris to live. Yet for all its factual questionability, this spirited background demonstrates and epitomises Reboux’s innovative eye, which allowed her to upheave and recreate headgear fashion.

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As the style flourished, the notable formality and structure of the cloche were picked up on by Vogue, Surrealist artists, for whom the movement was just beginning, and contemporaneous Art Deco styles alike.

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In time, too, the hats even came to shape hairstyles. The Eton crop, worn short and slick here by dancer and actress Louise Brooks, became popular because it was ideal to showcase the cloche’s desirable shape.

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The method of cloche-making, too, added to the ingenuity of this thriving new design. Typically, Reboux would create the hat by placing a length of felt on a customer’s head and then cutting and folding it to shape. Frequently in early years hats were left minimal, with any embellishments restricted to flattened ribbons, pleats or loops.

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Later, a cloche might be made from sisal or straw, with any number of beads, ribbons, or lace filaments adorning the sculpted lower rim. Up-to-date modes, such as the large-brimmed straws known as Gainsborough hats, began to feature on streets and screens alike, like the mode flaunted by model and vaudeville Leila Hyams, photographed by George Hurrell below.

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Additionally, different styles of ribbons were often affixed to the hats to indicate different messages about the wearer. Whereas an arrow-like ribbon would indicate a girl was single but had already given her heart to someone, a flamboyant bow suggested the girl was single and could be approached, while a firm knot signalled marriage.

The fact the cloche enjoyed a second vogue in the ‘60s, spurred by the infiltration of psychedelic colour and print, and is cropping up more and more in modern lines, with Dior creating a collection of cloche-inspired hats in 2008, Angelina Jolie picking up the trend in ‘The Changeling’ the same year and Peppy Miller, lead actress of the 2011 silent French film ‘The Artist’, likewise following suit, proves the cloche is not all gone.

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It was Coco Chanel, seen wearing a straw cloche in 1929, who said “once an invention has been revealed, it is destined for anonymity”.

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Although artistic earnestness never goes amiss, it strikes me that, sometimes, we should be asking for the opposite. I, for one, would relish the chance to don a sky-blue, low-brimmed cloche just to post that much overdue parcel and pick up that much needed carton of milk without feeling I had forayed my way into a delusional, fictional world, transforming myself into a Havisham-esque eccentric who should be confined to her senseless but definitely not hatless self. When I go, or, more frequently, stray, into a stumbled-upon vintage store and see a hat for sale, my mind flashes back to days when such pieces were a part of classic, ordinary outerwear, fitting seamlessly into the flapper-girl lifestyle of late afternoon teas and dusky evening verandas.

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It’s not that hats escape the catwalk, or fall out of vogue, as such. It’s much less than that. The fact hats rarely seem to last, at least with as much profundity, ten or so years after their hyped emergence, is, quite simply, because they no longer feel appropriate to what women do or want.


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Hats off, I say, to the hat-wearers amongst us ensuring the values of classic, archived glamour are subtly but surely preserved.

For more fashion and ‘20s looks, check out V&OAK Magazine.

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK

V&Oak Post: Vintage Make Up

In a society dominated by the entertainment industry, celebrities have us in the palm of their hand. They could dictate the most ridiculous trends and we would still follow them blindly.

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I will raise my hand – I’m guilty of this. There are a few VIPs I am absolutely in love with and I look up to them for inspiration. But even they must have found their inspiration somewhere. Today I am going to talk you through the signature looks of a few celebrities who know their vintage style.

First up, the 1940s. We cannot mention vintage make-up without thinking of American burlesque dancer, model, actress and vintage goddess Dita Von Teese.


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Dita’s make-up rarely changes: her winning look is bright red lipstick and black winged eyeliner paired with luscious fake lashes, all on porcelain skin. Finish with a bit of blush or contouring and strongly defined brows and you’ve got the Dita look.


Dita gets her inspiration from 1940s burlesque dancers such as Bettie Page, with her jet black hair, and Betty Grable, with the tight curls. Both rocked the iconic red lip.

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pic 4bNext up is Lana Del Rey. The American indie singer stays true to the black winged eyeliner, but she softens it slightly with a brown smokey eye or a defined crease to add more depth to the eye.


The lipstick is also more subtle; Lana chooses a nude lip and finishes her look with big ’60s-’70s hair.


 Lana is said to have taken inspiration for her artist name from American 1940s actress Lana Turner, but we see more of a resemblance with French iconic actress and model Brigitte Bardot. Her kitten eyeliner, nude lip and big tousled hair made her a sex symbol in 1960s France.


An artist who likes to jump between both looks is British singer Adele.


Adele has confessed to loving vintage clothes and to working with her stylist to create one-of-a-kind dresses for big events. She often completes her outfits and make-up with voluminous hair.


 Her simple red lip and defined eyes remind us of Marilyn Monroe.

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Lastly, someone who certainly knows how to have fun with her style and will go with whatever look crosses her mind is English pop singer Paloma Faith. The eyeliner and strong brows are ever present, but the lip and hair change as she pleases.

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 We learnt to expect anything from Paloma: her hair always reinvents retro styles verging on eccentric fun looks. Her style goes all the way from the 1940s with the bold red lip to the 1980s with the big hair and bright lip. Her Jessica Rabbit-like red wavy hair is often compared to actress Veronica Lake

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Paloma has said she likes to have fun with her fashion choices: she knows she’s going to make mistakes and she’s ready to forgive herself and have more fun, and we adore that about her.

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For more vintage beauty inspiration, check out V&OAK Magazine.

See you next week!

Giulia Nespolo at V&OAK 

New Season – New Specs!

Are you a wearer of specs?

Are you looking for a pair of vintage inspired or true vintage glasses? 

Your search is over! Our wonderful trader I Need Spex have just branched out and are now offering Vintage and Vintage inspired specs and reglazing as part of their service.

Our Brand and Event Manager Emily got her fabulous Vintage glasses (an eBay find) reglazed by I Need Spex recently and can’t stop bragging about the quality, speed and care they took making them the perfect fit…


 Vintage glasses are delicate things so many opticians refuse to reglaze them for you (what’s a girl or guy to do?) Don’t fret, I Need Spex can do it for you – HOORAH!

You pop them in the post and they get delivered straight back to you – how easy is that?


Here’s Emily in her specs…SPECtacular don’t you think? (Sorry we couldn’t resist)

Reglazing starts at £15 – an affordable option (and you know how much we like the word affordable at Judy HQ)!

Check out I Need Spex reglazing options here.

With summer just around the corner we may just have to order ourselves some Vintage (or Vintage inspired) sunglasses too – start at £25 (including prescription lenses) we might have to get a couple of pairs…just because!


What about these amazing 60’s beauties?


Or how about these statement specs?

Take a look at I Need Spex Vintage/Retro range here.


Let’s not forget our wonderful trader Auntie Aviator the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for best stall at Spitalfields! If you want to get yourself some new specs and live in London, Auntie Aviator will be at our Bethnal Green event on April 6th.


Our lovely followers over on Twitter have also recommended a few other websites to snap up a pair of Vintage and Vintage inspired specs:

Have you got a pair of amazing vintage glasses? Tag us on Instagram @judysvintagefair or Twitter @judyvintagefair and show them off!