Charity Chat – Judy’s 10th Birthday Giveaway for The Rainbow Trust

As a business, we like to believe that we at Judy’s are a pretty charitable bunch. We save and re-home thousands of vintage items with every event we put on, and regularly sort our own personal wardrobes to give away to the likes of Cancer Research, Barnados and the RSPCA.

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However, we are set to turn 10 years old this year, and it’s got us thinking about what more we can do to really help make a difference. We also got to thinking about parties, celebrations and what we can do to show you guys (our loyal fans!) some love for all your support over the years.

While we have some very special plans up our sleeves that we can’t reveal just yet, what we can announce is that we are thrilled and honoured to be supporting a wonderful charity, hoping to raise £5,000 for a cause very close to our hearts.

Our chosen charity, The Rainbow Trust, supports over 25% of the 6,000 families in England who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness. Ranging from providing cooked meals for families and helping maintain school attendance for siblings of poorly children to bereavement counselling and days out, their holistic care is close to our hearts at Judy HQ/

So what can you guys do to help? On a simple level, come say hello and pop some spare change in our collection tins! Rainbow Trust donation caddies will be popping up across our Affordable Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales and Furniture Fleas very soon, so keep your eyes peeled and dig deep! To see all of our upcoming events, click here.

If you’d rather donate online, it’s just as easy – simply head over to our Just Giving page.

We’re also hosting a HUGE CHARITY RAFFLE! Prizes include:

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3 month subscription to Bloom & Wild letterbox flowers

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3 book bundle – Style Me Vintage Home, Accessories & 1940s from Pavilion Books!

1 year’s subscription to Vintage Life magazine

A pair of Lotta From Stockholm Clogs (2 pairs up for grabs!)

£50 Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair voucher

£50 The Vintage Furniture Flea voucher

£30 Vintage Kilo Sale Voucher

£25 Vivien of Holloway Voucher

More coming soon…

We’re still on the lookout for some fab companies who would be kind enough to donate some prizes to our big charity raffle. We have some great prizes already lined up (including some donations from very famous faces!), but we always welcome more – simply get in touch with us via Facebook or by emailing emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

Let’s get raising!

For more information on The Rainbow Trust and the amazing work they do, visit their website here

How to bag the best kilo sale bargains

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In addition to our Affordable Vintage Fair and Furniture Flea, our vintage kilo sale is quite the crowd pleaser, with thousands of you flocking to our events in January and February. Now March is in full swing, we’re back on the road, hitting Birmingham this weekend, Sheffield on the 28th and plenty more cities throughout the rest of the year. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

While plenty of our customers are regular kilo-ers, we absolutely love meeting first-timers too. It’s part of what makes our job so fun, watching people who’d never previously considered wearing vintage opened up to a whole new world of stylish dressing. For those who aren’t quite as acquainted with our sale as others, here are some top tips for bagging the best kilo sale bargains!

Come Early

While we do our best to top up stock throughout the day, it is always worth coming early if you’re serious about bagging plenty of cheap items! Earlybird entry costs £3 and opens at 11am across all of our events.

If you can’t make it to Earlybird entry, don’t panic – there is always plenty of stock left for £1.50 General Entry from 12pm, you just might have to look a little harder!

Get Ready To Rummage!

Unlike a traditional vintage fair, the kilo sale might require you to roll your sleeves up! We display plenty of dresses, jackets, coats and tops on rails at each event, but there are plenty more gems in our huge rummage tubs.

By giving yourself plenty of time to look around the sale, you’re much more likely to find something to buy – we recommend a good hour to dig for gold, sort through your items and decide which you want to buy!

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Bring a friend

Kilo sales can be busy places, so it’s always worth bringing a friend to help you decide which garments are worth putting in that purple bag! Who knows – they might even find something for themselves too!

If you do end up coming alone, don’t worry – our customers are a very friendly and stylish bunch! And what better way is there to get some outfit inspo than looking at what your fellow shopper is wearing? Trust us – it usually results in some serious wardrobe envy!

Bring an open mind!

You never know what’s lurking in those big rummage tubs! Even if an item isn’t exactly what you were expecting, they can surprise you! An oversized shirt or jacket can be incredibly on-trend, or a baggy dress can be belted to fit. Be open minded about small alterations or ways of wearing items – if you simply love a fabric, pop it in that bag!

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Show us some love!

We love nothing more than seeing what great pieces you pick up at the kilo! You can tweet or instagram your pics on the day using the hashtag #kilobargains, or show us how you’re wearing them. We have been known to giveaway prizes to some of the kilo sale bargains, so it’s all to play for!

Mama, I Love You…Mother’s Day, Vintage Style!

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Spice Girls karaoke aside, it’s nearly one of our favourite days of the year – Mother’s Day! As the people who raised us, supported us and dressed us(!), we at Judy’s couldn’t be more grateful to our respective mums for all their love, encouragement and stylish hand-me-downs.

With that in mind, what better way is there to show your special lady some love that with a fun day out? We’ve got a great calendar of events this saturday that give you ample opportunity to treat your ma to a spot of tea, cake and vintage rummaging. Who knows – you might even be able to bag yourself a bargain too!

EVENTS

14th March – Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair
The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7RB
Open: 10:00 – 5:00
Free Entry!

14th March – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Lutyens Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral House Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5TQ
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

14th March – Newcastle Vintage Kilo
Northumbria Students’ Union, 2 Sandyford Road, NE1 8SB Newcastle upon Tyne
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

 

Say Hello To Yellow!

It’s March! I know, we can barely believe it ourselves. Christmas is now a dim and distant memory as the evenings lighten, sunlight streams through our windows and the prospect of leaving the house with just a light jacket (vintage of course) starts to seem like a serious option.

Here at Judy HQ, we have well and truly caught spring fever. Off the back of a record breaking weekend of events for both the Fair and Flea (thanks Manchester and London!), we are firmly into the swing of fair season and celebrating with a good dose of colour.

And what better way to welcome in the new month that with a bold, cheery hue? We’ve been a fan of all things yellow for quite some time (you only need to look at our logo!), but our passion has spread to homewares, fashion and prints thanks to our delightful traders and our long-term love affair with Pinterest. Here are some of our faves!

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What yellow items are you loving this season? Don’t forget to show us your fab kilo, flea and fair buys by tweeting or instagramming us with the hashtag #helloyellow for your chance to win a prize!