Judy’s Mad May!

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Can you BELIEVE that it’s almost the fifth month of the year?! It seems like just yesterday we were cracking out our Christmas party dresses but suddenly we’re racing our way towards the summer. Crazy!

To make the most of the warmer weather and bank holiday weekends, we set about making may a corker, chock-full of furniture fleas, kilo sales and affordable vintage fairs, all over the country. Whether you’re looking for the perfect 50s sundress for your summer holiday, want to rummage 90s grunge for festival season or are thinking of spring-cleaning your home with some new furniture, we have the shopping opportunities for you! Throw in some great caterers, crafters and expert style advice from our lovely traders, and you have got yourself a serious days outing.

Check out all of our May events below –

JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR

May 2nd – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)

May 3rd – Chester Town Hall (join us here)

May 9th – Leamington Spa Assembly Hall (join us here)

May 10th – Newcastle Biscuit Factory (join us here)

May 16th – Lincoln Engine Shed (join us here)

May 17th – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)

 

THE OFFICIAL VINTAGE KILO SALE

May 2nd – Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy (join us here)

May 3rd – Bethnal Green York Hall (join us here)

May 9th – Manchester People’s History Museum (join us here)

May 10th – Bristol Paintworks (join us here)

May 16th – Edinburgh Out Of The Blue Drill Hall (join us here)

May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)

THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA

May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

Introducing…Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 5

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.30.23Eagled-eyed Judy fans will know that we always like to give you a little extra. While our packed schedule of events means that you never have to go long without a vintage fix, we know that sometimes it’s great to just curl up on the sofa with a good glass of gin, some ambient music and a great retro read. Well look no further!

Fresh from the depths of our vintage-fuelled minds, we give you Issue 5 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest, the best e-magazine around to keep you up to date with all the behind the scenes gossip from the Vintage Fair, Furniture Flea and Official Kilo Sale.

Originally launched in 2013 by kilo manager Jenessa when she was just a student (see back issues here), the new-look vintage magazine is back and fuller than ever, offering you top tips on everything from nailing nineties style to perfecting the perfect mid-century century home interiors. We even took a peek in our own booking manager Donna’s abode!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.29.41Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.29.53So bring out the deck chair, grab your tablet and get flicking! And of course, let us know what you think – any comments, story suggestions, new writer submissions or advertising enquiries can be sent direct to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

Happy Reading!

Search the magazine on Issuu here

Festival Fashion – The best vintage-inspired looks from Coachella 2015

Rejoice – Spring has finally arrived! As temperatures creep up and layers come off, we’ve got our eyes firmly set on the spring/summer fair season – and of course, Festivals!

Here at Judy’s, we’ve got a string of vintage fairs, furniture fleas and kilo sales, and we’ll also be bringing our retro marquee to Beat-Herder Festival! But the question is – what does one wear when they’re out frolicking in the fields?

coachella vintageWe looked to the best street style from last weekend’s Coachella Festival to give you the lowdown on easy-to-wear vintage-inspired trends that will keep you looking good as you throw some shapes – and down several gins!

50s ladylike
While we probably wouldn’t advise donning your best authentic 50s frock at a muddy festival, a bold red lip paired with a polka-dot frock is a simple way to nod to the era without risking your favourite garment. If the British weather isn’t quite as kind as Coachella’s, simply throw on a raincoat or knitted cardigan – our Judy’s Traders have a great selection in every colour of the rainbow!

60s Colour Pop
Floaty stripes will never go out of style – keeping you cool in a busy crowd but still very easy to layer. For a 60s-inspired look, it’s all about the accessories – a strong pair of sunglasses in a bright colour will lift a whole outfit and cover up any dark circles from too much partying the night before! Check out the Affordable Vintage Fair for bold accessories that turn will turn a basic ensemble into a showstopper.

80s Double Denim
Double denim can be a tricky look to master, but it’s hardwearing, easy to shove into a bag and ensures you don’t have to put too much thought into your look when you wake up in your tent. Keep things 80s/90s by opting for denim with interesting patches or button rivets. Our Kilo Sale is a great place to pick up oversized denim which you can layer over a more fitted piece for contrast.

70s Folklore
Aztec, peasant sleeves and suede boots…this Coachella babe has got 70s style nailed! For a more weather-appropriate alternative, try bell bottom jeans or bring along a treated suede jacket and fedora to stave off any British downpours. We love our Judy’s trader Tallula Vintage for all patterns bold and beautiful!

DIY Ditsy Seperates
Can’t decide which era you want to channel at this years festivals?  Ditsy Florals are always a good idea for a hint of retro! Summer is also a great opportunity to try some upcycling – this two piece could be easily achieved by cutting a kilo dress into two parts and giving each part a quick hem!

90s Girly Grunge
For those planning on elbowing their way to the front, the 90s grunge trend is a great option that won’t leave you feeling too precious about scrubbing out muddy stains later. Mix heavy boots and checks with feminine shapes and top it off with some great functional accessories – the chunkier the better!

Looking to stock up on your vintage festival fashion? Check out all our upcoming dates – including Beat-Herder! – here

 

Ooh La La! Vintage Treasure in France!

Sunshine, fresh air and LOADS of vintage treasure! Brand and Event Manager Emily has found it all in France.

The lucky devil has been in the Loire Valley this week and couldn’t resist a trip to the world famous ‘Brocante’ sales in the region.

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First up…Saint Roche! Most of the sales in the region are a mixture of professional traders and regulars joe’s pedalling their ‘old’ things and random…shall we say tatt…! This wasn’t an issue for Eagle eyed Emily who managed to get…

A 1960s sears courier ‘Avocado Green’ suitcase & an original letter press storage tray

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A December 1955 edition of ‘Match’ magazine

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Total: 7.50 euros!

Day 2 saw a double whammy of bargain hunting! First off – Langeais

Emily bought…

Two vintage deckchairs!

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And a 60’s cotton blend dress…

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Total = 14 euros

The second stop of the day Chateau du Loir was the largest of all 3 events! Emily carefully handpicked…

image4A huge piece of bright vintage fabric – perfect for some cushions!

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A HUGE flamingo tapestry…possibly the most kitsch, ridiculous buy of the weekend!

Total: 9 euros!

TOTAL THRIFTY TOTAL: 30.50 euros…wowza!

But there’s always the ones that got away…Emily fell in love with these mid century chairs (if only she had the space)

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Have you bought any amazing vintage abroad? Or got some great tips for vintage shopping in France? Show us on Twitter @judyvintagefair or Instagram @judysvintagefair we’d absolutely love to see your thrifty buys!

Au Revoir!!

 

Presenting our (retr)eau de toilette…

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Are you tired of living and breathing all things vintage without *actually*breathing the air? Do today’s modern-day scents and smells get a big boo from you? Are your nostrils itching for the nostalgia of a better time-gone-by? Oh boy, do we have news for you…
Brought to you by a team of retro researchers at a top UK Universtiy (and with help from yours truly), we’ve answered your sensory prayers. Available at all of our events for the foreseeable future, we give you: ‘The Affordable Vintage Air.’
A mere prototype (branding to be decided) of our new ‘eau de retro,’ we caught up with Fair Founder Judy on just why she was so on the nose; “Nowadays, we’ve got it too good,” she states, speaking from the laboratory. “The internet lets us replicate any piece of the past we desire; fashion houses provide the looks and touch, apps and video blare out the sound, but what about that most elusive of memories, what about the smell? (Literally)Sniffing out a gap in the market, lo the ‘Air’ was born.”
Coming in a plethora of scents, samples include: –
  • Grandma’s House
  • Bread-and-Dripping
  • Palma Violet
  • Sunday School
  • Local Boozer
  • Auntie’s Lacquer –  AND MORE!

All the wistfulness of going round to Grandma’s (without having to put in any face time).” Professor R. Etro, Mixologist at Judy HQ

Know a good thing when you smell it? Come see us at any of our April events below!
Want the when and where on how to find us? Click the event pages below.
Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 12th April
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Bristol’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
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Liverpool’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
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Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Glasgow’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

The Central London Vintage Furniture Flea
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

Got a scent that you want replicating? Never fear, we’re all ears (and noses, of course). Get in touch via the links below and let us take you to fragrance heaven.

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