What’s On In August – Judy’s Vintage Fair, The Vintage Furniture Flea and The Vintage Kilo Sale


Well hello there August, didn’t you rush round the corner? With a sweltering end to July, we’ve almost forgotten that there’s a whole other month of summer fun to be had before ‘back to school’ fever kicks in.

Whether you’re scanning for a last-minute getaway, planning that essential festival wardrobe or even just fancy sprucing up your wares to get in that summer spirit right here at home, our August Vintage Fair offering is strong, heralding some cracking vintage events for all budgets, interests and geographies. Allow us to refresh your memory on all three of our brands…

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
The big daddy, the OG…Judy’s Vintage Fair has been going strong for nearly 11 years – once you’re inside one of our fairs, you’ll understand why! Bringing together some of the countries best and most eclectic traders, expect anything and everything from the 1920s-80s – we’re talking menswear, womenswear, accessories and homely knick knacks. Topped off with a tea party, this is your perfect weekend time travel day out – no flux capacitor needed.

6th and 7th August – Edinburgh Affordable Vintage Weekender – RSVP HERE

The Vintage Furniture Flea
Teak, Formica, Perspex…this is one for the retro homeware addicts. Sleek mid-century styles and kitsch designs live harmoniously together in our packed halls, sold at an absolute snip of online or high street boutiques. You go-to destination to get that ‘pinnable’ look you’ve been swooning over, it’s not just furniture either – there are home pieces galore to cater for even the smallest of budgets.

30th July  – Balham Baptist Church, South London – RSVP HERE

The Vintage Kilo Sale

Time to pop some tags… The Vintage Kilo Sale is the UK’s original ‘by weight’ event, allowing thrifty shoppers to pick and mix stock from the 1960s-1990s – just like Woolworth’s Sweets! Charged at £15 per kilo, there is no minimum or maximum spend, with individual items weighing in as low as £1.

7th August – Bethnal Green York Hall, East London – RSVP HERE
14th August – Bristol Paintworks – RSVP HERE
20th August – Glasgow Wasps Artists Studios – RSVP HERE

Vogue 100 Manchester: A Century Of Style



Well well well…it looks like summer has finally arrived! Like classic brits we’ve rejoiced at the sudden sunshine, but like the dodgy-tanline-phobics we truly are, we’ve also enjoyed spending our summer downtime indoors.

And where better to spend a lazy day than in the cool surrounds of a museum? We’ve been fans of the Manchester Art gallery for some time, but when we discovered that it was to be the new home of the Vogue exhibition, we hotfooted it across the pennines faster than you could say ‘couture darling!’

A celebration of the whopping 100 years of Vogue’s history, ‘A century of style’ is a must-see for both fashion and photography fans. Seeing those iconic images of supermodels from the ages in glorious technicolour really reinforces the power of both styling and advertising, as well as the changing demands of publishing.It’s all here in a succinct exhibition – the uptight, unobtainable 1940s of couture, the cheeky fun of the 90s Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss era, right up to our modern days obsession with ‘celebrity’ coverstars. We could have spent hours pouring over each image – not bad for a free exhibition!

With back issues laid out in glass cabinets, a trip to the Vogue 100 it’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your fashion history. A true fashion bible of our times, we can barely believe it’s already 100 years old. Long live Vogue!

SS16 – Shopping retro in the high street sales

We all know what it’s like when you have an event coming up and just can’t find THE outfit – stress city! While we are normally complete vintage purists for both ethical and style reasons (no chance of turning up to that party in the same dress), we do understand the panic of a last minute outfit or the desire for that mid-week treat, which is why we’ve been keeping our eye on the high street and online summer sales.

Whether it’s a repro shop or a more traditional chain, there are plenty of retro pieces to be found in your local city centre – this vintage trend just ain’t going away! Classically british weather can make it difficult to part with too much cash in pursuit of the perfect summer outfit, which is why we’ve stepped in to help you do it on a budget. Behold’ our digest of the high street sales to give you four classic looks to help you through these months.

Not feeling our mass-produced picks?  Or just fancy the real deal? Never fear – check out our events tab for your next local vintage fair, furniture flea or kilo sale.


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Summers Day
Blouse – Topshop, £18
Skirt – New Look, £9
Sandals – Clarks, £40
Handbag – Zara Kids, £7.99

Date Night
Top – New Look, £8
Trousers – Tara Starlet, £25
Heels – Clarks, £20
Clutch – Lulu Guiness via ASOS, £145

retro summer outfits ss162Retro Wedding
Dress: Marks & Spencer, £30
Bag – Zara, £22.99
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens via Office, £96
Earrings – Bow And Crossbones, £8

Office Wear
Blouse: H&M, £8
Skirt – Tara Starlet, £14
Sandals – Clarks, £30
Earrings – Bow & Crossbones, £6