Tales From Festival No. 6

andrew whittonGreetings Vintage Fans! We write to you today a tired, slightly sniffling bunch (hello festival flu) but it was all worth it as we had an absolute blast at Festival No 6! Despite torrential rain, ankle deep mud and quite a few tent leakage mishaps, we had such a great time kitting out some lovely customers – and catching more than a few bands too.

As always, we couldn’t have asked for prettier surrounds than the town of Portmeirion – with pastel buildings galore, we were shouting ‘selfie wall’ faster than the onsite gin bar could serve cocktails (which is very fast, we’ll have you know). Despite the adverse weather, it seems you lot got well and truly into the spirit as we sold everything from glitter crowns to sportswear, kagoules to kimonos to an array of friendly and fun faces. Finishing on a team singalong to Noel Gallagher playing the Oasis hits, we’ll see you back next year. Just hopefully with a touch less rain…






Didn’t manage to catch us at the festival? No problem – just check out our dates below to find out when we have an event near you.


Top 5 Bands To See at Festival Number 6

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This time next week we’ll be packing our bags and be on our merry way to Festival Number 6! Decking out our marquee with a specially curated selection of vintage traders, we’ll be bringing all the glitter, gowns and glam you could possibly need – hurrah!

After a successful year’s trading last year, we’re delighted to be back at one of our favourite festivals. Taking place in the gloriously pretty and quirky surrounds of Portmeirion, we’re already giddy for both work and play. From the artisan foodstalls to pop-up hot tubs and the huge carnival parade, there is no shortage of things to see and do.

And then of course, there is the music. Team Judy’s are an eclectic bunch and Festival Number 6 is certainly an event that caters for every taste. It’s been a hard job whittling it down, but here are the top five bands we can’t wait to check out…

Hailing from Stockport, these indie lads are a staple of our kilo playlist. Part of the new wave of guitar bands that hail back to the glory days of the 90s, their debut album has it’s fair share of hands in the air anthems – hop on over to Spotify and give ‘Honey Sweet’ a spin.

Oh Wonder
We’re praying for good weather so we can sip a cocktail or three while kicking back to the chilled vibes of Oh Wonder. Blending a touch of Rnb with acoustic pop, they are a perfect accompaniment to the dreamy pastels of Portmeirion. Bonus points if they pull out their cover of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ – too good!

A breakout star of 2016, Norwegian singer songwriter Aurora is as great to watch as she is to listen to – we’re talking some seriously amazing outfits! You may know her from her cover of ‘Half The World Away’ from the John Lewis advert, but we prefer ‘Runaway’ – pop it on repeat and allow your mind to drift off to faraway lands.

Broken Social Scene
A band we’ve been waiting to see for a really long time, Broken Social Scene have made some of our favourite albums to work to. Having not released anything since 2010, this rare festival appearance hopefully heralds some new music – have a listen to their 2005 self-titled record to get you into their atmospheric guitar sound.


Gold Panda
It wouldn’t be a festival without party vibes, which we’re sure will be brought in abundance by Gold Panda.Pretty much any track from ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ will have you breaking out a shoulder shimmy, but it’s ‘In My Car’ that we really love – 4 minutes 30 seconds of pure sunshine.

So there we have it! Whether you’re there for the music, the literature or simply to say goodbye to the summer, be sure to pop by our marquee for all your festival needs. Oh, and to swap musical recommendations of course!

Podium Chic – A Brief History Of Olympics Fashion

When it’s Olympics time at Judy HQ, we’re thinking three things. First things first, it’s marvelling at how many great sportsmen and women we’ve produced on such a tiny island. Second, it’s deciding that we DEFINITELY need to get back in the gym. But Third, it’s checking out all those sleek, colourful sporting outfits and wondering where such fabulous garments originated. So without further ado (and no chatting at the back), here is our whistlestop tour of how Olympic fashion has developed over time.

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Not considering it’s ancient greek incarnations, the Olympics were originally introduced in the late 1800s. Women’s involvement was still very much taboo and the event was nowhere near the globally-incorporating event it is today. Athlecticwear was pretty much non-existent as competitors were expected to wear their ‘sunday best’ – they’re nothing streamlined about these outfits!

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By 1932, the classic ‘Olympian’ look was starting to be established – think preppy Americana with modest hemlines and big ‘champion’ smiles. Fabrics were still somewhat limited and colours muted but the ‘track and field’ silhouette was starting to take shape, a look that was to last well into the late 1900s.

60s polyester and sparkles

Like all fashions and homewares, sportswears saw a huge shift in the 60s – suddenly colour, pattern and texture was in. Gymnastic uniforms were the first to get the full glitter and polyester treatment, and athletes began to show a little more personality with skimpy fits, of-the-era hairstyles, jewellery and accessories.


Ah, the decade of patriotism! The glitter and glam of midcentury remained, but as the Olympic Games entered an era of commercialisation that saw it beamed into the homes of millions around the world, it became more important than ever for Olympians to show their country colours. This is when ‘flag outfits’ truly began, as exemplified by this iconic star-spangled-banner look from 1984.

1990s - windbreaker suit, sportswear as dailywear

As we rolled into the 90s, the exercise craze of the 80s lived on, and olympic outfits started to resemble what we were wearing on the street. The windbreaker suit became a staple look for off-duty Olympians, with Nylon high on the agenda. If you’re after a replica, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics was merchandised heavily, meaning that even now these items sometimes crop up at our kilo sale – worth looking out for!

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Modern Day
Athleisurewear is now firmly bedded in our consciousness, and with significant advances in fabric technology, there is more demand than ever for sporting attire to look and feel great for the wearer, creating a bodily environment that allows them to perform to the best of their ability. Designer collaborations are coming in thick and fast – just look at Great Britain’s Rio 2016 uniform as designed by Stella McCartney. Finally, sportswear has it’s very own place in fashion, and it’s obtainable for us ‘normal’ people too – even if we can only manage a few reps in the gym before hitting the McDonalds drive-through.

Fancy a hunt for your own slice of Olympics fashion? Check out our upcoming events here –

Patching Things Up – Tips For 2016’s Hottest Trend


Even the most casual fashion fans among us will know that this year, one trend has dominated all of fashion – the humble pin or patch. No longer the domain of cub scouts or your Nana’s darning needle, these cute little customisations are how the fashion set are personalising their look, showing some individuality and crucially offering a serious throwback to the ‘collector’ trends of the 80s/90s.

But how best to rock your own patched piece without looking more shabby than chic? Embellished jeans, dresses and bags can look great in the right hands, but for patching newbies, you can’t go far wrong with a classic jacket. Feeling inspired? Follow our top tips and you’ll be rocking this look in no time.

Start simple
First things first, you’ll need to select your patching garment. It’s best to opt for a plain, hardy fabric – think denim or a heavy cotton. A plain background is often best so as not to clash with your pins and patches. A quick trip to our kilo sale or vintage fair is the perfect place to source your garment – play your cards right and it’ll cost you less than £15!

Shop Independent
As us vintage fans will know all too well, there is an immense satisfaction for sporting a garment that nobody else owns. Patching a jacket is a great excuse to support independent businesses and avoid lower-quality high street imitations (see the current accusations against Zara for copying indie artists’s work.) Shop around on etsy or search the tracked tags on Instagram – or have a chat with our traders of course!

Quality not Quantity
It can be tempting to patch as you go or throw any old thing at your jacket in an attempt to ‘finish it’, but we think it’s definitely worth building up a solid collection of patches over time before you go to town. The best patch effect is achieved by good curation, so think carefully about the vibe you want to portray and be patient in your pursuit for the perfect piece. Remember that a jacket can be subject to a fair bit of wear, so always opt for patches and pins of good sturdy quality – you don’t want bits falling off!

Plan things out
Feel like you’ve nailed your collection? Perfect! Now you’re at the stage where planning is key. Pins are obviously easy as they can be moved around, but patches require a little more consideration – lay yours out in full on your jacket or tack them with needle and thread to ensure you’re happy before going the whole hog. Also, be sure to check the instructions for each patch – modern ones are often iron fixable, whereas vintage patches may be better off handsewn. if you do get things a little wrong, don’t worry – the patched look is meant to be a little messy and unkept for it’s true effect.

So there we have it – time to get patching! We’d love to see your best efforts – tweet us a picture to @judysvintagefair or tag us on insta!

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5 Favourite Vintage-Inspired Bloggers

Where better to seek out some retro-dressing inspiration than on the bloggersphere? Whether we’ve snapped up a new piece we’re desperate to style or are just stuck in a wardrobe rut, we love procrastinating  checking out our bloglovin account on our lunchbreaks for our favourite vintage inspired bloggers. Often blending retro items with high-street finds, here are some accounts from blogging babes very much after our own heart. Whether you’re a mid-century purist or a more modern throwback lover, thank us later for the inspo…

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50s Style – Nora Finds
Purveyor of swishy dresses and beautiful nipped-in jackets, Nora’s take on midcentury style will have you swooning. Established in 2011, Nora Finds is you one-stop shop for the best vintage haunts in London, outfit posts and straight-to-the-point advice on the best repro brands.

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60s – Larkspur Vintage
Although blogger Alexandra flits around the decades, it’s her soft sixties outfits that we admire the most. With a passion for pastels and kitschy prints, we’re pretty jealous of her Toronto lifestyle and her adorable fluffy puppy.

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70s – Pages By Megan
Mancunian Megan has been on our style radar for a very long time – she even popped into to one of our kilo sales! Whether she’s sporting high street or vintage, her looks always have a distinct vibe of 70s rock and roll – think leather biker jackets, band tees and statement boots. If you’re a vintage newbie, Pages By Megan should be in your bookmarks as the perfect example of how to introduce key vintage pieces into your life.


80s – Helen Anderz
Helen’s blogs and vlogs always brighten our day – hard not to with such vibrant hair! Helen’s take on fashion is as fun as she is – expect 80s leopard print, neon brights and a touch of hair metal. Hers is a wardrobe we would love to have a rummage though!

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90s – My Rainbow Feeling
Mathilde has only recently started My Rainbow Feeling, but we’ve been obsessed with her instagram for months. Colourclashing, fun textures and wacky headgear – these looks have 90s all over them! for days where you feel like you need a little more fun in your life, this is the place to go for some sunshine.

Feeling inspired to refresh your wardrobe? Check out our upcoming dates here –

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

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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

Calling All Kilo Creatives!

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Holler at all our vintage kilo fans – we hope you’re well and enjoying your summer so far. We’re having a pretty giddy one ourselves – think festivals, trips abroad and of course, a whole heap of prep for our next season!
We’re always keen to improve what we do in kiloland, and we figured what better way than to get our fans involved? We’re always bowled over by the amount of creative people we meet at our events and all the kind emails we received from loyal customers looking to join our happy team.
So here is your chance! This is an open call to all creatives who think they have something to offer to make our events even more exciting – essentially, we’re opening up some fab vintage jobs! We want to hear from you all – DJ’s to Designers, Caterers to Craft Stall Owners, Accessories Aficionados and Savvy Seamstresses. We want to recruit Embroiderers, Vloggers, Hair Braiders, Upcyclers, Stylists …and much more besides. We want the hip, the innovative, the trend-savvy and the colourful. Whether you’re a student looking for some casual work or a more experienced stallholder in search of a new business opportunity, this is your chance to be part of something amazing.
So what do we need from you? Just pop on over to our handy little form and fill in your information – the more detail the better! We’re looking for people who love and understand our kilo sale, have a great eye for youth trends and are passionate and professional about what they do.
GOOGLE FORMS LINK HERE – http://goo.gl/forms/vCtkPc8icwMoBBj82
That’s all folks! To get yourself in the mood, check out our upcoming events below – and have a great summer break!
Until next time,
Lots of love,
Kilo HQ x
The Vintage Kilo Sale – Summer Events

Judy’s On Tour! Vintage Shopping in Amsterdam and France

Team Vintage have been well and truly making use of the quieter summer season with not one but two trips to see our EU cousins this month. With Kilo Manager Jenessa opting for Amsterdam and Fair Manager Emily whizzing to France, we’ve been thoroughly enjoying our summer holidays.

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Being the vintage obsessives we are, we can’t help but take a sneak peek at how our pals across the channel/north sea like to sell their retro. For Jenessa this meant checking out the kilo shops of Amsterdam. A wee bit on the pricier side that our own event (don’t say we’re not good to you!), she had great fun seeing how the other half live. Beautifully merchandised and staffed by a lovely team, it got us dreaming about the possibility of our very own bricks and mortar.

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 13.56.33Sorting through tons of clothing at the kilo but not quite finding the ‘one’, Jenessa then pottered on down to Episode Vintage, a more traditional ‘by price’ offering which proved to be a serious treasure trove of Sportswear. She snapped up a flawless Adidas Jacket, some stripy shorts and a perfect pair of 80s yellow jeans – all for just over 40 EUR! And of course it wouldn’t have been a trip to Amsterdam without a stop by Kitsch Kitchen – an emporium of all things twee, colourful and throwback-thursday-inducing, she’s been frantically adding pieces to her Pinterest board ever since. Want to read more about Jenessa’s trip? Check out her blog here.

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For our resident glamour queen Emily, only a summer sojourn to francais would do. Making great excuse of the world-famous Broncante market, her bespectacled eyes snapped up some bargains right away – a 70s fondue set for just 7 EUR, as well as these fabulous fruity finds – a pear terrarium and an apple-shaped basket. Yum!

The foody fun didn’t stop there – when in France, one simply must eat all the pastries, and our Em has been sampling (and making) some right corkers. We were dribbling back in the office over these macarons, eclairs and a towering strawberry and mint palova – here’s hoping she brings some back!

In that summer holiday mood? Why not stock up that suitcase with a trip to one of our summer events?

Forthcoming Vintage Events