Judy’s Resolutions for a Vintage 2017

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Well hello 2017! After celebrating another year of vintage with two weeks off, copious amount of Quality Street and all day Netflix binges, we are fully back in action for a new season. Armed with an array of new stationery (our favourite motivation), we’ve been busy planning and plotting for what we hope will be our best year yet!

While we can’t reveal all our special plans just yet, we do have a few resolutions we want to share with you…

More cities!
What better place to start than more dates? We’ve been listening carefully to all your suggestions and are pleased to have added several new cities to our roster – Reading, Durham, Southampton, Sheffield and plenty more to come across our three brands. Keep an eye out on our social media to see if we’re coming to your city, and always feel free to send us your suggestions.

Let’s get social 
Speaking of social, we want to bring the fun back to your Facebook feed. While we won’t be spamming you with the same dull memes and ‘tag a friend’ sessions, we will strive to share more of the things we love – think star buys from our events, upcycling inspiration and a few giggles to brighten your day.

Join the inner circle…
There’s going to be more ways than ever to get involved with our events this year. Whether it be taking up our 2-for-1 entry offers, being snapped by our street style team or even joining our staff team on an event day, your involvement goes above and beyond buying clothes – let’s start a revolution!

Want to make ethical shopping part of your 2017 mission? Check out our January events below –

Hello AW16! A vintage what’s on guide

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Summer, you’ve been a blast – but our inner fashion geeks are beyond giddy to welcome in AW16! A time for thick tights, jewel tones and layering – and our busiest events season of the year.

For all the newbies out there, here’s what you can expect from our three 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.

Check us out on facebook here or select one of our autumn dates –

 

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.

Check us out on facebook here or select one of our autumn dates:

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.

Check us out on facebook here or select one of our autumn dates:

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

Fashion On A Ration at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum

FOTR CreativeNothing beats a wee little work outing! Last Thursday we were absolutely delighted when a special invitation dropped into our inbox, welcoming our team to an exclusive opening of Manchester Imperial War Museum’s latest exhibit – Fashion On The Ration: 40s Street Style.

Having been in residence in London for the past year, it was a treat to see such a collection of immaculately kept fashion make it’s way to the north. But we aren’t just talking the big-skirted frocks and pearls one might attribute to the era – as the exhibits helpful guide explained, “From ‘onesies’ to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.”

Loaded up on canapes and fizzy wine (it was a team night out after all), we made our way into the show itself. While it wouldn’t be fair to ruin the show for anyone (some of these outfits really do need to be seen to be believed), we couldn’t help but snap a few pictures of our favourite looks. From hard-wearing overalls to meticulously patterned dresses, it’s humbling to see just how much of a outlet fashion was in the 1940s – while the war raged on, imaginative dress was a form of escapism and comfort, proof that even at the darkest of times, fashion doesn’t have to be frivolous – it can be dynamic, expressive and a great means to make the most of your surroundings – our favourite was a beautiful garment fashioned from a silk map!

Fashion On A Ration: 1940s Street Style opens to the public this weekend – for more information and to book your tickets, visit the website here. A big thanks to the museum team for inviting us along – what a lovely mid-week treat!

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1 Girl, 7 Dresses – Hayley’s Guide to Kilo Shopping

7 Days of Vintage Kilo Sale OutfitsWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we get no bigger thrill at Vintage and Kilo HQ than seeing what our lovely shoppers have picked up at our events. Whether it’s an impulse bargain, a memory of their childhood or simply a piece that fits like a glove, we just love shopping vicariously through you. Not to mention the fact that it stops our own wardrobes from overflowing!

This week in Kilo-land, we got a lovely little treat on instagram when a tag popped up from Glasgow-based blogger and freelance writer Hayley Angell. Describing herself as a “Banter-loving Aussie with a big voice and even bigger bum – freelance writer, vintage-nut, maker & wearer of fancy brooches”, we knew she was one of us instantly. Tagging us in a weeklong blog series, Hayley shared the 7 dresses she picked up from our last kilo sale, clocking in at just £37 for the lot (plus two more vintage pieces). Impressed by her thrifty abilities, we were desperate to hear more…

Hi Hayley! How did you first hear about the Vintage Kilo Sale?
I saw the Glasgow sale on Facebook which beautifully coincided with a light-bulb moment that my ample backside rather lends itself to vintage-style, full-circle skirts! I had only recently moved to the city, so when a pal suggested we go along together, I snapped her hand off. I’d follow you around the country if I could!

How would you describe your personal style in a sentence?
“Vintage reproductions of classic vintage styles.” I adore the glamour and femininity of the 40s and 50s but generally via reproductions from the 80s/90s/00s given my ample curves.

 What’s been your biggest buyers regret from the kilo?
A) Not buying more.  B) The infamous dress number 8. Who knew the 80s sailor-inspired polyester number with oversized white satin Chelsea collar and heavy seam right across the thighs wouldn’t work? I looked like Sailor Moon reimagined as a roast pork. But alas, it went back in the charity shop bag and I’ve probably since walked past someone wearing it with total dress envy!

And your favourite of the 7 dresses?
While Day 1 is pure me – casual, fun and wildly inappropriate for the Glasgow weather, I have to say Day 7. I put it on and feel like a movie star! Secretly, it’s 3 sizes too big, so I don’t button it down, I wear it as a wrap dress… it works!

Could you talk us through how you went about styling your dresses?
I’ve kept my styling pretty simple with vintage stud earrings, waist belt (my wardrobe staple) and head scarves. I’m not a great heel-wearer, so I tend to collect vintage-style midi heels and wedges from charity shops and markets as stores seem to stock only sky-high (I wish!) or flats.  I used to be quite picky in selecting accessories until I realised that a naff scarf/shoe/bracelet which coordinates/contrasts with your outfit will often trump a fab one that doesn’t! So, I pick an accent colour in my frock/top/skirt and accessorise to this colour. As a tip – I’d recommend getting yourself a basket and wearing it as a handbag. I must get stopped at least once a day with a lovely compliment!

What would be your best piece of advice for vintage virgins?
Just go along and have fun with it. Grab anything from the racks that catches your eye and don’t (ever!) look at the size. When I learned that sizes are completely irrelevant in vintage shopping (because there are so many variables like the style, country of origin, the trendiness of snug v loose fit at the time etc etc) it opened a whole new world of choice. I have dresses size 10-20, S-XXL in my wardrobe – so, if it looks like it’ll fit… throw it over your arm and keep going. When you’ve conquered the room, review all your grabs for the final shortlist and pay your respects to the Vintage Gods by hanging your unwanted’s back on the rack (besides, how else will I find my next vintage win?!). Was that 5 tips un-subtly disguised as 1!?

A huge thanks to Hayley for sharing her kilo wins – don’t forget to show us yours by tagging #kilobargains on Instagram and Twitter! If you’re in the mood for some shopping, check out our upcoming dates below…

Hello Yellow!

Spring has sprung! Well sorta – you might have to look for the daffodils underneath the frost at the moment. But nonetheless, we’re loving the promise of warmer weather and a new season of events just around the corner. In typical Judy style, there’s only one way to celebrate – hello yellow!

Across our social media, we’re embracing our favourite hue of clothing, furniture and accessories. Captured your own retro photo in the sunny shade? We’d love to see it! Tag us in #helloyellow and we’ll reshare your images to create a perky feed that’ll ward off the last of the winter blues. Check out the best of our feeds so far!

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@judysvintagefair
@thevintagekilosale
@vintagefurnitureflea

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Fancy bringing some spring sunshine to your wardrobe? Check out our upcoming events…

JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR
12th March – Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy (RSVP here)
19th March – Birmingham Custard Factory (RSVP here)
20th March – Clapham TA Centre 73 Kings Avenue (RSVP here)

THE VINTAGE KILO SALE
12th March – Liverpool Guild of Students (RSVP here)
13th March – Manchester The Union MMU (RSVP here)
20th March – Bristol Paintworks (RSVP here)

THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA
12th March – Leeds Corn Exchange (RSVP here)
20th March – Bethnal Green York Hall (RSVP here)

Hello 2016! – January Vintage Fashion Events For Your Diary

Hello vintage lovers – it’s 2016! Time to ditch the chocolate-fuelled duvet days and get back to work – which for us means organising a new calendar’s worth of fabulous vintage events!

2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever for all three brands – Judy’s Vintage Fair, The Vintage Furniture Flea and The Vintage Kilo Sale. Taking in more dates than ever, more cities and with a few special tricks up our sleeve, it’s a very good year to be a vintage fan.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our January dates below and get re-acquainted with what you can expect from our two fashion brands (The Furniture Flea returns in February)

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
With an ethos of affordability, the formula for the fairs is a simple one; gather premiere vintage traders from all over the UK, check them for affordable, eclectic vintage stock and gather them together, if just for a day. 10 years and 30 cities later, affordable vintage fashion remains at the heart at what we do. From 20s beading to 80s brights, 60s shifts to 50s florals, our fairs, markets and kilo sales provide an affordable go-to place for anyone to shop old-world, be ye vintage veteran or not.

January Dates

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The Vintage Kilo Sale

With a fresh new look for 2016, the kilo sale is a mecca for thrifty fans, crafty customisers and street style fanatics. The first and last place to get a whole new wardrobe by weight – just £15 per kilogram, to be exact. Founded in 2009 in conjunction with Europe’s largest wholesaler Glass Onion, we pitch up at eclectic venues all over the country, bringing with us up to five tonnes of vintage and retro clothing from the 1960s-1990s. Rummage our tubs and rails, try items on, and think outside the box – you never know what you might fall in love with.

January Dates

Last Call for 2015!

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We can’t believe our vintage 2015 is nearly over! After nearly 100 events across our three brands, a huge birthday party and a huge charity drive (there’s still time to enter our charity raffle here!), we’re well and truly ready for a break. Think serious sofa time, tacky christmas movies and a bottomless tub of quality street…

But before all that, we’ve got one last hurrah for you before Christmas! Whether you’re looking for last-minute gifts, a treat for yourself or simply looking for a fun day out with friends to get you in the festive spirit, we have our last events of the year this weekend at either end of the country. All the info is below!

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DECEMBER 12TH – South London Vintage Fair – 73 Kings Avenue Clapham (RSVP HERE)
Featuring mens and womenswear, accessories, homeware and vintage tea party.
Earlybird Entry: 10:30 – 11:00 – £3
General: 11:00-4:30 – £2

DECEMBER 13TH – Edinburgh Vintage Fair – Assembly Rooms – (RSVP HERE)
Featuring mens and womenswear, accessories and homeware
Entry £2 – Under 12′s free

Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Magazine Issue 7

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Happy December Vintage Fans! Today we bring a little slice of festive joy to your inbox in the form of the latest issue of our very own vintage magazine. Say hello to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest!

Now on Issue 7, we share the inspiration and behind-the-scenes news on all things fair, kilo sale and furniture flea. All in handy vintage magazine form, click on live links, flick through exclusive pictures and discover more about our brand.

Whether you want to learn about our traders (Festival Fifty One or Accessories Of Old), are thinking about buying a new record player or fancy getting ahead of the SS16 trends fresh off the catwalk, we’ve got you covered.

Add in a snoop around kilo manager Jenessa‘s home, an interview with super blogger Naomi Rowland and a peep at all the photos from our birthday party, there’s no shortage of vintage fun.

With so much ace content to read, what better excuse is to cosy up in front of the fire with a cuppa and a christmas chocolate or twelve?

As always, we love your feedback – tweet us @judysvintagefair or drop us an email with comments or future article ideas to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

 We’re always on the lookout for budding new writers or advertisers – just give us a holler if you’d like to get involved with vintage magazine Issue 8!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 5th December
RSVP here

Leeds’ Affordable Vintage Weekender
Sat 5th & Sun 6th December
RSVP here

South London’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 12th December
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 13th December
RSVP here

Psst. Remember to follow us too: –
@Judyvintagefair
@Vintagefurnflea
@The VintageKiloSale

Vintage Christmas Gifts

We got the shock of our lives this morning when we looked at our calendar and realised that it was just 30 DAYS until Christmas! Two busy seasons of events have meant that the year has absolutely raced by, and suddenly we are found scurrying about in the cold, trying to remember all the distant cousins and friends on our Christmas card list and wondering just where we left the sticky tape.

But worry not! There’s a lot that can be done in a month, especially when you have our events at your disposal! For the vintage lovers in your life, here are some top picks sure to cause a look of delight underneath the christmas tree.

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Vintage Print
An affordable but thoughtful gift, a classic print from a favourite era is a great vintage christmas gift for a friend who is decorating their house, or even a student looking to inject a little more personality into their student halls. Opt for a hollywood icon or a classic film poster – the choice is yours.

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Tea Set
Love a good gossip with your BFF? A vintage tea set will add a touch of sophistication to your next get together. We love this matched set but separate pieces work just as well – present in a hamper with some exotic tea and biscuits and you’ve got yourself one great gift!

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Vintage Jewellery
For those with a more lavish budget, an amazing piece of vintage jewellery can be a showstopper of a present. Think carefully about what your recipient would actually wear – there’s no point choosing a ornate bracelet if they’re much more of a necklace person. Purse feeling a little delicate? Our fairs and kilo sales are full to bursting with costume jewellery that makes for a great stocking filler.

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A Statement Coat
At this time of year, everybody has that one friend who is constantly shivering. Make their vintage christmas day with an amazing coat – rummage for a 60s-90s gem at the kilo sale or opt for a more mid-century number at the fair. This season, we’re a big fan of jewel tones- just make sure it’s a colour they like!

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A Fun Day Out!
if your friendship group prefers to have a shared experience at Christmas rather than a physical gift, why not visit one of our upcoming events to get in the festive spirit? With Tea & Cake at our vintage fairs, amazing sights at our Furniture Flea and the thrill of a good rummage at our kilo sale, you can make a serious day of it and even buy yourself a sneaky gift or two! Check out our last few dates for 2015 below –

November 28th – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
November 28th – Newcastle Kilo Sale
November 29th – East London Furniture Flea
November 29th – Ipswich Affordable Vintage Fair
December 5th – Liverpool Kilo Sale
December 5th & 6th – Leeds Affordable Weekender
December 12th – South London Affordable Vintage Fair
December 13th – Edinburgh Affordable Vintage Fair