Happy Birthday Judy!

12189146_10207891318665224_3437523349457335450_nPhew! We’re just about getting over our hangovers at Judy HQ after an absolute whopper of a birthday party! Whilst we may not look a day over eight, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair has hit a decade old and we celebrated in true retro style last Friday night.

With an intimate party at The Hoxton Hotel and a stunning cake made by the inimitable Pear Of Peas, we boogied on down to a selection of retro hits, drank a selection of delecious cocktails and raised lots of money for our charity of choice, The Rainbow Trust. For those who haven’t donated yet, there’s still time – pop some change in our collection tins on event days or head over to our Just Giving page – every donation of £1 or more will be automatically entered into our raffle to win one of the following prizes:

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Abel Organics – Vintage’13 perfume
3 month subscription to’Bloom & Wild’ letterbox flowers
Book bundle: Style MeVintage: Home, Accessories & 1940s
2 pairs of clogs fromLotta From Stockholm
1 year subscription toVintage Life Magazine
Issue 9 of Mid CenturyMagazine PLUS digital subscription to all back issues!
£25 Vivien Of Holloway voucher!
£20 This Is Vintagevoucher
Limited edition Pink& White Tara Starlet ‘Girlfriend’ coat
Tara Starlet onlinevoucher
Lovett & Co jewelleryset
£50 Auntie Aviator vintage eyewear voucher
Vintage cushion of your choice from Vintage Cushions
Light up vintage style letter from Vaguely Vintage
Crosley Executive Record player from Shado Retro
2 x 1 hour treatments from Fusion Therapy
2 x refurbished childrens Ercol chairs from The Happy Chair Company 

We’d like to thank all of lovely guests for coming along, and to the lovely team at The Hoxton Hotel, especiallyPailsey! A big virtual hug and a slice of cake as well as everybody who has ever come to a Vintage Fair, Furniture Flea or Kilo Sale over the years…we love you all! Here’s to the next decade!

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Retro-inspired halloween costumes on a budget

Halloween is right round the corner! Whether you’re planning a huge party, a spooky movie marathon or a night trick-or-treating, their is one essential to be had – a great costume.

If, like us, you’ve left your outfit to the very last minute, do not despair! Skip the boring cat ears and vampire teeth and opt for one of our fun throwback looks – made up of pieces you can actually wear again!

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Fashion stalwarts of the 90s, Cher and Dion are a cringe-free option for any BFF duo. The rules are fairly simple – stick to pink and yellow, accessorize with headgear and add in as much tartan as humanly possible. Altogether now: “as if?!’. 2f4d393b882b4629188b99a86bfb91a1

Wednesday Adams
All black everything – this look couldn’t be simpler! The collar is essential; if you can’t find a suitable 60s dress, simply pop a dress shirt under a jumper dress – it will keep you toasty on that trick or treat round! 

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Rosie The Riveter
Feel like channeling some old school feminism this Halloween without breaking too far away from a 40s/50s wardrobe? Rosie The Riveter is the look for you. The headscarf, navy blouse and high-waist jeans (Freddies of Pinewood have some great options) can all be sourced easily, and some extra party glam added with traditional mid-century make-up.Fresh-Prince-Carlton

Will and Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bell Air
Want to make use of a technicolour wardrobe? The Fresh Prince is the perfect opportunity to sport those neons. Whether you’re a Will or a Carlton, this look is super 90s and can be catered for easily with a quick rummage round our kilo sale!

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Margo and Ritchie Tenenbaum
If you’d rather look classy than crude this Halloween, the Tenenbaum look i instantly recognisable while making good use of items you probably already have in your wardrobe (or can buy from our fair!). The devil is in the detail – the cute side parting, big sunglasses and head bandage are all simple additions to a daytime-acceptable outfit. Perfect for those in a rush to a party!
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It wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one really creepy option, and it doesn’t get much scarier than the twins from classic horror film The Shining. Best achieved with a similar-looking pal, everything much match – and you can have a lot of fun getting the fake blood exactly right!

Looking for the finishing touches for your costume? Why not pop down to one of our events this weekend?

31st October KILO SALE – Lincoln Engine Shed, 11am-4pm
1st November KILO SALE – York Hall Bethnal Green, 11am-4pm

31st October VINTAGE FAIR – Birmingham Custard Factory – 11am-4pm
1st November VINTAGE FAIR – Cardiff Portland House – 11am-4pm

 

Crazy for Capes!

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 11.35.30Where has this sudden freezing weather come from? Not that we’re complaining – it’s coat season! Sure, we hate having to cover up our favourite frocks and dealing with the constant inside-outside temperature adaption, but there is something about a cosy extra layer that just fills us with joy.

This season, there is one coat that has stolen our heart more than most – the cape, Favoured by everyone from girl-detective Nancy Drew to modern-day fashionista Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl, there is something about the cape that speaks of whimsy, fun and downright style. They’re notoriously easy to wear – paired with a simple pencil skirt, brogue heels and a good-quality roll neck, you’re set for some serious sleuthing – magnifying glass optional.

Naturally, Vintage is best – check out this beautiful welsh woollen number that our fair manager Emily picked up from on our our traders! Welsh wool is synonymous with vintage capes – look out for he more unusual colourways and a hole-free lining to make sure you’ll stay toasty.

Feeling the cape trend? Pop along to one of our winter fairs and you might just get lucky! Until then, feast your eyes on our cape moodboard to get you in the spirit…

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Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 1st November – Bethnal Green Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 7th November – Bath Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 7th November – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 8th November – Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Oxford Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Sheffield Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Liverpool Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 15th November – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 21st November – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 21st November – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 21st November – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 28th November – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 29th November – Ipswich Affordable Vintage Fair
Sunday 29th November – Bethnal Green Vintage Furniture Flea

Record Breakers!

12068808_1143039205708926_2960532416107081735_oWe don’t like to brag at Judy’s HQ, but we do believe in sharing good news! After a long (not so hot) summer, we threw ourselves back into fair season with a bang, throwing up some of our best ever events across the fair, flea and kilo.

First up was the Furniture Flea in Bethnal Green, with a whopping 2500 through the door! You came and shopped in your droves, picking up all manner of retro cushions, lamps and furniture to help give your homes that desirable autumn glow. No better time of year to decorate if you ask us!

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Phew, it’s time for a lie down! We want to offer a great big thankyou and a virtual slab of cake to every single one of for coming out – what a way to celebrate our tenth year! If you’d like to join in the fun, here is a list of our upcoming events this October and November.

Sat 10th October – Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 10th October – Clapham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 11th October – Newcastle Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 18th October – Bristol Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 1st November – Bethnal Green Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 7th November – Bath Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 7th November – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 8th November – Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Oxford Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Sheffield Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Liverpool Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 15th November – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 21st November – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 21st November – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 21st November – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 28th November – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 29th November – Ipswich Affordable Vintage Fair
Sunday 29th November – Bethnal Green Vintage Furniture Flea

Retro Inspiration from London Fashion Week SS16

We’d be a little hypocritical at Judy HQ if our personal wardrobes weren’t at least 90% vintage, but we’re sure we’re not alone in getting a wee bit excited everytime LondonFashion Week rolls around. A veritable whos-who of front-rowers, the street style, the soundtracks and wacky hair and makeup…we love it all! While we were not lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week ourselves this year, we did enjoy picking our favourite retro-inspired styles out on the Vogue website. Tres chic…

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Kilo Manager Jenessa is a huge fan of Orla Kiely and her 60s-inspired floral prints, so it was no surprise to find her coveting almost everything from the collection! Set amongst a crazy golf scene, purple pastels held their own against vibrant yellows and of course, THAT clarks footwear collaboration. We best get saving our pennies…

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Feeling more seventies? Studio Fulton is your place to be. We loved the autumn-pallette-meets-summer-shapes that makes this collection so wearable all year round. Catch us in that flare and blouse combo…or maybe a statement dress or two…we can’t decide!

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Jeremy Scott
Lead designer at Moschino, Jeremy Scott has been a kitsch favourite for a while. This season, he took things to the 80s height of Barbie once more, contrasting with edgy prints and neon colours. Not for the faint-hearted, but those electric blue boots have our heart.

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The colours, the prints, the super-cool models…we’re in love with everything about this Italian accessory designers collection. While the emphasis was on the shoes and bags, we can’t help but wish they’d whip up those pinafores for consumer sale as well…we want every colour!

Feeling inspired to grab some fashion-forward garments for your wardrobe? We’ve got a vast calendar of kilo sales and fashion fairs to get you kitted out in the sort of retrowear that will be influencing the catwalks for years to come. Let’s face it, vintage never goes out of style! Check our events tab for more information.

Fri 25th September – Leeds Freshers Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Cardiff Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 27th September – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Thursday 1st October – UCLU Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 3rd October – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 4th October – Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair
Saturday 10th October – South London Kilo Sale
Sun 11th October – Newcastle Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 18th October – Bristol Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair

AW15 Vintage Essentials

Autumn is here – are we the only ones who are sneakily a bit pleased? We love summer as much as the next person, but there’s something about layers and snuggly fabrics that get us a little bit excited. Plus of course, autumn marks the return of fair, flea AND kilo season – result!

When it comes to decking out your wardrobe for AW15, it can be easy to get swept up in new trends you’ll only wear once or rely on tatty favourites that are falling apart at the seams. Wearing vintage is all about quality and finding style over fad trends, which is why it’s such a great investment for colder months. To avoid a room full of clobber or regret purchases, here is our checklist of the key items to look out for at our upcoming events –

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A good coat is a winter essential. While a Princess or Pea shape might be desirable for formal events, we recommend a strong sheepskin or faux fur/fur trimmedpiece of outerwear for true warmth that will last you seasons to come. If you’re partial to a trend, look out for a leather or suede trench – these can also be deceptively cosy if layered well with a good knit.

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The pussybow is a classic vintage style – dress up with a smart skirt or down under dungarees or a pinafore. Bonus points for busy patterns and prints – the more fun the better!

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Tartan or Woolen Skirt
You simply can’t go wrong with a good tartan or check print skirt – look out for wool or thick woven fabrics to keep yourself cosy. These look great with blouses, tightly fitted jumpers and brogues.

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Speaking of jumpers, we love a statement sweater! These always room in a wardrobe for a few plain numbers, but we’re a fan of the quirkier prints…just remember to keep an eye out for those bobbles!

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Brogues or Doc Martens
We at Judy’s love a good heel or mule, but there’s nothing worse than cold feet in the autumn. Spare yourself the heartache by investing in a sturdy pair of brogues or doc martens – they may take some wearing in but will keep out any adverse weather with ease. Even better – they go with everything!

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For days where you want to look effortlessly retro, a good skirt suit can save you plenty of dressing-up time in the morning. Wear yours with a simple plain top underneath instead of a blouse – it will stop things looking too formal. Keep an open mind when shopping for your skirt suit – some simple and affordable tailoring can turn a great fabric into a showstopper.

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Versatile Handbag or Case
for travel, for the office, for sneaky shopping trips…a good-sized bag is an essential. We love doctor, trunk and hardcase styles, but feel free to experiment – as long as it’s big enough to fit the kitchen sink, it’s probably a keeper!

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Available from very low prices and in a multitide of patterns and finishes, a good set of tights can elevate a plain outfit. Opt for ones with plenty of stretch and be sure to follow the proper washing instructions – nobody likes baggy elastic!Emily Party Dress

Party Dress
The pièce de résistance of any Autumn Winter wardrobe, the party dress is a must. For Halloween, Christmas and New Years, you need sparkles, embellishments and most of all, a good fit. Our events offer a multitude of opportunities to pick up your sartorial soulmate – just check out fair manager Emily in her array of Judy’s festive frocks!

Fancy doing some shopping? Check out our ‘events’ tab here for a fair, flea or kilo near you!

Formica Fancy – The Best in Retro Tables

Maybe it’s the autumn air or the slowly darkening evenings, but we’re feeling very nesty at Judy HQ of late! Tinkering away at your home interiors is a never-ending process with new treasures to be found along the way – both our kilo and fair manager’s have recently moved into new homes and are enjoying the process of decorating their new abodes in vintage glory.

However, if there is one thing your home need for a retro look, it’s a spot of formica. Invited in 1912, the hard-wearing, wipe-clean laminate became hugely popular in home from the 1950s onwards, available in a variety of bright colours. We have our very own legendary red formica in our Judy family – bought from a trader by Judy herself and passed down to Kilo Manager Jenessa, we think it looks just perfect in her new flat!

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Feeling the formica love for yourself? Hot foot it down to one of our vintage fairs or furniture fleas – our traders regularly have a rainbow of cool colours for you to choose from.You can view all upcoming dates here. And don’t just stick to tables either – formica can be found in great clocks, worktops and chairs. Check out our inspiration board below!

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A Sartorial Summer – August vintage events coming near you!

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Can you believe that this weekend, August will have arrived? Although the British Summertime has left something to be desired (soggy would be putting it politely), August brings a whole wealth of fun summery activities – festivals, family days out and of course, a good few vintage fairs! Here’s out guide to which august vintage events you can expect from us over the next few weekends.

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The Vintage Kilo Sale
August 2nd – York Hall, Bethnal Green
August 8th – Wasps Artists Studios, Glasgow

The Vintage Kilo Sale hits both North and South this fortnight, bringing with it a ton of festival clobber to get you in the mood for the likes of Reading & Leeds, V Fest, Boardmasters, Wilderness and Creamfields. We’ll be stocking plenty more besides – in London we’ll be joined by Vintage Promise for all your jewellery needs, and in Glasgow we’ll have Dear Rose With Love onboard.

Expect plenty of upcycle-worthy stock as well as ready-to-wear pieces, ranging from dresses to denim, skirts to shorts and a few retro suprises…

To learn more, check our event pages here (London) and here (Glasgow)

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Weekender – The Edinburgh Fringe Edition!
August 8th & 9th – Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

All our scots friends are in for a treat next weekend! We’re taking over the OOTB Hall for two whole days of retro fun. Expect over 30 stalls packed with incredible vintage fashion, accessories and homewares, the perfect excuse to fill your wardrobes in time for a last minute August getaway or summer wedding.

For all the lowdown, visit us on Facebook here.
Need a pair of sunnies to wear to our August events…
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We’ve also got a lovely treat for all our readers! We were recently sent a wonderful pair of prescription eyeglasses from GlassesShop.com. They provide some fab cheap eyeglasses – music to our ears. With so many pairs to choose from we felt spoilt for choice. We love the dimple and pearl detail on these classic cat eye frames.
They also have a campaign running called ‘First Pair of Glasses Free‘…which does what it says on the tin! A free pair of prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses (just pay
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They also given us the code GSHOT50 for half price on all other frames! How great is that! Get over there asap vintage fans!

Leeds Vintage Fair…In Pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Leeds, how we love you! The sun came out for our hometown fair at The Corn Exchange and we couldn’t have been happier to see it illuminate our 20+ stalls of fabulous vintage.

Shopping in your droves, the people of Leeds certainly didn’t let us down! We met plenty of fabulous regulars and new shoppers alike all clamouring for a bargain. Check out all the pictures from the fair below.

Fancy doing it all over again? Our sister event The Vintage Kilo Sale will be rolling into town this Saturday for all your thrifty retro needs. Join us here.

 

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Leeds Loving!

The first vintage season of 2015 is drawing to a close (sob!), and what better place to round things off than in Leeds? Cultural hub of the north, home to the best Spice Girl (Mel B) and the place where it all started for us at Judy HQ, Leeds holds a very dear place in our hearts. With a packed social calendar that has included Tour De Yorkshire, Leeds Food Festival and many many more over the past few months, it seems this northern city is the place to be – all great reasons to soak up the atmosphere and come and shop vintage with us!

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 6th June, Leeds Corn Exchange
Free Entry – 10am – 5pm

Within the gorgeous surrounds of the Corn Exchange – just look at that roof!- we’ll be bringing our best traders to you, selling everything from cocktail dressers to cocktail shakers, flowy 70s gowns to hipster handbags and everything in between. Spanning 1920s – 1990s clothing and accessories, it’s near-on impossible to leave without a bargain. Even better – it’s free entry! Join us here

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The Vintage Kilo Sale – 13th June, Leeds Holy Trinity Church
Earlybird 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12pm-4pm £1.50

A week later just up the road, our little sister The Vintage Kilo Sale will be pitching up once more at Holy Trinity Church, bringing several tonnes of goodness from the 1960s-1990s. Expect the usual mens and womenswear on rails and in tubs, but as an extra little treat to lure you into summer, we’re all going to bringing along some fab shoes! Join us here