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

Vintage Kilo Sale Queue

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

Graduation Glam – How to dress vintage for your prom

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?! Exams are over, finals are finished and it’s time for students everywhere to look forward to the best part – graduation!

Whether you’ve come to the end of your degree, finished your A Levels and GCSE’s or are simply looking to celebrate getting through another academic year, chances are there is a big soiree to be had. While there are plenty of pretty frocks and tailoring to be had on the high street, if you’re after something truly special, vintage is the way to go. Here’s our guide on how to get the best retro party look, from decades 1950-1990. Still want more inspiration? Why not head to one of our affordable vintage fairs or kilo sales to seek out your own party outfit?

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1950s
For a true 50s look, there is only one direction – wide and out! Think big, delicately coloured full skirts that skim the calves, nipping in at the waist. Pair yours with demure heels and pearls, and top off with an updo – our lovely vintage Barbarellas will be able to show you how!

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1960s
Circle skirts were still hugely popular in the swinging sixties, but more vibrant colours began to be added into the mix. To create a look that nods to the era, think carefully about your accessories – gently flicked hair held back with an alice band, and matchy-matchy handbags, gloves and corsages. If knee length isn’t your thing, go for a full length dress – just remember to belt in that waist and get your date a matching flower!

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1970s
By the time we reached the 1970s, pastels were completely out – the 70s was the era of technicolour for both men and women! While you don’t need to go full on Saturday Night Fever, the traditional satins and tulles aren’t your only option – check out this picture of Ellen Degeneres and her date at a 1976 high school prom.

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1980s
The 80s prom-look is not for the faint hearted – we are talking some serious shoulder pads! Keep things traditional in a floor length silk or velveteen off the shoulder number, or go more alternative with a bubble-hem mini bandeau – bonus points if you pair it with mesh gloves. For men, only full suit and tails will suffice – pale grey, baby blue and yellow were all popular tux shades of the decade.

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1990s
In the 90s, things suddenly became a lot sleeker, with spaghetti strap tube dresses and simple updos – two curly tendrils hanging loose , of course – becoming the order of the day. If in doubt, merely look to the style inspiration of Kat from classic movie 90s 10 Things I Hate about You. Male dressing was just as easy to achieve – a basic suit (sans tie) with slicked back hair and you were good to go.

Are you planning on wearing vintage for your prom! Be sure to send us some pictures on magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk!

Flower Power!

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Everybody deserves a treat day out from time to time, and at Judy HQ, we’re taking ours in style – we’re off to The Chelsea Flower Show! We can’t wait to sample the succulents, frolic amongst the foliage – and who knows, even spot a celebrity or two! But don’t get too jealous – we’ll be sharing all the fun with you all over on Instagram – give us a follow here.

Naturally of course, we’ve agonised for quite some time over what to wear, and have lost many hours to Pinterest and our favourite vintage trader websites in the process! To get yourself in the mood for your own summer treat, holiday or simply an update to your home or wardrobe, check out our moodboard below and book yourself into one of our upcoming events!

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EVENTS

THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA -May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

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)

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!

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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

 

How to bag the best kilo sale bargains

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In addition to our Affordable Vintage Fair and Furniture Flea, our vintage kilo sale is quite the crowd pleaser, with thousands of you flocking to our events in January and February. Now March is in full swing, we’re back on the road, hitting Birmingham this weekend, Sheffield on the 28th and plenty more cities throughout the rest of the year. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

While plenty of our customers are regular kilo-ers, we absolutely love meeting first-timers too. It’s part of what makes our job so fun, watching people who’d never previously considered wearing vintage opened up to a whole new world of stylish dressing. For those who aren’t quite as acquainted with our sale as others, here are some top tips for bagging the best kilo sale bargains!

Come Early

While we do our best to top up stock throughout the day, it is always worth coming early if you’re serious about bagging plenty of cheap items! Earlybird entry costs £3 and opens at 11am across all of our events.

If you can’t make it to Earlybird entry, don’t panic – there is always plenty of stock left for £1.50 General Entry from 12pm, you just might have to look a little harder!

Get Ready To Rummage!

Unlike a traditional vintage fair, the kilo sale might require you to roll your sleeves up! We display plenty of dresses, jackets, coats and tops on rails at each event, but there are plenty more gems in our huge rummage tubs.

By giving yourself plenty of time to look around the sale, you’re much more likely to find something to buy – we recommend a good hour to dig for gold, sort through your items and decide which you want to buy!

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Bring a friend

Kilo sales can be busy places, so it’s always worth bringing a friend to help you decide which garments are worth putting in that purple bag! Who knows – they might even find something for themselves too!

If you do end up coming alone, don’t worry – our customers are a very friendly and stylish bunch! And what better way is there to get some outfit inspo than looking at what your fellow shopper is wearing? Trust us – it usually results in some serious wardrobe envy!

Bring an open mind!

You never know what’s lurking in those big rummage tubs! Even if an item isn’t exactly what you were expecting, they can surprise you! An oversized shirt or jacket can be incredibly on-trend, or a baggy dress can be belted to fit. Be open minded about small alterations or ways of wearing items – if you simply love a fabric, pop it in that bag!

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Show us some love!

We love nothing more than seeing what great pieces you pick up at the kilo! You can tweet or instagram your pics on the day using the hashtag #kilobargains, or show us how you’re wearing them. We have been known to giveaway prizes to some of the kilo sale bargains, so it’s all to play for!

Mama, I Love You…Mother’s Day, Vintage Style!

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Spice Girls karaoke aside, it’s nearly one of our favourite days of the year – Mother’s Day! As the people who raised us, supported us and dressed us(!), we at Judy’s couldn’t be more grateful to our respective mums for all their love, encouragement and stylish hand-me-downs.

With that in mind, what better way is there to show your special lady some love that with a fun day out? We’ve got a great calendar of events this saturday that give you ample opportunity to treat your ma to a spot of tea, cake and vintage rummaging. Who knows – you might even be able to bag yourself a bargain too!

EVENTS

14th March – Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair
The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7RB
Open: 10:00 – 5:00
Free Entry!

14th March – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Lutyens Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral House Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5TQ
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

14th March – Newcastle Vintage Kilo
Northumbria Students’ Union, 2 Sandyford Road, NE1 8SB Newcastle upon Tyne
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

 

Interview: Ellie Connor Phillips, Rose & Vintage

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Here at Judy HQ, we love nothing more than interacting with our customers at fairs. And what a fab bunch you are! From immaculate 50s frocks to funky 70s style, you never disappoint us with your amazing purchases, creative outfits and unique way of expressing yourselves.

We’re also a big fan of our bloggers, none more so that Ellie Connor Phillips of award-winning site Rose & Vintage. Between studying for her A-Levels, working in a costume jewellery store and blogging about all things retro, she also finds time to write for our official magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

We caught up with Ellie to ask her a few questions about style, colour clashing and the horrors of wearing crocs…

Hi Ellie! Tell us about your blog and how you started it?

My blog is pretty much an online representation of me – it’s a collection of my clothes, my likes and dislikes, the places I’ve been to…pretty much everything goes on the blog! It’s very much like a diary. I started it because I had been reading blogs for ages, and loved vintage fashion, and setting up a blog seemed like the right thing to do.

What were your earliest memories of vintage fashion?

In all honesty I was a little scared of vintage as a child – the idea of second-hand items was new to me and I was worried they would be dirty or smell. Then my cousin and cousin-in-law introduced me to Spitalfield’s Market and Brick Lane, where I bought my first vintage sweater…it was a spiral from there really. It got me completely hooked!

What is your favourite vintage era and why?

It depends on my mood. My style usually has a little bit of a 60’s/70’s twist to it, but I think that is because I love the music from that era and it’s the era my parents grew up in, so I know more about it, it comes more naturally to me. I adore 40s and 50s shapes and styles though, and so I often end up trying to combine eras in my outfits. 50s is perfect for parties or special occasions!

You’re queen of the colour clash – what advice would you give to people looking to add more colour to their wardrobe?

Thank you haha! I love clashing colours and prints – I think the key is to just forget what you think goes together, and just wear whatyou want to put together…if you like that green skirt and orange coat, wear it! You’ll look great, and anyone that disagrees just doesn’t understand fashion. True style has no rules!

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Is there anything you’d really never be seen dead in?

Oooh. I break a lot of rules, especially those I set myself. I guess right now it would have to be a pair of Crocs. I have nothing against them – they are really comfy and great for kids but I feel the relationship must end once you hit your teens. I’m sorry Crocs.

Who is your style icon?

David Bowie. But then again, he is my icon for everything. I just adore his style, and how he was never afraid to just change and do something completely different. I also admire Vivienne Westwood as she never fails to wear and make the most amazing garments…and of course Iris Apfel, and all of the amazing women on Advanced Style.

What has been your all time best Judy’s fair buy?

That’s a hard one! I think the last one was definitely a pair of wooden frames with cute watercolour drawings inside. They look great on my wall.

Where are your favourite hang out spots in London?

Brick Lane is THE place for vintage, and there is always a kooky and cool market on in Spitalfield’s. I also adore Covent Garden, Berwick Street and Carnaby Street, and Camden Market too!

Does it feel odd to think that so many people are fans of your style? It must put some pressure on you to dress quirkily all the time…

It’s a bit strange, as I feel I can’t repeat outfits as much (such a guilty pleasure of mine). It’s also hard sometimes as I don’t want to drastically change but I want to let my style develop – I’m sure I’ll manage somehow!

Check out Ellie’s post about the Vintage Kilo Sale here 

Retro style on the red carpet – our favourite awards season outfits

bafta grammys vintageWith awards season in full swing, it seems there isn’t a weekend that goes by without the world’s rich and famous donning their best frocks to quaff champagne, practice their modest expressions and celebrate success in the worlds of film, tv and music.

While we love seeing who wins – and who’s speech is the gushiest – our favourite thing about these ceremonies is of course the outfits. Retro style has been out in force on the red carpet, and none more so than at last weekend’s BAFTA and Grammy events. Boasting looks that are easy to recreate with a good rummage at our own vintage fairs or kilos, we’re talking faux fur, bold colour and a homage to all things yesteryear. Here are some of our favourites!

Jane Fonda
Despite being 77 years old, American Actress Jane Fonda looked better than ever in this Grammy’s catsuit, topped off with a dripping gold necklace. From it’s authentic 70s shape to it’s bold emerald colour, it’s a look that can be easily mimicked – if you’re not feeling brave enough for a full suit, why not opt for a short-legged version over tights?

Romola Garai
Having starred in some of our favourite BBC adaptations of old classics, (Emma, The Hour, The Crimson Petal and the White), we should have known that Romala Garai would be stepping out in something special for the BAFTAs. Her colour-blocked outfits is a modern twist on the traditional evening gown, but with a distinct homage to days past in it’s demure 50s full skirt. Simple to dress up or down, try it out for yourself at a kilo sale – where better to pick and mix all the colours of rainbow?

Janelle Monae
For ladies who prefer to ditch the dress, a coloured trouser suit is a great alternative. Singer Janelle Monae looked every inch the superstar at the Grammy’s after party, adding an old-fashioned twist to her tailoring with it’s loud 80’s hue. Broken up with a simple white shirt, you can bag your own luxe look by shopping around at our vintage fairs – a good suit never goes out of style!

Rita Ora
Pairing a sleek 60s crop with a full glitter number that would fit right in at a 1920s Gatsby party, singer Rita Ora got 20th century chic down to an eclectic art at the Grammys. To avoid looking like a glitter ball, opt for straight sleek shapes and play down the accesories – sometimes a simple clutch is all you need.

Aoyama Thelma
Young enough to remember the 90s first time round, Japanese singer Aoyama Thelma looked every inch the kooky creative in her slogan two-piece. Statement items are a staple of 80s and 90s fashion, with sweaters and tees featuring regularly at our kilo sales. Can’t find a two piece? Why not try a little DIY on a kilo dress to make it into separates?

Rachel Riley
Nothing oozes retro glamour quite like faux fur, which is why we adored TV presenter Rachel Riley’s get-up at the BAFTAs. Faux fur can be purchased ethically and affordable at our vintage fairs, paired with a simple party shift or thrown oh-so-casually over a ladylike coat.

Do you have a special event coming up that you need the perfect frock for? Hop on over to our EVENTS page to see when the vintage fair is visiting your city next!