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

 

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

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!

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!

Charity Chat – Judy’s 10th Birthday Giveaway for The Rainbow Trust

As a business, we like to believe that we at Judy’s are a pretty charitable bunch. We save and re-home thousands of vintage items with every event we put on, and regularly sort our own personal wardrobes to give away to the likes of Cancer Research, Barnados and the RSPCA.

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However, we are set to turn 10 years old this year, and it’s got us thinking about what more we can do to really help make a difference. We also got to thinking about parties, celebrations and what we can do to show you guys (our loyal fans!) some love for all your support over the years.

While we have some very special plans up our sleeves that we can’t reveal just yet, what we can announce is that we are thrilled and honoured to be supporting a wonderful charity, hoping to raise £5,000 for a cause very close to our hearts.

Our chosen charity, The Rainbow Trust, supports over 25% of the 6,000 families in England who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness. Ranging from providing cooked meals for families and helping maintain school attendance for siblings of poorly children to bereavement counselling and days out, their holistic care is close to our hearts at Judy HQ/

So what can you guys do to help? On a simple level, come say hello and pop some spare change in our collection tins! Rainbow Trust donation caddies will be popping up across our Affordable Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales and Furniture Fleas very soon, so keep your eyes peeled and dig deep! To see all of our upcoming events, click here.

If you’d rather donate online, it’s just as easy – simply head over to our Just Giving page.

We’re also hosting a HUGE CHARITY RAFFLE! Prizes include:

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3 month subscription to Bloom & Wild letterbox flowers

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3 book bundle – Style Me Vintage Home, Accessories & 1940s from Pavilion Books!

1 year’s subscription to Vintage Life magazine

A pair of Lotta From Stockholm Clogs (2 pairs up for grabs!)

£50 Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair voucher

£50 The Vintage Furniture Flea voucher

£30 Vintage Kilo Sale Voucher

£25 Vivien of Holloway Voucher

More coming soon…

We’re still on the lookout for some fab companies who would be kind enough to donate some prizes to our big charity raffle. We have some great prizes already lined up (including some donations from very famous faces!), but we always welcome more – simply get in touch with us via Facebook or by emailing emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

Let’s get raising!

For more information on The Rainbow Trust and the amazing work they do, visit their website here

Turning Monday into Funday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emails, early rises, caffeine on a drip – Monday morning, you’ve arrived (sigh.)

Dark clouds aside, this week, we’ve had a brainwave; turning the dreariness of Monday well and truly on its head, why not turn Monday into FUNDAY? A little something to make you smile, below find some of our favourite Monday-related posts to hopefully get you grinning…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
There? Feel better? We sincerely hope that you do! For further grins and tomfoolery, be sure to head to our Facebook HERE AND to see when we’ll be bringing our vintage troupe to you, click HERE.

Stay strong vintage fans – Friday is only four sleeps away!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Judy’s at Old Spitalfields – Retro goes YELLOW!

Greetings Vintage Fans!

Always a sucker for a theme, last Saturday we popped on our shades and said hello to Spring by turning our monthly Judy’s at Old Spitalfields event our favourite shade – YELLOW! Inviting bloggers ‘Fancyfull‘ to come act as our retro musketeers [or should that be ‘mustardeers?’ No? Ok then!] here’s how they got on…

“Nicci and I were thrilled to be invited down to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair to be their official Yellow Hunters! We only had eyes for the bright stuff and ferreted out all the best yellow wares the wonderful vendors had brought with them. We both really enjoy Judy’s fairs, they live up to their affordable name and we always hunt out some beautiful items to add to our burgeoning collection of second hand and vintage goods!”

 

“The gorgeous tea cup, Playmobil figurine and the amazing Sylvanian Families were from the wonderful Magpie’s Attic. I (Lucy) had such an obsession with Sylvaninan Families when I was younger and Nicci has promised to take me to the Sylvanian Families shop in Finsbury Park very soon.”

“This wonderful vintage filing cabinet would even manage to brighten up the always dull job of filing. Find it at Plan for Mondays where Lucy got an amazing suitcase from at the last Judy’s fair and we would strongly recommend hunting this stall out at all Judy’s fairs.”

“Seeing these vintage Girl Guide pins from Vintage Promise has made me (Lucy) dig out my old sash and start wearing those old pins and badges with pride!”

“These were a very, very small section of the amazing egg cups on offer at The Eggcuppery. I think they may become a new favourite collectors item here at Fancy Full.”

 

Dabber Decades had the wonderful knnited dress, great 60s blouse and these super summery Mary Quant sunglasses. They had gone all out on the yellow front!”

“With April looming on the horizon, april showers can’t be far behind. This vintage yellow raincoat from Old Pony Vintage would cheer anyone up on a drizzly day.”

“What more could you want from a scarf? yellow + horses equals a dream scarf. Find this beauty from Tapestry Boutique. Nicci picked up a beautiful shirt from here as well.”

Love Inc Ltd had one of the best yellow themed displays on their stalls. We seriously loved all their items and we could have quite happily bought everything!”

“These beautiful vintage dresses were from the lovely Tallula Vintage. The one with the hello yellow label was my absolute favourite.”

“We wanted all the globes that Before Brasilia had to offer, they were all so vibrant and would have made the perfect addition to any living room or bedroom. (Lucy went on to purchase the large red circular suitcase to add to the growing suitcase collection.)”

“They also had this amazing Silver Jubilee Colman’s mustard set which whilst looking lovely I doubt you’d want to sample the mustard inside!”

“Check back at Fancy Full in the next few days and we’ll be sharing all our street style pics that we snapped of all the well turned out vintage shoppers.

Lucy and Nicci xx”

And there we have it folks – what did you think of our yellow retro fiesta? Feel free to comment below or leave us your thoughts on our official fanpage.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

 

The Shoe String Challenge: Edinburgh

Greetings vintage fans,

As January ticks on, there’s one day we can’t wait for – PAYDAY!!! [you thought we were going to say ‘Valentines day,’ didn’t you? FOOLED YA!]

More ready than ever for some retro retail therapy, we ask you – do you think you could have the patience and the nouse to find an outfit for no more than £20 at one of our fairs? Luckily, we know someone who does! Armed with only a £20 note, retro know-how [and a whole lot of hope], we let blogger Ema Mcleary [from isitvintage.com] loose on Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair to see what she could find…

 *Black dress from Nells Vintage Boutique £5.00

*Floral chiffon blazer from Memoir Vintage £5.00

*Studded black belt from Vi Nouveau £1.00

*Bag from Vi Nouveau £4.00

*Velvet headband from Tallula Vintage £5.00

“These are the results from my Shoestring Challenge from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. The task seemed difficult at first because I needed a base to plan the outfit around. I think that when you are thrifting it is important to buy things that you are going to wear. With vintage clothing always make sure that there is no holes or tears in the material and that you are getting value for money. Remember that clothing that was made in the 80s or earlier isn’t generally going to be made the same way that it is today, so it is important to try things on first. 

The first item I bought was this chiffon blazer from Memoir Vintage. I love the colour with the black floral design coming through. It originally had a waistcoat inside but I customised it by taking the blazer out and stitching it back up. It let me begin to plan the outfit as I picked an item that I could work from and at £5.00 it was a complete find!

The black dress was perfect as it didn’t take the attention away from the blazer. I love the shape and the faint pleats at the bottom of the dress. The studded belt that I added around my waist made it look a bit more interesting and broke the outfit up. Plus it only cost £1.00!

The bag is such a nice shape and I love the triangle design at the front with the long strap. It also has lots of compartments inside with several zips. It is real leather, which is a steal at £4.00! All of Vi Nouveau‘s bags were vintage and were such a bargain.

This handmade velvet headband from Tallula Vintage is so perfect. I love the brooch at the front and it’s the perfect shape as some headbands like this can be too tight around your head. I will definitely be wearing this in future blog posts.

Altogether I managed to spend the full £20.00 and got so many items with the money. There were so many items at the fair that I could have bought and found it difficult to pick between things because they were all so brilliant! 

Everything that I bought was great value for money and it just shows you that Judy’s really is affordable!”

For more from Ema [and snaps from Edinburgh!], visit her blog here.

There we have it – old-world glamour [without breaking the bank!] The first of a full season of Shoestring Challenges, tune in next time to see what we find!

 

Retro Regards,

 

Judy HQ x

 

 

The Shoestring Challenge

Greetings Vintage Fans.

Highstreet’s going bust, no dollar for the heating, having to LITERALLY eat a horse – it’s not often that we find ourselves quoting him but, to borrow a line from Mick Hucknall, the money really is “too tight to mention.”

Red-headed dooms-daying aside, even we vintage fans are feeling the pinch. And so, ‘WHAT TO BE DONE??’ said we, stroking our imaginary beards. With our traders genuinely bringing the cheapest, most thrilling, bargain-riddled stock around we pondered on how to make the world see our affordability. AND THEN IT CAME! behold vintage fans, ‘THE SHOESTRING CHALLENGE!’

To quote those little green aliens from Toy Story 1, “ooohh, aahhhhh!”  So, what’s it all about? At each of our fairs over the next few months, we’re going to be pairing up with bloggers and setting them a mission, a mission dedicated to THRIFT! With funding coming out of our own pocket, we’re giving the bloggers a budget and setting them one task only: see what you can get for it! Some will go for quantity, others quality – some will choose outfits and some home bits. Overall, we want to give YOU, our fans, inspiration to get out there, take a chance on a fair and [all being well] come away with some gems [and change from a twenty!]

Starting this Saturday at Edinburgh with the lovely Ema from isitvintage.com, we can’t wait! Stay tuned next week for the results.

If you’re a blogger and want to be involved, we want to hear from you! Pop us an email on vintagecontent@yahoo.co.uk and let’s get the ball a-rolling!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ [and Mick!] x