Something old, something borrowed…

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At the kilo sale we get our fair share of outfit inspiration from our customers – whether it’s a colourful hairstyle, a beautiful dress or a customised jacket. That said, sometimes we get a customer who goes that little bit further…how about a wedding dress?

If you were at our Birmingham kilo a few weeks back, you might have spotted Emma Gormally, or should we say, Emma Hutchinson. Delving deep into our kilo tubs, we suspected that her gorgeous frock might be the stuff of a photoshoot day out. Little did we know that it was actually Emma’s wedding day! An avid fan of the Custard Factory and it’s markets, we managed to track down the lady herself to find out about her fabulous vintage day out.

What brought you to The Custard Factory?
We got married in The Old Library. When Ben proposed this was the place he envisioned it would take place. We visit The Custard Factory a lot and I used to rent out art studios there in the past so we have lots of memories and associations with the place. I come to many markets at The Custard Factory as secondhand shopping is one of my favourite things to do – I will definitely be coming back for the kilo sale!

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img_9306 Tell us more about your day!
It was a truely beautiful day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Our 18 month old son Arlowe wouldn’t leave his dads arms throughout the entire ceremony which actually made it all the more special. Our amazing photographer took some incredible shots in the streets surrounding the venue using street art and smoke bombs as our back drop.We then danced into the night…..

Was your wedding influenced by vintage in any other way? Your dress was absolutely beautiful, did this theme carry through the rest of the day?
I love all things vintage and some of my favourite vintage pieces from home became part of the decoration. Upon entering The Old Library for the first time I absolutely loved it but everything was white so I knew a huge injection of colour was needed. I am an Art tutor at a Special Needs College so I made the majority of the decorations myself but I did buy some Mexican picado flags online to really provide that sense of celebration and colour. I also used embroidery hoops in an alternative way as wall decorations with streams of ribbons cascading down from them. We also had a touch of Mills and Boon incorporated into the table signs to honour the original use of the building. Name cards were old library cards I stamped guests names onto.

I loved my dress and was really going for a vintagy look and was very happy to find this dress on ASOS for a bargain price.

img_9309What tips would you give brides-to-be on planning their big vintage wedding day?
My biggest tip would be just to take a moment where it’s just the two of you at some part of the day to catch your breath and take it all in. A friend of ours did just that, took both our hands and whisked us into a quite room, sat us down and it was such a lovely few moments.The day goes so unbelievably fast!

Hello March! Our Vintage Line-Up

Call the police – it appears somebody has stolen the first quarter of the year! They say time flies when you’re having fun, and with a crazy-busy start to our vintage 2016, we simply can’t believe that we’re already heading in March.

The vintage fun isn’t letting up for any of our three brands – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, The Vintage Kilo Sale or The Furniture Flea. Read on to hear what we have in store for you this month…

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
With an ethos of affordability, the formula for our 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 in the biggest cities across the UK. Expect everything from the 20s right through to the 90s – mens and womenswear, homeware and accessories, all topped off with lashings of cake from our exclusive tea party provider. Here are our dates for March –

5th March – Nottingham Trent Student’s Union (RSVP here)
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)

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The Vintage Kilo Sale
Join the UK’s longest-serving vintage kilo sale for tonnes of retro fun. Pick and mix 1000s of mens and womenswear items from the 1970s-90s – all seasons and styles – and pay just £15 per kilo. Weigh more, pay more; weigh less, pay less. What’s not to love?

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

10978545_10153072229581798_6924005862900749957_nThe Furniture Flea
Founded in 2010 from a gap in the market and some serious love for old-world furnishings, The Furniture Flea covers furniture and homewares, textiles and electricals, a showcase of decoration from the fifties and beyond, all bound by affordability. Visitors can expect a good selection throughout the UK and to never go flat-pack again!

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