The Vintage Spring Clean – Simple ways to refresh your home

Fling those windows open and grab your mop – it’s time for a spring clean! Giving your home the once over may seem like a massive chore, but it’s also a great opportunity to evaluate your possessions, rid yourself of rubbish and maybe even treat yourself to a new item or two.

That’s right – we’re not about to go all ‘minimal living’ on you. Quite the opposite – a vintage home is all about fun, well-curated pieces that complement each other, rather than trying to achieve perfection through throwing out everything you own. Clutter can be okay – it just needs to be stylish!

Here are our top tips for refreshing your home in time for spring  – no Kirsty Allsopp necessary!

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Sofa looking a bit saggy and tired? A new cushion (or twelve) is a great way to add a pop of vintage without having to commit to expensive new furniture – not that we don’t love a great Eames chair! Opt for complimentary colours or choose sympathetic patterns and shapes; we absolutely love atomic and geometric styles.

 

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Go green-fingered
Nothing says spring like some fresh new plants and flowers – the perfect little pick-me-up to make a home feel more like ‘your own’. We’ll leave your choice of bloom up to you, but we’re a sucker for a succulent or even a bold sunflower. Pop yours in a statement tray or vintage vase for maximum appeal.

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Office Inspiration
If you’re anything like us, working from a home office is seeming more and more appealing as the weather improves – no more need to huddle under a blanket! in this room of the house, inspiration is key – surround yourself by knick knacks that really bring you joy. Whether it’s a retro poster print or a toy from your childhood, these personal effects are what will really make your home sing.

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Combat boring breakfasts
As spring comes, we often get more creative with our mealtimes. Prevent yours from becoming a chore by investing in some vintage kitchenware – a statement tray, cute dinner set or maybe even some amazing new pots and pans. Let’s face it – your instagram flat lay will thank you.

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Prepare to entertain
The evenings are getting longer – that means more time to party! Spring means getting social; make your guests feel at home with some quirky glassware or go the whole hog with a home bar – we’ve been coveting this tiki beauty for a long time!

In the mood for a refresh? Head to one of our vintage furniture fleas to pick up all of the styles mentioned above and much much more…

April 16th & 17th – South London Vintage Furniture Flea Weekender
April 24th – Bristol Vintage Furniture Flea
May 21st – Leeds Vintage Furniture Flea

Trader Advice: Finding, Owning and Caring For Your Vintage Furniture

(taken from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest 7…read more here)

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By Kim and Phil Allsopp of Festival Fifty One

In our fast paced world of instant gratification and disposable lifestyles we are finding ourselves looking back at our pasts with fond nostalgia and a want to create home comforts from a bygone era.

There continues to be a growing demand for us to furnish our homes with original vintage furniture, lighting and styling from decades of the last century. A particular favourite period right now is the mid-century (1950’s – 1970’s).

So, how do we do this and where do we go?

Finding well made pieces that have stood the test of time, in good condition and at a reasonable price is becoming quite a challenge!

The Vintage Furniture Flea really is a great place to start. A sister business of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs, The Vintage Furniture Flea is filled with carefully selected traders who really do know their stuff!  You can pick up pretty much anything your heart desires for mid-century living at The Flea. What you will find is not only a fabulous array of stock to choose from but prices that really will surprise you! (in a very good way).

So, what do we choose?

Now this really does depend on personal taste.  I think it’s always best to start with a couple of key pieces which make an immediate impact.  How about a couple of new chairs, a new sofa or even a sideboard?  One simple piece can make a great new look instantly. The demand for solid wooden pieces in Teak or Rosewood is as high as ever and to be honest you really cannot beat these pieces for great quality and craftsmanship.

Don’t forget your mid-century lighting.  Lighting can and does dramatically change the mood of any room or space at home.  Mid-century lighting comes in many shapes and forms and in most cases, is instantly recognisable.  Warm yellow and orange glows from fibre spun shades and rocket lamps, as well as the space age forms of Danish pendant lights with their smooth copper and aluminium shapes suspended like floating UFO’s look quite simply, fabulous!

You can have an absolute field day with your soft furnishings too.  The vivid colours, prints, patterns and textures of fabrics from the

mid-century enable you to be as creative as you want to be in your own home.  Nothing looks as good as a scattering of cushions on a vintage sofa made from a variety of patterns and colours.

So, how do we care for our new mid-century homes?

To be honest, this is really quite simple…it’s back to basics here!  Remember this stuff has lasted an awful lot longer than most other things you have ever owned!

Wooden furniture always loves a feed.  When polishing it, use a non silicone based polish, and something beeswax based is great.

Remember a bit of elbow grease works a treat and helps with a nice shiny finish.

When cleaning your vintage glassware avoid the dishwasher at all costs! These were barely around when your glassware was produced and are far too harsh for your delicate Babycham glasses! (Look how cloudy your everyday glasses end up after a while when the dishwasher cleans them!)  Warm soapy water will bring a sparkle to any glass, vase or ornament.

Hand washing vintage textiles will not only avoid shrinkage but will keep your colours and patterns both bright and vivid.  This is exactly how you want these mini ‘pieces of art’ to remain!

This may seem a bit more arduous than your usual housekeeping chores, but just think of the pleasure these items bring to you and your home….it’s just like you’re rewarding them for their ongoing, almost eternal beauty!

Happy Hunting Everyone!

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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Couple-proofing your vintage home

IMG_4410Desperate to create the perfect vintage home but facing some resistance from a very millenial partner? Taken from Issue 5 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest, Catherine McCourt of trader Lace and Liquor Vintage gives us her top tips for creating a wonderful home that appeals to both modern and vintage tastes…

Interiors are seriously important to me, probably on par – if not even more so – than with fashion or clothing. I’ve always had quite a particular style which has matured with age, and moving into our new home and knowing it would be ours, I had an exact idea in mind for how I’d like it to look and spent a few months beforehand thinking it all out. I knew I wanted to go for a 1950s meets scandinavian style with white walls, wooden floors, copper accents and lots of teak. The idea of having a home with a feature wallpapered wall and colour co-ordinated furniture brings me out in a bit of a rash; it’s nice for the majority of the population, but not something I’d ever have myself.

However, it’s not exactly all my house. I do have a boyfriend to think of whose style is pretty far away from mine. When we were painting the new home he told me if he had his own place he’d paint two walls white and two black, apparently that makes a room look bigger. He’s incredibly minimalist too, a sofa, chair, tv and xbox would do him. So trying to create an inviting, comfortable and stylish home with more than one person in mind can be a bit of a challenge, so I thought I’d put out there some of the things I’ve learnt along the way.

Talk Through Everything:

Like most people, Pinterest was my best friend when I was moving and looking for inspiration for my vintage home. It’s on there I saw a few items of furniture I loved the look of and tried to recreate myself. This can be especially handy as it’s great to see what items will look good together rather than just saying “Do you like this table?” “How about these chairs?” without really being able to see how they’re going to look. By showing him the pictures I knew he was happy with the style we’d be going for.

It’s important to talk it through before making any large purchases too, although that sort of goes without saying. It took me quite a while to try to persuade Kane to let me buy one of our new sofas (rather than keeping a hideous beige one that was left in the house, he wanted to keep that because it was so comfortable), but he gave in in the end, as he eventually began to see my point of view. Which leads me on to the next point…

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Like most aspects of a relationship, there has to be compromise eventually on a vintage home. Our compromise is that I’ve bought most of the furniture in the house; whether it’s brand new or secondhand, it’s usually me that’s wanted it and me that wants to splash out on new things that aren’t 100% necessary, so I’m okay to pay for it. It means that Kane occasionally pays more of the bills or food shopping to even it all out a bit. Whether it’s letting him add a Marvel poster to the wall or having a little gaming section (surely my boyfriend can’t be the only xbox obsessive) you do need to compromise so it isn’t just your home, it’ll only end in him feeling uncomfortable and unhappy.

Make it Neutral:

When my boyfriend first moved in with me I was only 20 and already had the home, so as you can probably imagine there were lots of pink, florals and bright colours everywhere. He snuggled underneath a vintage crochet blanket on the sofa and went to bed underneath Cath Kidston style bedding, which you can imagine probably isn’t the greatest for a bloke. Whilst the new place isn’t the most masculine, with lots of white, grey and wood, it’s a lot more neutral and is a style that suits us both a lot more.

Get Him Involved:

In the new house we’re making a lot more changes and have changed quite a few of the rooms. So far he’s already laid some new laminate flooring and I’m going to get him to pop in some shelves in a couple rooms. It may only be small but I know it makes him feel a lot more involved and more like he’s contributing to the home too. Equal involvement – the secret to a happy couple!

Craving some home inspiration? The Vintage Furniture Flea rolls into OXFORD on November 21st and EAST LONDON on November 29th!

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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The Vintage Furniture Flea Preview – Coming this Sunday!

Payday has just passed and the weather is beautiful – we think this calls for a shopping weekend! If you’re lucky enough to be in London, you’ll be pleased to know that The Vintage Furniture Flea is returning to York Hall, doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability.

With traders coming from all over the UK, expect to see the eclectic:chairs, tables and more by giants like Ercol and G-Plan, barware and kitchenalia, textiles and fabrics, sewing machines, cameras, record players and radios, cocktail glasses and figurines, posters and magazines, lampshades, mirrors and more – from toys to telephones, ceramics to lighting, no box is left unticked!

With that in mind, here’s a cheeky sneak peek of some of the stock you can expect to see at The Vintage Furniture Flea on Sunday – get yourself down early to grab the best bargains! For more information, check out our event page here.

 

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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)

Introducing…Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 5

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.30.23Eagled-eyed Judy fans will know that we always like to give you a little extra. While our packed schedule of events means that you never have to go long without a vintage fix, we know that sometimes it’s great to just curl up on the sofa with a good glass of gin, some ambient music and a great retro read. Well look no further!

Fresh from the depths of our vintage-fuelled minds, we give you Issue 5 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest, the best e-magazine around to keep you up to date with all the behind the scenes gossip from the Vintage Fair, Furniture Flea and Official Kilo Sale.

Originally launched in 2013 by kilo manager Jenessa when she was just a student (see back issues here), the new-look vintage magazine is back and fuller than ever, offering you top tips on everything from nailing nineties style to perfecting the perfect mid-century century home interiors. We even took a peek in our own booking manager Donna’s abode!

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Happy Reading!

Search the magazine on Issuu here

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