Calling All Kilo Creatives!

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Holler at all our vintage kilo fans – we hope you’re well and enjoying your summer so far. We’re having a pretty giddy one ourselves – think festivals, trips abroad and of course, a whole heap of prep for our next season!
We’re always keen to improve what we do in kiloland, and we figured what better way than to get our fans involved? We’re always bowled over by the amount of creative people we meet at our events and all the kind emails we received from loyal customers looking to join our happy team.
So here is your chance! This is an open call to all creatives who think they have something to offer to make our events even more exciting – essentially, we’re opening up some fab vintage jobs! We want to hear from you all – DJ’s to Designers, Caterers to Craft Stall Owners, Accessories Aficionados and Savvy Seamstresses. We want to recruit Embroiderers, Vloggers, Hair Braiders, Upcyclers, Stylists …and much more besides. We want the hip, the innovative, the trend-savvy and the colourful. Whether you’re a student looking for some casual work or a more experienced stallholder in search of a new business opportunity, this is your chance to be part of something amazing.
So what do we need from you? Just pop on over to our handy little form and fill in your information – the more detail the better! We’re looking for people who love and understand our kilo sale, have a great eye for youth trends and are passionate and professional about what they do.
GOOGLE FORMS LINK HERE – http://goo.gl/forms/vCtkPc8icwMoBBj82
That’s all folks! To get yourself in the mood, check out our upcoming events below – and have a great summer break!
Until next time,
Lots of love,
Kilo HQ x
The Vintage Kilo Sale – Summer Events
 
9TH JULY – LONDON IRISH CENTRE, CLAPHAM (RSVP HERE)
7TH AUGUST – YORK HALL, BETHNAL GREEN (RSVP HERE)
14TH AUGUST – THE PAINTWORKS, BRISTOL (RSVP HERE)
20TH AUGUST – WASPS ARTISTS STUDIOS, GLASGOW (RSVP HERE)

SS16 – The top 5 trends you’ll want to wear

Is it just us, or does the first hint of British springtime make you feel like throwing off your winter coat, clearing out that wardrobe and filling it with a rainbow of new retro treasures? Well you’re in luck – Spring 2016 is finally go and it’s time to think about what we’re wearing.

Unsurprisingly, we’re not really ones for following fashion (vintage is forever darling), but we do like to tip our toe into the trends every once in a while. After scouring blogs, magazines and trend reports, here are the five key looks you can expect to be coveting over the coming months.

Global Technicolour

If an exotic holiday is looking like something of a pipe dream, the global trend should bring a little sunshine into your life. This is all about warm colours and print – opt for bold flowers, palm leaves, pom poms and heavy embellishment to avoid dipping into the distasteful realm of cultural appropriation. If in doubt, check out the style of Solange Knowles, Vogue stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois or our very own bookings and flea manager Donna (pictured below!)!Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 13.55.01

Souvenir Jackets

Satin jackets, bomber jackets, varsity jackets…no matter what you call them, this is the one style of outerwear that will reign supreme in SS16. Ranging from embroidered sports teams to graphic patterns and everything in between, their versatility makes them a great investment piece. Wear yours over a 50s frock for a girly prom look, or keep it casual with trainers and cuffed jeans. Kilo Manager Jenessa found this great red number at a London Kilo Sale – due to the super light fabric, it clocked in at a crazy-cheap £6!Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 13.28.22

 

 

 

Ruffles

Seen on the high fashion catwalks of Chanel and marc Jacobs to name but a few, romantic frills are everywhere – bonus points if they’re in a pretty pastel. To go all out, opt for a off-shoulder fit with ruffles all around – channel your inner Carmen Miranda! If you’re fearful of looking a little too downtown abbey, a rouched high collar or a peplum skirt should fit the bill. Fancy getting crafty? We love Hannah from Paloma In Disguise’s frilly DIY – http://www.palomaindisguise.com/2016/02/an-oxfam-spring-upcycle.htmlScreen Shot 2016-03-30 at 13.32.57

Graphic Prints

Forget your usual pinstripe or a nautical number – this season stripes take centre stage. The more lurid the better – combine yours with checked or spotted separates for ultimate mind-bending pattern. We’ll be sporting ours in rainbows – try blending sunny yellowand candy pink together, or orange and purple – clashing is the aim of the game! Pinterest is absolutely bursting with inspiration – we found this great example on Elle Canada, using white as a spacer to create a great pop-art effect.elle canada

Contemporary 70s

Ever wished that you spent your childhood summers at an all-american summer camp? The contemporary 70s trend is for you. Think ringer tees, socks ‘n’ trainers, sporty shorts…the geekier the better for this hazy summer look. Worried you might be a little bit past the brownies and scouts phrase? Patch up a denim jacket or try out some kitschy accessories – we recommend a trip to our fair or flea for great novelty bags and baskets!IMG_7399

Feeling inspired to shop for ss16? Check out our upcoming dates to bag a bargain at a snip of the high street!

Dates for your Diary!

The Vintage Kilo Sale Refashion Challenge – The Winners Unveiled!

Happy February vintage lovers! It’s been a busy few months at Kilo HQ – and the eagled-eyed social media followers amongst you will know why.

At the end of 2015 we ran an exclusive competition with fashion students all over the country to design a new garment from upcycled kilo items, designed to raise awareness of how shopping independent and getting creative can save you a fortune on high street trends.

We were blown away by the effort put into our entries, with designs varying from the conservative-smart to the wacky-colourful. With £200 of sponsorship money and a year’s free entry to the kilo sale up for grabs, we shared the pictures on social media and had a big summit at kilo HQ to decide our winners. Drum roll please…

3rd Place: Auguste Greiciute, Edinburgh College of Arts
Auguste’s entry bagged third prize due to it’s elegant simplicity – this is a look anybody can nail with a needle & thread and a free afternoon.Turning our vibrant kilo blouse into a cute skirt, we think this would look ace with a bardot black top and some killer espadrilles. Congratulations Auguste!

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2nd Place: Emilia Elizabeth Erland, Northumbria Uni
Turning a pink midi dress and silk scarf into this gorgeous jumpsuit, we were suitable impressed by the fashion-forward nature of Auguste’s entry. Depicting her finished product from all angles, we can imagine donning this Hareem number with plenty of bangles and some pretty sandals in time for festival season. Good work Emilia!

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1st Place: James Reeves, Edinburgh College Of Arts 
Our undisputed winner was Edinburgh’s James Reeves. It’s hard to believe that those trousers and matching-collared shirt were once a maxi dress – upcycling at it’s very best! With a strong finish and well-styled shoot, this ensemble is perfectly in keeping with the retro florals covering our catwalks. Having won both the prize money and a coveted position as our new upcycling expert, expect to see lots more of James’s work soon!

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Feeling inspired? Check out our next few dates to bag yourself some great items to DIY!

6th Feb – Sheffield Kilo Sale
7th Feb – Glasgow Kilo Sale
13th Feb – Oxford Kilo Sale 
14th Feb – Clapham South London Kilo Sale 
21st Feb – Edinburgh Kilo Sale 
27th Feb – Birmingham Kilo Sale
28th Feb – Newcastle Kilo Sale 

Vintage Street Style At The Kilo Sale

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 10.42.03Forget Vogue and forget Stylecaster – this month we’ve been getting out kicks out of our customers. No, we’re not talking Valentine’s just yet – we’re talking street style. It goes without saying that our vintage shoppers know their onions, but we’ve been thoroughly enjoying how effortlessly you spruce up to pop along to our fairs, kilos and fleas. Mannequins are well and truly over – what better inspiration for your next vintage buy than seeing a great look on a real-life walking and talking fashionista?

At our Bristol and Bethnal kilos, we were joined by two lovely photographers (Tegan Woods and Jordan-Jennings O’Toole respectively), who papped till they could pap no more. With poses that would make Tyra proud, here are some of our faves. Looking for further inspo? Check out our Pinterest gallery which we will be adding to weekly, or our Instagram page for daily style tips.

Join us at one of our upcoming events –

30th Jan – Nottingham Kilo Sale (details here)
31st Jan – Manchester Kilo Sale (details here)
6th Feb – Sheffield Kilo Sale (details here)
7th Feb – Glasgow Kilo Sale (details here)
13th Feb – Oxford Kilo Sale (details here)
14th Feb – Clapham South London Kilo Sale (details here)
21st Feb – Edinburgh Kilo Sale (details here)
27th Feb – Birmingham Kilo Sale (details here)
28th Feb – Newcastle Kilo Sale (details here)

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A Very Vintage Christmas

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Happy wednesday vintage fans! There’s just 9 days left to go before christmas and we celebrated in style at our company dinner party. Gifts galore, gin cocktails, bad cracker jokes and of course, some classic retro knitwear – thanks to our kilo wholesaler Glass Onion for kitting us out!

All that remains before we sign off is to thank you all for a wonderful 2015. To all our door staff, venue teams, promoters and of course, you, our lovely customers, we wish you a happy holiday and plenty of rest, relaxation and carb-fuelled eating fests in front of the telly. See you on the other side!

Love Judy, Donna, Emily and Jenessa
Team Vintage xx

Can’t wait for 2016? Check out our upcoming dates –

Dates for your Diary!

  • Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair – 16th Jan 2016
  • Bristol Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 16th Jan 2016
  • Chester’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 23rd Jan 2016
  • East London Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 23 Jan 2016
  • Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair – January Sale! – 30 Jan 2016 
  • Nottingham Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 30 Jan 2016
  • Manchester Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 31 Jan 2016
    Lincoln’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 6 Feb 2016
  • Glasgow Kilo Sale – 7 Feb 2016
    Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 7 Feb 2016
    Leamington Spa’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 7 Feb 2016

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

 

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!

Win Free Kilo Entry – FOR A YEAR! Our Summer Survey

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We like to think that we’re doing a pretty good job over at Vintage Kilo HQ, but as we all know, complacency is never chic! During our quieter summer season, kilo events manager Jenessa has been beavering away on lots of new ideas and innovations for the next season of vintage kilo sales, but we need YOUR help – with an added little prize giving of course!

Put simply, we want to know what you love best about The Vintage Kilo Sale, and what you’d like to see improved. We’ve made it super easy for you to show us your thoughts – simply full in our survey here.

As an extra little incentive, everybody who fills in the survey (and remembers to enter their email address in the final box) will be entered into a prize draw to win FREE ENTRY for them and a friend for ONE FULL YEAR of kilo sales, plus one free kilo each at their first event of choice. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

For those not in the know, The Vintage Kilo Sale is the younger sister of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, with a fun rummage twist. Established in 2009, we stock clothing from the 1960-1990s on rails and in large tubs, but nothing is individually priced – instead, you simply grab the items you like, pop them in one of our purple bags and then are charged by weight – £15 per kilo, which normally equates to 3-5 items. Bargain eh? For all our event info and updates visit us on facebook here.

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