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!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.29.41Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.29.53So bring out the deck chair, grab your tablet and get flicking! And of course, let us know what you think – any comments, story suggestions, new writer submissions or advertising enquiries can be sent direct to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

Happy Reading!

Search the magazine on Issuu 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!

SS15 Worthy Trends To Look Out For At A Kilo Sale

Just like boomerangs, carousels and 2006 Justin Timberlake singles, what comes around in fashion always goes back around. Where the high street looks to exploit our desire for on-trend clothing by recreating looks from decades past – while slapping on a hefty price tag – a keen eye at a kilo sale can see you grab fashionable items as they were originally intended, in great condition.

With that in mind, we’ve scoured the upcoming fashion trends for 2015 and have put together our top five that you can easily recreate from our upcoming kilo sale stock. Not sure which event is closest to you? Just check out our Events page on Facebook – Sheffield, London, Leeds and Bristol are just some of the cities that will be getting the vintage treatment very soon.

1601109_10151973376928737_975490625_nSOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE
According to colour-palette heroes Pantone, blue is going to be a big hue for SS15, particularly the softer shades – aquamarine, scuba blue, and dusk blue. With so many fabrics to choose from, the kilo is the perfect place to snap up this trend – think flowy dresses, cashmere cardigans and pretty blouses.

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The weather may be a little glum for Woodstock wardrobes at the moment, but come spring, 70s is the decade that will be under the high fashion radar. Think bell bottom jeans, sweater vests, scarfs worn around the head, embroidered dresses… you name it, and you can find it lurking in our kilo tubs.

10849774_10152649882973737_1477916636550524680_nDOUBLE DENIM
Double denim is showing no signs of disappearing – Burberry and Gucci both went big on indigo washes for their SS15 shows. This is a trend to have fun with – layer a light denim dress under a darker shirt, go for a fur-lined jacket to stave off the cold or rock that full jumpsuit you’ve found on a rail but aren’t sure about. Take the risk – at just £15 a kilo, it could be the biggest bargain of the year!

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WEAR YOUR WORDS
From the Frosties tiger to your favourite sports team, 2015 is the year to say it loud and proud with logos and lettered statements. Plan off-duty chic in a slubby sweater or layer a tee over a collared shirt from a more fashion-forward yet formalized look – we love a bit of layering!

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The louder the better! In fitting with the 70s trend, ditsy florals are taking a backseat while the bigger loud prints bloom, full of Hawaiian boldness and juicy colours. Not sure where to start? A printed skirt or pair of cute culottes can be paired with more minimal items for a fun yet functional look, or go all out in our wide range of retro tea dresses.

Simply can’t wait to kilo your way into SS15? We got plenty of events happening this very month! Check out our events page here and don’t forget to show us your bargains with the hashtag #kilobargains on Twitter and Instagram.