Hello AW16! A vintage what’s on guide

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Summer, you’ve been a blast – but our inner fashion geeks are beyond giddy to welcome in AW16! A time for thick tights, jewel tones and layering – and our busiest events season of the year.

For all the newbies out there, here’s what you can expect from our three brands…

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
The big daddy, the OG…Judy’s Vintage Fair has been going strong for nearly 11 years – once you’re inside one of our fairs, you’ll understand why! Bringing together some of the countries best and most eclectic traders, expect anything and everything from the 1920s-80s – we’re talking menswear, womenswear, accessories and homely knick knacks. Topped off with a tea party, this is your perfect weekend time travel day out – no flux capacitor needed.

Check us out on facebook here or select one of our autumn dates –

 

The Vintage Furniture Flea

Teak, Formica, Perspex…this is one for the retro homeware addicts. Sleek mid-century styles and kitsch designs live harmoniously together in our packed halls, sold at an absolute snip of online or high street boutiques. You go-to destination to get that ‘pinnable’ look you’ve been swooning over, it’s not just furniture either – there are home pieces galore to cater for even the smallest of budgets.

Check us out on facebook here or select one of our autumn dates:

The Vintage Kilo Sale

Time to pop some tags… The Vintage Kilo Sale is the UK’s original ‘by weight’ event, allowing thrifty shoppers to pick and mix stock from the 1960s-1990s – just like Woolworth’s Sweets! Charged at £15 per kilo, there is no minimum or maximum spend, with individual items weighing in as low as £1.

Check us out on facebook here or select one of our autumn dates:

How To Throw A Vintage Party!

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It’s been a busy month for birthdays at Vintage HQ – three out of four of our core team have celebrated their big day in the space of a fortnight! Whether there was something a little retro-magic about the month of May we don’t know, but we’re sure been having a fun time throwing some vintage birthday soirees to celebrate (armed with plenty of gin, of course!)

With that in mind, we wanted to share our top tips for throwing a great vintage-inspired party. Whether it be a birthday, a graduation surprise or simply just a ‘summer is finally on it’s way’ knees up, here are some things to consider to get your bash off to the perfect start.

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The setting
Many of you out there will be blessed with perfectly styled vintage homes – well done you! Having a party at home can save you quite a lot of money and create a relaxed, familiar environment for your guests – plus there’s no curfew! Although there is of course the nervousness that comes with a coaster-less drink set down on your teak table…

If you’re thinking of having a party at home, perhaps consider putting away some of your more valuables, or else closing off a bedroom/spare room for guests to leave their coats but not linger. If the idea is stressing you out or you have a large number of guests, perhaps consider local hire of a town hall or community centre – with a good theme, any hall can be transformed into vintage heaven – just ask us!

Decor
Despite our love of vintage, we’re a fairly modern bunch at Judy’s HQ – frills and frou frou just aren’t us (unless they fall into the delightfully kitsch category). We like to let vintage inform our design choices rather than dictate it, which is what you should do too. Prevent your decor from looking overbearing by sticking to a few key statement pieces – a hired in Tiki Bar, an amazing curtain photo backdrop, vintage-crockery or bold prints. All of these things at once might make guests feel like they’re in a museum – not a good look!

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Food and drinks
You’re going to need sustenance if you want to make it past 12pm! Catering rules suggest preparing an average of 3 canapés for each guest, although if your pals are like you might want to make a few extra! Jazz up your table with fancy plates and mix and match your crockery styles and sizes for an effortless vintage look. Top it all off with a cocktail trolley equipped with shakers, pretty glasses and umbrellas – ask guests to bring a bottle if you’re not quite sure what spirits to stock up with. 

Entertainment
With a good set of friends, entertainment at your party needn’t be flashy – it’s amazing what ambience you can set just with an iPad and a killer Spotify playlist. If you fancy going big guns, hire a singer or vintage vinyl DJ – and get your requests in early!

 

12244752_10207910672469057_7598799833425843544_oThe Outfits
And lastly, the piece-de-resistance! An outfit can make or break your experience as a host/hostess, so make sure it’s something fabulous, fun and comfortable – there’s no point looking amazing if you can’t move an inch. Whether you’re asking your guests to stick to a theme or simply go wild, our events should be your first stop shop – you simply never know what one-off treasure you’re going to find!

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)

Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Magazine Issue 7

Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 7

Happy December Vintage Fans! Today we bring a little slice of festive joy to your inbox in the form of the latest issue of our very own vintage magazine. Say hello to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest!

Now on Issue 7, we share the inspiration and behind-the-scenes news on all things fair, kilo sale and furniture flea. All in handy vintage magazine form, click on live links, flick through exclusive pictures and discover more about our brand.

Whether you want to learn about our traders (Festival Fifty One or Accessories Of Old), are thinking about buying a new record player or fancy getting ahead of the SS16 trends fresh off the catwalk, we’ve got you covered.

Add in a snoop around kilo manager Jenessa‘s home, an interview with super blogger Naomi Rowland and a peep at all the photos from our birthday party, there’s no shortage of vintage fun.

With so much ace content to read, what better excuse is to cosy up in front of the fire with a cuppa and a christmas chocolate or twelve?

As always, we love your feedback – tweet us @judysvintagefair or drop us an email with comments or future article ideas to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

 We’re always on the lookout for budding new writers or advertisers – just give us a holler if you’d like to get involved with vintage magazine Issue 8!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 5th December
RSVP here

Leeds’ Affordable Vintage Weekender
Sat 5th & Sun 6th December
RSVP here

South London’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 12th December
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 13th December
RSVP here

Psst. Remember to follow us too: –
@Judyvintagefair
@Vintagefurnflea
@The VintageKiloSale

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

 

AW15 Vintage Essentials

Autumn is here – are we the only ones who are sneakily a bit pleased? We love summer as much as the next person, but there’s something about layers and snuggly fabrics that get us a little bit excited. Plus of course, autumn marks the return of fair, flea AND kilo season – result!

When it comes to decking out your wardrobe for AW15, it can be easy to get swept up in new trends you’ll only wear once or rely on tatty favourites that are falling apart at the seams. Wearing vintage is all about quality and finding style over fad trends, which is why it’s such a great investment for colder months. To avoid a room full of clobber or regret purchases, here is our checklist of the key items to look out for at our upcoming events –

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.27.08Warm Coat
A good coat is a winter essential. While a Princess or Pea shape might be desirable for formal events, we recommend a strong sheepskin or faux fur/fur trimmedpiece of outerwear for true warmth that will last you seasons to come. If you’re partial to a trend, look out for a leather or suede trench – these can also be deceptively cosy if layered well with a good knit.

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The pussybow is a classic vintage style – dress up with a smart skirt or down under dungarees or a pinafore. Bonus points for busy patterns and prints – the more fun the better!

Check Skirt

Tartan or Woolen Skirt
You simply can’t go wrong with a good tartan or check print skirt – look out for wool or thick woven fabrics to keep yourself cosy. These look great with blouses, tightly fitted jumpers and brogues.

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Speaking of jumpers, we love a statement sweater! These always room in a wardrobe for a few plain numbers, but we’re a fan of the quirkier prints…just remember to keep an eye out for those bobbles!

Doc Martens

Brogues or Doc Martens
We at Judy’s love a good heel or mule, but there’s nothing worse than cold feet in the autumn. Spare yourself the heartache by investing in a sturdy pair of brogues or doc martens – they may take some wearing in but will keep out any adverse weather with ease. Even better – they go with everything!

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For days where you want to look effortlessly retro, a good skirt suit can save you plenty of dressing-up time in the morning. Wear yours with a simple plain top underneath instead of a blouse – it will stop things looking too formal. Keep an open mind when shopping for your skirt suit – some simple and affordable tailoring can turn a great fabric into a showstopper.

Sturdy luggage

Versatile Handbag or Case
for travel, for the office, for sneaky shopping trips…a good-sized bag is an essential. We love doctor, trunk and hardcase styles, but feel free to experiment – as long as it’s big enough to fit the kitchen sink, it’s probably a keeper!

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.32.35Coloured and thick knit tights
Available from very low prices and in a multitide of patterns and finishes, a good set of tights can elevate a plain outfit. Opt for ones with plenty of stretch and be sure to follow the proper washing instructions – nobody likes baggy elastic!Emily Party Dress

Party Dress
The pièce de résistance of any Autumn Winter wardrobe, the party dress is a must. For Halloween, Christmas and New Years, you need sparkles, embellishments and most of all, a good fit. Our events offer a multitude of opportunities to pick up your sartorial soulmate – just check out fair manager Emily in her array of Judy’s festive frocks!

Fancy doing some shopping? Check out our ‘events’ tab here for a fair, flea or kilo near you!

“Hello? Is it Flea your looking for?”

Furniture – what’s not to love? Granted, we’re fans of building up a proverbial wardrobe of lovely vintage garms but sometimes we just want the physical wardrobe to put it in. That said, this week we’re a-smiling. For why? (note to the reader: we’re not quite sure why we’re talking like a medieval poet – a-roll with it ok?) Because that most hallowed of events, The Vintage Furniture Flea, comes to town!

A celebration of the midcentury in the heart of Bethnal Green, good golly is it good! Don’t believe us? Well young cynics, set your peepers on this…

 

Converted? We thought so too!

The Vintage Furniture Flea calls at York Hall, Old Ford Road,London E2 9PJ on Sun 9th June. For all the details, click here.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Forgive us readers, for we have sinned…

 

Forgive us blog readers, for we have sinned; caught up in the madness and maelstrom of everyday life (and watching WAY too much ‘Game of Thrones’), we’ve ignored this little blog of late, putting it on a back burner so far away that said back burner is simply a blip in the distance. Well, ‘NO MORE’ we cry! But where to begin?? With life moving a mile a minute at the moment, we figured let’s play on that classic TV show trait and have a quick catch-up. Cue opening credits (bonus points if you comment below with a suggested tune that we should have as our ‘Judy’s Vintage Fair’ theme song…) and a booming voice as we give you ‘previously at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair…’

We saw taxidermy at Chester…

…as well as some rather yummy cakes.

Coasters caught our eyes…

…and the Vintage Furniture Flea came to town.

We brought retro travel to Old Spitalfields…

…and got literary in Leeds!

We fell into red dress heaven at the Corn Exchange…

…and found some excellent specs to match!

And end scene! A lovely little visual treat, we hope that’s caught you up (and expect more from us this week!)

Retro Regards (and sorry once more!)

The scribes at Judy HQ x

The Vintage Furniture Flea: Our Pick

Greetings vintage fans!

With our purses still STEAMING from money well spent at the Bethnal Green Furniture Flea, we thought we’d kick-off the week with a few of our top picks! Featuring more retro decoration than Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen could have ever dreamed of, feast your peepers on this…

Egg cups from The Eggcuppery

Homewares from Plan for Mondays

Chairs from Your Vintage Life

Ephemera from Studio Oscar

Electricals from Retro Bazaar

Prints from Vintage in Print

Beautiful indeed! For any wanting to get involved, the Flea returns on Sunday 21st April [so pop it in the diary quick!]

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Hooray! Yippee! It’s the Vintage Furniture Flea!

Vintage Fans!

Today, we’re coming to you LIVE from one of our favourite retro events – THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA! Bringing AMPLE affordable furniture and homewares to the wonderous York Hall, we thought we’d give you a little visual incentive to COME ON DOWN…

See – we told you it was good! For more on the Flea, take a look here and if you’re out and about London town, come see us today ’til 4:30pm!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x