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Greetings vintage fans!

The wind in our hair. Dusty on the speakers. Vans packed like sardine cans filled with vintage bits – it’s official, we LOVE a road trip! This very afternoon, we’re off on a spot of travelling, bringing our vintage fair to one of our all-time faves – EDINBURGH! Part of the official Fringe festival festivities, we’re filling Lothian Road’s Picture House with a spot of this (and couldn’t resist sharing…)

Salvating? We thought so! If you’re in the neighbourhood, come say hello and if not, click here to see if we’ll be seeing you soon!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Leaving on a jet plane with trader ‘Before Brasilia’

Greetings vintage fans!

With the days lengthening up and the sun coming round, there’s only one word on our mind at present – ‘VACATION!’ Hunting out our more exotic traders, this week we had a chat with globe-trotting homewares traders ‘Before Brasilia‘ before they set-up shop at Judy’s at Old Spitalfields this very Saturday…

Q. Hi Lucci! Thanks for chatting with us. Now then, my first question would be where on earth do team ‘Before Brasilia’ hail from?

“Well, I was actually born in Brasilia, but I’ve been in the UK for most of my life.”

Q. And where does your love affair with vintage travel begin?

“I remember when i was i kid, the Concorde flew into Brasilia airport during its world tour to showcase the plane (I  knew it was coming because I had spotted it on the news the night before with my Dad) The next day, we were all out playing in the playground at school and, like magic, we heard it! It was so, so loud and utterly amazing – I had never wanted to see something so badly in my entire life! Straight after, I ran to the school pincipal and convinced him that I was sick. He called in my mother to collect me and on the way out, my mother asked if i was really that sick. ‘No,’ I answered, ‘so can you please take me to the airport?’ And thankfully, she did! From that moment, my passion for aviation began, leading to a job with an airline. Unfortunately, when working in the industry, all the glamour was gone – everything was made of plastic, everything was cheap compared to my memories (hence why I now collect 50s and 60s airline memorabilia instead!)”

 

Q. Collecting for such a long time, you must have come across many beauties. What’s kept you going and what are your favourite finds so far?’

“Simply the glamour of it all, from how people traveled to what they wore and where they were headed! Over the years, we’ve seen some great finds, ranging from hats to glasses to airline posters (airline posters are my favourite! One day I’d love to show all the ones we’ve collected in an exhibition for all to see!) To give you some examples, we’ve picked up coats and dresses by the likes of Lila Ann, hats by Dior and Schiaparelli, art deco suitcases by Wheary and even an authentic ‘Pan Am’ check-in sign all the way from NYC! At Spitalfields on Sat 6th April, I’m going to be setting-up a vintage travel lounge so be sure to come and ‘check in!'”

Q. And finally, as someone that travels a lot, any top tips of where to go for vintage?

“That’s a difficult one but if we had to say, we’d pick Chicago! It’s simply the most amazing place for vintage!”

Well folks, there we go – vintage enthusiasm spanning several decades and hemispheres from one of London’s freshest retro traders. For more on Lucci (and to visit him in person) check out our Old Spitalfields event this weekend by clicking here or visit his page here.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

A trip into the vintage kitchen with bloggers ‘A View from the Table!’

 

“Everything you see,” said famous Italian actress Sophia Loren, “I owe to Spaghetti.” Yes vintage fans, it’s no secret that we, just like Sophia, are big fans of our food! To that avail, we invited food bloggers ‘View from the Table‘ to our Market Harborough fair to have a little sleuth through the foods of our childhood. Bringing a culinary walk down memory lane, take it away folks…

“Mother and daughter team Amy and Karen run Hand Me Down vintage clothing and accessories.  Their memories, like most people’s, were from their own mothers.  Amy after no consideration at all recalled macaroni cheese which made her mum Karen smile and fondly remember her own mum’s shepherd’s pie.  Comfort food extraordinaire.”

“Nostalgic food for shoppers Ian and Maria was all about puddings and sweets.  We talked parma violets and pink shrimps but Maria went for Bazooka Joe.  Do you remember that the wrappers opened up to reveal a tiny comic strip?  Maria did and that you could collect tokens and send them away to claim free Bazooka gifts.  Maria saved hers and sent away for a camera, her mum wouldn’t buy her a film for it though as she thought it would be a waste. She is definitely not over that blow.  Ian’s food of choice was proper chocolate steam pudding that he would make with his mum.  Wonder if she was a bit more generous with the camera film?”

“Stenya from Rambling Rabbit sells kitchenalia and homewares.  My assistant Amber was very curious about these. She could not get her head around the egg slicer. “But, why?”

“Being from California and spending a lot of time around campfires when she was growing up Stenya’s nostalgic food of choice is s’mores.  A s’more, if you don’t know, is a marshmallow toasted over a campfire and sandwiched along with a layer of chocolate between two biscuits, or pieces of Graham Crackers.  In her 12 years of living in the UK she’s never been camping so hasn’t had a s’more delight for a long time. “They make me think of my mother and bring back happy memories of being around 15 years old.”
“Shoppers Abby and Sophia, who had amazing hair by the way, styled at the event by Jess and Amy, had old fashioned choices for ones so young – bread and butter pudding for Abby, pictured on the left and good old banana custard for Sophia.”

“Chloe of Madame Cherry Jewellery who made these little beauties, Amber’s wages for the day, had very fond memories of mint custard at school.  I tried to think of a happy school dinner memory but I could only come up with getting seconds of chips once and little yogurt-pot-shaped portions of vanilla ice cream.  To be honest though, the thoughts of prunes and custard are still too traumatic for me to dig too deep there.”


“Diane and Dave Langley sold me this absolute cracker of a 50s handbag. Dave’s retro food is without a shadow of a doubt suet pudding made by his mum with Atora shredded suet. Do you remember the packaging?  Red, blue and yellow we thought and probably not changed too much over the years.  Diane simply said rissoles and I’m still not sure if that was a good or bad thing.”
“Another thing I like very much about Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs is that you’ll always find a mighty fine tea and cake stall.  Saturday’s was a real delight and was created by the enigmatic Pennie Pengilly (how great is that name?) and her lovely daughter Ellie of Pear of Peas.  Let me show you the cakes first, all homemade by Pennie.”
“It was a very difficult choice but for the record I went for Seville orange and almond cake.  Oh, what a good choice it was too.  Pennie’s mother was a great cook, they never had shop bought or processed food so her memories are of beautiful meals, “NOT rice pudding – that was vile!” but instead delicate opaque jellies and chocolate blancmange.  Pennie’s fix-all dish that works the same magic as Jewish chicken soup is Malaysian coconut and noodle soup laksa.”
“Unsurprisingly Ellie, pictured above, (Pennie “doesn’t do photographs” though I cannot imagine why because she’s gorgeous) recalls her favourite food as her mum’s cooking.  I thought it might be some kind of special cake that brought back happy memories but it was savoury all the way; beef wellington was up there but the winner was beef stroganoff and dauphinoise potatoes – a homecoming meal when Ellie comes back home from university.Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs serves 30 cities across the UK.  There are events coming up in Edinburgh, Manchester and London.  If you’re a lover of vintage and the unique; clothes, furniture, kitchenalia, homewares and accessories then you should definitely seek one out.”
And so there we go folks – retro inspiration a-go-go! For more from ‘View from the Table,’ visit their blog here and if we’ve got you thinking about the tastes and plates of your childhood, feel free to comment below and tell us what you miss!
Retro Regards,
Judy HQ! x

 

 

Hopping the border once more, it’s Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair!

Greetings vintage fans!

Never ones to stay away long, this very Saturday we’re thrilled to be packing our kilts and heading for the hills, bringing Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair to town!

Feeling like keeping things visual, we wanted to give your peepers a few reasons to pencil it in the diary by showing off the stock shots below…

 

Bringing a retro treasure trove for one day only, click here to get involved!

Retro Regards [and see you Saturday!]

Judy HQ x

Judy’s at Old Spitalfields – Retro goes YELLOW!

Greetings Vintage Fans!

Always a sucker for a theme, last Saturday we popped on our shades and said hello to Spring by turning our monthly Judy’s at Old Spitalfields event our favourite shade – YELLOW! Inviting bloggers ‘Fancyfull‘ to come act as our retro musketeers [or should that be ‘mustardeers?’ No? Ok then!] here’s how they got on…

“Nicci and I were thrilled to be invited down to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair to be their official Yellow Hunters! We only had eyes for the bright stuff and ferreted out all the best yellow wares the wonderful vendors had brought with them. We both really enjoy Judy’s fairs, they live up to their affordable name and we always hunt out some beautiful items to add to our burgeoning collection of second hand and vintage goods!”

 

“The gorgeous tea cup, Playmobil figurine and the amazing Sylvanian Families were from the wonderful Magpie’s Attic. I (Lucy) had such an obsession with Sylvaninan Families when I was younger and Nicci has promised to take me to the Sylvanian Families shop in Finsbury Park very soon.”

“This wonderful vintage filing cabinet would even manage to brighten up the always dull job of filing. Find it at Plan for Mondays where Lucy got an amazing suitcase from at the last Judy’s fair and we would strongly recommend hunting this stall out at all Judy’s fairs.”

“Seeing these vintage Girl Guide pins from Vintage Promise has made me (Lucy) dig out my old sash and start wearing those old pins and badges with pride!”

“These were a very, very small section of the amazing egg cups on offer at The Eggcuppery. I think they may become a new favourite collectors item here at Fancy Full.”

 

Dabber Decades had the wonderful knnited dress, great 60s blouse and these super summery Mary Quant sunglasses. They had gone all out on the yellow front!”

“With April looming on the horizon, april showers can’t be far behind. This vintage yellow raincoat from Old Pony Vintage would cheer anyone up on a drizzly day.”

“What more could you want from a scarf? yellow + horses equals a dream scarf. Find this beauty from Tapestry Boutique. Nicci picked up a beautiful shirt from here as well.”

Love Inc Ltd had one of the best yellow themed displays on their stalls. We seriously loved all their items and we could have quite happily bought everything!”

“These beautiful vintage dresses were from the lovely Tallula Vintage. The one with the hello yellow label was my absolute favourite.”

“We wanted all the globes that Before Brasilia had to offer, they were all so vibrant and would have made the perfect addition to any living room or bedroom. (Lucy went on to purchase the large red circular suitcase to add to the growing suitcase collection.)”

“They also had this amazing Silver Jubilee Colman’s mustard set which whilst looking lovely I doubt you’d want to sample the mustard inside!”

“Check back at Fancy Full in the next few days and we’ll be sharing all our street style pics that we snapped of all the well turned out vintage shoppers.

Lucy and Nicci xx”

And there we have it folks – what did you think of our yellow retro fiesta? Feel free to comment below or leave us your thoughts on our official fanpage.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

 

Our bags are packed for Judy’s at Old Spitalfields!

Greetings vintage fans!

Just TWO days away, we’re counting down the sleeps to London’s largest free vintage marketplace – Judy’s at Old Spitalfields! 

With a giddy spring theme featuring, let’s just say our trader’s stock, well, it’s great to say the least! Never ones to keep things to ourselves [unless it’s cake that is!] here are our top picks…

Trader: Before Brasilia

Trader: Claudia Kirkman

 Trader: Claudia Kirkman

Trader: Latham Street Vintage

Trader: Love Inc Ltd.

Trader: Maxi Moo Moos

Trader: Mitty Dotty Vintage

Trader: The Upcycling Emporium

Trader: Vintage Promise

Are you excited? Because WE’RE EXCITED! Bringing over 70 amazing traders all readyand aiming to please, for more on Judy’s at Old Spitalfields, click HERE

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Judy’s at Old Spitalfields: Becky Bedbug and the Love List.

Greetings vintage fans,

It’s official – love is in the air! On the countdown to V-day, we recruited blogger Becky Bedbug to act as resident cupid at The Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, compiling a ‘Love List’ of things not to be missed. Take it away Becky…

“Yesterday, I posted all about the amazing street style at Judy’s Vintage Fair at Spitalfields. Well, as well as snapping photos of the lovely shoppers, I also compiled a love list of all the great things for sale. As I was shopping, I was keeping an eye out for anything that would make a great Valentine’s gift. After much deliberation, I’ve nailed it down to my favourite items. Ready for a love fest? Let’s go!”

“My first stop was the wonderful I Heart Vintage. After visiting Judy’s at Spitalfields in August, I sang the praises of this lovely stall and it’s owner, Rebecca. Seriously, she is pretty much the nicest person ever. Not only does she always have time to speak to everybody who visits, but she remembers everything I’ve ever bought from her… and that’s a lot! In fact, nearly everything in this post is from I Heart Vintage!”

“I love this heart adorned jug and glass set. Perfect for a Valentine’s-inspired kitchen. This vintage Mr and Mrs building blocks set is super cute. Perfect for a wedding present, don’t you think? (By the way, I’m gutted that I didn’t notice that adorable little dog next to the blocks. I hope he found a good home!) “

“From there, I headed over to Madame Fifi Presents, where I spotted this gorgeous little piggy bank. I know I’ve mentioned before that pigs are my favourite animals and I can’t resist cuties like this one. I tried, really I did, but by the end of the day, I had to go back to adopt it!”

 “Madame Fifi Presents also had these super cute brooches. I think the duck one is my favourite. Quack”

“There was more vintage brooch goodness to be had over at Magpie’s Attic. I clearly have a thing about animal-shaped brooches. These flamingoes are pretty amazing, right? Unfortunately, I’m not really very good at accessorising, otherwise I’d have been all over these babies!”
“Also at Magpie’s Attic was this amazing 1970s Marie Antoinette-esque top. It’s absolutely incredible! It actually came from a theatre costume company which I find pretty cool. How I wish it would have fit me! I’m not even joking when I say it would never come off! I really hope somebody found it a loving home.”

 “Over at X-Spex, there was a whole range of amazing eyeglasses and sunglasses alike. This pretty pink pair were getting a lot of love. They were just a little small for my face, unfortunately. Thanks for the round face, Mum!”
“Sticking with the accessories theme, these heart shaped earrings at Eclectique Chic. How perfect would they be as a Valentine’s gift? I love the rainbow jewels around the edge.”

“Over at Old Pony Vintage, there was a whole assortment of eclectic goodies such as these rather amazing scissors. At least, I think they’re scissors. On closer inspection, they may be some sort of pincer device. Nevertheless, they’re insanely ornate and I love them!”

 “Vintage books from Claudia Kirkman. I adore books in the first place but the beautiful covers here are absolutely captivating.”

“As a new enthusiast to film photography, I was pretty spellbound by this array of vintage cameras. Perfect gift for the guy in your life. Or the girl who loves film photography. Cough.”

“There were more gifts for guys over at Before Brasilia. I’m a big fan of globes so this was heaven for me!”

“Still over at Before Brasilia, I spotted these dominoes. This was a big deal for me because my grandad had the exact same box of Greyhound Dominoes. My brother and I used to spend hours playing with them as children so seeing this box again was like travelling back in time. Such a magical moment!”

“There were also more traditional Valentine’s items on the stall, like this beautiful heart-shaped chocolate box.”

!Finally, it was time to stop off for a quick cupcake break from Betty Lou’s Bakery before heading home.”

“After trying a Terryriffic Chocolate Orange last time, I settled for Luscious Lemonade this time around. It was just as good! Absolutely scrumptious!”

“Phew! After a long-very happy- day, I headed home, laden with the Madame Fifi Presents money box, a huge red 1960s Samsonite bag from Before Brasilia and the start of a deer collection bought at I Heart Vintage. Altogether a very productive day!”

And there we have it folks – LOVELY INDEED! To hear more from Becky, click HERE and stay tuned tomorrow for our favourite voyeuristic activity – STREET STYLE!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

£1 Sale – are there any sweeter words?

£1 sale – are there any sweeter words? Sent to us by drool-worthy homeware trader ‘Plan for Mondays,’ this case of £1 goodies is coming to The Vintage Furniture Flea THIS SUNDAY! We will literally race you to those plates – BRING IT ON!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Our vintage wish-list

Hello vintage fans!

Ever in favour of a good list [especially in visual form – HELLO!] we couldn’t help but share some of the wonderful bits popping up at Spitalfields of late. Set phasers to stunning and prepare to grab for the bank card…

 

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: Paris Accent

Trader: The Nines

Trader: Nordic Poetry

Trader: I Heart Vintage

Trader: Hickory Vintage

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: Sour Cherry

Trader: I Heart Vintage

Hubba-Hubba! To check out Saturday September 1st Spitalfields event, click HERE

xVVx

Into the Wilderness!

Hello folks! This weekend, we’ve packed our bags and are Wilderness bound, bringing our stellar vintage marketplace to the Oxfordshire grounds. As every good event organiser does, we’ve been SNOOPING through the amazing things up for grabs, thinking ‘what can we fit in our suitcases?’ A difficult decision, here’s our top pick….

Trader: 631 the Ramp

Trader: Retro Bazaar

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: International Quality Kitsch

Trader: Retro Bazaar

Trader: Rag&Bow

Trader: Something Indie

If that’s not enough to take a walk on the wild side, we don’t know what is!

xVVx