Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue #8 – SS16


Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 10.20.17It’s that wonderful time again! We proudly introduce issue #8 of our digital vintage magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest – your one-stop-shop for all things Judy’s fair, vintage furniture flea and kilo sale.

With Spring finally sprung, this issue is dedicated to all things warm and sunny – think pretty pastels, summer wardrobes and fresh starts for your home. Whether you’re in need of a revision break or just treating yourself to a quiet moment in the new found sunshine, this issue of Judy’s Digest is a vintage magazine jam-packed full of inspiration. Get motivated to spring-clean that wardrobe by checking out our gallery of fabulously dressed customers, or break out the sewing machine like our new upcycling expert James Reeves. Not feeling quite so energetic? That’s fine by us too – we have the ultimate guide to in-season homeware that you can shop online, or kick back in front of one of our retro-approved movies.

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So what are you waiting for? Pull up a poufee, fix yourself a gin (or pot of tea) and get reading! Don’t forget to tell us what you think either – tweet us @judysvintagefair or pop us an email to

In the mood for some shopping? Why not pop along to one of our upcoming events?


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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Greetings From Beacons!

Often a cider-sodden bone of contention, we don’t sit on the fence when it comes to Festivals – we bloody love them! Reveling in them in all their gin-swigging, port-a-loo glory, we were fortunate enough to be invited to what is one of our favourite smaller events, Beacons Festival.

Set in the idyllic Yorkshire moors, Beacons is but a fledgling compared to those stalwarts of the summer calendar. That said, just like David & Goliath, bigger isn’t necessarily better; great bands, good grub and an atmosphere  that is practically electric (literally: see neon sign above) make for a festival that’s not only memorable (well, semi-memorable at least – bloody ale tent!) but leaves you  crying into your tent bag at the thought of having to leave.

Always on the hunt for the sartorial, one thing we love about festivals is the fashion fix; gone is the world of GHDs and preening and instead comes a feral sort of confidence, all bindhis and plumage and just not giving a sh*t. Forever on the prowl for an outfit or two, here’s our pick of the crop…

And there we have it. Sleeping bags aired. Tents packed down. ‘Missing’ posters for our dignity plastered all over the town. Roll on next year!

Did you go to Beacons? Let us know below!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x


For serious collectors of vintage jewellery or shoppers seeking to bag a designer bargain at a fraction of the price, traditional auctions are proving to be a popular choice.

Fellows auctioneers, based in the historic Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham will be holding a sale of Vintage Jewellery & Accessories on Monday 11th March featuring over 1,000 lots. To help global buyers, the auction can be watched in real time on-line  so buying from the comfort of your own home or desk just got a lot easier.

As well as featuring single items of clothing, jewellery and accessories, customers can also buy large quantities of jewellery from five to twenty pieces per bag. Vintage designers such as Sphinx, Monet, Trifari, Exquisite and Sarah Coventry are just a few of the popular names that can be purchased in this auction.

If you like period dramas, then Lot 1032 featuring a black moleskin top hat and a grey morning hat should be on your list – we think the folks at Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge would approve! There is also a wide selection of vintage fur coats and jackets ranging from £40 – £2,000.

Scandinavian pieces are plentiful in the sale, which have a great collectors following: classic Georg Jensen and some eye-catching Bjorn Weckstrom pieces. Lot 627, one of his silver ‘Space series’ rings, would definitely be a conversation starter.

Lot 832 – A selection of costume jewellery – estimate £40 – £60

Lot 977 – Two vintage handbags and a portable jewellery case – estimate £80 – £120







Lot 385 – A selection of marcasite jewellery – estimate £40 – £60








Lot 1 – A mid 20th century continental paste swallow bird brooch – estimate £100 – £150







The full catalogue can be viewed online:


That time we walked on the wild side…


That post-festy feeling – is there anything quite like it? The de-dreading of hair, the post-festival hose-down [and finding out that tan was more soil than sunshine]  – a return to normal, no-nomads-allowed society where a breakfast of glitter and gin is, er, frowned-upon.

And so where have we been, you ask? We’ve been at WILDERNESS DARLING, running around the Oxfordshire countryside as part of the Vintage Fest 2012. Because many hands make light work, we roped in one of our bestys, trader Rag&Bow, to be our eyes and ears, snapping all the Wilderness happenings for the weekend. Like David Attenborough in a maxi dress [a sobering thought] here’s a few snaps from the event…








We are the Champions [Part 2]

Ready for our daily outfit fix, we’re back with guest blogger Rosie Steer and another set of envy-setting ensembles, fresh from The Old Spitalfields Market. Take it away Rosie- we can hardly wait!

“One of my favourite things about vintage fairs, markets and festivals is the people watching. I love to see the different ways people re-interpret vintage influences or channel retro elements in their style. Hopefully I’ve demonstrated the eclectic mix of styles at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair this weekend as I made a conscious effort to record a diverse selection of outfits! Part one of my Judy’s at Spitalfields street style post had a great response – thank you! Here are the rest of the prize-winning outfits…”

“This was one of my favourite outfits, particularly as the more I looked, the more styling surprises were revealed! For example, these gorgeous pink daisy print trousers are actually a jumpsuit fashioned into a pair of high waisted trousers – two outfits for the price of one! I made a mental note to try that tip, I think it looks really cool with the bralet especially with the clashing floral patterns. I really like the way a ladylike blouse has been knotted at the waist and used as a chic cover-up too. I also loved these tweed detail brogues, but then we all know I’m a sucker for a good brogue…”

“This lovely retro ’70s style paisley print initially caught my eye. A little unusual for a men’s shirt and I liked the combination of a casual untucked shirt with tapered chino trousers too, cleverly styled with a vintage scarf as a belt. John Lennon glasses finished a casual but put-together outfit.”

“More polka dots! This time mini ones on a retro midi-length tea dress, very 1940s. The dress was styled simply with mainly black pieces, a black cardigan, cross-body bag and mid heel that let the print do the talking. Accessories let the wearer’s personality shine through – a ladylike headpiece, lace print glasses and a slick of red lipstick.”

“Scarf print shirts are big news this summer and I saw several vintage versions at the fair. This green and blue Versace-esque style makes a bold statement and can be dressed down for day, as it is here with skinny jeans, aviator jacket and brogues, or dressed up for a night out with a pencil skirt and heels.”

“I love the way this fair-goer has used volume in her ensemble, balancing a voluminous blouse with skinny tailored trousers. The kitsch vintage print and button detail on the oversized blouse are really cute, but skinny trousers and patterned ‘brothel creepers’ toughen up the look considerably. Extra points here for the most striking haircut!”

“Even more polka dots! Ok, I may have a slight obsession… However, I couldn’t not take this girl’s picture. I love the oversized spots and the shape of this dress, a really unusual, ’80s-style double-breasted cut. The way this stylish shopper played with proportions by layering also stood out for me; the cropped trousers and bracelet-length sleeves under the dress add an extra dimension to the look.”

“The weather may have been rainy outside but this summery look brought a touch of sunshine to Spitalfields. I like the way an overtly girly pleated net skirt has been paired with a fun printed top in coordinating colour; the mushroom colour of the skirt is picked up in the print of the T-shirt. The straw trilby completes the easy breezy holiday vibe of this look – now where’s the sun?!”

“Some great use of colour here too: the block colours of the bright blue colour pop trousers and clashing peach converse and handbag are picked up in the colours of this ’80s-tastic stylised floral print top. I like the reflective aviator glasses and pink toy watch too.”

“I liked the use of neutrals in this lovely feminine outfit. Neutrals can be really hard to pull off, especially when several shades are involved, but this vintage shopper gives a lesson in how to work them. It’s all about contrasting textures to break up the look, such as floaty chiffon with a crisp cotton shirt in the above outfit, and choosing complementary hues: here the blouse is pink-toned and the beige skirt also has a touch of pink.”

“This has to be the most striking outfit of the day – WOW! This bold all-in-one is really ’80s, I love the unusual pattern and bright yellow hue. I enjoy the use of proportion here too; the exaggerated shoulders of the jacket balance out the skintight lower half of the outfit. The bag has to be one of the most impressive I saw at the fair and those platforms were definitely the highest heels! Kudos! What I liked most about this outfit was the way it perfectly summed up this shopper’s confident, bubbly personality.”

“Final outfit! I’m a real magpie for patterned shirts and this one really caught my eye. It’s from the vintage shop that the girl in the previous picture works in (these two are friends and probably the most stylish duo at the fair!). I like the oversized collar and unusual print – its owner described it as her “tetris shirt” which I thought was very apt – and the way it’s been styled with the cropped jumper and red leather pencil skirt. Fabulous loafer-style platforms and vintage bag too, and I love all the rings.

Thanks again to Kieran for asking me along, and to Sophie who managed the fair on Saturday and scouted some outfits with me in the latter half of the fair! I officially can’t wait until the next one. See you there!”


Well there we have it folks – outfit inspiration and a half! To keep an eye on Rosie’s other adventures, visit her blog HERE and, for anyone wanting a vintage fix of their own [alongside live acts and…wait for it…a DOG SHOW] we’re back at Spitalfields for a FREE event on Bank Holiday Monday! [Hooray!] For all the details, click HERE



We are the Champions [part 1]

Oh vintage fans, who we LOVE a challenge [especially when we’re the ones setting them!] Saturday past, we sent blogger extraodinaire Rosie Steer to the Old Spitlafields Market for a spot of street style [with a twist.] Only allowed to select TWENTY OUTFITS [oh the humanity if it all!] here’s how she got on…

“I loved this Sandy from Grease meets nineties grunge look. This stylish shopper balanced glamourous skintight trousers (American Apparel’s ‘disco pants’ I think) with a simple printed T-shirt, mannish, oversized denim jacket and black patent Dr. Martens. Look carefully and you will see the Olympic rings printed in her undercut hairstyle style – now that’s commitment to sporting style. Love the vintage doctor’s bag too.”

“Military influences were all over the catwalks for A/W ’12. A military style jacket gives a feminine lacy dress such as this one a tough edge. Nineties references are everywhere too, so this jacket ticks two trends in one. I spotted plenty of similar style nineties camouflage jackets on the retro-filled rails today so get down to the Affordable Vintage Fair if you want to snap one up! Top marks for the white Converse and sporty backpack too – practical and stylish.”

“This retro ensemble was a stand-out for me because of the sheer attention to detail. From the top of her beehive to the tips of her Mary-Janes, you have to reward this girl’s commitment to vintage. The chic printed shift dress and matching retro red accessories could give Betty Draper a run for her money in the ladylike stakes.”

“Clever accessorising adds personality to a simple black-skirt-with-white-blouse-combination. Pops of burgundy stand out against the monochrome base and chunky metal jewellery toughens up a school chic, girlish outfit. I absolutely love the attention-to-detail of this outfit, which carefully balances girlyness and masculine touches, for example the way chunky shoes are paired with cute ankle socks. I absolutely love the hat – especially with the co-ordinating pink streak in the hair!”

“The classic trench is hard to beat, and this gorgeous leather-trim trench gives a quintessential design a modern update. I loved how this stylish shopper paired hers with tailored shorts and a feminine floral shirt. Note the gold Western-style detail too – it’s all about the collar for next season. The neon belt gives a pop of colour and round retro frames top a winning look.”

“This ’60s style ensemble caught my eye – the anorak and skinny trousers are Mod perfection. I love the combination of khaki and dusky pink too, and the way the jacket balances the softness of the pink trousers and ditsy print shirt. I loved the brogues too!”


“The mixture of a gorgeously girly retro print floral dress with chunky boots is always a winner in my book, giving an edge to an otherwise feminine look. I like the cycling shorts underneath the dress too – a great way to increase the everyday wearability of shorter flirty frocks.”


“Polka dots have to be one of my all time favourite prints. This slouchy jumpsuit is a fun and gorgeously retro way to wear the pattern. I really like the pared back styling too – simple charm necklaces and classic Converse let the jumpsuit do the talking.”

“This chic vintage fair-goer told me her unusual dress was a Belgian vintage shop find. The slouchy shape and striped pattern are a retro take on this season’s pyjama trend. What I liked most about this outfit was the clever use of colour and prints. The green and grey stripe of the dress are picked up in the accessories: mint and green polka dot tights, mint floral tote and those gorgeous mint brogues. The subtle mixing of prints works because of the complementary colour palette.”

“Paisley was all over the catwalks for S/S ’12; from Stella to Céline, designers were championing the retro print. This colourful paisley print paired with the voluminous smock shape nods to seventies style, whilst masculine brogue boots keep the look fresh and modern.”

Crikey indeed! To see more from Rosie [and a sneak-peek of part two!] click here




Be gone outfit drought…

As we veer ever nearer to the supposed ‘British summer’ [so far we’ve seen wet with a side of RAINY] we find ourselves in a drought of outfit inspiration.

 That was, of course, until we went to York’s Affordable Vintage Fair last Sunday, where style was in no short supply. Vibrant hair, blazers and some sublime vintage tailoring – take it away York…


Spitalfields Supreme

Hello all!

In the spirit of TRUE vintage blogging, we’re harking back to APRIL 2012 in a bid to catch-up with what we’ve missed [FYI: hiding under your bed with old Vogues and merlot won’t result in any task doing itself- no blogging elves or self-typing laptop ever saves the day!]

Let us paint a picture for you…the year was, well, this year. The weather was… concrete at best. The destination was a bustling east-London market that we’re learning to call our own. Enter a petite young thing fresh out of wartime and forties from head to toe. She was Naomi. We said hello. Our story started here.

The market was of course that of Old Spitalfields which we have been occupying since it’s Saturday doors yawned open last year. Our heroine [for all plugged-in to the ever growing vintage scene] is stylist, savant [and all-round good egg] Naomi Thompson [aka Vintage Secret, the UK’s leading vintage stylist]

The meeting? Not one of chance. With Naomi jetting off every other day for book tours [her is very good by the way!] styling and general vintage whimsy, fitting into her schedule is like trying to capture a hurricane with bare hands only.

Cigarette in hand, Naomi had kindly taken some down time to help us out; indulging in our own twisted take on the Olympics [none of the running and all of the praise!] Naomi was on hand to give out gold medals and goodie bags to our best-dressed guests . With one residual puff, into the market we strut to scan, award and glorify what wonderful street style east London had to offer.

The results? As you can imagine, the choice was a TOUGHIE! So diverse were the styles and eclectic the eras that Bill & Ted couldn’t even keep up!

Instead of waxing lyrical, we’ve picked out our favourite visuals for you to coo over…

Now, we fell head over heels for all of the outfits above but one shopper, in a pair of Jeffrey Campbells [that we almost mugged her for – damn you unsuitable getaway shoes!] knocked us for six in the style stakes…

And there we have it – another Saturday among the stalls! Only in it’s infancy, Spitalfields will be back on Saturday 7th July [we’re having June off to chin-chin the Queen and even have a GIN!] For more information on the fair, click here and to pay Naomi a visit, click here!