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Greetings vintage fans!

With February [and V-day!] fast approaching, we’ve gone all googly-eyed for the new month, running an extra-special BLOGGER CHALLENGE at our Spitalfields fair on Saturday!

Partnering up with the wonderful Rosie Steer and Becky Bedbug, the gals shall be compiling our Judy’s Love List, looking for items [like Mr. Sheep below] that we just can’t live without! On the hunt for cute couples and knock-out outfits too, prepare to be papped!


Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Barbie and Ken are ready – are YOU?

Greetings vintage fans!

With payday FINALLY around the corner, we’re quite ready to wave January goodbye and say HELLO FEBRUARY!

With travel on the mind [aren’t we all life’s great travellers vintage fans? Too deep?? We’re going to start saying ‘YOLO’ before you know it!] we love the very literal merchandising of trader BEFORE BRASILIA, coming to The Old Spitalfields Market this Saturday! Travel guides, work ties, globes, tennis rackets and flasks – enough to make anyone want to fast forward to a sunnier clime pronto!

For any of you yearning for more, take a look at Before Brasilia’s Facebook profile HERE and be sure to pop along to The Old Spitalfields Market THIS SATURDAY for more retro treasures to keep the blues at bay!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

CELEB ALERT: Olivia Palermo

Greetings vintage fans

Doth our eyes deceive us, or is that a tweet from THE Olivia Palermo that’s landed in our feed?! Recommending our Spitalfields event [coming to Old Spitalfields Market this very Saturday] on her blog as one of the hottest spots for vintage, thrilled is not the word!![more like ‘OHMYGAWWWWWD!!!!! – best served up in a Brooklyn accent to get the full effect!]

Olivia, we thank you!! To read the wee piece, click HERE and for more on Saturday’s Spitalfields event, click HERE.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

The Shoe String Challenge: Edinburgh

Greetings vintage fans,

As January ticks on, there’s one day we can’t wait for – PAYDAY!!! [you thought we were going to say ‘Valentines day,’ didn’t you? FOOLED YA!]

More ready than ever for some retro retail therapy, we ask you – do you think you could have the patience and the nouse to find an outfit for no more than £20 at one of our fairs? Luckily, we know someone who does! Armed with only a £20 note, retro know-how [and a whole lot of hope], we let blogger Ema Mcleary [from] loose on Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair to see what she could find…

 *Black dress from Nells Vintage Boutique £5.00

*Floral chiffon blazer from Memoir Vintage £5.00

*Studded black belt from Vi Nouveau £1.00

*Bag from Vi Nouveau £4.00

*Velvet headband from Tallula Vintage £5.00

“These are the results from my Shoestring Challenge from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. The task seemed difficult at first because I needed a base to plan the outfit around. I think that when you are thrifting it is important to buy things that you are going to wear. With vintage clothing always make sure that there is no holes or tears in the material and that you are getting value for money. Remember that clothing that was made in the 80s or earlier isn’t generally going to be made the same way that it is today, so it is important to try things on first. 

The first item I bought was this chiffon blazer from Memoir Vintage. I love the colour with the black floral design coming through. It originally had a waistcoat inside but I customised it by taking the blazer out and stitching it back up. It let me begin to plan the outfit as I picked an item that I could work from and at £5.00 it was a complete find!

The black dress was perfect as it didn’t take the attention away from the blazer. I love the shape and the faint pleats at the bottom of the dress. The studded belt that I added around my waist made it look a bit more interesting and broke the outfit up. Plus it only cost £1.00!

The bag is such a nice shape and I love the triangle design at the front with the long strap. It also has lots of compartments inside with several zips. It is real leather, which is a steal at £4.00! All of Vi Nouveau‘s bags were vintage and were such a bargain.

This handmade velvet headband from Tallula Vintage is so perfect. I love the brooch at the front and it’s the perfect shape as some headbands like this can be too tight around your head. I will definitely be wearing this in future blog posts.

Altogether I managed to spend the full £20.00 and got so many items with the money. There were so many items at the fair that I could have bought and found it difficult to pick between things because they were all so brilliant! 

Everything that I bought was great value for money and it just shows you that Judy’s really is affordable!”

For more from Ema [and snaps from Edinburgh!], visit her blog here.

There we have it – old-world glamour [without breaking the bank!] The first of a full season of Shoestring Challenges, tune in next time to see what we find!


Retro Regards,


Judy HQ x



Set saliva settings to ‘drool’…

Vintage fans, it’s FRIDAY and that means that our HUGE Edinburgh Vintage Sale is “only a dayyy awayyy” [must fight urge to burst into Annie in its entirety.] Ahem. Never fans of patience, we’ve decided to give you a sneak-peek into what our traders will be bringing. Set your saliva glands to ‘drool’ and let’s take a look…

HUBBA-HUBBA! To find out more on the sale, click HERE [and we’ll see YOU tomorrow!]


Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

The Shoestring Challenge

Greetings Vintage Fans.

Highstreet’s going bust, no dollar for the heating, having to LITERALLY eat a horse – it’s not often that we find ourselves quoting him but, to borrow a line from Mick Hucknall, the money really is “too tight to mention.”

Red-headed dooms-daying aside, even we vintage fans are feeling the pinch. And so, ‘WHAT TO BE DONE??’ said we, stroking our imaginary beards. With our traders genuinely bringing the cheapest, most thrilling, bargain-riddled stock around we pondered on how to make the world see our affordability. AND THEN IT CAME! behold vintage fans, ‘THE SHOESTRING CHALLENGE!’

To quote those little green aliens from Toy Story 1, “ooohh, aahhhhh!”  So, what’s it all about? At each of our fairs over the next few months, we’re going to be pairing up with bloggers and setting them a mission, a mission dedicated to THRIFT! With funding coming out of our own pocket, we’re giving the bloggers a budget and setting them one task only: see what you can get for it! Some will go for quantity, others quality – some will choose outfits and some home bits. Overall, we want to give YOU, our fans, inspiration to get out there, take a chance on a fair and [all being well] come away with some gems [and change from a twenty!]

Starting this Saturday at Edinburgh with the lovely Ema from, we can’t wait! Stay tuned next week for the results.

If you’re a blogger and want to be involved, we want to hear from you! Pop us an email on and let’s get the ball a-rolling!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ [and Mick!] x


Bright Young Things at Cambridge

Greetings Vintage Fans!

Bringing all the glamour of the 1930s to the Guildhall last Saturday, we were STUNNED [yes jaw-on-the-floor STUNNED] by these gorgeous original ’30s gowns from Charlotte Rose Vintage…

With Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ only months away, we wish we’d bought them so that we could Charleston around a la Carey Mulligan all the way home!


Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x