Judy’s at Old Spitalfields: The Rock n Roller Special

Greetings vintage fans!

The hair, the swagger, the moves (like Jagger) – there’s nothing we love more than a good rock and roller! Ahead of tomorrow’s very special Judy’s at Old Spitalfields (featuring a rockabilly theme with live music and booze from the folks at Sailor Jerry’s) we’ve decided to get in the mood by perusing our rock and roll idols from the 50s and 60s. Quoffed hair, tailoring (and bags full of talent) have a peruse below…
































Feeling the urge to shake those hips? We don’t blame you! For any of you wanting to pop along, our FREE fair will be taking place at The Old Spitalfields Market (near Liverpool St) from 11am – 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday (For all the details, click 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



The Vintage Kilo Sale comes to Manchester!


Greetings vintage fans!

This weekend, we said tundra be damned, grabbed an extra layer and headed North West way for a rather special new event – The Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale!

A sister venture of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, the premise is a simple one: pair up with Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler, cart over 10 TONNES of vintage clothing to one location and let you lot have it for a measly £15 per kilo. With queues snaking through the door, we handed the camera over to event manager and all round good egg Emily [pictured above] to take some snaps. Picking her faves, here’s what she found…

‘In spite of the weather, spring prints were in abundance, from sweet floral pastels to the totally tropical. Daring to brave the cold and drop a layer or two, this skirt was a favourite – perfect for picnics, bare legs and a saunter about town!’

‘Despite being the time of year when coats and jackets should be cast to the back of the wardrobe, fair-goer Judith bagged herself a bargain with this belted suede coat. We loved the utilitarian colour [grey – goes with everything!] and how it nipped in at the waist, giving a sense of shape to the silhouette.’

‘Our favourite find of the day, the lovely Michelle finds some maroon pantaloons worth swooning over! Paired with a sixties blouse [and that hair!] we’re a little jealous that we didn’t spot them first!’

And so, there we go -a wonderful day at the Kilo! Thanks to all who came out and, to see when we’ll be coming to you, be sure to take a look here!

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

Dotty Dolly does Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Greetings vintage fans,

Ever ones for collaborations/ showing off new blogs, we were thrilled when wordsmith and photographer extraordinaire ‘Dotty Dolly‘ [aka Jade] said boo to the downpour and popped over to Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair for a spot of vintage sleuthing. Want to know how she got on? Take it away Miss Dolly…

“Despite the torrential downpour, bitter winds and looking like drowned rats, Daisy (from Daisy’s dreams) & I had the most fantabulous day (As you are about to discover). We ventured down to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Newcastle which has been travelling all over and was everything (and more) that we expected!”

“Northumbria’s Student Union was transformed into a vintage lovers haven and was adorned with many individual stalls selling everything from tea & cake, bath products and handmade dresses to retro sunglasses, Levi’s shorts and beautiful handbags! Daisy and I were in our absolute element however, considering the ‘spending ban’ we’re both supposed to be on, we did manage to limit our spending. It became apparent we have similar style when we both went for a sparkly little shift dress from Tallulah vintage! Fortunately there was two and so we walked away happy girlies! It’s going to be perfect for day & night and i don’t doubt it will be on my blog soon!”


“One stall that caught our eye was Craft Kitten. It’s a lovely little business run by a lovely  lady who sells lovely handmade accessories. I couldn’t believe how intricate each piece was! Wouldn’t those headbands be so perfect for a wedding? (I just need someone to get married now…)”

“We decided to have a little tea break at the vintage tea party too (which was adorable). The crockery was provided by the lovely ladies at Ruby’s tea party and the delicious cupcakes were made by Food Nation. It was such a perfect (and inevitably scrumptious) combination!”





“So, not only could we buy tea, cake & pretty dresses, but we could also get our hands on some beautiful soap products too! How adorable is this cake slice from Granny Sally’s soap kitchen? We were gutted we couldn’t eat it… (probably for the best!)  Make sure you check out their site for yummy products!

Overall It was such a lovely day, and definitely worth going! Be sure to check out all the sites linked, especially Daisy’s lovely blog! Xxx”

So, there we have it folks – bargain hunting, cake baking and a spot of soapy sorcery! Thanks to bloggers Dotty Dolly and Daisy’s Dream for coming along and for the latest on when we’ll be bringing our retro operation to you, click here.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

What Emily bought – Kilo sale bargain hunting!

Emily is a some time kilo hostess, vintage fair door dolly and full time graphic design student (she creates our lovely flyers / posters and graphics)

But what Emily is really, really good at, not to say she’s bad at anything else, is a spot of bargain hunting.  And so, when the kilo sale comes to town Emily rolls up her sleeves and gets stuck in, literally we’ve seen her little arms disappear into the rummage boxes faster than you can say ‘sales open!’

So here’s a selection of what Emily bought and why she bloody loves it so.

Forest green cardigan – This green cardigan is the perfect match to most of my wardrobe – I love the embroidered badge too it makes it have a very ‘land girl’ feel!

White, red & navy striped short sleeved top – This is my ‘bike riding in France’ top I feel very Parisian when I wear it and is perfect teamed with a pair of turned up jeans or a high waisted skirt.

Mint green cardigan – The beautiful ice cream colour of this cardigan drew me too it at first – I love the clear buttons and pattern within it too – it’s going to be amazing for spring.

Waffle turquoise short sleeved cardigan – This cardigan is fantastic for colour blocking, I love the waffle effect and short sleeves too, it looks wonderful over a full skirted dress or tucked into a pencil skirt.

Fruit salad dress – This is one of my favourite kilo finds EVER! The modern colouring and bold print makes this dress really stand out – I always get compliments when I wear it.

Behind The Seams of Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair…

Greetings vintage fans!

On Saturday just gone, we kicked-off what might have been one of our favourite vintage challenges yet – The Retro Detectives – over at Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Recruiting bloggers and making them face a detective test so rigorous Miss Marple would look like an amateur [only joking!] we’re going to hand you over to Eve from ‘Behind the Seams,’ on the hunt for everything 1950s…

“In 1957 when Harold Macmillan said ‘we’ve never had it so good’ I can only presume he was referring to the fashion.  This was the dawn of consumerism, years of the perfect housewife and glorifying freedom after wartime austerity.  The end of fabric rationing and developing of new synthetic materials, meant à la mode clothing was brighter, neater and more accessible than ever before.  Being born in 1992 this feeling of great change was one I could only dream of so I was happy to spend my Saturday dipping into a decade gone by.

With all this excitement in mind a group of friends and I went along to ‘Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair’ at Northumbria University’s Students Union. So enthused by ’50s fashion was I that I took my role as ‘Retro Detective’ very seriously and scoped out the stands for full circle dresses, floral prints, straight skirts, neat jumpers, silk scarves and delicate blouses.”

“Even half an hour before opening time there was a flurry of people outside and a snaking queue inside as everyone waited to get their hands on some vintage delights. With over 25 stalls on offer, there was something for all, with clothing stretching from the  1920s right up to the late ’80s [as well as some brand new items made using restored materials.]  With the screen idols of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor in mind, I roped my friends into being models for the day, dressing them in the best picks found.”


“All the items worn here are from ‘Dog and Bone Vintage’ and ‘Ragpuss Vintage Textiles’ to whom I must thank Maureen Morano for her wonderful eye for sourcing, and helping to gather these pieces together.  It was a real challenge to find fitting ’50s pieces as we concluded women must have been much smaller then, and wondered if we should all go back to a diet of rationing! My favourite item has to be the floral dress worn by Ness –  it so perfectly encapsulates the time and, with the addition of a cute hair scarf, she embodies the perfect housewife. I also love Becky’s dirndl skirt with delicate lace trim and the straight plaid skirt which Robyn wears, the colours all so wonderfully bright.

In addition to the pieces the girls modeled, here a few of my other favourites from the fair:”

“The duck-egg blue and silver thread jumper is something I was immediately drawn to – teamed with a straight skirt and string of pearls it really would be perfect. There were ample gorgeous full-skirted floral dresses which one could wear in the evening (with a layered underskirt) or without. If I was fortunate enough to actually fit into this red and navy skirt, I definitely would have snapped it up (with its almost nautical feel and precise tailoring, it truly was wonderful!)  For people unsure of whether to immerse themselves fully into vintage, there were plenty of accessories to delight in, including costume jewellery, hampers of scarfs and hoards of little handbags which had a nod to the era.”

“With all the running around, grabbing items, gleeful photo taking and battling with blistered heels (my own fault!) it was lovely to sit down and grab a bite to eat at the pop up café by Food Nation and Ruby’s Tea Party. We had the afternoon tea, and later cupcakes and lemonade – truly divine!”

“I absolutely loved my day of being a Retro Detective and hunting for the best of the 50s. I would really urge you to keep tracks on the ‘Judys Affordable Vintage’ website and shimmy on down when one comes close to you. I’ve been to many vintage fairs over the years but this has to be the best, featuring reasonable prices, friendly staff and fabulous fashion to boot!

NB. Big thank-you’s go to Judy Berger and Kieran Leckey for inviting me along as well as to Katie Lowe, Rosie Stephen , Ness Staite, Sophie Bell, Becky Kenning and Robyn Dickson for being my models for the day (:”

And there we have it folks – a winning report from a day up North! Stay tuned tomorrow for more Retro Detectivery and for all wanting to get involved, simply comment below!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x



“It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” Why we love Grace Coddington…



Greetings vintage fans,

Heroes and idols – aren’t they a funny thing? Not wanting to fall into the chasm between obscurity and cliche [say Odysseus vs Marilyn Monroe – one as interesting to most as dry paint and the other an obvious expectation] whenever I am faced with that question of ‘who is your idol?,’ I’m often at a loss for words.

Fast forward ladies and gents, to yesterday night when, curled up cultivating a case of pre-Monday blues [the Sunday blues JR if you will] I decided to stick on ‘The September Edition’ and lose myself in the giddy world of American Vogue. And so, what did I leave with? Was it a new-found respect for designers of all calibers who, despite extreme talents, still have to pitch and curtsy to journalists? Yes. Was it a new-found respect for that coffee-table staple of a magazine that I occasionally flick through/ use as a tray when all other trays are scarce? Yes. Was it the fact that not once did Anna Wintour’s fringe move out of place, as if stuck in some follicle matrix? Yes, yes, yes. But most of all [and rather obviously] was the loveliness of Grace Coddington.

Former model [pictured above], stylist and Creative Director of Vogue for more moons than worth mentioning, Grace Coddington appeared a visionary. Anna Wintour herself calls her a genius and hey, we think we believe her. Not only is she experienced, revolutionary, creative [and has a set of red hair that would make both Viv and Florence green with envy!] but we think we like her because she is nice. An obvious statement? Perhaps. However, to return to that subject of idols, another of ours [philanthropist John Templeton] once said that “it’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” And we think that Grace would agree with that.

For more on Grace, check out this excellent Guardian article HERE [or take a look at some pins HERE]

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x