Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue #9

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-02-40Anybody else totally sick of winter weather already? It’s a good thing that today we’re bringing you a great excuse to stay inside – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest!

Now on it’s 9th issue, the digest is your peep behind the scenes at all things vintage fair, kilo sale and furniture flea. This season, we’re focusing on some serious nesting – from our top kitsch christmas decor ideas to blogger inspiration, there’s plenty of reasons to stay home! We also do our fair share of recollecting – check out our gallery of street style from some of our best events, learn from charitable celebrities through history or dream of summer days past with our postcards from Festival Number 6.

For those looking forward to the festive season, we also do our very own run-down of the seasons best fashion trends – the perfect ticklist to take with you to our next event.

So what are you waiting for? Pour that hot chocolate, stick on your christmas playlist and grab yourself a tablet, laptop or mobile – our mag is full optimised with live links to make finding further info that little bit easier.

As always, we’d love your feedback – if you have any comments, advice or would like to advertise and/or write for the magazine, do get in touch on magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk. Happy reading!

Vintage Videos – Judy’s Hits YouTube

Over the years we’ve been lucky to receive our fair share of press – from blogs and social media tags to student papers right through to BBC Business, we always love seeing what you think of our events.

More recently though (we blame the long cold evenings), we’ve been dipping our toe into the eclectic world of YouTube, and are chuffed to see that we’re featured in a good few videos over there too! Whether you’re a newbie to our events or a seasoned pro, we’ve picked out some of our favourites that offer a great insight into our vintage fair and kilo sale. Who knows, maybe we’ll even make some videos of our own…

A Day At Judy’s Vintage Fair – Lola B Style Me

Vintage Kilo Sale Haul – Anna Primrose

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair Haul – Get Fashioning

Huge London Vintage Haul – Fox & Feather

Feeling inspired to make some videos of your own? We’d love to see your haul, day in the lifes or video reviews! Why not visit one of our upcoming events and get started?

Something old, something borrowed…

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At the kilo sale we get our fair share of outfit inspiration from our customers – whether it’s a colourful hairstyle, a beautiful dress or a customised jacket. That said, sometimes we get a customer who goes that little bit further…how about a wedding dress?

If you were at our Birmingham kilo a few weeks back, you might have spotted Emma Gormally, or should we say, Emma Hutchinson. Delving deep into our kilo tubs, we suspected that her gorgeous frock might be the stuff of a photoshoot day out. Little did we know that it was actually Emma’s wedding day! An avid fan of the Custard Factory and it’s markets, we managed to track down the lady herself to find out about her fabulous vintage day out.

What brought you to The Custard Factory?
We got married in The Old Library. When Ben proposed this was the place he envisioned it would take place. We visit The Custard Factory a lot and I used to rent out art studios there in the past so we have lots of memories and associations with the place. I come to many markets at The Custard Factory as secondhand shopping is one of my favourite things to do – I will definitely be coming back for the kilo sale!

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img_9306 Tell us more about your day!
It was a truely beautiful day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Our 18 month old son Arlowe wouldn’t leave his dads arms throughout the entire ceremony which actually made it all the more special. Our amazing photographer took some incredible shots in the streets surrounding the venue using street art and smoke bombs as our back drop.We then danced into the night…..

Was your wedding influenced by vintage in any other way? Your dress was absolutely beautiful, did this theme carry through the rest of the day?
I love all things vintage and some of my favourite vintage pieces from home became part of the decoration. Upon entering The Old Library for the first time I absolutely loved it but everything was white so I knew a huge injection of colour was needed. I am an Art tutor at a Special Needs College so I made the majority of the decorations myself but I did buy some Mexican picado flags online to really provide that sense of celebration and colour. I also used embroidery hoops in an alternative way as wall decorations with streams of ribbons cascading down from them. We also had a touch of Mills and Boon incorporated into the table signs to honour the original use of the building. Name cards were old library cards I stamped guests names onto.

I loved my dress and was really going for a vintagy look and was very happy to find this dress on ASOS for a bargain price.

img_9309What tips would you give brides-to-be on planning their big vintage wedding day?
My biggest tip would be just to take a moment where it’s just the two of you at some part of the day to catch your breath and take it all in. A friend of ours did just that, took both our hands and whisked us into a quite room, sat us down and it was such a lovely few moments.The day goes so unbelievably fast!

Advertise in Judy’s Vintage Digest #9

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Well hello vintage lovers, and happy October! We hope your Autumn has gotten off to a lovely start, whether that means settling into a new university term, a new school or perhaps even a new job.

As we draw towards the end of the year, we’re spending more and more cosy evenings inside, which is why we’re so excited to have started working on the 9th issue of our magazine. Ever wanted to get your vintage business, blog or project in front of the eyes of thousands? Of course you do! Your wish is our command, as this season we are looking for new advertisers in Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

For those not in the know, the Digest is our official vintage magazine, allowing us to communicate ‘behind the scenes’ with our audience in the form of vintage style tips, interviews and of course, features from you, our wonderful traders. This magazine is then distributed to our extensive mailing list and across the social media networks of all three of our brands – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, The Vintage Kilo Sale and The Furniture Flea.

As of the first week of October 2016, our social channels are as follows –

Mailing List – 48,000

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Facebook – 88.8K
Twitter – 17.3K
Instagram – 6.6K

The Vintage Kilo Sale
Facebook – 68K
Twitter – 1k
Instagram – 5.9k

The Vintage Furniture Flea
Facebook – 24.5K
Twitter – 700
Instagram – 3.8J

Advertise With Us!
Issue #9 is now firmly in production with an estimated launch date of November 21st 2016, and we’re looking to feature your business. A single classified spot costs just £10 and includes a live link to your business URL so customers can click through to your shop or page with ease. We welcome voucher codes and discount offers, but a strong striking image and a simple description works just as well. Classified spots are very limited so please be fast – you can email your interest to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

We also have options for full page, half page and quarter page ads as well as larger advertorials and on-the-blog content – please enquire with Jenessa for further details and negotiable pricing using the email address above.

Please see the link below for back issues of the Digest to give you an idea, and do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions!

AW16 Student Wardrobe Essentials

Freshers week is nearly over and it’s time to buckle down to some serious study – in serious style of course! We know well just how fashion-conscious student life can be, and rightly so – this is your time to express yourself, have fun and of course, flex that student discount!

All of that said, our entire ethos is affordability and we do believe that a great wardrobe can be achieved on a budget for those willing to hold out for the right pieces. Instead of buying cheap and often, we’re all about investing in well-made vintage that will look unique and see you through your undergrad years. Whether it’s an all-nighter in the library, a bar crawl or a lazy sunday in student halls, here are the vital vintage pieces that will see you through your degree years…

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Flannel Shirt
Our fairs and kilos are positively teaming with these beauties – pick your colour and fit and you’re good to go! Chuck on over a t shirt, jeans and converse for lectures, wear to bed or tuck into a skirt for casual drinks – or that inevitable cowboy-themed fancy dress night. Get a few of these beauties in your arsenal and the possibilities are endless.

969328_10151465924653737_1412864589_nThe Classic Band Tee/Jacket
The first few weeks at Uni can be a little intimidating when it comes to making friends, which is why the classic band tee is such a perfection addition to our wardrobe – hello instant conversation starter! Whether you’re a pop fan or a heavy metaller, a cool tee is sure to see you getting a nod of appreciation from a likeminded fan on campus – just make sure that you’ve actually heard of the band you’re wearing!

Parka or Duffel Coat

No matter which part of the country you’ve decided to study in, chances are you’ll probably be in need of a practical coat (alright Mum). Say hello to the humble parka or duffel coat – practical in all weather, these classic designs go with everything and will keep you snug on those long walks to lectures when you’ve run out of bus fare. Patch yours up or add badges to make it super on-trend for AW16.

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Well-fitted Jeans
For days where you just can’t be bothered or days where you really can (we’re looking at that cutie in your 9am lecture), a well-fitting pair of jeans are the best place to start any uni outfit. Mom, Skinny, Bell-bottom…shop around until you find the fit that best suits you and run with it.

Party Dress/Outfit 
Whether you’re after an LBD or a more statement look, it’s so important to have an amazing out-out outfit that you feel great and confident in. A great party dress doesn’t have to be skintight and tiny – lots of vintage day dresses look fab when cinched in with a belt and paired with a statement shoe.

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Silk Scarf
For unwashed hair days or when your look needs a pop of colour, a jazzy scarf can elevate a boring outfit to a stylish one. Play about with patterns and colours – this is one shopping addiction that won’t take up too much room!

Need a bit of help with your capsule wardrobe? Check out our upcoming autumn events below where we will have all this stock and more…

 

Favourites from London Fashion Week SS17

Bet you thought we were all about vintage didn’t ya? Well, you’re obviously not wrong, but it has to be said that us fashiony types at Judy’s take a pretty hefty interest in new clothing too, especially when it comes to LFW. A place to champion new designers, celebrate the innovation of old ones and get a sneak peek into the classic designs of the future, what’s not to love?

While we haven’t quite made it to the cobbles ourselves, we have loved devouring the shows from the comfort of our own sofa and have picked out a myriad of favourite looks from this season. Whittling it down to just five, here are our top collections that showed more than a little nod to trends of yesteryear…

(all images courtesy of Wonderland Magazine)

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Mary Katrantzou
Eye-wateringly complex fabrics mixed with anakara-prints made for an electic look at Mary Katrantzou, indicative of a ‘more is more’ approach that has been creeping into fashion over recent years. We’re not sure we’d be brave enough to rock the whole look ourselves, but those psychedelic trousers definitely would have seen us right down a 70s disco.

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-16-44-27Markus Lupfer
Comfy layers meets cutesy bunnies… Markus Lupfer stepped right into our 90s slumber parties for an interesting take on the ‘pyjamas as daywear’ look that’s been sweeping high fashion. Straight from the bedroom to the party – now this is some easy dressing we can get behind!

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Behold all things 80s! Chock-full of Kid’s-TV presenter worthy colours and tactile embellishments, this the collection we could see ourselves wearing best. Proof that the primary palette is definitely back in – geometric shapes and lots of black bring a high fashion edge to these play school shades to create something fun but still grown-up.

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H! by Henry Holland
Do we ever not love Henry Holland? Honouring his tenth anniversary at LFW by bringing back his now-classic slogan tees, we’re loving the nod to supermodels old and new in kitschy combos. ‘Let’s breed, Bella Hadid?’ Genius.

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Topshop Unique
Topshop Unique felt very 80s power mom this LFW season – whether dressed down in oversized denim and florals at home or vamped up in animal print for the office, the power play of the two different sides of woman felt clear and ultimately very wearable. Good news considering the fact that this is one of the few collections suitable for a less-than-decadent budget. Set us aside some zebra print – everyone knows that leopard is soooo last season.

Feeling inspired to make some wardrobe additions? Check out our upcoming events – you never know what styles you can find at a cut of the designer price!

Lincoln’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 24th Sep 2016

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:

Tales From Festival No. 6

andrew whittonGreetings Vintage Fans! We write to you today a tired, slightly sniffling bunch (hello festival flu) but it was all worth it as we had an absolute blast at Festival No 6! Despite torrential rain, ankle deep mud and quite a few tent leakage mishaps, we had such a great time kitting out some lovely customers – and catching more than a few bands too.

As always, we couldn’t have asked for prettier surrounds than the town of Portmeirion – with pastel buildings galore, we were shouting ‘selfie wall’ faster than the onsite gin bar could serve cocktails (which is very fast, we’ll have you know). Despite the adverse weather, it seems you lot got well and truly into the spirit as we sold everything from glitter crowns to sportswear, kagoules to kimonos to an array of friendly and fun faces. Finishing on a team singalong to Noel Gallagher playing the Oasis hits, we’ll see you back next year. Just hopefully with a touch less rain…

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Didn’t manage to catch us at the festival? No problem – just check out our dates below to find out when we have an event near you.

 

Top 5 Bands To See at Festival Number 6

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This time next week we’ll be packing our bags and be on our merry way to Festival Number 6! Decking out our marquee with a specially curated selection of vintage traders, we’ll be bringing all the glitter, gowns and glam you could possibly need – hurrah!

After a successful year’s trading last year, we’re delighted to be back at one of our favourite festivals. Taking place in the gloriously pretty and quirky surrounds of Portmeirion, we’re already giddy for both work and play. From the artisan foodstalls to pop-up hot tubs and the huge carnival parade, there is no shortage of things to see and do.

And then of course, there is the music. Team Judy’s are an eclectic bunch and Festival Number 6 is certainly an event that caters for every taste. It’s been a hard job whittling it down, but here are the top five bands we can’t wait to check out…

Blossoms
Hailing from Stockport, these indie lads are a staple of our kilo playlist. Part of the new wave of guitar bands that hail back to the glory days of the 90s, their debut album has it’s fair share of hands in the air anthems – hop on over to Spotify and give ‘Honey Sweet’ a spin.

Oh Wonder
We’re praying for good weather so we can sip a cocktail or three while kicking back to the chilled vibes of Oh Wonder. Blending a touch of Rnb with acoustic pop, they are a perfect accompaniment to the dreamy pastels of Portmeirion. Bonus points if they pull out their cover of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ – too good!

Aurora
A breakout star of 2016, Norwegian singer songwriter Aurora is as great to watch as she is to listen to – we’re talking some seriously amazing outfits! You may know her from her cover of ‘Half The World Away’ from the John Lewis advert, but we prefer ‘Runaway’ – pop it on repeat and allow your mind to drift off to faraway lands.

Broken Social Scene
A band we’ve been waiting to see for a really long time, Broken Social Scene have made some of our favourite albums to work to. Having not released anything since 2010, this rare festival appearance hopefully heralds some new music – have a listen to their 2005 self-titled record to get you into their atmospheric guitar sound.

 

Gold Panda
It wouldn’t be a festival without party vibes, which we’re sure will be brought in abundance by Gold Panda.Pretty much any track from ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ will have you breaking out a shoulder shimmy, but it’s ‘In My Car’ that we really love – 4 minutes 30 seconds of pure sunshine.

So there we have it! Whether you’re there for the music, the literature or simply to say goodbye to the summer, be sure to pop by our marquee for all your festival needs. Oh, and to swap musical recommendations of course!

Podium Chic – A Brief History Of Olympics Fashion

When it’s Olympics time at Judy HQ, we’re thinking three things. First things first, it’s marvelling at how many great sportsmen and women we’ve produced on such a tiny island. Second, it’s deciding that we DEFINITELY need to get back in the gym. But Third, it’s checking out all those sleek, colourful sporting outfits and wondering where such fabulous garments originated. So without further ado (and no chatting at the back), here is our whistlestop tour of how Olympic fashion has developed over time.

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1896
Not considering it’s ancient greek incarnations, the Olympics were originally introduced in the late 1800s. Women’s involvement was still very much taboo and the event was nowhere near the globally-incorporating event it is today. Athlecticwear was pretty much non-existent as competitors were expected to wear their ‘sunday best’ – they’re nothing streamlined about these outfits!

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1930s
By 1932, the classic ‘Olympian’ look was starting to be established – think preppy Americana with modest hemlines and big ‘champion’ smiles. Fabrics were still somewhat limited and colours muted but the ‘track and field’ silhouette was starting to take shape, a look that was to last well into the late 1900s.

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Midcentury
Like all fashions and homewares, sportswears saw a huge shift in the 60s – suddenly colour, pattern and texture was in. Gymnastic uniforms were the first to get the full glitter and polyester treatment, and athletes began to show a little more personality with skimpy fits, of-the-era hairstyles, jewellery and accessories.

1980s

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Ah, the decade of patriotism! The glitter and glam of midcentury remained, but as the Olympic Games entered an era of commercialisation that saw it beamed into the homes of millions around the world, it became more important than ever for Olympians to show their country colours. This is when ‘flag outfits’ truly began, as exemplified by this iconic star-spangled-banner look from 1984.

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1990s
As we rolled into the 90s, the exercise craze of the 80s lived on, and olympic outfits started to resemble what we were wearing on the street. The windbreaker suit became a staple look for off-duty Olympians, with Nylon high on the agenda. If you’re after a replica, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics was merchandised heavily, meaning that even now these items sometimes crop up at our kilo sale – worth looking out for!

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Modern Day
Athleisurewear is now firmly bedded in our consciousness, and with significant advances in fabric technology, there is more demand than ever for sporting attire to look and feel great for the wearer, creating a bodily environment that allows them to perform to the best of their ability. Designer collaborations are coming in thick and fast – just look at Great Britain’s Rio 2016 uniform as designed by Stella McCartney. Finally, sportswear has it’s very own place in fashion, and it’s obtainable for us ‘normal’ people too – even if we can only manage a few reps in the gym before hitting the McDonalds drive-through.

Fancy a hunt for your own slice of Olympics fashion? Check out our upcoming events here –