Record Breakers!

12068808_1143039205708926_2960532416107081735_oWe don’t like to brag at Judy’s HQ, but we do believe in sharing good news! After a long (not so hot) summer, we threw ourselves back into fair season with a bang, throwing up some of our best ever events across the fair, flea and kilo.

First up was the Furniture Flea in Bethnal Green, with a whopping 2500 through the door! You came and shopped in your droves, picking up all manner of retro cushions, lamps and furniture to help give your homes that desirable autumn glow. No better time of year to decorate if you ask us!

12087041_1143041239042056_6956329713377597568_o Next was the Bristol Kilo, which was positively heaving with new freshers picking up a whole semester’s worth of threads. Due to a completely unexpected turnout we did have some queuing to allow everyone to shop in safety and comfort within the relatively small Bristol Paintworks, but would like to thank all of our customers for being mega patient with us – well over 1700 of you left with bulging bags and smiling faces!

12113382_1143041509042029_2290271892363468734_oLastly was our almighty flagship, Judy’s Vintage Fair. We were expecting a great day when we returned to Bethnal Green, but what we weren’t expecting was 2700 of you!!! We also had a stonker of a day in Manchester – check out some shots in this post courtesy of the lovely Alan A Andrew photography (more available here)

Phew, it’s time for a lie down! We want to offer a great big thankyou and a virtual slab of cake to every single one of for coming out – what a way to celebrate our tenth year! If you’d like to join in the fun, here is a list of our upcoming events this October and November.

Sat 10th October – Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 10th October – Clapham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 11th October – Newcastle Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 18th October – Bristol Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 1st November – Bethnal Green Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 7th November – Bath Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 7th November – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 8th November – Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Oxford Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Sheffield Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 14th November – Liverpool Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 15th November – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 21st November – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 21st November – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 21st November – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 28th November – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 29th November – Ipswich Affordable Vintage Fair
Sunday 29th November – Bethnal Green Vintage Furniture Flea

Retro Inspiration from London Fashion Week SS16

We’d be a little hypocritical at Judy HQ if our personal wardrobes weren’t at least 90% vintage, but we’re sure we’re not alone in getting a wee bit excited everytime LondonFashion Week rolls around. A veritable whos-who of front-rowers, the street style, the soundtracks and wacky hair and makeup…we love it all! While we were not lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week ourselves this year, we did enjoy picking our favourite retro-inspired styles out on the Vogue website. Tres chic…

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Kilo Manager Jenessa is a huge fan of Orla Kiely and her 60s-inspired floral prints, so it was no surprise to find her coveting almost everything from the collection! Set amongst a crazy golf scene, purple pastels held their own against vibrant yellows and of course, THAT clarks footwear collaboration. We best get saving our pennies…

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Feeling more seventies? Studio Fulton is your place to be. We loved the autumn-pallette-meets-summer-shapes that makes this collection so wearable all year round. Catch us in that flare and blouse combo…or maybe a statement dress or two…we can’t decide!

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Jeremy Scott
Lead designer at Moschino, Jeremy Scott has been a kitsch favourite for a while. This season, he took things to the 80s height of Barbie once more, contrasting with edgy prints and neon colours. Not for the faint-hearted, but those electric blue boots have our heart.

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The colours, the prints, the super-cool models…we’re in love with everything about this Italian accessory designers collection. While the emphasis was on the shoes and bags, we can’t help but wish they’d whip up those pinafores for consumer sale as well…we want every colour!

Feeling inspired to grab some fashion-forward garments for your wardrobe? We’ve got a vast calendar of kilo sales and fashion fairs to get you kitted out in the sort of retrowear that will be influencing the catwalks for years to come. Let’s face it, vintage never goes out of style! Check our events tab for more information.

Fri 25th September – Leeds Freshers Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Cardiff Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 27th September – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Thursday 1st October – UCLU Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 3rd October – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 4th October – Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair
Saturday 10th October – South London Kilo Sale
Sun 11th October – Newcastle Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 18th October – Bristol Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair

AW15 Vintage Essentials

Autumn is here – are we the only ones who are sneakily a bit pleased? We love summer as much as the next person, but there’s something about layers and snuggly fabrics that get us a little bit excited. Plus of course, autumn marks the return of fair, flea AND kilo season – result!

When it comes to decking out your wardrobe for AW15, it can be easy to get swept up in new trends you’ll only wear once or rely on tatty favourites that are falling apart at the seams. Wearing vintage is all about quality and finding style over fad trends, which is why it’s such a great investment for colder months. To avoid a room full of clobber or regret purchases, here is our checklist of the key items to look out for at our upcoming events –

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A good coat is a winter essential. While a Princess or Pea shape might be desirable for formal events, we recommend a strong sheepskin or faux fur/fur trimmedpiece of outerwear for true warmth that will last you seasons to come. If you’re partial to a trend, look out for a leather or suede trench – these can also be deceptively cosy if layered well with a good knit.

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The pussybow is a classic vintage style – dress up with a smart skirt or down under dungarees or a pinafore. Bonus points for busy patterns and prints – the more fun the better!

Check Skirt

Tartan or Woolen Skirt
You simply can’t go wrong with a good tartan or check print skirt – look out for wool or thick woven fabrics to keep yourself cosy. These look great with blouses, tightly fitted jumpers and brogues.

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Speaking of jumpers, we love a statement sweater! These always room in a wardrobe for a few plain numbers, but we’re a fan of the quirkier prints…just remember to keep an eye out for those bobbles!

Doc Martens

Brogues or Doc Martens
We at Judy’s love a good heel or mule, but there’s nothing worse than cold feet in the autumn. Spare yourself the heartache by investing in a sturdy pair of brogues or doc martens – they may take some wearing in but will keep out any adverse weather with ease. Even better – they go with everything!

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For days where you want to look effortlessly retro, a good skirt suit can save you plenty of dressing-up time in the morning. Wear yours with a simple plain top underneath instead of a blouse – it will stop things looking too formal. Keep an open mind when shopping for your skirt suit – some simple and affordable tailoring can turn a great fabric into a showstopper.

Sturdy luggage

Versatile Handbag or Case
for travel, for the office, for sneaky shopping trips…a good-sized bag is an essential. We love doctor, trunk and hardcase styles, but feel free to experiment – as long as it’s big enough to fit the kitchen sink, it’s probably a keeper!

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Available from very low prices and in a multitide of patterns and finishes, a good set of tights can elevate a plain outfit. Opt for ones with plenty of stretch and be sure to follow the proper washing instructions – nobody likes baggy elastic!Emily Party Dress

Party Dress
The pièce de résistance of any Autumn Winter wardrobe, the party dress is a must. For Halloween, Christmas and New Years, you need sparkles, embellishments and most of all, a good fit. Our events offer a multitude of opportunities to pick up your sartorial soulmate – just check out fair manager Emily in her array of Judy’s festive frocks!

Fancy doing some shopping? Check out our ‘events’ tab here for a fair, flea or kilo near you!

Postcards from Festival Number 6

Festival season is over – boo hoo! We can’t believe we’re already packing away our tents for another year, but what a summer it has been! We’ve loved every second of meeting our customers in muddy fields, dancing at sunset and donning as much glitter as humanly possible – it’s a hard life eh?

We rounded things off with possible our most picturesque home yet – Portmeirion’s Festival No. 6. Set amongst the beautiful welsh countryside, the sun shone bright (for the most part) and we caught some great bands including one of our absolute inspirations Grace Jones. You didn’t let us down either, picking up some great bargains and sharing a gin or two with us in our marquee.

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Formica Fancy – The Best in Retro Tables

Maybe it’s the autumn air or the slowly darkening evenings, but we’re feeling very nesty at Judy HQ of late! Tinkering away at your home interiors is a never-ending process with new treasures to be found along the way – both our kilo and fair manager’s have recently moved into new homes and are enjoying the process of decorating their new abodes in vintage glory.

However, if there is one thing your home need for a retro look, it’s a spot of formica. Invited in 1912, the hard-wearing, wipe-clean laminate became hugely popular in home from the 1950s onwards, available in a variety of bright colours. We have our very own legendary red formica in our Judy family – bought from a trader by Judy herself and passed down to Kilo Manager Jenessa, we think it looks just perfect in her new flat!


Feeling the formica love for yourself? Hot foot it down to one of our vintage fairs or furniture fleas – our traders regularly have a rainbow of cool colours for you to choose from.You can view all upcoming dates here. And don’t just stick to tables either – formica can be found in great clocks, worktops and chairs. Check out our inspiration board below!

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Bands You Must See At Festival No.6 2015


With less that a week to go until we arrive on site, we can barely contain our Festival No.6 2015 excitement! Set amongst the dreamy surrounds of Portmeirion in Wales, we’re going to be bringing some of the best and brightest of our trader roster right to you, kitting you out in all the festival and fabulous apparel you need to get your weekend going.

Of course when we’re not working, we’re also going to be joining you at some of the bands! With a line up that champions the legendary (Belle & Sebastian, Grace Jones) just as much as the new (Catfish & The Bottlemen, Shura), we’re looking forward to picking out some new tunes for the office stereo. Here are our top five picks…

Summer Camp
Favourites of Kilo Sale Manager Jenessa (who recently interviewed lead singer Elizabeth for our blog here), Summer Camp will be bringing their retrophile indie-pop to the ‘i’ stage on the Sunday. We’re looking forward to them hopefully playing a few tracks from their Beyond Clueless OST, the perfect accompaniment to a documentary all about 90s teen movies.

LA Priest
The new reincarnation of Late Of The Pier’s Sam Dust, LA Priest is a glam-rock affair turned on it’s head, twisting and turning down labyrinth’s of glittery synth pop. We can’t stop playing his album ‘Inji’ while we work – perfect for a boogie!

Kate Tempest
If you fancy something a little more wordy, the urban poetry of Kate Tempest may well be up your street. Tales of millennial life mingle with hip-hop beats, bringing about more than a few relatable anecdotes. Check out her album ‘Everybody Down’ – more than deserving of it’s Mercury Music Prize nomination.


Hailing from our very own hometown of Leeds, Hookworms have a special place in our heart. Perfect for those who fancy their musical choices a little rockier, their fuzz and feral guitars recall the glory days of 90s grunge – just make sure you come visit our tent first to stock up on your flannel shirts!

James Bay
Fair Manager Emily will be making a beeline for James Bay on the mainstage on saturday – he’s been on her stereo for months! With a set time that should co-ordinate with the glorious Portmeirion sunset, we can’t think of much better way to unwind after a long day’s trading than a good singalong to ‘Hold Back The River’

Freshers 2015: Making student halls homely – vintage style!


image via Pinterest (@pagesbymegan)

image via Pinterest (@pagesbymegan)

This article was originally taken from Judy’s Official Vintage Digest. Read more here!

Got into University last week? Congratulations! It might seem like a scary time, but one surefire way to make the transition of leaving home a little easier is to make sure your new abode reflects your tastes. And who would want boring walls and dog-eared posters when you could have a Pinterest-worthy retro-boudoir ready for all the fun of freshers 2015?

It can seem impossible to replicate the things you see online in your own home without some serious savings and upheaval, and even less if you’re renting and can’t afford to make any permanent changes. But sigh no more! We’ve put our heads together to come up with our top tips to inject a little vintage vigour into the place you call home, suitable for any budget. Enjoy!

Research your era. Pinterest and Instagram makes it easy to collate interior inspiration – lots of forward planning can prevent you from making impulse buys that simply don’t gel together. Chat to traders at any of our fairs for advice- they’ll be happy to help!

Fallen in love with the pattern of kilo sale dress, but it’s in the wrong size? Use the fabric to make a simple cushion or table runner. If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, cover an old corkboard with material to make a pinboard, or if you’ve been hoarding reams of fabric, attempt your own curtains.

Soft furnishings are your friend! Quirky blankets, throws and cushions are the simplest way to make a room seem vintage and a great way to learn new sewing,knitting and crocheting skills. They’ll be entirely original, and you’ll have something fun to do in front of the telly after lectures.

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Go floral! Cacti and Succulents are easy to care for and bring some life into a room. If you’d rather avoid any plant parenting, fake ones can look just as good if arranged well.

Addicted to the Valencia filter on Instagram? Turn your favourite selfies into retro polaroid magnets using Bonus points if you’re lucky enough to have an original, sherbet colour smeg fridge to stick them on.

Upcycle suitcases for storage or stack to create as a side table. There are plenty of these at Judy’s fairs, so keep your eyes peeled. Whilst a really old case might require some love and attention to restore it to former glory, a quick google search will give you plenty of help.

Make a display out of your best vintage buys by investing in a cheap mannequin. It’s a great way of storing jewellery or favourite clothing without having to hide them away, and can make a great focal point for a room. If your budget is super tight, you can even make your own by creating a plaster cast of yourself with paper mache (you might need a friend to help with this, it can get messy!)

Bunting will brighten any room, especially if it’s homemade to fit your chosen colour scheme. Experiment with shapes, sizes and finishes to see what works best for you. Fairy lights are super cheap and give a room a comforting glow – just make sure they’ve been safety tested!


Don’t worry about making everything too co-ordinated. In shared kitchens especially, a vintage look can be achieved easily with mismatched crockery. Keep an eye out at Judy’s fairs for tea trays, tea pots and cup and saucer combos.

Stay true to yourself – whilst an ‘everything vintage’ look might earn you some hipster points on campus, if you know you’re going to feel scared to touch anything in your own room because it’s so pretty and perfect, you are allowed to ‘cheat’ a little and use vintage as an inspiration rather than a rule to live by.

Loving your new retro digs? Send your top homeware tips or makeover pictures to us at And check out our events tab for all the freshers fun coming to a city near you!



Judy’s 10th Anniversary Charity Giveaway with The Rainbow Trust


Fancy doing something great for charity and winning some amazing prizes? You’ve come to the right place- Judy’s great big 10th anniversary charity giveaway!

To celebrate 10 years of vintage business, we’ve teamed up with wonderful charity Rainbow Trust for a big raffle to help raise funds for their causes. For those not familiar with their work, they support over 25% of the 6,000 families in England who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness, regardless of diagnosis.

From providing emotional and home support during day-to-day routines such as getting siblings of sick children to school and cooking meals to explaining treatments in hospitals and arranging bereavement counselling, their holistic approach to life with a poorly child benefits the whole family and is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Naturally that level of support doesn’t come cheap and so Rainbow Trust are a hugely deserving recipient of the £5000 we hope to raise over the next few months.

So how you can you help? If you’re hitting one of our Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales or Furniture Fleas look out for our collection tins on the door. If you’d rather keep things digital, you can donate to our Just Giving page here.

For every pound that is donated, you will be entered into our charity raffle. New prizes are coming in all the time, but our current draw includes the following:

  • We Smell The Rain – Artisan Plant
  • Abel Organics – Vintage ’13 perfume
  • 3 month subscription to ‘Bloom & Wild’ letterbox flowers
  • Book bundle: Style Me Vintage: Home, Accessories & 1940s
  • 2 pairs of clogs from Lotta From Stockholm
  • 1 year subscription to Vintage Life Magazine
  • Issue 9 of Mid Century Magazine PLUS digital subscription to all back issues!
  • £25 Vivien Of Holloway voucher!
  • £20 This Is Vintage voucher
  • Limited edition Pink & White Tara Starlet ‘Girlfriend’ coat
  • Tara Starlet online voucher
  • Lovett & Co jewellery set

Once you donate PLEASE screenshot your donation confirmation and send us a screenshot to:

The prize draw will be announced at our anniversary party in November – date TBC.

Other donations are received with open arms – we really want to make this year one to remember for all the right reasons!


Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest 6

Judy's Digest Issue 6When we’re not busy buzzing around organising events, attending meetings and (ahem) scouring rails for our own personal vintage collections, we at Judy’s like to give our fans that little bit extra. If you’re a seasoned Judy’s addict, you may have heard of our official magazine: Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

For those not in the know, Judy’s Digest is published 3-4 times a year and aims to bring you a little closer to the action, sating your retro desires in between fairs and sharing some of our best advice for your wardrobes. Edited by Kilo Manage Jenessa and featuring submissions from the full Judy’s clan (and some extra friends too!) you can expect interviews, style tips and even some sneaky peeks inside our homes.

Sounds intriguing? You can check out the brand new Issue 6 on Issuu, as well as all of our back issues. If you’re a vintage aficionado or keen scribbler, we’re always on the lookout for new writers; send us an email with some story ideas to Similarly, we’re also open to advertisers and collaborative brands – you can use this same email address but just remember to pop ‘Advertising’ somewhere in the subject header.

A Sartorial Summer – August vintage events coming near you!


Can you believe that this weekend, August will have arrived? Although the British Summertime has left something to be desired (soggy would be putting it politely), August brings a whole wealth of fun summery activities – festivals, family days out and of course, a good few vintage fairs! Here’s out guide to which august vintage events you can expect from us over the next few weekends.

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The Vintage Kilo Sale
August 2nd – York Hall, Bethnal Green
August 8th – Wasps Artists Studios, Glasgow

The Vintage Kilo Sale hits both North and South this fortnight, bringing with it a ton of festival clobber to get you in the mood for the likes of Reading & Leeds, V Fest, Boardmasters, Wilderness and Creamfields. We’ll be stocking plenty more besides – in London we’ll be joined by Vintage Promise for all your jewellery needs, and in Glasgow we’ll have Dear Rose With Love onboard.

Expect plenty of upcycle-worthy stock as well as ready-to-wear pieces, ranging from dresses to denim, skirts to shorts and a few retro suprises…

To learn more, check our event pages here (London) and here (Glasgow)



Judy’s Affordable Vintage Weekender – The Edinburgh Fringe Edition!
August 8th & 9th – Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

All our scots friends are in for a treat next weekend! We’re taking over the OOTB Hall for two whole days of retro fun. Expect over 30 stalls packed with incredible vintage fashion, accessories and homewares, the perfect excuse to fill your wardrobes in time for a last minute August getaway or summer wedding.

For all the lowdown, visit us on Facebook here.
Need a pair of sunnies to wear to our August events…
We’ve also got a lovely treat for all our readers! We were recently sent a wonderful pair of prescription eyeglasses from They provide some fab cheap eyeglasses – music to our ears. With so many pairs to choose from we felt spoilt for choice. We love the dimple and pearl detail on these classic cat eye frames.
They also have a campaign running called ‘First Pair of Glasses Free‘…which does what it says on the tin! A free pair of prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses (just pay
for shipping)
They also given us the code GSHOT50 for half price on all other frames! How great is that! Get over there asap vintage fans!