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!

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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

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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.

Hookworms

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 Stickygram.com. 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!

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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 judysaffordablevintagemagazine@gmail.com. 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

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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: emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

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 magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk. 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!

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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)

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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.

Herd Em Up! Judy’s Vintage Does Beatherder

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Team Judy are in some serious recovery after an amazing weekend at Beatherder Festival! Celebrating both the tenth anniversary of the festival and our very own fair, we decked out our stripy marquee with the best in vintage traders. We had a ball meeting some funky customers and dancing the night away to some serious 90s throwback dance. Check out some of our best photos below…

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Our lovely tent – complete with glitter station!

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Our lovely vintage trader Johanna – putting us all to shame with her incredible outfits!

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This lovely customer snapped up one of our trader Adele’s two-pieces and looked ace! She was also a dedicated ‘herder – attending every year for the past eight years, she even had a tattoo of their logo!

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This ace lady came into our tent with ten minutes to go before officiating a shaman wedding – we got her kitted out in this gorgeous frock in no time! Just call us fairy godmothers…

Fancy getting in on some of the vintage festival action? Our next stop will be at Festival No.6 in September – join us here

Win Free Kilo Entry – FOR A YEAR! Our Summer Survey

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We like to think that we’re doing a pretty good job over at Vintage Kilo HQ, but as we all know, complacency is never chic! During our quieter summer season, kilo events manager Jenessa has been beavering away on lots of new ideas and innovations for the next season of vintage kilo sales, but we need YOUR help – with an added little prize giving of course!

Put simply, we want to know what you love best about The Vintage Kilo Sale, and what you’d like to see improved. We’ve made it super easy for you to show us your thoughts – simply full in our survey here.

As an extra little incentive, everybody who fills in the survey (and remembers to enter their email address in the final box) will be entered into a prize draw to win FREE ENTRY for them and a friend for ONE FULL YEAR of kilo sales, plus one free kilo each at their first event of choice. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

For those not in the know, The Vintage Kilo Sale is the younger sister of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, with a fun rummage twist. Established in 2009, we stock clothing from the 1960-1990s on rails and in large tubs, but nothing is individually priced – instead, you simply grab the items you like, pop them in one of our purple bags and then are charged by weight – £15 per kilo, which normally equates to 3-5 items. Bargain eh? For all our event info and updates visit us on facebook here.

Worn In The USA! – Vintage shopping in America

Brand and Event Manager Emily has just returned from her trip to the USA! (Lucky thing…) We couldn’t wait to see her vintage buys and learn more about vintage shopping in america…

Running fairs every weekend means building up a large affordable vintage wardrobe…here are some of Emily’s holiday outfits (all bought at our fairs):
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This amazing 1950s ‘Covergirl’ dress was snapped up at our Edinburgh event for £50! Emily wore it at Disneyland!

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This amazing floral skirt was £30 from the Edinburgh fair – worn in Brooklyn.

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If you are planning on visiting Brooklyn – a must is the Brooklyn Flea (no flea market prices anymore but still worth a visit)!

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If you’re in the area – pop to the Museum of Moving Image to see the Mad Men exhibition. Emily wore this novelty print dress bought for £35 at our Chester Fair.

image8This 60’s two piece was snapped up for £35 in Bath from Vintage Mabels and worn in LA!


image15This beautiful green dress bought for £35 in Birmingham was the star of the show in Las Vegas!

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Early 50’s evening dress with diamante detailing – $35.00 from Buffalo Exchange!

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As some of you may well know Emily has a large collection of vintage specs! These two found their way into her suitcase:

Top: Fabulous Fannys – New York

Bottom: Paper Moon Vintage – Hollywood

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Sweet cotton vintage dress – $15 – Buffalo Exchange!


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Vintage bowling shirt with name embroidery – $18 – Squaresville LA

Have you snapped up any amazing buys while on holiday? We’d love to see them!

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The Vintage Furniture Flea Preview – Coming this Sunday!

Payday has just passed and the weather is beautiful – we think this calls for a shopping weekend! If you’re lucky enough to be in London, you’ll be pleased to know that The Vintage Furniture Flea is returning to York Hall, doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability.

With traders coming from all over the UK, expect to see the eclectic:chairs, tables and more by giants like Ercol and G-Plan, barware and kitchenalia, textiles and fabrics, sewing machines, cameras, record players and radios, cocktail glasses and figurines, posters and magazines, lampshades, mirrors and more – from toys to telephones, ceramics to lighting, no box is left unticked!

With that in mind, here’s a cheeky sneak peek of some of the stock you can expect to see at The Vintage Furniture Flea on Sunday – get yourself down early to grab the best bargains! For more information, check out our event page here.

 

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Vintage In Print

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