Presenting our (retr)eau de toilette…

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Are you tired of living and breathing all things vintage without *actually*breathing the air? Do today’s modern-day scents and smells get a big boo from you? Are your nostrils itching for the nostalgia of a better time-gone-by? Oh boy, do we have news for you…
Brought to you by a team of retro researchers at a top UK Universtiy (and with help from yours truly), we’ve answered your sensory prayers. Available at all of our events for the foreseeable future, we give you: ‘The Affordable Vintage Air.’
A mere prototype (branding to be decided) of our new ‘eau de retro,’ we caught up with Fair Founder Judy on just why she was so on the nose; “Nowadays, we’ve got it too good,” she states, speaking from the laboratory. “The internet lets us replicate any piece of the past we desire; fashion houses provide the looks and touch, apps and video blare out the sound, but what about that most elusive of memories, what about the smell? (Literally)Sniffing out a gap in the market, lo the ‘Air’ was born.”
Coming in a plethora of scents, samples include: -
  • Grandma’s House
  • Bread-and-Dripping
  • Palma Violet
  • Sunday School
  • Local Boozer
  • Auntie’s Lacquer –  AND MORE!

All the wistfulness of going round to Grandma’s (without having to put in any face time).” Professor R. Etro, Mixologist at Judy HQ

Know a good thing when you smell it? Come see us at any of our April events below!
Want the when and where on how to find us? Click the event pages below.
Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 12th April
RSVP here

Bristol’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
RSVP here

Liverpool’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
RSVP here

Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Glasgow’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

The Central London Vintage Furniture Flea
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

Got a scent that you want replicating? Never fear, we’re all ears (and noses, of course). Get in touch via the links below and let us take you to fragrance heaven.

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Charity Chat – Judy’s 10th Birthday Giveaway for Kids Company

kids companyAs a business, we like to believe that we at Judy’s are a pretty charitable bunch. We save and re-home thousands of vintage items with every event we put on, and regularly sort our own personal wardrobes to give away to the likes of Cancer Research, Barnados and the RSPCA.

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However, we are set to turn 10 years old this year, and it’s got us thinking about what more we can do to really help make a difference. We also got to thinking about parties, celebrations and what we can do to show you guys (our loyal fans!) some love for all your support over the years.

While we have some very special plans up our sleeves that we can’t reveal just yet, what we can announce is that we are thrilled and honoured to be supporting a wonderful charity, hoping to raise £5,000 for a cause very close to our hearts.

Our chosen charity, Kids Company, supports vulnerable inner-city children, young adults and their families. Summarised on their website, their therapeutic work “helps children and young people to manage the devastating effects of trauma and abuse and is complemented by practical support providing bare essentials such as food, clothing and bedding, together with longer term support for education, training and employment. 

So what can you guys do to help? On a simple level, come say hello and pop some spare change in our collection tins! Kids Company donation caddies will be popping up across our Affordable Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales and Furniture Fleas very soon, so keep your eyes peeled and dig deep! To see all of our upcoming events, click here.

If you’d rather donate online, it’s just as easy – simply head over to our Just Giving page.

We’re also hosting a HUGE CHARITY RAFFLE! Prizes include:

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3 month subscription to Bloom & Wild letterbox flowers

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3 book bundle – Style Me Vintage Home, Accessories & 1940s from Pavilion Books!

£50 Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair voucher

£50 The Vintage Furniture Flea voucher

£30 Vintage Kilo Sale Voucher

£25 Vivien of Holloway Voucher

More coming soon…

We’re still on the lookout for some fab companies who would be kind enough to donate some prizes to our big charity raffle. We have some great prizes already lined up (including some donations from very famous faces!), but we always welcome more – simply get in touch with us via Facebook or by emailing emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

Let’s get raising!

For more information on Kids Company and the amazing work they do, visit their website here

How to bag the best bargains at a vintage kilo sale

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In addition to our Affordable Vintage Fair and Furniture Flea, our vintage kilo sale is quite the crowd pleaser, with thousands of you flocking to our events in January and February. Now March is in full swing, we’re back on the road, hitting Birmingham this weekend, Sheffield on the 28th and plenty more cities throughout the rest of the year. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

While plenty of our customers are regular kilo-ers, we absolutely love meeting first-timers too. It’s part of what makes our job so fun, watching people who’d never previously considered wearing vintage opened up to a whole new world of stylish dressing. For those who aren’t quite as acquainted with our sale as others, here are some top tips for bagging a great bargain.

Come Early

While we do our best to top up stock throughout the day, it is always worth coming early if you’re serious about bagging plenty of bargains! Earlybird entry costs £3 and opens at 11am across all of our events.

If you can’t make it to Earlybird entry, don’t panic – there is always plenty of stock left for £1.50 General Entry from 12pm, you just might have to look a little harder!

Get Ready To Rummage!

Unlike a traditional vintage fair, the kilo sale might require you to roll your sleeves up! We display plenty of dresses, jackets, coats and tops on rails at each event, but there are plenty more gems in our huge rummage tubs.

By giving yourself plenty of time to look around the sale, you’re much more likely to find something to buy – we recommend a good hour to dig for gold, sort through your items and decide which you want to buy!

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Bring a friend

Kilo sales can be busy places, so it’s always worth bringing a friend to help you decide which garments are worth putting in that purple bag! Who knows – they might even find something for themselves too!

If you do end up coming alone, don’t worry – our customers are a very friendly and stylish bunch! And what better way is there to get some outfit inspo than looking at what your fellow shopper is wearing? Trust us – it usually results in some serious wardrobe envy!

Bring an open mind!

You never know what’s lurking in those big rummage tubs! Even if an item isn’t exactly what you were expecting, they can surprise you! An oversized shirt or jacket can be incredibly on-trend, or a baggy dress can be belted to fit. Be open minded about small alterations or ways of wearing items – if you simply love a fabric, pop it in that bag!

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Show us some love!

We love nothing more than seeing what great pieces you pick up at the kilo! You can tweet or instagram your pics on the day using the hashtag #kilobargains, or show us how you’re wearing them. We have been known to giveaway prizes to some of the best, so it’s all to play for!

Mama, I Love You…

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Spice Girls karaoke aside, it’s nearly one of our favourite days of the year – Mother’s Day! As the people who raised us, supported us and dressed us(!), we at Judy’s couldn’t be more grateful to our respective mum’s for all their love, encouragement and stylish hand-me-downs.

With that in mind, what better way is there to show your special lady some love that with a fun day out? We’ve got a great calendar of events this saturday that give you ample opportunity to treat your ma to a spot of tea, cake and vintage rummaging. Who knows – you might even be able to bag yourself a bargain too!

EVENTS

14th March – Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair
The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7RB
Open: 10:00 – 5:00
Free Entry!

14th March – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Lutyens Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral House Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5TQ
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

14th March – Newcastle Vintage Kilo
Northumbria Students’ Union, 2 Sandyford Road, NE1 8SB Newcastle upon Tyne
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

 

Say Hello To Yellow!

It’s March! I know, we can barely believe it ourselves. Christmas is now a dim and distant memory as the evenings lighten, sunlight streams through our windows and the prospect of leaving the house with just a light jacket (vintage of course) starts to seem like a serious option.

Here at Judy HQ, we have well and truly caught spring fever. Off the back of a record breaking weekend of events for both the Fair and Flea (thanks Manchester and London!), we are firmly into the swing of fair season and celebrating with a good dose of colour.

And what better way to welcome in the new month that with a bold, cheery hue? We’ve been a fan of all things yellow for quite some time (you only need to look at our logo!), but our passion has spread to homewares, fashion and prints thanks to our delightful traders and our long-term love affair with Pinterest. Here are some of our faves!

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What yellow items are you loving this season? Don’t forget to show us your fab kilo, flea and fair buys by tweeting or instagramming us with the hashtag #helloyellow for your chance to win a prize!

Mid-Century Chair Porn

After a hugely successful start to our Furniture flea season in Brixton last weekend (a BIG thanks to everyone who turned out!), we’ve turned our attentions away from our wardrobes and onto another very important piece of furniture – the humble chair.

Not just for parking your bum on, a good vintage chair can completely reinvent your home space, injecting a splash of colour on a budget. Whether you opt for an immaculate retro sofa, cosy re-upholstered armchair or fancy going a little DIY with an upcycled or painted dining set, it’s important that your chair is both stylish AND functional. To get you in the mood, here are just some of the lovely pieces of seating headed to our East London Furniture Flea this weekend! Don’t forget to join us here.

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Interview: Ellie Connor Phillips, Rose & Vintage

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Here at Judy HQ, we love nothing more than interacting with our customers at fairs. And what a fab bunch you are! From immaculate 50s frocks to funky 70s style, you never disappoint us with your amazing purchases, creative outfits and unique way of expressing yourselves.

We’re also a big fan of our bloggers, none more so that Ellie Connor Phillips of award-winning site Rose & Vintage. Between studying for her A-Levels, working in a costume jewellery store and blogging about all things retro, she also finds time to write for our official magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

We caught up with Ellie to ask her a few questions about style, colour clashing and the horrors of wearing crocs…

Hi Ellie! Tell us about your blog and how you started it?

My blog is pretty much an online representation of me – it’s a collection of my clothes, my likes and dislikes, the places I’ve been to…pretty much everything goes on the blog! It’s very much like a diary. I started it because I had been reading blogs for ages, and loved vintage fashion, and setting up a blog seemed like the right thing to do.

What were your earliest memories of vintage fashion?

In all honesty I was a little scared of vintage as a child – the idea of second-hand items was new to me and I was worried they would be dirty or smell. Then my cousin and cousin-in-law introduced me to Spitalfield’s Market and Brick Lane, where I bought my first vintage sweater…it was a spiral from there really. It got me completely hooked!

What is your favourite vintage era and why?

It depends on my mood. My style usually has a little bit of a 60’s/70’s twist to it, but I think that is because I love the music from that era and it’s the era my parents grew up in, so I know more about it, it comes more naturally to me. I adore 40s and 50s shapes and styles though, and so I often end up trying to combine eras in my outfits. 50s is perfect for parties or special occasions!

You’re queen of the colour clash – what advice would you give to people looking to add more colour to their wardrobe?

Thank you haha! I love clashing colours and prints – I think the key is to just forget what you think goes together, and just wear whatyou want to put together…if you like that green skirt and orange coat, wear it! You’ll look great, and anyone that disagrees just doesn’t understand fashion. True style has no rules!

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Is there anything you’d really never be seen dead in?

Oooh. I break a lot of rules, especially those I set myself. I guess right now it would have to be a pair of Crocs. I have nothing against them – they are really comfy and great for kids but I feel the relationship must end once you hit your teens. I’m sorry Crocs.

Who is your style icon?

David Bowie. But then again, he is my icon for everything. I just adore his style, and how he was never afraid to just change and do something completely different. I also admire Vivienne Westwood as she never fails to wear and make the most amazing garments…and of course Iris Apfel, and all of the amazing women on Advanced Style.

What has been your all time best Judy’s fair buy?

That’s a hard one! I think the last one was definitely a pair of wooden frames with cute watercolour drawings inside. They look great on my wall.

Where are your favourite hang out spots in London?

Brick Lane is THE place for vintage, and there is always a kooky and cool market on in Spitalfield’s. I also adore Covent Garden, Berwick Street and Carnaby Street, and Camden Market too!

Does it feel odd to think that so many people are fans of your style? It must put some pressure on you to dress quirkily all the time…

It’s a bit strange, as I feel I can’t repeat outfits as much (such a guilty pleasure of mine). It’s also hard sometimes as I don’t want to drastically change but I want to let my style develop – I’m sure I’ll manage somehow!

Check out Ellie’s post about the Vintage Kilo Sale here 

Retro style on the red carpet – our favourite awards season outfits

bafta grammys vintageWith awards season in full swing, it seems there isn’t a weekend that goes by without the world’s rich and famous donning their best frocks to quaff champagne, practice their modest expressions and celebrate success in the worlds of film, tv and music.

While we love seeing who wins – and who’s speech is the gushiest – our favourite thing about these ceremonies is of course the outfits. Retro style has been out in force on the red carpet, and none more so than at last weekend’s BAFTA and Grammy events. Boasting looks that are easy to recreate with a good rummage at our own vintage fairs or kilos, we’re talking faux fur, bold colour and a homage to all things yesteryear. Here are some of our favourites!

Jane Fonda
Despite being 77 years old, American Actress Jane Fonda looked better than ever in this Grammy’s catsuit, topped off with a dripping gold necklace. From it’s authentic 70s shape to it’s bold emerald colour, it’s a look that can be easily mimicked – if you’re not feeling brave enough for a full suit, why not opt for a short-legged version over tights?

Romola Garai
Having starred in some of our favourite BBC adaptations of old classics, (Emma, The Hour, The Crimson Petal and the White), we should have known that Romala Garai would be stepping out in something special for the BAFTAs. Her colour-blocked outfits is a modern twist on the traditional evening gown, but with a distinct homage to days past in it’s demure 50s full skirt. Simple to dress up or down, try it out for yourself at a kilo sale – where better to pick and mix all the colours of rainbow?

Janelle Monae
For ladies who prefer to ditch the dress, a coloured trouser suit is a great alternative. Singer Janelle Monae looked every inch the superstar at the Grammy’s after party, adding an old-fashioned twist to her tailoring with it’s loud 80’s hue. Broken up with a simple white shirt, you can bag your own luxe look by shopping around at our vintage fairs – a good suit never goes out of style!

Rita Ora
Pairing a sleek 60s crop with a full glitter number that would fit right in at a 1920s Gatsby party, singer Rita Ora got 20th century chic down to an eclectic art at the Grammys. To avoid looking like a glitter ball, opt for straight sleek shapes and play down the accesories – sometimes a simple clutch is all you need.

Aoyama Thelma
Young enough to remember the 90s first time round, Japanese singer Aoyama Thelma looked every inch the kooky creative in her slogan two-piece. Statement items are a staple of 80s and 90s fashion, with sweaters and tees featuring regularly at our kilo sales. Can’t find a two piece? Why not try a little DIY on a kilo dress to make it into separates?

Rachel Riley
Nothing oozes retro glamour quite like faux fur, which is why we adored TV presenter Rachel Riley’s get-up at the BAFTAs. Faux fur can be purchased ethically and affordable at our vintage fairs, paired with a simple party shift or thrown oh-so-casually over a ladylike coat.

Do you have a special event coming up that you need the perfect frock for? Hop on over to our EVENTS page to see when the vintage fair is visiting your city next!

A Vintage History Lesson – How To Date Your Clothing

il_fullxfull.235234178So you’ve found your soulmate in suede, your dreamboat in denim… But before your relationship goes any further, you want to know the age gap. Perfectly understandable. Ladies and Gentlemen, a lesson in vintage history… no falling asleep at the back!

Style
The style of the sleeve can often be a telltale sign based on principles of what was fashionable in each decade. They can also reveal ‘recycled vintage’ – 80s-does-50s dresses often have puff shoulders and wide armholes, whereas original 50s designs generally have quite snug-fitting sleeve cuffs. Popular sleeve styles in the 1940’s were puff shoulders and cap sleeves, where sleevless styles are very typical of the 60s. Look also at the length of the skirt – the timeline below briefly illustrates skirt styles and lengths from the 1930s to early 60s.

Zippers & Closures
Metal zippers were first used in garments in the 1930s, but during that era they were rare. Zippers first became available in plastic in 1963, and by 1968 nylon coil zippers were used in practically every mass produced garment.If for example you’re looking at a circle skirt, a metal zip will be a good sign that it’s an original 1950s skirt, while a plastic zip can be an indicator of a later item. Invisible zips were invented in the 1950s but only really became ubiquitous much later, around the late 80s / early 90s. The placement of the zip can also help – 1930s-1940s dressers usually had a zip in the side seam, whereas dresses from the 50s onwards favoured a placement at the centre back.

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The label can be full of clues as to an item’s age. American and Canadian-made clothing often has a union label, which can help determine a date range. Clothing with the distinctive CC41 Utility label was produced during the period of fabric rationing, which ran from 1941 to 1951. The style of the label itself can be an indicator: early-mid 20th century labels were usually woven, until around the 1960s printed satin labels started to become more common. The writing on the label is another clue: earlier labels often feature script fonts, while in the 60s and 70s modern, hippie-influenced fonts were frequently used.

If there is a size label this can also help: vintage sizing was smaller than modern, so if it’s marked a size 14 but is clearly tiny, chances are it’s got some age to it. In British sizing, a size 14 in the 1940s was a 32” bust. By the late 1960s it was a 36” bust and remained so into the early 80s; it’s now a 38” bust.

In 1971 the Federal Trade Commission released the “Care Labelling Rule” which required all manufacturers (including importers) of apparel to include garment care instructions on an interior tag. The care label tag is required to include one method of care to keep the garment in quality condition, such as “machine wash cold” or “dry clean only.” If the garment was made by a brand but is missing care instructions, you can confidently conclude the piece was produced before 1971.

In the end…
Having run these quick tests, you can now make an informed decision whether to go ahead and part with your cash. So that 1950s dress turns out to be 80s-does-50s? If you like it, don’t let that stop you from buying it – you’ll still look great!. At the affordable vintage fair, we make this easy for you with bargains galore – who knows what rare and elderly items you might discover?

2015-Worthy Trends To Look Out For At A Kilo Sale

Just like boomerangs, carousels and 2006 Justin Timberlake singles, what comes around in fashion always goes back around. Where the high street looks to exploit our desire for on-trend clothing by recreating looks from decades past – while slapping on a hefty price tag – a keen eye at a kilo sale can see you grab fashionable items as they were originally intended, in great condition.

With that in mind, we’ve scoured the upcoming fashion trends for 2015 and have put together our top five that you can easily recreate from our upcoming kilo sale stock. Not sure which event is closest to you? Just check out our Events page on Facebook – Sheffield, London, Leeds and Bristol are just some of the cities that will be getting the vintage treatment very soon.

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According to colour-palette heroes Pantone, blue is going to be a big hue for 2015, particularly the softer shades – aquamarine, scuba blue, and dusk blue. With so many fabrics to choose from, the kilo is the perfect place to snap up this trend – think flowy dresses, cashmere cardigans and pretty blouses.

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The weather may be a little glum for Woodstock wardrobes at the moment, but come spring, 70s is the decade that will be under the high fashion radar. Think bell bottom jeans, sweater vests, scarfs worn around the head, embroidered dresses… you name it, and you can find it lurking in our kilo tubs.

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Double denim is showing no signs of disappearing – Burberry and Gucci both went big on indigo washes for their SS15 shows. This is a trend to have fun with – layer a light denim dress under a darker shirt, go for a fur-lined jacket to stave off the cold or rock that full jumpsuit you’ve found on a rail but aren’t sure about. Take the risk – at just £15 a kilo, it could be the biggest bargain of the year!

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WEAR YOUR WORDS
From the Frosties tiger to your favourite sports team, 2015 is the year to say it loud and proud with logos and lettered statements. Plan off-duty chic in a slubby sweater or layer a tee over a collared shirt from a more fashion-forward yet formalized look – we love a bit of layering!

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The louder the better! In fitting with the 70s trend, ditsy florals are taking a backseat while the bigger loud prints bloom, full of Hawaiian boldness and juicy colours. Not sure where to start? A printed skirt or pair of cute culottes can be paired with more minimal items for a fun yet functional look, or go all out in our wide range of retro tea dresses.

Simply can’t wait to kilo? We got plenty of events happening this very month! Check out our events page here and don’t forget to show us your bargains with the hashtag #kilobargains on Twitter and Instagram.