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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Fest-Envy – Vintage Style at Glastonbury!

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image courtesy of ukrockfestivals.com

We’re heaving a collective sigh of jealousy at Judy HQ this week – we’re not off to Glastonbury! Although we have a very exciting summer of festival ahead of us with Beatherder and Festival No.6 (more info here!), we can’t help but lust for those rolling pilton hills and a line-up that reads like a who’s who of music industry.

In recent years, Glastonbury has also become synonymous with some of the world’s best street style. Vintage is a great option for festivalwear – it is often much more hardwearing than modern clothing, will make you stand out in a crowd and can be customised to your hearts content without breaking your budget. If you’re still hurriedly packing our bags before heading off to Somerset, take note from some of our favourite celebrity Glasto looks that can be easily achieved with a bit of vintage!

Golden Girls

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Earth Child

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With it’s hippy connotations and blissed-out vibes, Glastonbury is the perfect place to get your free love on. Florence, Laura and Lana display just a few of the ways to channel 60s/70s folklore – the key is all in the pattern. Pick one bold minidress, kimono or shirt in a floaty cotton for easy wearability and light packing – you’ll thank us later when you have much more space for all those tinned gins!

Simply Does It

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if you don’t fancy going all out at Glastonbury, there are plenty of ways to dress simply while still making a nod to retro. Whether it’s a pretty 50s blouse like Emma’s, 70s leather ‘n’ breton combo like Alexa or 90s oversized tee and round sunnies like Ella, these looks are all maintenance but still make an impact. Just remember to add a pop of luxury – a gold chain, patterned belt or perhaps even a gorgeous vintage handbag like Alexa’s (a girl can dream…)

What outfits are you planning on rocking this festival season? Don’t forget to share your looks with us on instagram @judysvintagefair – we love sharing our favourites.

UPCOMING EVENTS

East London Vintage Furniture Flea, 5th July (click here for info)
Beat-Herder Festival, 17th July (click here for info)
East London Vintage Kilo Sale, 2nd August (click here for info)
Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair – The Fringe Festival Edition!, 8th August (click here for info)
Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale – 8th August (click here for info)

 

INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Sankey talks ‘Beyond Clueless’

Ever wish your life was like a 90s teen movie? A celebration of everything great about the decade of cinema, Beyond Clueless is a documentary like no other. Getting to the heart of boys, bleachers and pep rallies, the 2015 movie has made waves across independent cinema and looks set to continue it’s success having hit Netflix very recently.  It’s crowning moment? The soundtrack. We caught up with Elizabeth Sankey of nostalgia-loving duo Summer Camp, a band whose score brings the film to life…

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Hi Elizabeth! Firstly, how did the job with Beyond Clueless come about? I understand you’ve been friends with director Charlie Lyne for quite some time…

Hey!  Yes we’ve known Charlie for years I used to try to get him to write for an online magazine I edited years ago, but he was already doing his own thing and being much better than anyone else.  Then we ended up living round the corner from each other and becoming proper real life friends. Jeremy (Elizabeth’s bandmate) and I both love him very much.

How have the 90s influenced your day-to-day music making in summer camp? What music were you listening to in the 90s?

In the 90s I think I was listening to whatever the bus driver chose to play on the school coach I had to ride for two hours a day.  There are a lot of pop songs from that period I hate but know all the lyrics too.  I loved Blur more than anything in the world, still do really.  As for influencing our music, I’m a very nostalgic person and I love looking at things from the past for inspiration.  Especially films and TV shows.  It’s the wonderful thing of those worlds looking like something you lived through and knew, but at the same time it’s total fantasy.  Also the fashion was so dope then.

If you could be any 90s character yourself, who would you be?

I think I would like to be a cross between Rayanne Graff and Angela Chase and Jeremy would be a cross between Jordan Catalano and Brian Krakow.

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Let’s talk fashion. You’ve created quite a name for yourself online for recreating famous outfits from decades past – who’s been the most fun to dress up as?

I loved every single dress up!  I always wanted to be an actress, and I’ve always been into clothes, so it’s kind of the perfect combination of that.  I liked dressing Jeremy up as Duckie from ‘Pretty In Pink’ as I think Duckie looked so incredible and I got to give Jeremy a quiff.  Dressing up as a character from ‘The Craft’ was also really fun, wearing black lipstick and a nose ring.  I like how different clothes make you feel different, I find it quite therapeutic to put something on and feel very much myself, but in a new way.  It’s deep.

What tips would you give people when looking to dress in full vintage, without ending up looking like they’re in fancy dress?

Oh man, in my 20s I only wore vintage, and it’s totally do-able but you have to commit.  I always find looking at photos of people, or characters in films and TV, really helpful.  Picking someone who looks a bit like you and is the same size and shape.  Then you can sort of piece together outfits based on that.  You won’t find exact copies obviously, but you can get the jist of it.  Also invest your money in good coats and jackets and get them dry cleaned.  You’ll wear them again the next year and they can just make the whole outfit feel special.  Also, pick fabrics like cotton, suede and denim that last longer, and look for details like embroidery. I’m so into embroidery at the moment. I also recommend getting good with a sewing machine. I used to buy loads of maxi dresses and turn them mini and so on.  And you can buy stuff that is too big for you and then take it in.

Where do you normally shop for your clothing?

I do all my shopping online these days.  I work from home so I’m always in and can get things delivered.  Plus I’m not a fan of changing rooms, I like to try stuff on in my own house.  However, when it comes to vintage I can spend hours in a shop rifling through everything, it’s always good on tour to look at the different shops and I have to say, Manchester is one of the best cities in the world for vintage.

So back to movie – why should people go watch it?

Beyond Clueless is smart, funny, beautiful and sexy – it’s the best teen film I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen them all. There are very exciting things planned for the film in the future but they’re all secret…

For more information on Beyond Clueless, check out their website here. To see what Elizabeth picked up when she came to our kilo sale, visit her blog here 

Leeds Vintage Fair…In Pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Leeds, how we love you! The sun came out for our hometown fair at The Corn Exchange and we couldn’t have been happier to see it illuminate our 20+ stalls of fabulous vintage.

Shopping in your droves, the people of Leeds certainly didn’t let us down! We met plenty of fabulous regulars and new shoppers alike all clamouring for a bargain. Check out all the pictures from the fair below.

Fancy doing it all over again? Our sister event The Vintage Kilo Sale will be rolling into town this Saturday for all your thrifty retro needs. Join us here.

 

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Leeds Loving!

The first vintage season of 2015 is drawing to a close (sob!), and what better place to round things off than in Leeds? Cultural hub of the north, home to the best Spice Girl (Mel B) and the place where it all started for us at Judy HQ, Leeds holds a very dear place in our hearts. With a packed social calendar that has included Tour De Yorkshire, Leeds Food Festival and many many more over the past few months, it seems this northern city is the place to be – all great reasons to soak up the atmosphere and come and shop vintage with us!

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 6th June, Leeds Corn Exchange
Free Entry – 10am – 5pm

Within the gorgeous surrounds of the Corn Exchange – just look at that roof!- we’ll be bringing our best traders to you, selling everything from cocktail dressers to cocktail shakers, flowy 70s gowns to hipster handbags and everything in between. Spanning 1920s – 1990s clothing and accessories, it’s near-on impossible to leave without a bargain. Even better – it’s free entry! Join us here

Vintage Kilo Sale Queue

The Vintage Kilo Sale – 13th June, Leeds Holy Trinity Church
Earlybird 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12pm-4pm £1.50

A week later just up the road, our little sister The Vintage Kilo Sale will be pitching up once more at Holy Trinity Church, bringing several tonnes of goodness from the 1960s-1990s. Expect the usual mens and womenswear on rails and in tubs, but as an extra little treat to lure you into summer, we’re all going to bringing along some fab shoes! Join us here

Graduation Glam – How to dress vintage for your prom

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?! Exams are over, finals are finished and it’s time for students everywhere to look forward to the best part – graduation!

Whether you’ve come to the end of your degree, finished your A Levels and GCSE’s or are simply looking to celebrate getting through another academic year, chances are there is a big soiree to be had. While there are plenty of pretty frocks and tailoring to be had on the high street, if you’re after something truly special, vintage is the way to go. Here’s our guide on how to get the best retro party look, from decades 1950-1990. Still want more inspiration? Why not head to one of our affordable vintage fairs or kilo sales to seek out your own party outfit?

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image courtesy of westonhistory.com

1950s
For a true 50s look, there is only one direction – wide and out! Think big, delicately coloured full skirts that skim the calves, nipping in at the waist. Pair yours with demure heels and pearls, and top off with an updo – our lovely vintage Barbarellas will be able to show you how!

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1960s
Circle skirts were still hugely popular in the swinging sixties, but more vibrant colours began to be added into the mix. To create a look that nods to the era, think carefully about your accessories – gently flicked hair held back with an alice band, and matchy-matchy handbags, gloves and corsages. If knee length isn’t your thing, go for a full length dress – just remember to belt in that waist and get your date a matching flower!

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image courtesy of people.com

1970s
By the time we reached the 1970s, pastels were completely out – the 70s was the era of technicolour for both men and women! While you don’t need to go full on Saturday Night Fever, the traditional satins and tulles aren’t your only option – check out this picture of Ellen Degeneres and her date at a 1976 high school prom.

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1980s
The 80s prom-look is not for the faint hearted – we are talking some serious shoulder pads! Keep things traditional in a floor length silk or velveteen off the shoulder number, or go more alternative with a bubble-hem mini bandeau – bonus points if you pair it with mesh gloves. For men, only full suit and tails will suffice – pale grey, baby blue and yellow were all popular tux shades of the decade.

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1990s
In the 90s, things suddenly became a lot sleeker, with spaghetti strap tube dresses and simple updos – two curly tendrils hanging loose , of course – becoming the order of the day. If in doubt, merely look to the style inspiration of Kat from classic movie 90s 10 Things I Hate about You. Male dressing was just as easy to achieve – a basic suit (sans tie) with slicked back hair and you were good to go.

Are you planning on wearing vintage for your prom! Be sure to send us some pictures on magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk!

Flower Power!

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Everybody deserves a treat day out from time to time, and at Judy HQ, we’re taking ours in style – we’re off to The Chelsea Flower Show! We can’t wait to sample the succulents, frolic amongst the foliage – and who knows, even spot a celebrity or two! But don’t get too jealous – we’ll be sharing all the fun with you all over on Instagram – give us a follow here.

Naturally of course, we’ve agonised for quite some time over what to wear, and have lost many hours to Pinterest and our favourite vintage trader websites in the process! To get yourself in the mood for your own summer treat, holiday or simply an update to your home or wardrobe, check out our moodboard below and book yourself into one of our upcoming events!

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EVENTS

THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE KILO SALE – May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)
JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR – May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)
THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA -May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

Steal Their Style – Festival No.6 edition!

Keeping secrets has never been our forte, which is why we cannot wait any longer to share our latest news – we’re going to be pitching up in September at the wonderful Festival No. 6!!!

That’s right – we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer season with a whole marquee full of the best in vintage clothing and accessories traders, helping you enjoy your weekend in serious style.

If you haven’t heard of Festival No. 6, it’s an event like no other. Take the gorgeous backdrop of Portmeirion in North Wales, add a bunch of brilliant bands, arts and workshops, top off with a dash of artisan food and drink and then, for good measure, offer some luxury accommodation – what more could you want?

Here at Judy HQ there’s nothing we love more than the pairing of vintage fashion and music (and a cheeky gin or three), which makes this quaint and quirky festival pretty much our spiritual home! To get us all in the mood, we’ve picked out some of the acts we can’t wait to see, with some tips on how to channel their style for the summer season!

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Festival No. 6’s headliner and all-round style icon, Grace Jones’s influence stretches far and wide. While some of her crazier outfits might not be quite portaloo-proof, why not experiment with some diva-ish makeup? Grace Jones loves bright colours, and at a festival where anything goes, a loud yellow or blue eyeshadow is sure to help you stand out, 80s style.

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New kids on the block Years and Years have fast earnt a name for themselves as one of the biggest names in modern dance-pop, with a live show to match. While we love their songs ‘King’ and ‘Desire’, we’re more excited by their take on cheerful 90s fashion. Even better, it’s an easy look to recreate – simply throw on a cartoon print sweater or tee over some cut off shorts and add some chunky white trainers – but beware, they might get muddy!

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Otherwordly and effervescent, Stealing Sheep make music that perfectly matches Festival No.6’s dreamlike setting, a mix of glittery synths and tribal drums. Their look is completely 70s – think floating dresses, waistcoats and clashing patterns. Top off with a good dose of facial glitter, and you’re good to go!

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Putting the cocky swagger back into rock’n’roll, Catfish & The Bottlemen seem set for every festival this summer. Their laidback 60s rocker look is low maintenance enough for the field and the tourbus, and can be adapted to suit men and women. Choose high necked striped tees, dark wash pinafores and skinny denim, and don’t even dare to forget your leather jacket and ankle boots – perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier in the evenings.

Will you be joining us at Festival No.6? Check out our events tab for all our upcoming city and festival dates – we;ll be adding more updates soon!

Power dressing like a politician

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Margaret Thatcher’s Suits – Image Courtesy of The Guardian

Whether your political beliefs are left, right, undecided or somewhere in the middle, this week’s UK general elections are set to be a great watch. With the race too close to call, we at Judy HQ have found ourselves quite swept away with the campaign trail, counting down the days till polling day on May 7th.

While we’ll be keeping our voting choice to ourselves, one thing we do love to share is of course, our love of political fashion. Vivid colours, strong tailoring and bold structures are all a vital part of power dressing, and something that is easily to achieve for yourself by following our simple steps…

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While the male politician is normally consigned to a choice of black, blue, grey or brown suit, female politicians have often been known for their ability to pull off every colour of the rainbow. A good skirt suit is the perfect way to power dress with pride. Bonus points for matching shoes, neck scarf and of course, some serious shoulderpads. Our Judy’s traders are well stocked up with fab two pieces – now you just have to decide on your favourite hue!

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Show off your pearly whites
Nothing says ‘don’t mess with me’ like a simple string of pearls. Classy and elegant, simple accessories complement a political outfit without seeming fussy or too informal. Power dressing is all about clean, structural lines, so keep things to a minimum – one necklace and one set of earrings maximum.

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Getting shirty
For men and women, a well pressed shirt is the foundations upon which a smart outfit can be built. Historically, a rolled up sleeve on the campaign trail indicates a level of ‘normal man on the street’, but a similar flash of personality can be just as easily achieved by a statement pussybow collar or interesting pattern. The Vintage Kilo Sale is a great place to rummage for unique button-downs – just remember, a jazzy print should always be dressed down with a smart suit!

Fancy bagging your own campaign clothing? Check out our full list of events here. 

Judy’s Mad May!

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Can you BELIEVE that it’s almost the fifth month of the year?! It seems like just yesterday we were cracking out our Christmas party dresses but suddenly we’re racing our way towards the summer. Crazy!

To make the most of the warmer weather and bank holiday weekends, we set about making may a corker, chock-full of furniture fleas, kilo sales and affordable vintage fairs, all over the country. Whether you’re looking for the perfect 50s sundress for your summer holiday, want to rummage 90s grunge for festival season or are thinking of spring-cleaning your home with some new furniture, we have the shopping opportunities for you! Throw in some great caterers, crafters and expert style advice from our lovely traders, and you have got yourself a serious days outing.

Check out all of our May events below –

JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR

May 2nd – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)

May 3rd – Chester Town Hall (join us here)

May 9th – Leamington Spa Assembly Hall (join us here)

May 10th – Newcastle Biscuit Factory (join us here)

May 16th – Lincoln Engine Shed (join us here)

May 17th – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Manchester Freemasons Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Bath Guildhall (join us here)

 

THE OFFICIAL VINTAGE KILO SALE

May 2nd – Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy (join us here)

May 3rd – Bethnal Green York Hall (join us here)

May 9th – Manchester People’s History Museum (join us here)

May 10th – Bristol Paintworks (join us here)

May 16th – Edinburgh Out Of The Blue Drill Hall (join us here)

May 23rd – South London – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)

May 30th – Birmingham Custard Factory (join us here)

THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA

May 31st – Lambeth Town Hall (join us here)