The Vintage Spring Clean – Simple ways to refresh your home

Fling those windows open and grab your mop – it’s time for a spring clean! Giving your home the once over may seem like a massive chore, but it’s also a great opportunity to evaluate your possessions, rid yourself of rubbish and maybe even treat yourself to a new item or two.

That’s right – we’re not about to go all ‘minimal living’ on you. Quite the opposite – a vintage home is all about fun, well-curated pieces that complement each other, rather than trying to achieve perfection through throwing out everything you own. Clutter can be okay – it just needs to be stylish!

Here are our top tips for refreshing your home in time for spring  – no Kirsty Allsopp necessary!

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Sofa looking a bit saggy and tired? A new cushion (or twelve) is a great way to add a pop of vintage without having to commit to expensive new furniture – not that we don’t love a great Eames chair! Opt for complimentary colours or choose sympathetic patterns and shapes; we absolutely love atomic and geometric styles.

 

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Go green-fingered
Nothing says spring like some fresh new plants and flowers – the perfect little pick-me-up to make a home feel more like ‘your own’. We’ll leave your choice of bloom up to you, but we’re a sucker for a succulent or even a bold sunflower. Pop yours in a statement tray or vintage vase for maximum appeal.

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Office Inspiration
If you’re anything like us, working from a home office is seeming more and more appealing as the weather improves – no more need to huddle under a blanket! in this room of the house, inspiration is key – surround yourself by knick knacks that really bring you joy. Whether it’s a retro poster print or a toy from your childhood, these personal effects are what will really make your home sing.

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Combat boring breakfasts
As spring comes, we often get more creative with our mealtimes. Prevent yours from becoming a chore by investing in some vintage kitchenware – a statement tray, cute dinner set or maybe even some amazing new pots and pans. Let’s face it – your instagram flat lay will thank you.

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Prepare to entertain
The evenings are getting longer – that means more time to party! Spring means getting social; make your guests feel at home with some quirky glassware or go the whole hog with a home bar – we’ve been coveting this tiki beauty for a long time!

In the mood for a refresh? Head to one of our vintage furniture fleas to pick up all of the styles mentioned above and much much more…

April 16th & 17th – South London Vintage Furniture Flea Weekender
April 24th – Bristol Vintage Furniture Flea
May 21st – Leeds Vintage Furniture Flea

Trader Advice: Finding, Owning and Caring For Your Vintage Furniture

(taken from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest 7…read more here)

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By Kim and Phil Allsopp of Festival Fifty One

In our fast paced world of instant gratification and disposable lifestyles we are finding ourselves looking back at our pasts with fond nostalgia and a want to create home comforts from a bygone era.

There continues to be a growing demand for us to furnish our homes with original vintage furniture, lighting and styling from decades of the last century. A particular favourite period right now is the mid-century (1950’s – 1970’s).

So, how do we do this and where do we go?

Finding well made pieces that have stood the test of time, in good condition and at a reasonable price is becoming quite a challenge!

The Vintage Furniture Flea really is a great place to start. A sister business of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs, The Vintage Furniture Flea is filled with carefully selected traders who really do know their stuff!  You can pick up pretty much anything your heart desires for mid-century living at The Flea. What you will find is not only a fabulous array of stock to choose from but prices that really will surprise you! (in a very good way).

So, what do we choose?

Now this really does depend on personal taste.  I think it’s always best to start with a couple of key pieces which make an immediate impact.  How about a couple of new chairs, a new sofa or even a sideboard?  One simple piece can make a great new look instantly. The demand for solid wooden pieces in Teak or Rosewood is as high as ever and to be honest you really cannot beat these pieces for great quality and craftsmanship.

Don’t forget your mid-century lighting.  Lighting can and does dramatically change the mood of any room or space at home.  Mid-century lighting comes in many shapes and forms and in most cases, is instantly recognisable.  Warm yellow and orange glows from fibre spun shades and rocket lamps, as well as the space age forms of Danish pendant lights with their smooth copper and aluminium shapes suspended like floating UFO’s look quite simply, fabulous!

You can have an absolute field day with your soft furnishings too.  The vivid colours, prints, patterns and textures of fabrics from the

mid-century enable you to be as creative as you want to be in your own home.  Nothing looks as good as a scattering of cushions on a vintage sofa made from a variety of patterns and colours.

So, how do we care for our new mid-century homes?

To be honest, this is really quite simple…it’s back to basics here!  Remember this stuff has lasted an awful lot longer than most other things you have ever owned!

Wooden furniture always loves a feed.  When polishing it, use a non silicone based polish, and something beeswax based is great.

Remember a bit of elbow grease works a treat and helps with a nice shiny finish.

When cleaning your vintage glassware avoid the dishwasher at all costs! These were barely around when your glassware was produced and are far too harsh for your delicate Babycham glasses! (Look how cloudy your everyday glasses end up after a while when the dishwasher cleans them!)  Warm soapy water will bring a sparkle to any glass, vase or ornament.

Hand washing vintage textiles will not only avoid shrinkage but will keep your colours and patterns both bright and vivid.  This is exactly how you want these mini ‘pieces of art’ to remain!

This may seem a bit more arduous than your usual housekeeping chores, but just think of the pleasure these items bring to you and your home….it’s just like you’re rewarding them for their ongoing, almost eternal beauty!

Happy Hunting Everyone!

Hello Yellow!

Spring has sprung! Well sorta – you might have to look for the daffodils underneath the frost at the moment. But nonetheless, we’re loving the promise of warmer weather and a new season of events just around the corner. In typical Judy style, there’s only one way to celebrate – hello yellow!

Across our social media, we’re embracing our favourite hue of clothing, furniture and accessories. Captured your own retro photo in the sunny shade? We’d love to see it! Tag us in #helloyellow and we’ll reshare your images to create a perky feed that’ll ward off the last of the winter blues. Check out the best of our feeds so far!

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@judysvintagefair
@thevintagekilosale
@vintagefurnitureflea

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Fancy bringing some spring sunshine to your wardrobe? Check out our upcoming events…

JUDY’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR
12th March – Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy (RSVP here)
19th March – Birmingham Custard Factory (RSVP here)
20th March – Clapham TA Centre 73 Kings Avenue (RSVP here)

THE VINTAGE KILO SALE
12th March – Liverpool Guild of Students (RSVP here)
13th March – Manchester The Union MMU (RSVP here)
20th March – Bristol Paintworks (RSVP here)

THE VINTAGE FURNITURE FLEA
12th March – Leeds Corn Exchange (RSVP here)
20th March – Bethnal Green York Hall (RSVP here)

Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Magazine Issue 7

Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 7

Happy December Vintage Fans! Today we bring a little slice of festive joy to your inbox in the form of the latest issue of our very own vintage magazine. Say hello to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest!

Now on Issue 7, we share the inspiration and behind-the-scenes news on all things fair, kilo sale and furniture flea. All in handy vintage magazine form, click on live links, flick through exclusive pictures and discover more about our brand.

Whether you want to learn about our traders (Festival Fifty One or Accessories Of Old), are thinking about buying a new record player or fancy getting ahead of the SS16 trends fresh off the catwalk, we’ve got you covered.

Add in a snoop around kilo manager Jenessa‘s home, an interview with super blogger Naomi Rowland and a peep at all the photos from our birthday party, there’s no shortage of vintage fun.

With so much ace content to read, what better excuse is to cosy up in front of the fire with a cuppa and a christmas chocolate or twelve?

As always, we love your feedback – tweet us @judysvintagefair or drop us an email with comments or future article ideas to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

 We’re always on the lookout for budding new writers or advertisers – just give us a holler if you’d like to get involved with vintage magazine Issue 8!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 5th December
RSVP here

Leeds’ Affordable Vintage Weekender
Sat 5th & Sun 6th December
RSVP here

South London’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 12th December
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 13th December
RSVP here

Psst. Remember to follow us too: –
@Judyvintagefair
@Vintagefurnflea
@The VintageKiloSale

Vintage Christmas Gifts

We got the shock of our lives this morning when we looked at our calendar and realised that it was just 30 DAYS until Christmas! Two busy seasons of events have meant that the year has absolutely raced by, and suddenly we are found scurrying about in the cold, trying to remember all the distant cousins and friends on our Christmas card list and wondering just where we left the sticky tape.

But worry not! There’s a lot that can be done in a month, especially when you have our events at your disposal! For the vintage lovers in your life, here are some top picks sure to cause a look of delight underneath the christmas tree.

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Vintage Print
An affordable but thoughtful gift, a classic print from a favourite era is a great vintage christmas gift for a friend who is decorating their house, or even a student looking to inject a little more personality into their student halls. Opt for a hollywood icon or a classic film poster – the choice is yours.

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Tea Set
Love a good gossip with your BFF? A vintage tea set will add a touch of sophistication to your next get together. We love this matched set but separate pieces work just as well – present in a hamper with some exotic tea and biscuits and you’ve got yourself one great gift!

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Vintage Jewellery
For those with a more lavish budget, an amazing piece of vintage jewellery can be a showstopper of a present. Think carefully about what your recipient would actually wear – there’s no point choosing a ornate bracelet if they’re much more of a necklace person. Purse feeling a little delicate? Our fairs and kilo sales are full to bursting with costume jewellery that makes for a great stocking filler.

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A Statement Coat
At this time of year, everybody has that one friend who is constantly shivering. Make their vintage christmas day with an amazing coat – rummage for a 60s-90s gem at the kilo sale or opt for a more mid-century number at the fair. This season, we’re a big fan of jewel tones- just make sure it’s a colour they like!

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A Fun Day Out!
if your friendship group prefers to have a shared experience at Christmas rather than a physical gift, why not visit one of our upcoming events to get in the festive spirit? With Tea & Cake at our vintage fairs, amazing sights at our Furniture Flea and the thrill of a good rummage at our kilo sale, you can make a serious day of it and even buy yourself a sneaky gift or two! Check out our last few dates for 2015 below –

November 28th – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
November 28th – Newcastle Kilo Sale
November 29th – East London Furniture Flea
November 29th – Ipswich Affordable Vintage Fair
December 5th – Liverpool Kilo Sale
December 5th & 6th – Leeds Affordable Weekender
December 12th – South London Affordable Vintage Fair
December 13th – Edinburgh Affordable Vintage Fair

 

Happy Birthday Judy!

12189146_10207891318665224_3437523349457335450_nPhew! We’re just about getting over our hangovers at Judy HQ after an absolute whopper of a birthday party! Whilst we may not look a day over eight, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair has hit a decade old and we celebrated in true retro style last Friday night.

With an intimate party at The Hoxton Hotel and a stunning cake made by the inimitable Pear Of Peas, we boogied on down to a selection of retro hits, drank a selection of delecious cocktails and raised lots of money for our charity of choice, The Rainbow Trust. For those who haven’t donated yet, there’s still time – pop some change in our collection tins on event days or head over to our Just Giving page – every donation of £1 or more will be automatically entered into our raffle to win one of the following prizes:

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Abel Organics – Vintage’13 perfume
3 month subscription to’Bloom & Wild’ letterbox flowers
Book bundle: Style MeVintage: Home, Accessories & 1940s
2 pairs of clogs fromLotta From Stockholm
1 year subscription toVintage Life Magazine
Issue 9 of Mid CenturyMagazine PLUS digital subscription to all back issues!
£25 Vivien Of Holloway voucher!
£20 This Is Vintagevoucher
Limited edition Pink& White Tara Starlet ‘Girlfriend’ coat
Tara Starlet onlinevoucher
Lovett & Co jewelleryset
£50 Auntie Aviator vintage eyewear voucher
Vintage cushion of your choice from Vintage Cushions
Light up vintage style letter from Vaguely Vintage
Crosley Executive Record player from Shado Retro
2 x 1 hour treatments from Fusion Therapy
2 x refurbished childrens Ercol chairs from The Happy Chair Company 

We’d like to thank all of lovely guests for coming along, and to the lovely team at The Hoxton Hotel, especiallyPailsey! A big virtual hug and a slice of cake as well as everybody who has ever come to a Vintage Fair, Furniture Flea or Kilo Sale over the years…we love you all! Here’s to the next decade!

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Couple-proofing your vintage home

IMG_4410Desperate to create the perfect vintage home but facing some resistance from a very millenial partner? Taken from Issue 5 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest, Catherine McCourt of trader Lace and Liquor Vintage gives us her top tips for creating a wonderful home that appeals to both modern and vintage tastes…

Interiors are seriously important to me, probably on par – if not even more so – than with fashion or clothing. I’ve always had quite a particular style which has matured with age, and moving into our new home and knowing it would be ours, I had an exact idea in mind for how I’d like it to look and spent a few months beforehand thinking it all out. I knew I wanted to go for a 1950s meets scandinavian style with white walls, wooden floors, copper accents and lots of teak. The idea of having a home with a feature wallpapered wall and colour co-ordinated furniture brings me out in a bit of a rash; it’s nice for the majority of the population, but not something I’d ever have myself.

However, it’s not exactly all my house. I do have a boyfriend to think of whose style is pretty far away from mine. When we were painting the new home he told me if he had his own place he’d paint two walls white and two black, apparently that makes a room look bigger. He’s incredibly minimalist too, a sofa, chair, tv and xbox would do him. So trying to create an inviting, comfortable and stylish home with more than one person in mind can be a bit of a challenge, so I thought I’d put out there some of the things I’ve learnt along the way.

Talk Through Everything:

Like most people, Pinterest was my best friend when I was moving and looking for inspiration for my vintage home. It’s on there I saw a few items of furniture I loved the look of and tried to recreate myself. This can be especially handy as it’s great to see what items will look good together rather than just saying “Do you like this table?” “How about these chairs?” without really being able to see how they’re going to look. By showing him the pictures I knew he was happy with the style we’d be going for.

It’s important to talk it through before making any large purchases too, although that sort of goes without saying. It took me quite a while to try to persuade Kane to let me buy one of our new sofas (rather than keeping a hideous beige one that was left in the house, he wanted to keep that because it was so comfortable), but he gave in in the end, as he eventually began to see my point of view. Which leads me on to the next point…

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Like most aspects of a relationship, there has to be compromise eventually on a vintage home. Our compromise is that I’ve bought most of the furniture in the house; whether it’s brand new or secondhand, it’s usually me that’s wanted it and me that wants to splash out on new things that aren’t 100% necessary, so I’m okay to pay for it. It means that Kane occasionally pays more of the bills or food shopping to even it all out a bit. Whether it’s letting him add a Marvel poster to the wall or having a little gaming section (surely my boyfriend can’t be the only xbox obsessive) you do need to compromise so it isn’t just your home, it’ll only end in him feeling uncomfortable and unhappy.

Make it Neutral:

When my boyfriend first moved in with me I was only 20 and already had the home, so as you can probably imagine there were lots of pink, florals and bright colours everywhere. He snuggled underneath a vintage crochet blanket on the sofa and went to bed underneath Cath Kidston style bedding, which you can imagine probably isn’t the greatest for a bloke. Whilst the new place isn’t the most masculine, with lots of white, grey and wood, it’s a lot more neutral and is a style that suits us both a lot more.

Get Him Involved:

In the new house we’re making a lot more changes and have changed quite a few of the rooms. So far he’s already laid some new laminate flooring and I’m going to get him to pop in some shelves in a couple rooms. It may only be small but I know it makes him feel a lot more involved and more like he’s contributing to the home too. Equal involvement – the secret to a happy couple!

Craving some home inspiration? The Vintage Furniture Flea rolls into OXFORD on November 21st and EAST LONDON on November 29th!

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!

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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

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.

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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!

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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