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)

Ooh La La! Vintage Treasure in France!

Sunshine, fresh air and LOADS of vintage treasure! Brand and Event Manager Emily has found it all in France.

The lucky devil has been in the Loire Valley this week and couldn’t resist a trip to the world famous ‘Brocante’ sales in the region.

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First up…Saint Roche! Most of the sales in the region are a mixture of professional traders and regulars joe’s pedalling their ‘old’ things and random…shall we say tatt…! This wasn’t an issue for Eagle eyed Emily who managed to get…

A 1960s sears courier ‘Avocado Green’ suitcase & an original letter press storage tray

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A December 1955 edition of ‘Match’ magazine

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Total: 7.50 euros!

Day 2 saw a double whammy of bargain hunting! First off – Langeais

Emily bought…

Two vintage deckchairs!

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And a 60’s cotton blend dress…

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Total = 14 euros

The second stop of the day Chateau du Loir was the largest of all 3 events! Emily carefully handpicked…

image4A huge piece of bright vintage fabric – perfect for some cushions!

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A HUGE flamingo tapestry…possibly the most kitsch, ridiculous buy of the weekend!

Total: 9 euros!

TOTAL THRIFTY TOTAL: 30.50 euros…wowza!

But there’s always the ones that got away…Emily fell in love with these mid century chairs (if only she had the space)

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Have you bought any amazing vintage abroad? Or got some great tips for vintage shopping in France? Show us on Twitter @judyvintagefair or Instagram @judysvintagefair we’d absolutely love to see your thrifty buys!

Au Revoir!!

 

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 mid-century 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 mid-century seating headed to our East London Furniture Flea this weekend! Don’t forget to join us here.

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Preview: The Vintage Furniture Flea

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It’s that time again vintage homemakers! The Vintage Furniture Flea returns to the capital for a huge mid-century homeware and furniture market at York Hall – Bethnal Green.

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!

Here’s our top 5 furniture flea picks!

1. Donkey and Kangaroo Cruet Sets – £15/18 from Highly Desirable Objects

How could you say no to these novelty beauties? We love a spot of kitsch at Judy HQ and Highly Desirable Objects will have plenty on Sunday.

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2. 1950’s coffee, tea and sugar tins-  £30 from Claire Rocks

A simply lovely addition to your vintage kitchen. These tins are in fantastic condition and even come in the original box.
image-883. Pair of retro ceiling lights £75 for the pair from Festival Fifty One

The perfect statement lighting for your vintage lounge or dining room. We absolutely adore the shape of these pieces.

image-894. Upcycled mid century record cabinet only £220 from The Vintage Ware Store

It’s been lovingly stripped, and sanded back to the wood, polished and oiled. The design is simple and striking, and created using multiple thin layers of urban grey paint.

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5. J.H Lynch – Girl in Tree print £75 from Boomerang Vintage and Retro

This print has super bright colours as it’s been in storage since the 70’s, a very collectable piece and the perfect addition to any vintage home.

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So if you adore vintage furniture and want to snap up a bargain (or three) head down to York Hall this Sunday! Earlybird entry starts at 10:30am for those of you keen to snap up the best retro treasure and General entry is 11am.

Address: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ

Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green

We’ve even got the ever marvellous Pear Of Peas with their decadent tea party.

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Keep up to date with stock sneak peeks and let us know you are attending our event here.

See you on Sunday Vintage Lovers,

Judy HQ xx

Scotland Ahoy!

Greetings vintage fans!

The wind in our hair. Dusty on the speakers. Vans packed like sardine cans filled with vintage bits – it’s official, we LOVE a road trip! This very afternoon, we’re off on a spot of travelling, bringing our vintage fair to one of our all-time faves – EDINBURGH! Part of the official Fringe festival festivities, we’re filling Lothian Road’s Picture House with a spot of this (and couldn’t resist sharing…)

Salvating? We thought so! If you’re in the neighbourhood, come say hello and if not, click here to see if we’ll be seeing you soon!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Game, Set, Spitalfields!

Greetings vintage fans,

After a such a rapturous, sun-soaked, victory-filled few days, pardon us if we let out a walloping ‘PHWOAR, WHAT A WEEKEND!!’ 30 degree heat, Murray, ice-cream – it could be the e-numbers and endorphins talking but what a corker the past few days have been!

Adding to this head-spinning euphoria is of course the fact that we set a course for East London on Saturday, bringing our legendary ‘Judy’s at Old Spitalfields’ event back to the capital. Ever on the hunt for retro treasures, here’s how we got on…

Tropical sideboards, floaty dresses, cupcakes filled with Pimm’s (yes, you heard us, PIMM’S! What kind of delicious sorcery is this?!) – a retro recipe for the perfect London day in the sun.

In addition to plentiful shopping bags (and empty purses) came an abundance of great London street style. Aided by our friends from ‘Back of the Wardrobe,’ check out these stunners below…

A testament to the fact that there’s an alternative look to ‘sweaty mess’ on a boiling London day (not that that’s how we looked, dear reader. ‘Glowing’ is how we’re marketing it!) we certainly left inspired!

And so, another super Spitalfields down, we’re headed to bed to dream of tennis, rays and THAT cupcake.

Retro regards,

Judy HQ x

Oh my (Dog) Days! Florence Welch & The Vintage Furniture Flea

Greetings vintage fans,

Celebrity klaxon alert! Returning to Bethnal Green’s York Hall last Sunday, we spotted a famous face amongst the crowds- siren Florence Welch! Perusing the stalls for furniture and wares, we thought that she looked AWE-SOME! (scroll down to see!)

In addition to her hat, Fair Manager Scarlett’s dress and more cakes than our bellies could take, we also fell for the picnic set pictured below – perfect for an English meadow or park in the fleeting summer sun!

All in all, we had a ball and can’t wait to come back! For the latest on our movements, be sure to peruse here and until then, adieu – we’ll be coming to you soon!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

“Hello? Is it Flea your looking for?”

Furniture – what’s not to love? Granted, we’re fans of building up a proverbial wardrobe of lovely vintage garms but sometimes we just want the physical wardrobe to put it in. That said, this week we’re a-smiling. For why? (note to the reader: we’re not quite sure why we’re talking like a medieval poet – a-roll with it ok?) Because that most hallowed of events, The Vintage Furniture Flea, comes to town!

A celebration of the midcentury in the heart of Bethnal Green, good golly is it good! Don’t believe us? Well young cynics, set your peepers on this…

 

Converted? We thought so too!

The Vintage Furniture Flea calls at York Hall, Old Ford Road,London E2 9PJ on Sun 9th June. For all the details, click here.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Forgive us readers, for we have sinned…

 

Forgive us blog readers, for we have sinned; caught up in the madness and maelstrom of everyday life (and watching WAY too much ‘Game of Thrones’), we’ve ignored this little blog of late, putting it on a back burner so far away that said back burner is simply a blip in the distance. Well, ‘NO MORE’ we cry! But where to begin?? With life moving a mile a minute at the moment, we figured let’s play on that classic TV show trait and have a quick catch-up. Cue opening credits (bonus points if you comment below with a suggested tune that we should have as our ‘Judy’s Vintage Fair’ theme song…) and a booming voice as we give you ‘previously at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair…’

We saw taxidermy at Chester…

…as well as some rather yummy cakes.

Coasters caught our eyes…

…and the Vintage Furniture Flea came to town.

We brought retro travel to Old Spitalfields…

…and got literary in Leeds!

We fell into red dress heaven at the Corn Exchange…

…and found some excellent specs to match!

And end scene! A lovely little visual treat, we hope that’s caught you up (and expect more from us this week!)

Retro Regards (and sorry once more!)

The scribes at Judy HQ x

The Vintage Furniture Flea: Our Pick

Greetings vintage fans!

With our purses still STEAMING from money well spent at the Bethnal Green Furniture Flea, we thought we’d kick-off the week with a few of our top picks! Featuring more retro decoration than Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen could have ever dreamed of, feast your peepers on this…

Egg cups from The Eggcuppery

Homewares from Plan for Mondays

Chairs from Your Vintage Life

Ephemera from Studio Oscar

Electricals from Retro Bazaar

Prints from Vintage in Print

Beautiful indeed! For any wanting to get involved, the Flea returns on Sunday 21st April [so pop it in the diary quick!]

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x