David Bowie – A Fashion and Music Legacy

All image credit to Michele Rosenthal

All image credit to Michele Rosenthal

Like the rest of the world, we at Judy HQ were shocked and saddened when we awoke on Monday morning to news that we had lost David Bowie to an 18-month battle with liver cancer. A star who really does need no introduction, what he has given to the world of music over the years is almost intangible, shaping the world’s outlook on topics as big as space exploration, gender and sexuality.

A huge part of this was Bowie’s approach to fashion. Constantly pushing boundaries and predicting trends decades before they came about, his dalliances with colour, shape and style have inspired both low and high fashion worldwide. We’re all familiar with his ‘classic characters’ – Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, Labyrinth’s Goblin King – but less emphasis is placed on his more ‘wearable’ looks – smart tailoring, coloured hair, womenswear-as-menswear and vice versa. These are all looks we covet from our designers, our high-street stores and our vintage traders too, proof that David Bowie’s legacy will live on long after us all.

He’s with us every time we daub glitter on our faces for a party, every time we pair a frilly blouse with an androgynous suit, and every time we fall in love with an ‘out there’ outfit that it seems nobody else would wear. His attitude to fashion, music and life is an inspiration to our work at all three of our brands, and a hopeful reminder to all of his loved ones and fans that being yourself is the absolute best thing you can be. RIP David Bowie, you will be missed.

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GIF by Helen Green

Celebrate individuality in fashion with us at our events this weekend –

Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair – 16th January @ Cambridge Guildhall, £2 entry, 10.30am,4.30pm

Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale – 16th January @ Bristol Paintworks, £3 entry (11am-12pm), £1.50 entry (12pm-4pm)

 

Hello 2016! – January Vintage Fashion Events For Your Diary

Hello vintage lovers – it’s 2016! Time to ditch the chocolate-fuelled duvet days and get back to work – which for us means organising a new calendar’s worth of fabulous vintage events!

2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever for all three brands – Judy’s Vintage Fair, The Vintage Furniture Flea and The Vintage Kilo Sale. Taking in more dates than ever, more cities and with a few special tricks up our sleeve, it’s a very good year to be a vintage fan.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our January dates below and get re-acquainted with what you can expect from our two fashion brands (The Furniture Flea returns in February)

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
With an ethos of affordability, the formula for the fairs is a simple one; gather premiere vintage traders from all over the UK, check them for affordable, eclectic vintage stock and gather them together, if just for a day. 10 years and 30 cities later, affordable vintage fashion remains at the heart at what we do. From 20s beading to 80s brights, 60s shifts to 50s florals, our fairs, markets and kilo sales provide an affordable go-to place for anyone to shop old-world, be ye vintage veteran or not.

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The Vintage Kilo Sale

With a fresh new look for 2016, the kilo sale is a mecca for thrifty fans, crafty customisers and street style fanatics. The first and last place to get a whole new wardrobe by weight – just £15 per kilogram, to be exact. Founded in 2009 in conjunction with Europe’s largest wholesaler Glass Onion, we pitch up at eclectic venues all over the country, bringing with us up to five tonnes of vintage and retro clothing from the 1960s-1990s. Rummage our tubs and rails, try items on, and think outside the box – you never know what you might fall in love with.

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A Very Vintage Christmas

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Happy wednesday vintage fans! There’s just 9 days left to go before christmas and we celebrated in style at our company dinner party. Gifts galore, gin cocktails, bad cracker jokes and of course, some classic retro knitwear – thanks to our kilo wholesaler Glass Onion for kitting us out!

All that remains before we sign off is to thank you all for a wonderful 2015. To all our door staff, venue teams, promoters and of course, you, our lovely customers, we wish you a happy holiday and plenty of rest, relaxation and carb-fuelled eating fests in front of the telly. See you on the other side!

Love Judy, Donna, Emily and Jenessa
Team Vintage xx

Can’t wait for 2016? Check out our upcoming dates –

Dates for your Diary!

  • Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair – 16th Jan 2016
  • Bristol Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 16th Jan 2016
  • Chester’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 23rd Jan 2016
  • East London Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 23 Jan 2016
  • Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair – January Sale! – 30 Jan 2016 
  • Nottingham Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 30 Jan 2016
  • Manchester Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale – 31 Jan 2016
    Lincoln’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 6 Feb 2016
  • Glasgow Kilo Sale – 7 Feb 2016
    Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 7 Feb 2016
    Leamington Spa’s Affordable Vintage Fair – 7 Feb 2016

Last Call for 2015!

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We can’t believe our vintage 2015 is nearly over! After nearly 100 events across our three brands, a huge birthday party and a huge charity drive (there’s still time to enter our charity raffle here!), we’re well and truly ready for a break. Think serious sofa time, tacky christmas movies and a bottomless tub of quality street…

But before all that, we’ve got one last hurrah for you before Christmas! Whether you’re looking for last-minute gifts, a treat for yourself or simply looking for a fun day out with friends to get you in the festive spirit, we have our last events of the year this weekend at either end of the country. All the info is below!

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DECEMBER 12TH – South London Vintage Fair – 73 Kings Avenue Clapham (RSVP HERE)
Featuring mens and womenswear, accessories, homeware and vintage tea party.
Earlybird Entry: 10:30 – 11:00 – £3
General: 11:00-4:30 – £2

DECEMBER 13TH – Edinburgh Vintage Fair – Assembly Rooms – (RSVP HERE)
Featuring mens and womenswear, accessories and homeware
Entry £2 – Under 12′s free

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!

Retro-inspired halloween costumes on a budget

Halloween is right round the corner! Whether you’re planning a huge party, a spooky movie marathon or a night trick-or-treating, their is one essential to be had – a great costume.

If, like us, you’ve left your outfit to the very last minute, do not despair! Skip the boring cat ears and vampire teeth and opt for one of our fun throwback looks – made up of pieces you can actually wear again!

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Fashion stalwarts of the 90s, Cher and Dion are a cringe-free option for any BFF duo. The rules are fairly simple – stick to pink and yellow, accessorize with headgear and add in as much tartan as humanly possible. Altogether now: “as if?!’. 2f4d393b882b4629188b99a86bfb91a1

Wednesday Adams
All black everything – this look couldn’t be simpler! The collar is essential; if you can’t find a suitable 60s dress, simply pop a dress shirt under a jumper dress – it will keep you toasty on that trick or treat round! 

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Rosie The Riveter
Feel like channeling some old school feminism this Halloween without breaking too far away from a 40s/50s wardrobe? Rosie The Riveter is the look for you. The headscarf, navy blouse and high-waist jeans (Freddies of Pinewood have some great options) can all be sourced easily, and some extra party glam added with traditional mid-century make-up.Fresh-Prince-Carlton

Will and Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bell Air
Want to make use of a technicolour wardrobe? The Fresh Prince is the perfect opportunity to sport those neons. Whether you’re a Will or a Carlton, this look is super 90s and can be catered for easily with a quick rummage round our kilo sale!

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Margo and Ritchie Tenenbaum
If you’d rather look classy than crude this Halloween, the Tenenbaum look i instantly recognisable while making good use of items you probably already have in your wardrobe (or can buy from our fair!). The devil is in the detail – the cute side parting, big sunglasses and head bandage are all simple additions to a daytime-acceptable outfit. Perfect for those in a rush to a party!
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It wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one really creepy option, and it doesn’t get much scarier than the twins from classic horror film The Shining. Best achieved with a similar-looking pal, everything much match – and you can have a lot of fun getting the fake blood exactly right!

Looking for the finishing touches for your costume? Why not pop down to one of our events this weekend?

31st October KILO SALE – Lincoln Engine Shed, 11am-4pm
1st November KILO SALE – York Hall Bethnal Green, 11am-4pm

31st October VINTAGE FAIR – Birmingham Custard Factory – 11am-4pm
1st November VINTAGE FAIR – Cardiff Portland House – 11am-4pm

 

Crazy for Capes!

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 11.35.30Where has this sudden freezing weather come from? Not that we’re complaining – it’s coat season! Sure, we hate having to cover up our favourite frocks and dealing with the constant inside-outside temperature adaption, but there is something about a cosy extra layer that just fills us with joy.

This season, there is one coat that has stolen our heart more than most – the cape, Favoured by everyone from girl-detective Nancy Drew to modern-day fashionista Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl, there is something about the cape that speaks of whimsy, fun and downright style. They’re notoriously easy to wear – paired with a simple pencil skirt, brogue heels and a good-quality roll neck, you’re set for some serious sleuthing – magnifying glass optional.

Naturally, Vintage is best – check out this beautiful welsh woollen number that our fair manager Emily picked up from on our our traders! Welsh wool is synonymous with vintage capes – look out for he more unusual colourways and a hole-free lining to make sure you’ll stay toasty.

Feeling the cape trend? Pop along to one of our winter fairs and you might just get lucky! Until then, feast your eyes on our cape moodboard to get you in the spirit…

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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