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!

INSTAGRAM
@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)

Hello March! Our Vintage Line-Up

Call the police – it appears somebody has stolen the first quarter of the year! They say time flies when you’re having fun, and with a crazy-busy start to our vintage 2016, we simply can’t believe that we’re already heading in March.

The vintage fun isn’t letting up for any of our three brands – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, The Vintage Kilo Sale or The Furniture Flea. Read on to hear what we have in store for you this month…

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
With an ethos of affordability, the formula for our 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 in the biggest cities across the UK. Expect everything from the 20s right through to the 90s – mens and womenswear, homeware and accessories, all topped off with lashings of cake from our exclusive tea party provider. Here are our dates for March –

5th March – Nottingham Trent Student’s Union (RSVP here)
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)

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The Vintage Kilo Sale
Join the UK’s longest-serving vintage kilo sale for tonnes of retro fun. Pick and mix 1000s of mens and womenswear items from the 1970s-90s – all seasons and styles – and pay just £15 per kilo. Weigh more, pay more; weigh less, pay less. What’s not to love?

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

10978545_10153072229581798_6924005862900749957_nThe Furniture Flea
Founded in 2010 from a gap in the market and some serious love for old-world furnishings, The Furniture Flea covers furniture and homewares, textiles and electricals, a showcase of decoration from the fifties and beyond, all bound by affordability. Visitors can expect a good selection throughout the UK and to never go flat-pack again!

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

Judy’s Fashion Police – Our top picks from the Grammy’s, BAFTA’s and Elle Style Awards 2016

Awards season is in full swing! We don’t think we’re alone when we say that we’ve been tuned into E! news on constant rotation, catching up with all the winners, losers and of course, the frocks that everyone is talking about.

It’s not really our style to critique the looks we didn’t like so much (RIP the silver tongue of Fashion Police’s warden Joan Rivers), but we are all for championing the best looks from the red carpet. This season is all about colour, glitter and flowing full-lengths…let’s get into it!

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THE GRAMMY’S 2016
The musical event of the year, the Grammy’s always sees it’s fair share of controversial and creative outfits. No huge dramas to be had this year unfortunately, but it’s fair to say that everybody was talking about Lady Gaga’s stunning homage to David Bowie, complete with flame-red locks. We love the fashion-forward retro shades of Florence Welch and Lianne La Havas gowns, but we have to say that our fave look was presenter Kaley Cuoco – the ‘Big Bang Theory’ star looked fun and effortless in a quirky playsuit that we’re coveting for our own wardrobe (if only our abs looked that good)

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THE BAFTAS 2016
For timeless glamour and classy hemlines, the BAFTA’s a ceremony to rely on. Stars often look chic but as lovers of the one-off, we’re sometimes left feeling a little uninspired. Not this year – stars like Isla Fisher and Gemma Chan managed to subvert the classic shades of black, white and silver with a hint of Hollywood screen siren. Kudos also to Cate Blanchett in a stunning Alexander McQueen, but it was breakout star Bel Powley  who really caught our eye – the glitzy Gucci rainbow gown with gold platforms was super-70s and totally befitting of her role in 2015’s excellent ‘The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’.
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ELLE STYLE AWARDS 2016
Oh Elle, an awards ceremony after our own heart! Dedicated to inspirational women, we’d certainly love to gatecrash this party and get some serious girlcrush vibes underway. The informal sense of fun is reflected on the red carpet – models Suki Waterhouse and Karlie Kloss both went for traditional styles with a hint of youthfullness in the neckline. We love Paloma’s fluffy jumper, but we’re also pretty obsessed with Kate Moss’s younger sister Lottie and her barely-there tinfoil number that brings back some amazing 90s memories. We hope there was a big fur coat just out of shot…

All of those outfits and we still have the Brits and the Oscars to go! Tweet us @judysvintagefair to tell us your fave, our even show us your own red-carpet look…we’d love to share our favourites!

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.

January Dates

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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.

January Dates

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