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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Freshers 2015: Making student halls homely – vintage style!

 

image via Pinterest (@pagesbymegan)

image via Pinterest (@pagesbymegan)

This article was originally taken from Judy’s Official Vintage Digest. Read more here!

Got into University last week? Congratulations! It might seem like a scary time, but one surefire way to make the transition of leaving home a little easier is to make sure your new abode reflects your tastes. And who would want boring walls and dog-eared posters when you could have a Pinterest-worthy retro-boudoir ready for all the fun of freshers 2015?

It can seem impossible to replicate the things you see online in your own home without some serious savings and upheaval, and even less if you’re renting and can’t afford to make any permanent changes. But sigh no more! We’ve put our heads together to come up with our top tips to inject a little vintage vigour into the place you call home, suitable for any budget. Enjoy!

Research your era. Pinterest and Instagram makes it easy to collate interior inspiration – lots of forward planning can prevent you from making impulse buys that simply don’t gel together. Chat to traders at any of our fairs for advice- they’ll be happy to help!

Fallen in love with the pattern of kilo sale dress, but it’s in the wrong size? Use the fabric to make a simple cushion or table runner. If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, cover an old corkboard with material to make a pinboard, or if you’ve been hoarding reams of fabric, attempt your own curtains.

Soft furnishings are your friend! Quirky blankets, throws and cushions are the simplest way to make a room seem vintage and a great way to learn new sewing,knitting and crocheting skills. They’ll be entirely original, and you’ll have something fun to do in front of the telly after lectures.

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Go floral! Cacti and Succulents are easy to care for and bring some life into a room. If you’d rather avoid any plant parenting, fake ones can look just as good if arranged well.

Addicted to the Valencia filter on Instagram? Turn your favourite selfies into retro polaroid magnets using Stickygram.com. Bonus points if you’re lucky enough to have an original, sherbet colour smeg fridge to stick them on.

Upcycle suitcases for storage or stack to create as a side table. There are plenty of these at Judy’s fairs, so keep your eyes peeled. Whilst a really old case might require some love and attention to restore it to former glory, a quick google search will give you plenty of help.

Make a display out of your best vintage buys by investing in a cheap mannequin. It’s a great way of storing jewellery or favourite clothing without having to hide them away, and can make a great focal point for a room. If your budget is super tight, you can even make your own by creating a plaster cast of yourself with paper mache (you might need a friend to help with this, it can get messy!)

Bunting will brighten any room, especially if it’s homemade to fit your chosen colour scheme. Experiment with shapes, sizes and finishes to see what works best for you. Fairy lights are super cheap and give a room a comforting glow – just make sure they’ve been safety tested!

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Don’t worry about making everything too co-ordinated. In shared kitchens especially, a vintage look can be achieved easily with mismatched crockery. Keep an eye out at Judy’s fairs for tea trays, tea pots and cup and saucer combos.

Stay true to yourself – whilst an ‘everything vintage’ look might earn you some hipster points on campus, if you know you’re going to feel scared to touch anything in your own room because it’s so pretty and perfect, you are allowed to ‘cheat’ a little and use vintage as an inspiration rather than a rule to live by.

Loving your new retro digs? Send your top homeware tips or makeover pictures to us at judysaffordablevintagemagazine@gmail.com. And check out our events tab for all the freshers fun coming to a city near you!

 

 

Judy’s 10th Anniversary Charity Giveaway with The Rainbow Trust

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Fancy doing something great for charity and winning some amazing prizes? You’ve come to the right place- Judy’s great big 10th anniversary charity giveaway!

To celebrate 10 years of vintage business, we’ve teamed up with wonderful charity Rainbow Trust for a big raffle to help raise funds for their causes. For those not familiar with their work, they support over 25% of the 6,000 families in England who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness, regardless of diagnosis.

From providing emotional and home support during day-to-day routines such as getting siblings of sick children to school and cooking meals to explaining treatments in hospitals and arranging bereavement counselling, their holistic approach to life with a poorly child benefits the whole family and is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Naturally that level of support doesn’t come cheap and so Rainbow Trust are a hugely deserving recipient of the £5000 we hope to raise over the next few months.

So how you can you help? If you’re hitting one of our Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales or Furniture Fleas look out for our collection tins on the door. If you’d rather keep things digital, you can donate to our Just Giving page here.

For every pound that is donated, you will be entered into our charity raffle. New prizes are coming in all the time, but our current draw includes the following:

  • We Smell The Rain – Artisan Plant
  • Abel Organics – Vintage ’13 perfume
  • 3 month subscription to ‘Bloom & Wild’ letterbox flowers
  • Book bundle: Style Me Vintage: Home, Accessories & 1940s
  • 2 pairs of clogs from Lotta From Stockholm
  • 1 year subscription to Vintage Life Magazine
  • Issue 9 of Mid Century Magazine PLUS digital subscription to all back issues!
  • £25 Vivien Of Holloway voucher!
  • £20 This Is Vintage voucher
  • Limited edition Pink & White Tara Starlet ‘Girlfriend’ coat
  • Tara Starlet online voucher
  • Lovett & Co jewellery set

Once you donate PLEASE screenshot your donation confirmation and send us a screenshot to: emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

The prize draw will be announced at our anniversary party in November – date TBC.

Other donations are received with open arms – we really want to make this year one to remember for all the right reasons!

 

Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest 6

Judy's Digest Issue 6When we’re not busy buzzing around organising events, attending meetings and (ahem) scouring rails for our own personal vintage collections, we at Judy’s like to give our fans that little bit extra. If you’re a seasoned Judy’s addict, you may have heard of our official magazine: Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

For those not in the know, Judy’s Digest is published 3-4 times a year and aims to bring you a little closer to the action, sating your retro desires in between fairs and sharing some of our best advice for your wardrobes. Edited by Kilo Manage Jenessa and featuring submissions from the full Judy’s clan (and some extra friends too!) you can expect interviews, style tips and even some sneaky peeks inside our homes.

Sounds intriguing? You can check out the brand new Issue 6 on Issuu, as well as all of our back issues. If you’re a vintage aficionado or keen scribbler, we’re always on the lookout for new writers; send us an email with some story ideas to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk. Similarly, we’re also open to advertisers and collaborative brands – you can use this same email address but just remember to pop ‘Advertising’ somewhere in the subject header.

A Sartorial Summer – August vintage events coming near you!

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Can you believe that this weekend, August will have arrived? Although the British Summertime has left something to be desired (soggy would be putting it politely), August brings a whole wealth of fun summery activities – festivals, family days out and of course, a good few vintage fairs! Here’s out guide to which august vintage events you can expect from us over the next few weekends.

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The Vintage Kilo Sale
August 2nd – York Hall, Bethnal Green
August 8th – Wasps Artists Studios, Glasgow

The Vintage Kilo Sale hits both North and South this fortnight, bringing with it a ton of festival clobber to get you in the mood for the likes of Reading & Leeds, V Fest, Boardmasters, Wilderness and Creamfields. We’ll be stocking plenty more besides – in London we’ll be joined by Vintage Promise for all your jewellery needs, and in Glasgow we’ll have Dear Rose With Love onboard.

Expect plenty of upcycle-worthy stock as well as ready-to-wear pieces, ranging from dresses to denim, skirts to shorts and a few retro suprises…

To learn more, check our event pages here (London) and here (Glasgow)

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Weekender – The Edinburgh Fringe Edition!
August 8th & 9th – Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

All our scots friends are in for a treat next weekend! We’re taking over the OOTB Hall for two whole days of retro fun. Expect over 30 stalls packed with incredible vintage fashion, accessories and homewares, the perfect excuse to fill your wardrobes in time for a last minute August getaway or summer wedding.

For all the lowdown, visit us on Facebook here.

Herd Em Up! Judy’s Vintage Does Beatherder

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Team Judy are in some serious recovery after an amazing weekend at Beatherder Festival! Celebrating both the tenth anniversary of the festival and our very own fair, we decked out our stripy marquee with the best in vintage traders. We had a ball meeting some funky customers and dancing the night away to some serious 90s throwback dance. Check out some of our best photos below…

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Our lovely tent – complete with glitter station!

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Our lovely vintage trader Johanna – putting us all to shame with her incredible outfits!

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This lovely customer snapped up one of our trader Adele’s two-pieces and looked ace! She was also a dedicated ‘herder – attending every year for the past eight years, she even had a tattoo of their logo!

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This ace lady came into our tent with ten minutes to go before officiating a shaman wedding – we got her kitted out in this gorgeous frock in no time! Just call us fairy godmothers…

Fancy getting in on some of the vintage festival action? Our next stop will be at Festival No.6 in September – join us here

Worn In The USA! – Vintage shopping in America

Brand and Event Manager Emily has just returned from her trip to the USA! (Lucky thing…) We couldn’t wait to see her vintage buys and learn more about vintage shopping in america…

Running fairs every weekend means building up a large affordable vintage wardrobe…here are some of Emily’s holiday outfits (all bought at our fairs):
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This amazing 1950s ‘Covergirl’ dress was snapped up at our Edinburgh event for £50! Emily wore it at Disneyland!

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This amazing floral skirt was £30 from the Edinburgh fair – worn in Brooklyn.

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If you are planning on visiting Brooklyn – a must is the Brooklyn Flea (no flea market prices anymore but still worth a visit)!

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If you’re in the area – pop to the Museum of Moving Image to see the Mad Men exhibition. Emily wore this novelty print dress bought for £35 at our Chester Fair.

image8This 60’s two piece was snapped up for £35 in Bath from Vintage Mabels and worn in LA!


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Early 50’s evening dress with diamante detailing – $35.00 from Buffalo Exchange!

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As some of you may well know Emily has a large collection of vintage specs! These two found their way into her suitcase:

Top: Fabulous Fannys – New York

Bottom: Paper Moon Vintage – Hollywood

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Sweet cotton vintage dress – $15 – Buffalo Exchange!


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Vintage bowling shirt with name embroidery – $18 – Squaresville LA

Have you snapped up any amazing buys while on holiday? We’d love to see them!

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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!

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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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