Do you need a present for a vintage lover? Look NO further!


Christmas…the busiest shopping period of the year! The boffins over at Judy HQ have come up with a super simple, easy peasy idea that will make the festive induced retail panic subside!

Introducing…the Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair gift voucher

All vouchers are valid at any of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair events throughout 2015.


Vouchers will be available to buy at the following events:

Lincoln – November 22nd

Leeds – November 29th

Brighton – November 30th

Cambridge – December 7th

Glasgow – December 13th

Edinburgh – December 14th

You can also buy them online here….



Here’s a list of cities we currently visit:

London, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Chester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Ipswich, Cambridge
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Lincoln, Brighton, Bath, Bristol


Happy shopping folks!

Love Judy HQ xx

Coats, coats, coats!

With the colder weather snapping at our ankles Judy HQ are getting out the winter coat collection!

Here’s our winter #coatspiration…

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We’d love you to share your amazing vintage coats with us over on…

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Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair – October 2014

Back on October 5th the Judy’s team set up shop at our old favourite York Hall – Bethnal Green! With 40+ stalls of vintage fashion, accessories and homewares PLUS an exclusive book launch of Style Me Vintage: Accessories. Check out what we go up to (all images Hanson Leatherby)! View the whole album here. DSC_1767


Style Me Vintage: Accessories authors Naomi Thompson and Liz Tregenza with our competition winner!


The Vintage Mafia ladies Jeni & Fleur


Catherine Holm pans by trader Top Tat


Fair Manager – Emily


Trader – Cat from Vintage Fever


Trader – Megan


Trader – Liz from Easy Tiger Vintage


A happy shopping with Holly from H.E.R. Vintage


Trader – Adele from Tallulah Vintage


Amber Jane from


Our iconic venue – York Hall

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Fair Manager – Scarlett


Happy customers at the tea party – courtesy of Pear of Peas!

L1051813 L1051819 L1052012 Did you join us in Bethnal Green? Why not share your snaps over on Twitter or Instagram! Miss out on our last event? Don’t worry, we’ll be back on DECEMBER 14th of a special festive edition of Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair! Click on the flyer for more information! bethnalgreenchristmasflyer

Preview: The Vintage Furniture Flea


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.


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.


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.


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

V&Oak Post: Tennis Outfits Through The Ages

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Australian tennis players in 1937. Photographed by Sam Hood

It’s that time of year again, when it’s all about drinking champagne, eating strawberries and cream, and donning white like a Wimbledon champ. Tennis, that quintessentially British sport, has been played in one form or another since the 12th century, when the ball was simply hit with the bare palm of the hand. It took four-hundred years for someone to come up with the genius idea of using a racket, and we haven’t looked back since. Enthusiastically pursued by royalty, courtiers and ‘commoners’ alike, the Medieval form of tennis eventually evolved in the mid-nineteenth century into an outdoor game, played initially on a croquet lawn in the upmarket Edgbaston area of Birmingham. The two founders of the modern version, Major Harry Gem and his Spanish merchant pal Augurio Perera, then moved to Leamington Spa in 1874 where along with two local doctors they formed the Leamington Tennis Club, the very first of its kind in the world. 1960s tennis

Fred Perry tennis dresses in the 1960s

The popularity of this summer sport has increased exponentially since then, spurred on in the past hundred years by the creation of an international professional tennis circuit, the advent of television and the commercial possibilities of sponsorship. As the game evolves – employing ever more technologically advanced equipment, and consequently affecting the way that tennis is played – so too do the fashions on the court. In this month’s guest blog post, we’re taking a look at how women’s tennis outfits have changed over the years. Maud-Watson 1884 White has been the mainstay of tennis fashion since the late nineteenth century and became compulsory wear at Wimbledon as long ago as 1890. Not only does it reflect light, absorbing little heat and allowing the wearer to stay cool, but it’s also a colour that dirties very easily, and so wearing it was a luxury that only the very rich could afford. The above image shows Maud Watdon (left), the very first woman to win the Ladies’ Championship at Wimbledon. She beat her sister Lilian (right) to the title in 1884. It would be 118 years before two siblings would play against each other in the Wimbledon Finals at Centre Court again – Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in 2002! 1906 Up until the 1920s there wasn’t really such a thing as sportswear. Ladies were expected to cover up, however warm it got, and often donned hats, corsets and petticoats. This player is forced to pick her skirt up from the ground as she plays in 1906. Although thankfully at least the sleeves have started creeping up, a trend started by America Wimbledon women’s single’s champion May Sutton Bundy, who bravely revealed her wrists in 1905 kick-starting a trend that would be impossible to reverse. suzanne-lenglen 1924 Suzanne Lenglen, seen here in 1924 caused quite a stir playing tennis with her arms and calves exposed, but in doing so freed future players “from the tyranny of corsets” as Wimbledon veteran Elizabeth Ryan would later proclaim. 1944-katherine-hepburn Never one to follow trends, Katharine Hepburn eschewed the shorter tennis skirts that had become ubiquitous by the 1940s in favour of practical high-waisted shorts, which were more in keeping with her masculine style. Of course the rest of the world took notice, and quickly followed suit. Lea-Pericoli 1965 The mini skirt trend of the 1960s permeated all aspect of British culture, making its way onto the Wimbledon courts by the middle of the decade. Italian player Lea Pericoli is seen wearing a rose-trimmed Teddy Tinling creation in 1965. 1980-chris-evert-lloyd After 100 years of wearing all white clobber, the tennis world rebelled in a fit of Eighties excess; along with sporting the odd mullet, players brightened up their gear with colourful details. After all, the 1963 dress code at Wimbledon stated that competitors must dress “predominantly in white,” updated in 1995 to “almost entirely white.” Since the 1908s players have chosen to express themselves through little flashes of colour appearing in their hairbands, shorts or soles of their feet. This year however, Andrew Jarrett, tournament referee at Wimbledon, has announced a new all-white rule, which allows just a 1cm trim of colour on every outfit, and thus has signalled a brand new era of tennis fashion. We will watch the evolution with interest! V&OAK Cover For more on fashion and design history, and vintage inspiration pick up a copy of V&OAK Magazine for just £4.95 over in our shop.  See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova – Editor and Founder of V&OAK


V&Oak Post: 10 Vintage Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

I must admit, I am a little bit obsessed with Instagram. It’s one of the first things I look through when I wake up in the morning. With a big mug of coffee in hand, there’s nothing better than to just browse through inspiring images from all over the world – the colours, the beauty and general positive vibe of these little square images often trigger ideas for V&OAK and motivate me to be creative.

Here are some of my favourite accounts!

Adored Vintage

Adored Vintage


Run by a shop in Long Beach, California, this Instagram account features lovely vintage clothing for sale, and beautifully styled images from the owners’ charmed lives.

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The Vintage News


Vintage News correspondent and creator of The Vanity Case handmade customised fans, Sadie Doherty, lives in Brighton and has impeccable Forties inspired style. I had the pleasure of meeting Sadie at the Festival of Vintage in April, where she interviewed me for the Vintage News. Keep a lookout for the footage on the V&OAK website.

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Shini Park


Pretty much every photo on Shini’s Instagram account is beautifully styled or just a perfectly composed shot. And really it’s no wonder, because Shini is an accomplished photographer, blogger and most recently, author of gorgeous new DIY fashion project book, Adorn. 

Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine


A chef and cookery writer by trade, Gizzi gets a spot in my top ten by way of her trademark beehive hairdo and Sixties inspired style. Her insta posts combine food, vintage and cats. I don’t think I need to say more!




Blogging as Vixen Vintage and selling her carefully curated finds on Etsy, Solanah has an eclectic and adventurous personal style, mixing mid-century pieces and modern separates with ease.


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Based in LA, Erin Hagstrom posts adorable photos of her newborn, colourful snaps of her home turf, and exceedingly stylish sun-drenched style shots of herself looking effortlessly chic. They’re the kind of pics that make you long to live in sunnier climes.

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Featuring cocktails, good food and vintage outfits aplenty, vintage blogger Gemma’s Instagram feed reveals a life lived very much to the full! Her blog is a popular homage to all things glamorous and retro and is one not be missed!

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With her bold red lipstick and perfectly coiffured black hair, Jennifer looks like she was born to wear midcentury vintage. Her pics radiate Fifties glamour and even the non-fashion shots carry a sense of nostalgia.

Dawn O'Porter

9 Dawn O’Porter


Dawn’s Insta posts are entertaining and candid, giving us a glimpse into the LA lifestyle with a distinctly British feel. The best bit though is that Dawn is doing a brand new show on Channel 4 called This Old Thing. Focusing on vintage and upcycling, the six-parter is one not to be missed. It’s due to be broadcast this month so keep a lookout! We interviewed Dawn a few months back to find out about this show and her love of vintage. You can read all about it in our Spring/Summer 2014 issue, available to buy here for just £4.95.


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Of course, we can’t finish this list without giving our own Instagram a little mention! We post lots of vintage inspiration and behind the scenes snaps. Find out what we’re up to, take a peek inside upcoming magazines, and chat to us too!

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova

P.s. don’t forget to follow Judy’s – @judysvintagefair



V&Oak Post: Issue 2 is Out!


It has arrived! After six month of hard graft, organising photo shoots, commissioning articles, sourcing beautiful vintage products and interviewing two of my favourite TV personalities, all the while appearing at vintage fairs around the country at weekends, Issue 2 of V&OAK has arrived!

As the Editor, I see every page countless of times. I know the magazine like the back of my hand, and yet, it is still always slightly nerve-wracking to wait for the final product to arrive. Waiting for that final metamorphosis from pages on a screen to a physical, perfect-bound magazine is both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. But after the final wait, I must say that our Spring/Summer 2014 edition is a beauty to behold.

This issue as the last features nearly 200 pages of pure vintage and handmade content. Printed on thick glossy paper, V&OAK is designed with quality in mind. We are quite selective about the things we feature and the stories we include. There are lots of inspiring photo shoots, in-depth features and plenty of products to buy too. Our Spring/Summer 2014 issue includes some topical stories but plenty of timeless articles too, making each of our issues a beautiful keepsake to refer to time and time again.

And the best bit – each issue costs just £4.95 and can be ordered online here. Direct Debit subscribers get an even better deal  – two issues for £8 including P&P. Subscribing takes just a few minutes and can be done here.

Fancy a sneaky peek inside? Have a browse through my copy – I managed to shoot a few pics on my balcony before the weather really turned!


Dawn O’Porter (TV presenter extraordinaire, wife of Chris O’Dowd and most importantly to us, a devotee of vintage fashion) is heading up a brand new TV show all about our favourite subject. To be shown very soon on Channel 4, each episode of This Old Thing sees Dawn meet ‘vintage virgin’ and teach them the ways of shopping for timeless, irresistible fashion. On top of this Dawn has a trusty team of seamstresses on hand to help convert guests’ unloved vintage finds into something they can’t wait to wear. Sounds great doesn’t it?

I was absolutely delighted to interview Dawn to find out more about the show, her love of vintage and her view on High Street shopping. We even ventured into controversial territory and mulled over the question of vintage fur. Want to know what she said about all this and more? Check out Issue 2 for all of the goss!


Hands up who’s got Quest on their TV? If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must watch Salvage Hunters! The third series has just begun, and it gets better every time! The show follows decorative antiques dealer Drew Pritchard as he traverses the country in his van, looking for antiques and vintage pieces to buy. He’s invited to some of the UK’s (and sometimes Europe’s) most interesting sites. It could be a manor house belonging to the landed gentry, a castle in need of fundraising, Blackpool Illuminations having a clear-out, Brighton’s West Pier selling off what’s left of it; if they have something significantly old and decorative to sell, they call Drew!

Having been in this business for over twenty years, Drew certainly knows his stuff. I interviewed him about the show and some of the fascinating objects he has found in his career so far. I must say, Drew’s enthusiasm for his craft is absolutely infectious, and I am in no doubt that he has, as he confirmed to me, the best job in the world! Pick up Issue 2 to read the full story!


If you’re into your vintage, you’ll surely be familiar ‘Style Me Vintage: Clothes’, the hugely successful book which two years ago was featured everywhere from Stylist to Huffington Post. As an early exponent of vintage style, Naomi was heralded as an expert in her field and was suddenly in high demand with TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and many vintage organisations clamouring to work with her.

Now living in Portsmouth with her newborn baby, Naomi’s day-to-day life is somewhat calmer than it was in her London incarnation. I’m really delighted that Naomi is the second author of our regular ‘How I Did It’ section, in which someone who works in the vintage industry shares the lessons of their success. Her insight into what success really means is honest, inspiring and thought-proving. If you have ambitions of working for yourself, I urge you to have a read!


These are just three of nearly 50 features in Issue 2 of V&OAK! We aim to inspire our readers, so please do let us know what you think! Issue 2 is available directly from us at just £4.95, over on this link. You can also subscribe for just £4 per copy including P&P if you pay by Direct Debit.

We hope you enjoy the magazine!

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova

Job Vacancy: London Based Promoter


This summer we are taking over Cheshire Street with 40 amazing, affordable vintage stalls every Sunday!

We’ll be bringing our best traders together to create a vibrant, eclectic and most importantly AFFORDABLE marketplace.

We need a tip-top team of promoters who can lend us a hand on the day of each Cheshire Street Market!


We want 3 confident, hard working vintage lovers to join our LONDON promotions team.

You must be able to hit the ground running with any task we give you, use your initiative and have a fantastic rapport with the general public.

We need our team to be prompt and available ON SUNDAY’S throughout summer (this is a crucial part of the job role)

Previous experience working in promotions /events would be advantageous.

You must be over 18 to apply for this role.

We want you to really tell us WHY you would be an amazing promoter for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair.

Email with the subject ‘Cheshire Street’

Please include a 50 word introduction explaining why you’d be the perfect person for the position.

Deadline: May 14th 2014.





V&Oak Post: The Perfect Spring Picnic

The sun is out, and we are planning our perfect Sunday – a picnic in the park with a good book and some tasty treats. The following items are our essential picks for a sunny day out!

Spring Picnic 11940s Vintage French Wicker Basket – £39.95

Spring Picnic 2  ‘80s Buttercup Yellow Crochet Lace Collar Dress – £25.61

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Brown Leather Tassle Loafers – £29.00

Spring Picnic 4 ‘70s Straw Summer Hat with Flowers – £22.00


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Vintage China Yellow Primrose Side Plate – £8.95

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Fondant Fancies - £1.00 for a box of 8


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Handmade Crochet Picnic Blanket – £44.50

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V&OAK Spring/Summer 2014 issue – 196 pages packed full of vintage and handmade inspiration – £4.95

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK


V&Oak Post: The Porcelain Perk of Afternoon Tea

As bespoke, decorative plates continue to crop up on the vintage scene, Charlotte Rowland looks at the evolution of these collected ceramics to uncover what they embody and represent.

With exclusive designs and prints as well as a level of everyday practicality that makes buying them all the more excusable, vintage plates have rapidly taken over more than their fair share of the modern market. Not only is this curatorship worth it for artistic purposes, with many plates boasting flamboyant florals and patterned façades, but stocking up on these delicate and ornate plates, as well as satisfying aesthetically, is a way of historically tracing the development of the plate as object or art.

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When trade routes opened to China in the fourteenth century, porcelain objects, like dinner plates, became must-haves for European nobility. With this introduction, the plate quickly became associated with traits of dignity and aristocracy, with their use, expanding gradually to become the prime sign of an opulent Marie-Antoinette-style tea party from the Victorian era onwards, chiefly being to serve, host and impress respected guests. A cabinet stock in a courtly home was taken as a sign of finery, opulence and prosperity, and as an indicator that the titleholders were of a respectable and venerable class.

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Plates like the above, for instance, dated c1890, would have been much admired and esteemed for their hand painted glaze of pansies, lilies of the valley and ferns. In keeping with the multi-functional use of the plate we have today, however, the perforated edge here, foremost a decorative emblem, could also be threaded through its gaps, which would personalise the plate and ready it for hanging. Lace plates were also a prized style of the nineteenth century, with punctuated edges, this time much like a paper doily, allowing for the same decorative license.

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Plates, however, were also accepted as works of art. The practice of collecting ‘souvenir’ plates was popularised in the nineteenth century by Patrick Palmer-Thomas, a Dutch-English nobleman, whose public plate exhibitions vouched for plate collecting as a fashionable and inexpensive hobby.

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Credited to the Danish company Bing and Grondahl in 1895, the first limited edition collector’s plate ‘Behind the Frozen Window’, seen above, sold at an unpredicted rate. Styles like the one below, taken from the Royal Albert collection, for instance, could be picked up easily, while similar designs can be purchased from online stockists today for an average of £15.

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Serving an opulence of scones, tarts and fancies atop mismatched plates and table-wear would, to a Victorian tea-goer, have seemed out of place and uncourtly. Now, however, not only is it fashionable to stock, collect and trade vintage plates, but mixing prints, colour and periods is seen as a quirky, creative touch.

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 Pretty, lavish tints, as seen in the c.1948 Royal Crown Derby plate above, became, for their elegance, the Victorian vogue , with the style of this design  in-particular,  known as a ‘ribbon-edge’ plate, being specifically in demand.

With such a history behind them, vintage plates stand today as more than just visual aesthetics. Our recently developed obsession with vintage plates can, in part, be put down to the attraction of style, with much of the porcelain circulars being delicately and exquisitely decorated with hand-painted floral designs, yet with their development of function, and how they came to mark out divisions between social class and status, plates today should be considered as historical artefacts as well as works of art.

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Sold singularly or en masse, vintage plates are not only appearing on the shelves of copious second-hand shops, but are also slowly and gradually filling the shelves, walls and tables of our homes, too.

Plate 8Available in art nouveau, art deco, post-war, retro and, typical of the Victorian era, floriated, garden-inspired styles, plates like these are easy to obtain, with popular sites Not On The High Street, Cakes Stand Heaven, Etsy and eBay all stocking a unique supply. Prices vary, depending on the date, marque and china, yet a good browse at the market will easily reveal a plate to your tastes.

And not forgetting you can pick up gorgeous vintage plate (or two) and an eclectic range of homewares at a Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair near you – click here for the calendar!

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Whether you purchase a refined six-set to fund a welcome Afternoon Tea, or prefer to use your plates more artistically, there’s no doubt that vintage plates, adaptable and sundry in their uses, are functional and creatively compliant, reminding us all the while of their pertinent back-story which we as modern-day plate collectors can and should unfetter.

Take a look at V&OAK Magazine for more vintage products and collectables.

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK