Introducing…Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 5

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.30.23Eagled-eyed Judy fans will know that we always like to give you a little extra. While our packed schedule of events means that you never have to go long without a vintage fix, we know that sometimes it’s great to just curl up on the sofa with a good glass of gin, some ambient music and a great retro read. Well look no further!

Fresh from the depths of our vintage-fuelled minds, we give you Issue 5 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest, the best e-magazine around to keep you up to date with all the behind the scenes gossip from the Vintage Fair, Furniture Flea and Official Kilo Sale.

Originally launched in 2013 by kilo manager Jenessa when she was just a student (see back issues here), the new-look vintage magazine is back and fuller than ever, offering you top tips on everything from nailing nineties style to perfecting the perfect mid-century century home interiors. We even took a peek in our own booking manager Donna’s abode!

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Happy Reading!

Search the magazine on Issuu here

Festival Fashion – The best vintage-inspired looks from Coachella 2015

Rejoice – Spring has finally arrived! As temperatures creep up and layers come off, we’ve got our eyes firmly set on the spring/summer fair season – and of course, Festivals!

Here at Judy’s, we’ve got a string of vintage fairs, furniture fleas and kilo sales, and we’ll also be bringing our retro marquee to Beat-Herder Festival! But the question is – what does one wear when they’re out frolicking in the fields?

coachella vintageWe looked to the best street style from last weekend’s Coachella Festival to give you the lowdown on easy-to-wear vintage-inspired trends that will keep you looking good as you throw some shapes – and down several gins!

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While we probably wouldn’t advise donning your best authentic 50s frock at a muddy festival, a bold red lip paired with a polka-dot frock is a simple way to nod to the era without risking your favourite garment. If the British weather isn’t quite as kind as Coachella’s, simply throw on a raincoat or knitted cardigan – our Judy’s Traders have a great selection in every colour of the rainbow!

60s Colour Pop
Floaty stripes will never go out of style – keeping you cool in a busy crowd but still very easy to layer. For a 60s-inspired look, it’s all about the accessories – a strong pair of sunglasses in a bright colour will lift a whole outfit and cover up any dark circles from too much partying the night before! Check out the Affordable Vintage Fair for bold accessories that turn will turn a basic ensemble into a showstopper.

80s Double Denim
Double denim can be a tricky look to master, but it’s hardwearing, easy to shove into a bag and ensures you don’t have to put too much thought into your look when you wake up in your tent. Keep things 80s/90s by opting for denim with interesting patches or button rivets. Our Kilo Sale is a great place to pick up oversized denim which you can layer over a more fitted piece for contrast.

70s Folklore
Aztec, peasant sleeves and suede boots…this Coachella babe has got 70s style nailed! For a more weather-appropriate alternative, try bell bottom jeans or bring along a treated suede jacket and fedora to stave off any British downpours. We love our Judy’s trader Tallula Vintage for all patterns bold and beautiful!

DIY Ditsy Seperates
Can’t decide which era you want to channel at this years festivals?  Ditsy Florals are always a good idea for a hint of retro! Summer is also a great opportunity to try some upcycling – this two piece could be easily achieved by cutting a kilo dress into two parts and giving each part a quick hem!

90s Girly Grunge
For those planning on elbowing their way to the front, the 90s grunge trend is a great option that won’t leave you feeling too precious about scrubbing out muddy stains later. Mix heavy boots and checks with feminine shapes and top it off with some great functional accessories – the chunkier the better!

Looking to stock up on your vintage festival fashion? Check out all our upcoming dates – including Beat-Herder! – 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…

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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!!

 

Presenting our (retr)eau de toilette…

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Are you tired of living and breathing all things vintage without *actually*breathing the air? Do today’s modern-day scents and smells get a big boo from you? Are your nostrils itching for the nostalgia of a better time-gone-by? Oh boy, do we have news for you…
Brought to you by a team of retro researchers at a top UK Universtiy (and with help from yours truly), we’ve answered your sensory prayers. Available at all of our events for the foreseeable future, we give you: ‘The Affordable Vintage Air.’
A mere prototype (branding to be decided) of our new ‘eau de retro,’ we caught up with Fair Founder Judy on just why she was so on the nose; “Nowadays, we’ve got it too good,” she states, speaking from the laboratory. “The internet lets us replicate any piece of the past we desire; fashion houses provide the looks and touch, apps and video blare out the sound, but what about that most elusive of memories, what about the smell? (Literally)Sniffing out a gap in the market, lo the ‘Air’ was born.”
Coming in a plethora of scents, samples include: -
  • Grandma’s House
  • Bread-and-Dripping
  • Palma Violet
  • Sunday School
  • Local Boozer
  • Auntie’s Lacquer –  AND MORE!

All the wistfulness of going round to Grandma’s (without having to put in any face time).” Professor R. Etro, Mixologist at Judy HQ

Know a good thing when you smell it? Come see us at any of our April events below!
Want the when and where on how to find us? Click the event pages below.
Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 12th April
RSVP here

Bristol’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
RSVP here

Liverpool’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 18th April
RSVP here

Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Glasgow’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 25th April
RSVP here

Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

The Central London Vintage Furniture Flea
Sun 26th April
RSVP here

Got a scent that you want replicating? Never fear, we’re all ears (and noses, of course). Get in touch via the links below and let us take you to fragrance heaven.

Tweet here

Facebook here 

Charity Chat – Judy’s 10th Birthday Giveaway for Kids Company

kids companyAs a business, we like to believe that we at Judy’s are a pretty charitable bunch. We save and re-home thousands of vintage items with every event we put on, and regularly sort our own personal wardrobes to give away to the likes of Cancer Research, Barnados and the RSPCA.

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However, we are set to turn 10 years old this year, and it’s got us thinking about what more we can do to really help make a difference. We also got to thinking about parties, celebrations and what we can do to show you guys (our loyal fans!) some love for all your support over the years.

While we have some very special plans up our sleeves that we can’t reveal just yet, what we can announce is that we are thrilled and honoured to be supporting a wonderful charity, hoping to raise £5,000 for a cause very close to our hearts.

Our chosen charity, Kids Company, supports vulnerable inner-city children, young adults and their families. Summarised on their website, their therapeutic work “helps children and young people to manage the devastating effects of trauma and abuse and is complemented by practical support providing bare essentials such as food, clothing and bedding, together with longer term support for education, training and employment. 

So what can you guys do to help? On a simple level, come say hello and pop some spare change in our collection tins! Kids Company donation caddies will be popping up across our Affordable Vintage Fairs, Kilo Sales and Furniture Fleas very soon, so keep your eyes peeled and dig deep! To see all of our upcoming events, click here.

If you’d rather donate online, it’s just as easy – simply head over to our Just Giving page.

We’re also hosting a HUGE CHARITY RAFFLE! Prizes include:

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3 month subscription to Bloom & Wild letterbox flowers

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3 book bundle – Style Me Vintage Home, Accessories & 1940s from Pavilion Books!

1 year’s subscription to Vintage Life magazine

£50 Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair voucher

£50 The Vintage Furniture Flea voucher

£30 Vintage Kilo Sale Voucher

£25 Vivien of Holloway Voucher

More coming soon…

We’re still on the lookout for some fab companies who would be kind enough to donate some prizes to our big charity raffle. We have some great prizes already lined up (including some donations from very famous faces!), but we always welcome more – simply get in touch with us via Facebook or by emailing emily@judysvintagefair.co.uk

Let’s get raising!

For more information on Kids Company and the amazing work they do, visit their website here

How to bag the best kilo sale bargains

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In addition to our Affordable Vintage Fair and Furniture Flea, our vintage kilo sale is quite the crowd pleaser, with thousands of you flocking to our events in January and February. Now March is in full swing, we’re back on the road, hitting Birmingham this weekend, Sheffield on the 28th and plenty more cities throughout the rest of the year. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

While plenty of our customers are regular kilo-ers, we absolutely love meeting first-timers too. It’s part of what makes our job so fun, watching people who’d never previously considered wearing vintage opened up to a whole new world of stylish dressing. For those who aren’t quite as acquainted with our sale as others, here are some top tips for bagging the best kilo sale bargains!

Come Early

While we do our best to top up stock throughout the day, it is always worth coming early if you’re serious about bagging plenty of cheap items! Earlybird entry costs £3 and opens at 11am across all of our events.

If you can’t make it to Earlybird entry, don’t panic – there is always plenty of stock left for £1.50 General Entry from 12pm, you just might have to look a little harder!

Get Ready To Rummage!

Unlike a traditional vintage fair, the kilo sale might require you to roll your sleeves up! We display plenty of dresses, jackets, coats and tops on rails at each event, but there are plenty more gems in our huge rummage tubs.

By giving yourself plenty of time to look around the sale, you’re much more likely to find something to buy – we recommend a good hour to dig for gold, sort through your items and decide which you want to buy!

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Bring a friend

Kilo sales can be busy places, so it’s always worth bringing a friend to help you decide which garments are worth putting in that purple bag! Who knows – they might even find something for themselves too!

If you do end up coming alone, don’t worry – our customers are a very friendly and stylish bunch! And what better way is there to get some outfit inspo than looking at what your fellow shopper is wearing? Trust us – it usually results in some serious wardrobe envy!

Bring an open mind!

You never know what’s lurking in those big rummage tubs! Even if an item isn’t exactly what you were expecting, they can surprise you! An oversized shirt or jacket can be incredibly on-trend, or a baggy dress can be belted to fit. Be open minded about small alterations or ways of wearing items – if you simply love a fabric, pop it in that bag!

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Show us some love!

We love nothing more than seeing what great pieces you pick up at the kilo! You can tweet or instagram your pics on the day using the hashtag #kilobargains, or show us how you’re wearing them. We have been known to giveaway prizes to some of the kilo sale bargains, so it’s all to play for!

Mama, I Love You…Mother’s Day, Vintage Style!

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Spice Girls karaoke aside, it’s nearly one of our favourite days of the year – Mother’s Day! As the people who raised us, supported us and dressed us(!), we at Judy’s couldn’t be more grateful to our respective mums for all their love, encouragement and stylish hand-me-downs.

With that in mind, what better way is there to show your special lady some love that with a fun day out? We’ve got a great calendar of events this saturday that give you ample opportunity to treat your ma to a spot of tea, cake and vintage rummaging. Who knows – you might even be able to bag yourself a bargain too!

EVENTS

14th March – Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair
The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7RB
Open: 10:00 – 5:00
Free Entry!

14th March – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Lutyens Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral House Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5TQ
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

14th March – Newcastle Vintage Kilo
Northumbria Students’ Union, 2 Sandyford Road, NE1 8SB Newcastle upon Tyne
Private Trade Hour 10-11am
Earlybird Entry 11am-12pm £3
General Entry 12-4pm £1.50

 

Say Hello To Yellow!

It’s March! I know, we can barely believe it ourselves. Christmas is now a dim and distant memory as the evenings lighten, sunlight streams through our windows and the prospect of leaving the house with just a light jacket (vintage of course) starts to seem like a serious option.

Here at Judy HQ, we have well and truly caught spring fever. Off the back of a record breaking weekend of events for both the Fair and Flea (thanks Manchester and London!), we are firmly into the swing of fair season and celebrating with a good dose of colour.

And what better way to welcome in the new month that with a bold, cheery hue? We’ve been a fan of all things yellow for quite some time (you only need to look at our logo!), but our passion has spread to homewares, fashion and prints thanks to our delightful traders and our long-term love affair with Pinterest. Here are some of our faves!

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What yellow items are you loving this season? Don’t forget to show us your fab kilo, flea and fair buys by tweeting or instagramming us with the hashtag #helloyellow for your chance to win a prize!

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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Interview: Ellie Connor Phillips, Rose & Vintage

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Here at Judy HQ, we love nothing more than interacting with our customers at fairs. And what a fab bunch you are! From immaculate 50s frocks to funky 70s style, you never disappoint us with your amazing purchases, creative outfits and unique way of expressing yourselves.

We’re also a big fan of our bloggers, none more so that Ellie Connor Phillips of award-winning site Rose & Vintage. Between studying for her A-Levels, working in a costume jewellery store and blogging about all things retro, she also finds time to write for our official magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.

We caught up with Ellie to ask her a few questions about style, colour clashing and the horrors of wearing crocs…

Hi Ellie! Tell us about your blog and how you started it?

My blog is pretty much an online representation of me – it’s a collection of my clothes, my likes and dislikes, the places I’ve been to…pretty much everything goes on the blog! It’s very much like a diary. I started it because I had been reading blogs for ages, and loved vintage fashion, and setting up a blog seemed like the right thing to do.

What were your earliest memories of vintage fashion?

In all honesty I was a little scared of vintage as a child – the idea of second-hand items was new to me and I was worried they would be dirty or smell. Then my cousin and cousin-in-law introduced me to Spitalfield’s Market and Brick Lane, where I bought my first vintage sweater…it was a spiral from there really. It got me completely hooked!

What is your favourite vintage era and why?

It depends on my mood. My style usually has a little bit of a 60’s/70’s twist to it, but I think that is because I love the music from that era and it’s the era my parents grew up in, so I know more about it, it comes more naturally to me. I adore 40s and 50s shapes and styles though, and so I often end up trying to combine eras in my outfits. 50s is perfect for parties or special occasions!

You’re queen of the colour clash – what advice would you give to people looking to add more colour to their wardrobe?

Thank you haha! I love clashing colours and prints – I think the key is to just forget what you think goes together, and just wear whatyou want to put together…if you like that green skirt and orange coat, wear it! You’ll look great, and anyone that disagrees just doesn’t understand fashion. True style has no rules!

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Is there anything you’d really never be seen dead in?

Oooh. I break a lot of rules, especially those I set myself. I guess right now it would have to be a pair of Crocs. I have nothing against them – they are really comfy and great for kids but I feel the relationship must end once you hit your teens. I’m sorry Crocs.

Who is your style icon?

David Bowie. But then again, he is my icon for everything. I just adore his style, and how he was never afraid to just change and do something completely different. I also admire Vivienne Westwood as she never fails to wear and make the most amazing garments…and of course Iris Apfel, and all of the amazing women on Advanced Style.

What has been your all time best Judy’s fair buy?

That’s a hard one! I think the last one was definitely a pair of wooden frames with cute watercolour drawings inside. They look great on my wall.

Where are your favourite hang out spots in London?

Brick Lane is THE place for vintage, and there is always a kooky and cool market on in Spitalfield’s. I also adore Covent Garden, Berwick Street and Carnaby Street, and Camden Market too!

Does it feel odd to think that so many people are fans of your style? It must put some pressure on you to dress quirkily all the time…

It’s a bit strange, as I feel I can’t repeat outfits as much (such a guilty pleasure of mine). It’s also hard sometimes as I don’t want to drastically change but I want to let my style develop – I’m sure I’ll manage somehow!

Check out Ellie’s post about the Vintage Kilo Sale here