Judy’s at Spitalfields: February Love List

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

14 February is fast approaching, and whether you go googly-eyed for all things Valentine’s, or are cynical about the whole thing, there’s no avoiding it. Press releases have been winging their way into my inbox since December with the dreaded V-Day subject line (seriously – could we not get Christmas out of the way first?!) and filled with hearts, pink and fluffy things and more often than not a gift guide in at least some guise. While I love flowers, chocolate and lingerie as much as the next girl, sometimes just a little imagination can mean so much more.

As one of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair’s resident bloggers, today I took part in an extra-special Valentine’s themed blogger challenge at their monthly fair at Old Spitalfields Market. Becky Bedbug and I were tasked with compiling a ‘Love List’ of our favourite items at the fair. Armed with my ‘Love List’ sign and a red heart-shaped balloon, and with the romantic theme in mind, I set about perusing the stalls with the goal of finding and sharing with you some suitably retro gifts for guys and gals this Valentine’s.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Madame Fifi Presents is new to the Judy’s stable – it was their first fair today and they looked like they were having a great time! I was first drawn to their sparkly collection of brooches and trinkets, including this adorable owl. However, it was this beautiful men’s vanity kit that particularly caught my eye – this full set was in great condition and would be the perfect present for a well-groomed gent.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Old Pony had a fascinating collection of historical artefacts and quirky objets d’art. I was cooing over their retro crockery when I spotted vintage gold (to me anyway) – a Singer sewing machine. My Gran was a dressmaker, so sewing machines have always held a particular fascination to me and one day I would love to own a vintage Singer of my own. This one was in perfect condition and all wired up ready to go. I was SERIOUSLY tempted – if only we had the room. There was no question about it, this had to go on the Love List. I was drawn to this little owl as well – sounds strange, but it made me think of one of my friends, which reminded me that gal pals deserve some Valentine’s love too and that sometimes the best presents are those that really mean something, just between the two of you.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

If you’re looking for a slightly different gift, then Vintage in Print has a beautiful selection of vintage photography, specialising in fashion photography and retro ads. In fact, for Christmas Al and I unwittingly purchased vintage prints for one another at Judy’s December fair. I blogged about the lovely Vintage in Print then too, as they really make the perfect gift for vintage photography aficionados and lovers of old advertisements alike. At the fair today this David Bailey shot of Grace Coddington (yes I’m obsessed, ok?) and stunning Helmut Newton shot of Twiggy really stood out for me.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

I was spoilt for choice at the aptly named Magpie’s Attic – filled with the most beautiful jewels, trinkets and stylish retro artefacts. This lovingly-curated collection is the work of mother-daughter duo Sarah and Emilie. Each item seems to have a story and mystique about it – you really get the feeling that Magpie’s Attic want to share a piece of this magic with you. I felt their vintage jewels in particular would make a lovely gift; the high street’s mass-produced Valentine’s tat is a million miles away from this. You feel as though each piece has a history and that by owning it you would become the next part of its story. Magpie’s Attic genuinely believe that certain items are meant to belong with some people and you can’t fault Sarah’s eye! This beautiful sapphire and diamond ring and black onyx cufflinks and tie pin set made my Love List – both would make a meaningful and memorable gift.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

I’ve saved the best ’til last: I couldn’t resist the gorgeous I Heart Vintage. Rebecca had truly embraced the theme with all things cute, kitsch and Valentine’s-appropriate. Along with her staple offerings of sweet knick-knacks and feminine retro homeware, there was a smattering of Valentine’s-themed objects; highlights for me included these adorable heart tins and vintage ‘Love is’ mirrors. Far from saccharine sweet, I Heart Vintage has a great sense of humour – check out those kitsch ’50s cat figurines and the cheeky Adam and Eve bottle openers that Judy’s previewed on their Facebook page. If your loved one has a penchant for florals and love hearts then you would be spoilt for choice, but I Heart Vintage has its tongue firmly in its cheek too and has some brilliant witty gifts. I bought Al some whisky glasses with sweet and funny ‘Scottish scenes’ on for Christmas and there was plenty from here on my Love List today.

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Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

I also covered the fair (and the progress of my Love List on the Judy’s Facebook page – thank you for having me Judy’s! Lastly, I couldn’t resist sharing these shots of two stylish shoppers. I liked this chic vintage-goer’s all black outfit with a pop of blue, and her two-tone hair got a lot of love on Facebook! This dapper chap caught my eye with his clever accessorising and bicycle-print shirt. What’s not to love?!

Did you go to Judy’s at Spitalfields today? What’s on your Love List?

Spitalfields Vintage Challenge February

Spitalfields Vintage Challenge - Sat 2nd Feb

This Saturday, I’ll be taking part in the Spitalfields Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair February blogger challenge! In the spirit of the new season, payday (!) and with Valentine’s just round the corner I’ll be compiling a ‘Love List’ of my favourite items and stalls at the fair. I’ll keep an extra special look out for items I think would make perfect Valentine’s gifts too. The lovely Becky of Becky Bedbug will be compiling a ‘Love List’ as well!

Look out for the sign above for my top picks and come and say hello if you’re at Spitalfields on Saturday. I’m on the hunt for the most stylish retro dressers too so get your vintage gladrags on! I know I will be (any excuse).

I’ll be sure to blog about the fair ASAP both here and on the Judy’s Blog. See you there!

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

Camden Passage Market

There’s nothing I enjoy more than visiting a market at the weekend, perusing the rails and hunting for unexpected vintage treasures just waiting to be found. However, particularly at some of the trendier London retro hotspots (East London, I’m looking at you), the crowds can put me off the prospect entirely. Don’t get me wrong, I love these markets too (and I’ll make sure to blog about them soon) but sometimes you just have to be in the right frame of mind for them, and willing to ignore a certain amount of posing occurring around you! Camden Passage Market sometimes gets forgotten about alongside the bigger, busier markets, particularly its nearby sibling Camden Stables Market, but it’s one of my all-time favourites because of its village feel – altogether more manageable in size, more laid-back in ambiance and offering a high quality and great variety of vintage goods.

Due to the snow this weekend the stalls at Camden Passage Market were a little less full than usual I thought, although last time I visited, it was bustling in the height of Summer! I was particularly drawn to the vintage jewels (magpie at heart), cute floral frocks and the most amazing tiny little shop filled to the rafters with antique crockery – piles upon piles of cups and saucers balanced precariously.

Camden Passage Market

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One of the things I love about Camden Passage is the beautiful antique shops and independent boutiques alongside the stalls – the market is after all only really there on a Wednesday and Saturday. This includes one of my favourite ever vintage shops, Fat Faced Cat, which has a brilliantly edited selection of vintage finds. Filled with unique items – such as quirky old books (I loved the Home Guide to Nursing above), kooky knits (just look at that reindeer jumper) and perfectly preserved blouses and dresses (I liked the pink polka dot number) – Fat Faced Cat does the hard work for you. The quality is really great, but premium vintage such as this does come at a price! If money were no object I would happily spend away in here, but it’s well worth a trip simply for masses of inspiration. They have a fantastic selection of menswear too, vintage-loving menfolk take heed!

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Camden Passage Market

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Another big attraction of Camden Passage is the cute coffee shops and eateries lining the streets, almost as many as there are antique shops; ideal for a spot of relaxed weekend browsing and café-hopping. Issy’s Milky Way is the perfect place to refuel between shops and stalls. Inspired by ’50s diners and all things Americana, this unique milkshake bar is a ray of sunshine. The banana milkshake comes highly recommended, and the cakes were seriously yummy! I loved the décor – tongue-in-cheek and authentic down to the last detail, it was a masterclass in kitsch. Just look at that cat clock! So wrong it’s somehow right?

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

Issy's Milky Way Camden

I can’t wait to go back and explore some more! Lastly, if you’re in the area then Ottolenghi‘s on nearby Upper Street comes highly recommended. We had the most amazing brunch – I had a deliciously spicy Shakshuka and Al had the tasty (and substantial!) cinnamon French toast.

Ottlolenghi Islington

Ottlolenghi Islington

Ottlolenghi Islington

Ottlolenghi Islington

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

I’ve always loved vintage images – whether looking through my Gran’s photographs and coveting the clothes and hairstyles, or perusing blogs and websites and adding them to my bookmarks. Knowing my love of all things vintage, one of my best friends even tracked down the September 1990 issue of Vogue (Best. Present. Ever.) for my 21st. There’s something about holding the physical magazine or photograph in your own hands, and being able to appreciate the life and impact of that image, that beats hours spent on Google Images, Pinterest or Tumblr.

However, the big plus about images online is the ease with which you can search for particular images or the photographers, designers and models that created them. As is the usual problem with the Internet, there’s such a huge volume of information available. Brilliant of course, but sometimes you just want someone to edit and organise the images and to guide you through.

‘Vintage in Print’ is one solution for effectively sourcing vintage images; the company preserves iconic photographs, advertisements, illustrations and magazine covers. The lovingly curated collection of images is sourced from vintage magazines and books, dating from as early as 1900 to 1989 and including rare and collectable Vogue covers. They also sell a fantastic selection of iconic fashion photography prints by photographers including Cecil Beaton, David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, and rare vintage illustration prints by Alberto Vargas, Antonio Lopez, René Gruau and Antonio Lopez. As well as this, Vintage in Print also sell a range of carefully chosen vintage advertisements, including alcohol brands, car companies and fashion labels such as Dior and Chanel.

I first came across Vintage in Print at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair earlier this month and was besotted with their images – and the whole concept of recording the history of fashion and design. The stall was well set-up with some of the prints on display and many others in boxes to look through (I could have spent all day). The staff were so friendly and helpful – they were well-informed about each of the images and we had a lovely chat about how they sourced the images and what they had available.

I was interested to learn that many of the photographers that Vintage in Print feature don’t have a back catalogue or library, so these prints (from magazines and books) are often the only record of their work. Some of the prints are thus completely unique and real moments in history. Moreover, Vintage in Print source the majority of prints from rare magazines and books that have been damaged in some way, rescuing the undamaged pages and giving them a new lease of life, ready mounted for their new home.

Vintage in Print also have a great website where you can easily refine the images and buy prints online.

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

I loved the above Ronald Traeger image of Twiggy with a lamb (Vogue 1967) but I couldn’t choose a favourite. Luckily Al and I had both had the same thought, and ended up getting each other prints for Christmas, so I didn’t have to! He got me a different Twiggy print (another one from Vogue 1967) by Jean Loup Sieff, ‘Young Idea’s Green Belt Girl’. Twiggy wears a tweed trouser suit with corduroy elbow patches and shoulder patch on one side by Paul Babb and Pamela Proctor at Peter Robinson, with an orange and green leaf print chiffon blouse from Liberty and brown stitched suede Herbert Johnson trilby. I love everything about the striking black and white image – Twiggy’s sullen pose, her heavy eye make-up, the oversized bow and mannish tailoring.

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

Al also got me a second print, this one is an image of Sue Murray from Vogue 1967 by the legendary David Bailey. Murray wears a slip style skirt with a cable sweater and matching stockings, all by Jaeger, accessorised with a Paris House tortoiseshell and gilt link belt and Mulberry strap watch by Sheffield. I adore this quirky print – especially the random rabbit!

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print

And here’s the print I got Al! It’s a vintage whisky advert from 1964, for Black and White. He loves whisky and we thought the Scottie dogs were so cute, don’t you think?!

Vintage in Print

Vintage in Print is next at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 5th January.

Do you like vintage prints? What style of image would you have gone for?

Soho’s Secret Tea Room

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I’m always on the look out for new places to go and different things to do and see in London, attempting to add at least one new discovery to my list each weekend, whether it’s a new route to a familiar place, a quirky boutique, an exciting new place to eat or just somewhere cosy to while away an afternoon. Soho’s Secret Tea Room was one such weekend discovery. This gorgeous vintage-inspired tea room is an absolute delight tucked away above one of London’s most famous pubs (reportedly the first veggie pub in London) the Coach & Horses on Greek Street. There’s something exciting and a little bit mysterious about going behind the bar (if you’re lucky and they have a free table!) and ascending the rickety staircase to the hidden tea room – like entering a different era.

I’d read about the Secret Tea Room before we visited and although it didn’t get five star reviews I thought that the retro concept sounded intriguing. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Everything had clearly been thought out with such care and attention to detail, from the vintage crockery and tableware to the trinkets and treasures decorating the room. The kitsch tablecloths and lace doilies, floral cups and saucers, photos and pictures decorating the walls in vintage frames (including my favourite – the vintage covers of Private Eye) and the stunning red record player (playing retro music of course) all contributed to a unique ambiance. The Secret Tea Room was perfectly cosy too – just like visiting the familiar front room of a friend. The service was warm and friendly, which added to the homely feel of the place.

And not to forget the food of course! The homemade scones were a highlight for me (they came with scrummy homemade jam and clotted cream), and paired with the range of expertly selected leaf teas (16 in total!) made for the perfect afternoon tea. If it was up to me, I would have gone for retro bakes to match the surroundings, but the contrast of the more modern pastries and cakes with the vintage environment added something to the experience. I do prefer my cakes a little daintier too (we had the afternoon tea selection for two) as I found I was nearly full after just the scone, but if you like your afternoon tea a little more substantial then this will be right up your street! The tea itself was delicious, and perfectly brewed thanks to the timers that came with each pot.

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Soho's Secret Tea Room

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For our trip to the Secret Tea Room and then Highgate’s Christmas Fair I wore my Whistles red and black flecked jumper with leather details, which hasn’t been off my back since I got it in October. I wore it with my faux leather pleated skirt, tweed Crombie coat and ankle boots. This faux fur Cossack hat dresses up even the most simple of outfits, and paired with the tailored coat and leather details I felt it gave the look a smart, military twist.

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I’ll leave you with a few snaps from the Highgate Christmas Fair. They had camels and baby reindeer… Need I say more!

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Forage & Find

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This Saturday I headed to Old Spitalfields Market for an extra special festive edition of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. December’s sellers put on a great show for the competitive Christmas period – it’s not just the high street that save their best for the end of the year, Judy’s and the stall holders pulled out all the stops! I left the fair feeling full of inspiration and a little bit smug, having ticked off some key items on my Christmas shopping list. More on that soon…

The beautiful wares from Forage & Find really stood out for me. This lovely mother and daughter team use unusual vintage fragments to create stunning handmade jewellery. The duo source some real treasures – some are sold as found, whilst others are re-worked into a new and unique pieces, combined with other trinkets and crafted into one-off designs. Forage & Find are passionate about what they do; each piece is made lovingly and with real care and attention. Imagine the hours spent finding the beautiful charms and constructing each piece of jewellery by hand. And then letting them go after all that!

If you prefer your jewellery to have a bit of a story then Forage & Find will satisfy your magpie instincts. Little animal charms (just look at that wee deer and the elephant), clock faces and typewriter rings were my particular favourites. I was told that each of the typewriter keys is painstakingly removed by hand from vintage typewriters (I was assured only ones that were already broken – phew), sanded down and fashioned into a ring or cufflink.

I could have come away with armfuls of booty, but I limited myself to one Christmas-present-to-self: this beautiful vintage heart-shaped locket from the 1950s. Cute as a button. I think it had Rosie written all over it, don’t you? Now I’m coveting their online offerings too – Forage & Find update their Facebook page regularly with pictures of their latest creations and you can even send them a request to put together an extra special piece.

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I debuted my lovely locket today on a crisp Winter walk with my chunky burgundy knit, tweed skirt, faux fur Cossack hat, festive nails and berry lips*. It was a rather picturesque afternoon, so thought I’d share a few snaps of the gorgeous sunset, silhouetted trees, a rather creepy bird and the London skyline. Enjoy!

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*Speaking of which (!) these berries have appeared at one of my photo spots… how festive. I decided to embrace them.

Leather Peter Pan Collar

It’s no secret that I love peter pan collars, in fact a quick glance at my Google Analytics will tell you Everything Looks Rosie and the search term “peter pan collar” have quite the correlation. Recently, my obsession with collars has reached new heights. [I’m currently coveting this pleated velvet – and suitably festive – dress with contrasting peter pan collar from Cos. Take note Santa!]

Say hello to the latest addition to my rapidly expanding peter pan collar collection. A few weeks ago I posted about the beautiful handmade peter pan collars sold by Luminia. The gorgeous detachable collars are made from vintage, reclaimed or end-of-line fabrics (there’s only enough for a couple of each collar, making them truly unique) including velvet, tulle, lace and faux leather. Luminia can even custom make collars to your specification, with either bow or concealed hook-and-eye fastening.

Imagine my delight when a few weeks later a parcel arrived from Luminia containing a lovely faux leather collar with concealed fastening. It was even more stunning in real life: the material is such high quality and the craftsmanship superb – a simple but clever idea executed beautifully. The leather collar is a perfect addition to my autumn/winter wardrobe and such a versatile accessory. As I mentioned in my last post, leather is massive this season and the collar is such an elegant and subtle take on the trend.

Here I let the collar form the focal point of the outfit, pairing it with a basic slouchy knit – it turns what would otherwise be a plain top into a stylish statement. I styled my hair in a topknot to show off the collar and subtly matched it to my beloved pleated leather skater skirt. The collar would look just as good as part of a dressier ensemble and I look forward to playing with contrasting textures – say a velvet fit-and-flare dress with brogues or a burgundy chiffon shirt, fitted pencil skirt and ankle boots.

How would you style this Luminia collar? Are you still as obsessed as I am with peter pan collars?

Collar generously provided by Luminia

Vintage Freak Clothing

Vintage Freak Clothing

A few months ago, my blogger challenge for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair was to find the top three affordable sellers at the Spitalfields September fair. Scouring the event for the biggest bargains and thriftiest sellers, I came across Vintage Freak Clothing.

The stall caught my eye initially with its witty knits (think ironic sheep patterns and Christmas jumpers) and extensive stock of vintage denim (cut-off shorts and eighties-tastic jackets). Then the prices – two jumpers for £15 and two pairs of shorts for £8! Bargains aside, I felt the stock was shrewdly edited (knitwear and denim being two of the most highly-sought vintage items) and lovingly curated; from my conversation with stall owner Michael, it was clear he was passionate about keeping prices affordable but still offering quality, one-off vintage items.

Vintage Freak is a Judy’s regular and frequents several other markets in London. However, not to fear if you live outside the capital – Vintage Freak has launched on ASOS Marketplace! In case you haven’t heard (where have you been?!), the Marketplace is a network of boutiques and small businesses selling own label, branded or vintage collections directly to customers. You can check out each boutique’s weekly listing, meaning you don’t miss out on that elusive vintage bargain – you can be first in the queue to nab the latest in Vintage Freak’s drop of vintage jumpers and avoid the scrum of a real market (seriously, the rail-raiding over those jumpers at Vintage Freak’s Judy’s stall was FIERCE).

There’s more to come from Vintage Freak with a competition in the pipeline, and keep up-to-date with their regular blog updates on ASOS Marketplace.

ASOS Marketplace also has a brilliant blog itself – you can read it here.

Vintage leather shoulder bag kindly provided by Vintage Freak Clothing

Black Watch Tartan

Recently, I’ve rekindled my love of tartan. Checks, plaids and tartans featured prominently on the catwalks for autumn/winter 2012, most memorably in the guise of Black Watch tartan adorning dresses, coats and trousers at McQ.

This inspired me to don my Black Watch vintage Laura Ashley shift dress last weekend. I think this has to be my favourite ever vintage dress. The iconic Black Watch tartan, in a muted blue, black and green check, is probably one of the most widely used and instantly recognisable tartans. There’s something classic about the Black Watch check and the iconic tartan has a historical resonance too, as it was originally a government issue tartan for the Highland Watch.

I spotted the Laura Ashley frock at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Edinburgh at around this time last year. As well as the unusual print (different from the ubiquitous vintage florals – not that I’m complaining!) the striking cut of the dress caught my eye too: the high neck shift top, nipped in waist, full skirt and ballerina length. The dress also buttons down the left hand side all the way to the knee, leaving room for an elegant side split.

I wore the dress as a pinafore, layered over my chiffon lace insert blouse to ramp up the girly, sixties vibe. My leather jacket keeps things modern and adds an element of toughness, and I wore my chunky heeled ankle boots to give a bit of a boost in the height department. There was a chill in the air so I also brought my faux fur muffler with me – a Christmas present from Al last year that makes me feel like some sort of retro starlet/ minor character in Anna Karenina.

Al says this one is my “blogger pose”:

I wore my vintage Laura Ashley dress for a spot of bargain hunting at Judy’s over in Spitalfields. Maybe it’s because we just moved into our new flat, but at this Fair I was particularly besotted with unusual retro furniture and beautiful vintage crockery. Here are a few pictures we took on the day…

I loved this stall with odds and ends including a mangle!

Cake stands and teacups – LOVE.

The coolest retro knitwear around by Vintage Freaks – more on them very soon!

I want it all!

I came away with this gorgeous antique teapot, just made for cosy Sunday afternoons in with endless cups of tea, freshly baked cake and a good book.

And lastly, some witty art in East London (couldn’t resist):

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – September’s Top Affordable Sellers

In recent years, as vintage has evolved into a mainstream phenomenon there has been a commensurate premium placed on the price of what many would view as second hand clothes.

Of course, high prices can sometimes reflect the rare, iconic or collectable status of an item, but more often than not, ten-a-penny tea dresses, poor quality polyester blouses and barely ‘vintage’ items are still demanding big bucks.

Enter Judy’s. When I went to my first fair back in 2011 in St Andrews, if I’m being honest I was a little sceptical. How “affordable” would affordable be? But my cynicism proved to be totally unfounded – vintage dresses for under £30, jumpers for under £20 and handbags and jewellery for under a fiver! I was sold.

Judy’s ethos of affordability is unmatched on the vintage scene – you can’t argue with prices cheaper than the high street. I’ve found some real gems there in the past, such as this necklace, this Laura Ashley dress and this jumper. All excellent quality, all bargains, and all items that I have worn again and again.

This weekend at Spitalfields, my challenge was to seek out the most affordable sellers at the fair. A tricky challenge to choose just three if you ask me! Here are my winning stalls, who were all awarded a yummy cupcake from Flavourtown bakery (thanks again Flavourtown!) and a wee medal for their dedication to affordable vintage.

Vintage Freak Clothing

This stall Vintage Freak caught my eye immediately – jumpers at 2 for £15 and shorts 2 for £8! These items of clothing are probably two of the most sought-after vintage items so I think store owner Michael Campos was onto a really good thing here. We chatted about vintage and how much of what’s classed as ‘vintage’ is often overpriced. Michael was clearly passionate about keeping his wares affordable – whilst maintaining a high quality – and luckily for us this meant bargains a-plenty! Vintage Freak is a Judy’s stalwart and also sell on ASOS marketplace and are prolific tweeters – well worth checking out.

Vintage Reclaimed

I must admit I was drawn like a magpie (some things never change) to the beautiful vintage jewellery of Vintage Reclaimed. Gorgeous beads, rings, earrings and watches covered the two tables held by vintage trader Liam Woodgates, who has worked closely with Judy’s from the outset. I especially loved the little collectable pieces – such as teaspoons, dressing table trinkets and even delicate watch faces. What was even more impressive were the prices: rings at two for £5, earrings for £3 – definitely less than the high street, and the real deal vintage item rather than something cheap and disposable. I kept returning to this stall again and again; original, affordable and witty. They also sell on ASOS Marketplace and are well worth a visit at the next market.

Rare and Racy

Maybe it’s because I’m moving into my new flat soon and my head is full of ideas of how to fill it with pretty things, but I have recently developed an obsession with retro crockery. However, it can be an expensive habit… If you go to one of the big markets such as Portobello Rd market, then you might find some bargains, but more often than not the prices are sky high – think £30+ for a set of four cups and saucers. Charlie Wills from Rare and Racy agrees that this is madness, and she sells beautiful vintage china at bargain prices – £1 each for cups and saucers. There were even a few full sets! I particularly liked the idea of getting a few different odd pieces and having mix and match crockery… watch this space at the next fair once we’ve moved into our new flat! I loved the French glass pudding bowls and these pink retro print tins above. Charlie has been with Judy’s right from the very start and is passionate about keeping vintage affordable. An incredibly deserving medal winner!

What do you think about vintage pricing? Is it really a reflection of the objects’ true value? Answers on a (vintage) postcard…