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10) Peeling back the layers of Glass Onion 12) Emily In Vintageland 16) Meet The Traders 30) Old But Gold – A Look into Vintage Furniture 32) Judy’s Bloggers Map 39) Affordable Vintage Fans


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24) Playing Hairdressers with Le Keux Vintage and Miss Dixie Belle 28) Make Do & Trend: Shabby Chic Storage Box

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6) Inside Jack’s capsule wardrobe 9) Nineties Nostalgia 18) Tat’s All Folks 26) A Fast and Frugal Fix – Getting a retro look in your home without breaking the bank

5) Behind the seams 15) Televintage 20) Pass The Sugar Please! How To Throw A Vintage Tea Party 35) Going Gatsby – How cinema can influence your wardrobe 36) Good Old Fashioned Romance - Throwing a Vintage Wedding with Daisy Lloyd

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Greetings Retro Fans!

And welcome to Issue 2 of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest. Before we begin, we want to say a humongous thanks to all of our lovely readers who made issue 1 such a success - we had over 1,000 views in the first two days alone. If you’ve not had a chance to have a proper read yet (shame on you!), Issue 1 is still available to read on Joomag here. But more importantly, what have we got for you to enjoy your cuppa with in this issue? Well, we think the content you’re about to read is our best yet. Read on for the ins and outs of tea parties and tattoos, a nose behind the scenes of the wonderful wholesalers who bring you the kilo sale, and of course, LOTS of twirling around in pretty dresses. A special thanks goes out also to our lovely contributors, including our Leeds traders, The Marvellous Tea Dance Company (who you can read a delicious recipe by on page 22) and last but not least, the super talented ladies behind Le Keux vintage and Miss Dixie Belle who both shared hair tutorials with us. Flick to page 24 and get preening. We can’t leave without one last thankyou. As we will be graduating in July, this is currently the last issue in the works for Judy’s Affordable Digest, and we want to thank Judy Berger for giving us the opportunity to share our love of retro with you all. She truly runs a fantastic business and it’s been an honour to be part of the family. So for now it is goodbye, but don’t forget you can tell us what you’ve thought of the digest at judysvintagemagazine@, and check out all things vintage at Happy reading!

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What We’ve Been Buying This Month Jack

Behind The Seams

It’s been cold in Leeds recently, but I can’t wait for Spring to arrive so I can wear these cut off denim shorts I bought at a recent Kilo Sale. I went in with the intention of looking to stock up for the new season, so I’m pretty pleased with my bargain. Hello holidays!


Shirts are always a great versatile item to have in your wardrobe, so I nabbed these two pretty blouses at a kilo sale and an affordable fair. I’m looking forward to wearing them casually thrown over jeans on library days, or tucked into a skirt for smarter occasions.


Is a skirt? Are they shorts? No, it’s a pair of classic 80s cullottes! I’m a sucker for a pattern so these cheerful red bottoms jumped out at me at a kilo sale. They’ll be a great addition to my wardrobe come festival season, or worn over tights while it’s still chilly. CREDITS Head Of Design,Photography and Branding:Jenessa Williams Head Of Content: Johanna Mangel Head Of Advertising:Jack Zelenka WITH THANKS TO Judy Berger, Emily Hughes, Caroline Pringle, Benjamin Woodhouse and Glass Onion, Chris Lambert, Ariana and Miss Dixie Belle, Angie and The Marvellous Tea Dance Company, Lynsey Le Keux, Hugo Sabin, Kate and Adam Beavis, Daisy Ann Lloyd

Every so often people come together to sell, refresh and celebrate their wardrobes. This fashion festival is also known as the vintage fair. There are the grand bazaars like the amazing ones Judy throws, but there are sweet smaller ones too. Whatever the scale of the events, they are everywhere. People are absolutely buzzing for them and for good reason. Where else can you browse through rails and rails of clothes all unique and more incredible than the next? When we walk through the doors and enter what feels like fashion Narnia, we have no idea how much work is poured into bringing us the magic. ‘When I work at the fairs, it’s normally a very early rise. We have to get to the venue and measure out all the stalls,’ says Emily Hughes, the brand and event manager at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. ‘We normally have about two hours to get all the traders in and set up, so it gets busy. You have to have your wits about you and you have to problem solve very quickly. You have to be a person who can think on their feet.’ Similarly, for Helene Fallows, owner of Revival, a vintage boutique in Huddersfield, who has been putting on by-monthly vintage fairs since November, it’s not all fun and games. ‘Until you’ve organised one, people think it’s really simple, but there’s a lot of communication with the stall holders, you have to think about the publicity, the safety, setting the tables up, marking out the spaces and so on. There’s more to it than meets the eye,’ she says. This is of course only one side of the coin. There are many advantages to the job: just think of all the clothes! ‘Obviously I get to have a bit of a browse, do a bit of a

shop and the whole day is really sociable and lovely,’ says Emily. It also boosts the sales for traditional vintage shops. ‘It does help, there are more customers coming in, it does improve awareness and you definitely are busier that day,’ says Helene. If you’ve got a building full of traders and people hungry for bargains, it makes sense that for the event to be a success, it has to be organised pretty darn well. ‘All I want from the fairs is for all the people to go home happy; the customers, the traders and me. To make sure that happens every event, there’s a lot of pressure,’ says Emily. ‘When people go ‘I had a really good day today,’ that’s the best feeling, so satisfying.’ Despite the stress of the job, she finds that it’s absolutely worth it. ‘What I like the most is the morning of the fair, seeing the empty space go from that to an amazing market in two hours.’ Let’s just all take a moment to appreciate the wonderful efforts these good people are putting in to bring us the best thing that has happened since Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice-cream. See you at the next fair! By Johanna Mangel


Inside my...

Capsule Wardrobe

with Jack Zelenka

Capsule wardrobes are no industry secret. A few essential pieces of clothing can make deciding what to wear a thing of the past, as certain items just don’t seem to go out of fashion. When you combine these bare essentials with more seasonal clothing, you can create a variety of outfits and looks with minimum effort. In a general sense, men have always done this and for this reason I consider myself pretty grateful to be a bloke sometimes, not having to worry quite so much about keeping up with the latest trends. The first item on my list is more of a rule than a specific item of clothing. Don’t be afraid of plain clothes. Too often with high street retailers especially, you see t-shirts or jumpers adorned with printed imaging or patterns. Basic clothing doesn’t have to be dull; a simple plain white t-shirt can be an integral part of a variety of looks. For example a white tee under an unbuttoned denim shirt, sleeves rolled up, is a quick fire look that is totally underutilised. The same goes for under a leather biker jacket: instant James Dean rebel without a cause. Even on its own the plain white tee can be used as casual sleepwear or as part of a more beatnik look. Don’t forget the black t-shirt either: often overlooked by its white brother, the black tee manages to be bold despite its basic nature. With any clothing, fit really is important. Too baggy and you could look like you just couldn’t be bothered to dress, too tight and you can reveal more of your body shape than you intended. For any 20 plus male, a variety of button down shirts is a must. Depending on how you choose to wear a shirt, it can be equally suited to a nightclub or job interview. While check shirts are very much more of a casual item, they can go with just about any item of clothing you can imagine. Buttoned all the way to the top, tucked into your trousers with a bow tie, unbuttoned and loose over a tee shirt...the list is endless. They’re easy to find too


- Vintage shops are usually laden with rail upon rail of plaid wonders in a variety of colours for you to pick from. Plain Oxford shirts are also an essential. Effortlessly classic and relatively affordable, the Oxford is ready to be worn however you want for almost any occasion. We recommend layering them with a thin sweater for a laid back weekend look. Just make sure the colours don’t clash and that you’re showing the right amount of collar over the neck of the sweater.

‘ Plain clothing doesn’t have to be dull; a simple plain white t-shirt can be an integral part of a variety of looks.’ When choosing bottoms, guys are usually pinned down to three main choices, Jeans, Chinos or Cords. If you choose chinos or cords, always avoid bright colours if you’re looking to give off a mature impression. A pair of well-fitting classic chinos pair up perfectly with a light Oxford shirt for a smart but not overly formal look. Choosing jeans however is almost like making a lifestyle decision. It’s difficult. Finding the right fit, the right colour... It can be a nightmare. Despite this, finding the right pair will leave you with a friend for life. By their very nature they are rugged and durable so if treated well will be a vital part of your wardrobe for years. While skinny jeans are great (if you’ve got the legs for them), they can be limiting to both your wardrobes versatility and your own personal mobility! Like with coloured chinos, skinny jeans can give off an overly youthful impression that will date as you get older, leaving you out of pocket.

Nineties Nostalgia Johanna Mangel puts her tamogitchi aside to take a trip down memory lane...

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Hoop earrings, flowy dresses, high wasted general, anything looking ’effortlessly cool’ defines the fashion of the decade that we here, at Judy’s Digest, were born in. Who doesn’t love a bit of neon or the ’Kate Moss look’ from those infamous Calvin Klein ads, but can we call the 90s vintage? According to the research, technically, we can. Generally speaking, any clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day can be referred to as vintage. So that settles it. Kind of. Maybe it’s our generation’s unwillingness to accept that the Disney T-shirts we wore what seems like just a few years ago, are now exhausted enough to be deemed old-fashioned. Maybe it’s the fact that some trends from this specific era would do everyone a favour by being forgotten (bucket hats and way too many butterfly hair clips anyone?!) On the other hand, there are certain aspects from 20 years ago that are worth bringing along with us to this day. So let us dig out our ’N Sync posters, put on our platform shoes and take a little stroll down memory lane. In addition to the omnipresent neons inspired by rave culture, the first half of the 90s witnssed iconic pop culture events that left a permanent mark. Nirvana’s 1993 ˝Unplugged˝ session for MTV could be held responsible for the flood of plaid flannel shirts. Another grunge craze arrived in the form of the super short babydoll dress pioneered by Mrs. Nirvana, Courtney Love herself. Mandatory accessories included dark lipstick and, of course, Doc Martens. By 1995 you weren’t one of the cool kids unless you owned knee-high socks, furry pencils, slip dresses and mini backpacks Clueless-style, or were part of the first wave of the 60s hippy look revival. The late 90s

can’t forget Gerry Halliwell’s Union Jack dress she wore to the 1997 BRIT Awards. That, together with the success of Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur, Pulp and The Verve created the next ’it’ look, ’Cool Britannia’. All you had to do was to throw on your green parka with some aviator sunglasses and you were as cool as a Gallagher. From 1998 forward we could all breathe easy as we had Carrie Bradshaw to thank (or blame) for the decisions involving our wardrobes. When it comes to hair styles, there’s a lot that went wrong. The bowl cuts, spiky hair and Justin Timberlake’s noodle barnet will forever haunt us. For the female equivalent of these hair trends, there was ’the Rachel’. Jennifer Aniston herself has admitted to disliking the look and who are we to argue with the great actress? Luckily we had Winona Ryder: there was a reason Johnny Depp tattooed ’Winona Forever’ on his arm. The tattoo may not have lasted but her casual chic wardrobe and iconic pixie cut became the trademark style of Generation X and are still copied today. So, maybe the 90s weren’t that bad. After all, as the decades before, it continues to inspire and influence the way we dress today. Whatever your verdict may be, it’s evident that the 90s gave us plenty to cherish, as well as laugh and sometimes cry about - why Justin, why?


Peeling back the layers of ...

By Johanna Mangel and Jenessa Williams

grading. We just put out original bags, straight from the supplier onto tables and cut them open. People just rummage it and pick what they want. Hand pick events are always really, really popular. Does it ever get competitive between the customers? I’m sure it must do a little bit, but it’s so diverse what people want. Literally, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In general it’s very rare that you get people fighting over stock and the bigger buyers who would get more passionate about such a thing come earlier in the week when there’s a lot more to choose from. We try to keep it all fair. We work on a stock list system so we have a stock list that’s updated every day on our website with how much things are and if we get new products in it just gets added to the list. So if you log in on a Monday ‘oh that’s what they’ve got for sale’, log in on a Tuesday ‘they’ve added ten lines.’ So it’s a first come first serve, that’s the only way you can really do it I suppose. For more information, watch Glass Onion’s video below and visit them at

Ever been to a Judy’s kilo sale and wondered how on earth all that wonderful stock comes to be in one place, just waiting for you to delve in? Well, we donned our detective caps and travelled to Barnsley to find the Headquarters of wholesalers Glass Onion. Stocking Judy’s events and vintage stores all over the country, they know a thing or two about what you retro addicts love. We caught up with Sales Manager Ben Woodhouse to get the lowdown on what it’s like to be at the heart of vintage trading. How did this whole thing get started? It started around seven years ago, when the director, a gentleman named John, started retailing vintage clothing. One thing led to another and we became proper wholesalers. It’s been growing since then. Where do you get your stock from? Stock comes from all over the world: from Europe, from the USA, from Asia. It’s from what we call rag mills and recycle companies. Is it hard for you to find the stock?


Finding a supply as big as we need is quite difficult, so I suppose it is, but that’s just the business in general. It’s difficult for us to get as much as we need, but that’s just how vintage clothing works. The first person to tell you that this sort of work is easy is probably lying. How do you sort it all when it comes in? We normally get the bags in categories. We might get skirt bags, shirt and blouse bags, jumpers/T-shirt bags. We might get it sorted a little bit for us if we’re lucky, but other than that we have to do the whole processing part. We then make what they call the graded bags, which are ready to go straight into a fashion store or a retail outlet. What we do is we grade them to A grade, B grade, C grade, damaged and modern. The damaged gets sold on to people who are into recycling and DIY, the modern gets sold as a separate grade. It gets stored up and then people can send it to Africa or somewhere that needs it. The C grade gets removed and we take it out of the graded bags. The A and B grade then get used in official Glass Onion stock bags that we sell onto retailers. They can come in anytime they want, come buy stock bags whenever they want. It gets quiet towards the end of the week but on Mondays and Tuesdays we have what we call a hand pick event. During the hand pick event we don’t do any


Emily in Vintageland For soon to be graduates, one of the biggest fears is not finding a job, or settling for a position that isn’t the ‘Head of Design’ or ‘Marketing Manager’ career they’ve always dreamed of. Do not lose hope yet. Emily Hughes, Brand and Event Manager at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, is living proof that you can land that perfect, dream job, with a lot of hard work, tonnes of love and a little bit of luck. We met the charming lady at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Leeds to pick her brains about the job, shopping with Veronica Lake (kind of) and how to avoid looking like someone’s Nan. How did you first develop an interest in vintage? I’ve always dressed a little bit more alternative and it was just a natural development from that really. I started to experiment with clothes when I came to University and being really skint as well, shopping vintage is a cheaper way to shop. From there it developed, now I adore really beautiful vintage items (which aren’t quite so cheap) but much better than the high street. It’s so interesting to learn the history of the clothes as well, there’s something really satisfying about having a one off piece. I’m spoilt for choice at the fairs though and do buy lots, I have no willpower (sorry bank balance)! How would you describe your own fashion sense? A few years ago I used to dress far more ‘twee’, but now I’ve grown up a bit I’m starting to wear more statement pieces and less florals. I particularly love the 1950s, luckily I’m quite petite so I can find lots of really gorgeous things. The waist measurements are tiny in some dresses I own so I have to stand up very straight...! Saying that, I kind of question whether I look like someone’s Nan in some outfits, but somehow I get away with it. Do you feel that people notice you on the street more because of your style? Yeah, it’s bizarre. I was somewhere and this girl said, ‘Oh my god! You look amazing, are you dressed up for something?’ and I said, ‘Umm…no, I’m just wearing my clothes’. Sometimes people do stare which I used to find really uncomfortable but I just brush it off! It’s quite nice though, I’ve never gotten a negative comment, people are always like ‘I wouldn’t have the guts to dress like you,’ so I take it as a compliment. What has been your best ever Judy’s fair buy? That’s really difficult…I don’t think could pick one but I got an amazing bargain last weekend, it’s the most gorgeous 1950s dress, with an amazing collar on it, it’s the perfect fit, an amazing colour and it was only £20. I saw it from across the room and shouted at our trader Rhona ‘I need it!’, and because I’d helped her out in the morning she gave me a cheeky discount. Have there been any especially memorable Judy’s


events? Like the one where Florence Welch popped by? I wasn’t at the fair when she came, so I’m quite jealous. All the fairs are completely different and that’s what I love about them. They always have different, amazing, atmospheres. The Leeds ones I do love, because that’s our hometown! We had great time last weekend in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I always like going to Scotland, and it was really busy which was a fantastic start to the year. Do you have any tips and cheats for blagging a great vintage buy? Come with an open mind, don’t brush things off just because you wouldn’t necessarily normally go for it, and just try it on. What I’ve done before and seen other people do, is to come with their mates and pick something out for each other and try something you wouldn’t normally. That’s the thing about vintage fashion, you can really experiment. If you’re stuck or trying to find something in particular then ask the traders. They are really knowledgeable about what they’re selling and they are more than happy help and give you a bit of style advice. Do you dress purely vintage or have you got some high street favourites too? I’ve got a few high street things but I would probably say 80 percent of my wardrobe is vintage items or bits I’ve found in charity shops. My basics, like black tops to go with nice vintage skirts, I always get from the high street but I find myself getting very bored in high street shops. I’m not a fan of going through rails that’s full of the same dress in about 12 times different sizes. The thing with the fairs is each rail is full of amazing, unique vintage pieces, it’s much more exciting. Does your love for vintage go further than just clothes? Definitely, I love vintage homewares, furniture, music and movies. I’m also a real hoarder so always collect random vintage objects (not that I have room for them). My dream vintage home would be a beautiful old building filled with incredible mid-century furniture and eclectic pieces, tastefully put together! I live at a rented house at the moment which is a bit rubbish because there’s not enough room for my things. I love going to The Vintage Furniture Flea, our sister brand as well, just have a look around but it’s sad at the moment as I can’t take any of it home because I don’t have room for it. Now how about the hair and makeup? Any easy tips and tricks for the vintage look? I wear the same makeup all the time. Red lipstick, just a bit of foundation, your standard 50s eye flicks, a bit of mascara and an accentuated brow. If you want tutorials I’d recommend going on youtube and blogs,

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there’s some really good make up tutorials that you can follow to help you experiment with your look. If you could go shopping with any old Hollywood actress who would you pick? Oh, this is a good one! I’d probably pick Veronica Lake, but I’ll probably just get hair envy and life envy… she was so glamorous, don’t get me started on her amazing hair waves! Tell us about how you ended up working for Judy? I was at University studying Graphic Design and I was really bored over the Summer between my second and third year, I wanted to do something creative with my time so I emailed Judy asking about work experience opportunities and funnily enough (I think it was fate) she was looking for a student designer to come on board as part of the team to do the flyers and posters. I started 2 mornings a week and then she got me working at the fairs, which I absolutely loved. After Uni I carried on working for Judy part-time whilst working full-time in a bar, it was knackering but it’s paid off completely. Just before Christmas Judy offered me this position and about three months ago I started as Brand and Event Manager full-time. I still get to do brand design work, which is originally the job I came here to do, but I’m also in charge of fair organisation, promotion and working the events. I feel extremely lucky to be in this position, it’s amazing. What does an average day at work entail? Every day is completely different. Depending how many fairs we have that weekend or that month my working


pattern changes. I spend lots of time promoting each city so I often spend a day on one event (and answering emails in between)! I also run our social media profiles so I get to natter with our wonderful customers which is great. Then obviously there are fair days which are always full of excitement, suspense and lots of shopping (and cake)! What’s your favourite part of the job? I get to work in an environment that I love. I don’t feel like it’s ‘work’ because I’ve been used to physically exhausting bar work all my life. I never get the ‘oh god I’ve got to go to work today’, or ‘ah, the person I work with is driving me nuts! Oh my boss is being horrible!’ it’s great. Judy, Donna and myself work as a really good team and really get on which is so lovely. It’s challenging as well, I never get bored, it’s high pressure sometimes but it’s more than worth it. What does the future hold for Judy’s? We’ve got a few new places we’re going to this year, which is exciting. We’re really building the brand with me behind the wheel of the affordable fairs and Judy behind our other brand The Vintage Kilo Sale and The Vintage Furniture Flea. We are really pushing the fact our fairs are affordable, that’s why the company started after all. We are currently running a Mr/Mrs Affordable Vintage Competition which you can enter each month (with the winner getting free entry to all of our events for a whole year)! We’ve also got some festivals lined up for the summer as well – so you might see us with a cheeky G&T in hand and our wellies on when the weathers warmer...

We at Digest HQ are frankly obsessed with Emily’s instagram, @emilyhasglasses. Expect a mix of classy selfies, enviable vintage bargains and food that looks so good it doesn’t even need a filter!


Our TV screens were once again glowing with marvellous series’ in 2013. Shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones had people hooked from start to finish but 2013 also saw some beautifully vintage programmes. Since premiering in 2007, Mad Men has alerted a whole new generation to how sexy the 60s can be. Focusing on exploits in the 1960s New York advertising industry, Mad Men boasts some of the most historically accurate set design and downright perfect wardrobe design in modern television. Costume designer Janie Bryant, I salute you. The ensemble cast’s wardrobes perfectly fit the sexy, classy and seductive tone of the show. If any guys out there need tips on choosing a suit, look no further than lead character Don Draper (John Hamm) who sports a variety of suits in a variety of colours and textures. True to 60s form he isn’t afraid of patterned ties either. A high collared shirt, normal width tie of a complementary colour and well-fitting textured jacket is all it takes to add a level of sophistication to your wardrobe as opposed to suits fit for a court case or high school prom. Mad Men isn’t all smoking jackets and bourbon however: it also features strong female characters and actresses including January Jones and Christina Hendricks who dress just as fiercely as the men.

‘Jess wears a mixture of vintage and high street items, presenting a quirky modern wardrobe that’s as easy to emulate as it is to admire.’

Jack Zelenka’s guide to the best dressed shows on your box the two takes precedent. In a society run by men, the female characters are the stand outs in the show and this has a lot to with the costume design. Unlike Mad Men, the styling emphasis on The Men is more functional than seductive. The women however are all impeccably presented as a post war woman “should be”. While a few members of the cast are prominently naked throughout the series, the show battles with the liberation of sexual attitudes against the conservative post war ideals heralded by much of society at the time. The female cast are presented as beautiful, powerful and commanding but also extremely vulnerable. The wardrobe design does well to keep the emphasis on elegance and beauty as supposed to cheap titillation. Starring the modern vintage darling Zooey Deschanel, New Girl is a quirky sitcom about a slightly dorky teacher Jess (Deschanel) who moves into a loft apartment with three guys. While the gender divide plays a part in a lot of the comedy and scenarios in the show, it also focuses on Jess as a person. She is almost an embodiment of the Buzzfeed generation (and I mean that in a good way). Dressed by Deb McGuire, who earnt her stripes working on the wardrobe of a little known sitcom called Friends, Jess wears a mixture of vintage and high street items, presenting a quirky modern wardrobe that’s as easy to emulate as it is to admire. Unlike the previously mentioned shows, Jess presents a portrait of a real, modern day vintage dresser. For this alone New Girl is worthy of a mention as one of 2013’s best vintage shows.

Masters of Sex chronicles the story of Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson who conducted a ground breaking study into how the human body experiences sex. Due to its very nature, the show is a little raunchy, however, the overall presentation of the series is more charming than it is explicit. The marriage of a scientific setting such as the Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit of Washington University and the shattering of post war American attitudes towards sex is a compelling concept featuring an exceptionally watchable cast. Playing the role of Dr William Masters is Michael Sheen. Lizzy Caplan (aka Janice from Mean Girls) excels in her portrayal of Virginia Johnson, Master’s research assistant. Whilst Masters of Sex centres on the study the two are conducting, their private lives and struggles inevitably interfere as the working relationship between



Meet The Traders

We’ve come together as a group of three people and we’ve decided to do it as a team effort. Amongst the things here today, which item is your own personal favourite? It’s this jacket here. It’s really unusual because it’s a one-off, it’s a hand-made 80s velvet. Basically it was given to me a long time ago by a friend of my mum’s who was really, really glamorous. It did used to fit me but I was never brave enough to wear it when it fitted me, and now I absolutely love it, I’d love to wear it but it doesn’t fit me anymore.

On a rainy Saturday, Team Digest headed to the magnificent Corn Exchange in Leeds for “work”, which meant blagging bargains and having a chat with the delightful traders about how they find the strength to not keep all the beautiful clothes they sell to themselves. By Jack Zelenka and Johanna Mangel I’ve probably collected vintage since I was 17, so it’s just been my hobby. It got to a point where I decided, right, I could actually do something with this. This has been going for a long time. It’s a hobby. Out of the items here today do you have a personal favourite? What’s the story behind it? Yes I do, I’ve actually already sold it to someone today. I had it shipped in from LA, so it was quite a lovely thing, but unfortunately it’s too big for me so I’ve had to part with it today. It is my favourite and I think a little tear did come when it went off the mannequin, but it’s going to a good home.

Katie Carter from Grandma’s Closet What do you sell? I sell pre-owned and vintage clothing all at affordable prices. Everything’s handpicked by myself and it’s all quite eclectic. Really lovely things, I think. When did this start?

Do you sometimes find it hard to put pieces out to sell, wouldn’t you just want to have them all? Yeah, sometimes. It’s just that I have so many myself, it’s just sort of nice to mix and match and when I feel like I can get rid, I get rid so it’s quite refreshing. I always buy when I come to the fairs. I’m a big coat fan, I’ve got lots of jackets and coats, maybe about 50. What do you enjoy about Judy’s events? This is actually my first one, so it’s new to me, but it’s been really busy, loads of lovely, kind people. All the stall holders are really friendly so that’s important.

Careen from Bubble and Squeak What do you sell? We sell a mixture of vintage clothes, bric a brac and basically anything we find interesting When did this start? We haven’t really branded ourselves, we’re quite new.

Amongst the things here today, which item is your own personal favourite? I love these utility chairs, which we’ve upholstered and painted, I think they look adorable.

Fran Boyd from Goodbye Norma Jean Pop-Up Vintage

Do you sometimes find it hard to put pieces out to sell, wouldn’t you just want to have them all? There’s a lot of work that goes into them. With some of the modern ones, the actual time that goes into the painting and everything. But we love upcycling and selling our stuff on. Pieces like these are always unique and they all have got history behind them.

priced to reflect condition and rarity value. I like to think of it as an eclectic melting-pot of magnificence, from the sublime to the “Cor, blimey!”, from the 1890’s to the 1980’s! When did this start? I started this about five years ago.

What do you sell? I sell purely at vintage fairs cause I like talking to people and I like seeing where things are going. I’m quite sentimental that way. Everything is picked from far and wide, laundered, mended, often customised and


What do you enjoy about Judy’s events? There very well organised and well publicised and it’s nice to see regular stall holders and have a little banter with them. Visit Goodbye Norma Jean on Facebook here

What do you enjoy about Judy’s events? This is our first vintage fair, our first adventure. It’s going really well, we’re really happy, all of us have sold things. We’ve met some lovely people, it’s a really lovely atmosphere. It just feels so lovely in comparison to working in a corporate shop. The traders are all really friendly as well.

Rachel Cabble and Ali Dwight from Wooden Wedge Upholstery

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Amongst the things here today, which item is your own personal favourite? It has to be this 90s jacket. It’s original Elle design, I love the label and how quirky it is.

Do you sometimes find it hard to put pieces out to sell, wouldn’t you just want to have them all? Oh definitely, 100 percent. But I would much rather somebody else is loving them and wearing them. I want somebody to love the clothes, appreciate them and actually wear them, rather than them gathering dust. I‘ve just got to be honest with myself and let certain things go.

What do you sell? We upcycle retro furniture with modern fabrics, with a little twist, lamp shades, soft furniture, cushions and things. How and when did this start? We qualified as traders in April, so we’ve been doing it since then, we’re quite new.

What do you enjoy about Judy’s events? This is our first Judy’s fair that we’ve done and we’re planning to do one in Bethnal Green for the furniture flea. Today, I’m absolutely loving it, it’s fantastic, might be spending more than I’m making! We’ve created a lot of interest, so it’s been lovely. Visit Wooden Wedge on Facebook here

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Tat’s All Folks

Whilst still sometimes considered unsightly and vulgar, tattooing is becoming more widely acceptable in every day society, almost like a a fashion accessory. It’s a perfect way to complete your look and make a bold statement with something both creative and personal. While everyone’s motive for getting inked is different, tattooing has a long and fascinating history. Chris Lambert, a Fine Art graduate and tattooist at Black Crown studio in the city is avidly keen on the history of the art he participates in, making him an ideal person to talk to about the origins of traditional tattooing. Trends come and go, but one of the most popular styles at the moment is for “old school” ink. These tattoos link back to Post-War American culture with iconography of Pin Up girls and Cadillacs as well as nautical themes such as anchors and lighthouses. Although the style was highly popularized in America, Chris explains that traditional tattooing as we know it actually originated in Japan. ‘I think it was for 500 years that Japan was totally closed to trade, but it had a tattoo culture of its own which developed and they were doing large scale body suits, stuff that was far more advanced than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.’ It wasn’t until military intervention in the 19th Century which saw US Admiral, Matthew C Perry lead to the opening of Japans trading gates. This introduced the Western world to a new tattooing culture which sailors quickly tried to emulate. This military involvement has shaped tattooing history, with the association between the armed services and tattooing almost becoming synonymous. It’s culture in the United Kingdom however had very different connotations. ‘There was actually a tattooist that was on Jermyn Street which is a street down from Saville row and is really famous for shirt making and shoe making. It was like an invitation only shop, you had to know someone who knew someone to get in


there and tattooing was a really high end thing that was super expensive.’

‘The association between the armed services and tattooing are almost synonymous’ After a mass emigration of tattooists to New York, tattoo culture started to spread around the world. The man who played arguably the largest part in defining the traditional tattoo style however was a man named Cap’ Coleman. ‘He was the first person that did heavy black under shading and the thick black outline because in the olden days a lot of the ink would fade, it would only stay in the body for maybe five years and it would disappear… and he knew this. He knew that if it had black under shading and a thick black outline it would always look good and you’d be able to tell what it is.’ Another name highly associated with traditional tattoos (and Whiskey) is Sailor Jerry. ‘He very much idolised Coleman when he was getting into tattooing but now when we think of traditional tattoos we think Sailor Jerry.’ While Sailor Jerry has become a key figure in traditional tattooing, it is Cap’ Coleman’s innovation that could largely be attributed to why they are still so popular today. “The best thing about them is because of the style and how it’s tattooed and executed, it lasts a lot longer than a lot of other tattoos; you could argue that it looks better with time and aging. The traditional style is kind of really bold and simple, with that heavy black under shading, that’s one thing that the old guys got right, they knew that that would hold and last.’ By Jack Zelenka See more of Chris’s work at


Pass The Sugar Please!

How to throw a vintage tea party

although ‘cheating’ on some of the smaller appetizers is perfectly okay, particularly if it’s a big party. The ‘pot luck’ Americanised approach is also worth considering – by asking your invitees to each bring a small food item, you will get a much more eclectic spread in which everyone can feel involved. In order to serve your tea, a pretty teapot and delicate china is vital. If you want true vintage, there are usually plenty of tea sets to be found at Judy’s events, and the high street has plenty of ditsy patterned items you can mix and match to create your own style. Consider your decorations, and don’t overfuss your table however elegant it looks, you don’t want people squeezed in elbow to elbow because there’s not enough room. A simple flower display and some handmade name places are enough to indulge your crafty side without overdoing it.

on the table. If you have to excuse yourself, place the napkin in your seat as you get up. •Eating with your fingers is fine, but be sure to use a server if putting food on anyone else’s plate. If you’re eating something with lots of jam, cream or sauce, a fork is often the least messy route. By Jenessa Williams

Our Dream Menu

The Setting The one part of afternoon tea that confuses people most is setting cutlery and crockery correctly. Due to the bitesize choice of food, smaller salad or side plates are best, with the tea cup and saucer placed to the right. There’s no need to overuse cutlery – a fork on the left side of the plate, with a knife and spoon on the right, is normally enough, although have extra tea spoons on hand for people to stir their sugar. If you’re planning a more whimsical party picnic outside, plastic cutlery is fine, especially for an easy clean down. To add ambience, you can’t beat the retro sounds of an old gramophone playing chipper 50s music. Make an effort to make your guests feel comfortable – afternoon tea may be steeped in royal tradition, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy!

Tea Party Etiquette

When the first flowers begin to push their way through the soil, the evenings get lighter and it starts to become acceptable to wear head to toe pastels, there’s only one way to spend a Sunday afternoon – a good old fashioned tea party. We at Judy’s Digest may love our pretty dresses, but we love them even more when they have an expandable belt to accommodate all those cakes! Whilst afternoon tea might sometimes seem like a complicated affair more befitting of the upper class, we’re passionate that it’s something everyone can achieve on a sensible budget. Just grab some friends together, find a suitable location and follow our handy advice for a cosy gathering.


Types of Afternoon Tea At your own party you can serve whatever food you like, depending on the personal preference of your guests. However, there are three ‘traditional’ types of afternoon tea. Cream tea offers fresh baked scones served with clotted cream and jam as well as your favourite brew. Light tea features teas, scones and sweets like petit fours. Last, full tea has a smorgasbord of tea, sandwiches or appetizers, scones, and a variety of desserts including cookies, cakes and pastries. It’s up to you which type you decide to follow, but remember to keep your food pieces small – it’s not ladylike to take great mouthfuls! Home baking is always encouraged,

Just like the royalty and upper class did at the earliest tea parties, if you’re taking the traditions super-seriously, it is important to use proper etiquette. Here are a few tips to remember: •Always add the milk to the cup before the tea. Also, remember that adding milk and lemon could cause your milk to curdle – not a good look! •Take small, quiet sips of tea. If it’s too hot, let it cool naturally rather than blowing on it. When you have finished drinking or want to place your cup down, remember to use the saucer. •Whilst’s theres no need to stick your little finger in the air like you’re auditioning for a period drama, the correct way to hold a tea cup is using your thumb and first one or two fingers. Do not cradle the cup with your hands. •Make sure to place your napkin in your lap rather than


Earl Grey Lady Grey Peppermint Lemon and Ginger


Scones with Jam and Cream Chocolate Chip Brownies Apple Turnovers Fondant Fancies Treacle Tart

Sandwiches Salmon and Cream Cheese Egg and Cress Cucumber


Carrot and Walnut Cake with Angie Coburn, Director of The Marvellous Tea and Dance Company My favourite cake has to be the humble carrot & walnut cake. After trying several recipes, some too sloppy, some too dry, some too greasy, I decided it was time to get confident in the kitchen & create my very own. I used all the same ingredients as a basic carrot cake but got experimental with weights and measures. So here is my MARVELLOUS carrot cake recipe! You Will Need: 250 mls of sunflower oil 300 grams of soft brown sugar 3 free range eggs 200 grams SR flour 250 grams of grated carrot One table spoon of mixed spice. Handful of broken nuts Whipped double cream Philadelphia cream cheese Icing sugar

Method In your food mixer whip together the soft brown sugar & oil. Add the eggs and whip again. Next add the flour mixed spice salt and flour & mix again. Pour the mix into a tray 20cm x 27cm , sprinkle the nuts on top. Bake at 180 for around 40 mins. The cake should be golden brown.Press the top of the cake lightly with a finger - if it springs back its ready!

Pastels, Pearls and Pretty Patterns

vintage tea party

Lilac Jumper - Leeds Kilo Sale, £3.75 Wool Check Skirt - Leeds Kilo Sale, £3.75 Brown Bow Pumps - eBay, 99p Pearl Braclets and Alice Band - Primark, £1 each

Also spotted at Judy’s Affordable fairs...

For the filling I am leaving it to you to decide on weights and measures. I am not being cruel, its dead easy ! Some like it sweet, some like it creamy, some like it cheesy. You need to whip double cream until stiff, fold in cream cheese & sieved icing sugar and keep tasting it. It wont go wrong I promise, just don’t over mix it. You can chop cake in half and sandwich with creamy filling or just spread on the top. It’s up to you! Visit The Marvellous Tea Dance Company here

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The Perfect Tea Party Outfit vintage tea party







Playing Hairdressers with... Lynsey Le Keux

1950s Classic Set with Ariana, Head Stylist at Miss Dixie Belle The 1950s set has more volume than the 1940s one, with a higher front. You can get more volume than I have here if you like, by backcombing even more! If you wear this style often, it’s worth having your hair cut into a shape that works well with the look. We at Miss Dixiebelle can help you achieve theright cut for you!

We recommend: •Carmen heated rollers and Remington Tight Curls heated rollers •Stay Set Extra Firm Setting Lotion •Schwartzkopf Silhouette Hairspray Flexible Hold and Extra Firm Hold •Tailcomb, Teasing Brush and Denman Bristle Brush 1)Start with dry, un-straightened natural hair, preferably day old or more - this will help hold the style longer.

Us Brits are most certainly used to rain, and having lost a time consuming pin curl set to it recently, I thought I’d put together some tips on some rain-proof hair to get us through the Blighty summer and it’s inevitable showers. I’ve designed two styles which are easy to do (once you’ve practised) and that should stay pert and intact if caught in the rain. You’ll need: •Strong hair spray, preferable freeze spray •Thin tooth tail comb •Bobby pins •Head scarf •Hair elastic Bettie Bangs 1)Section off a semi circle at the front of the hair (judge the length of the section yourself, 1.5 to 2 inches deep should be fine). 2)Apply mousse generously (the hair should be dry and 1 day washed ideally) from root to tips, but don’t drench the hair so it’s wet. 3)Take a heated rod curler and roll the hair up, securing tightly at the root. Leave to cool for 20 minutes (or longer if you can). 4)In the meantime comb back the remaining hair into a low pony tail, but instead of fastening with a hair band twist the hair upward, tuck in the ends and fasten with bobby pins to create a french twist. Spray generously with hair spray and let it dry. Spray again.


5)When the curler is cool, remove gently. Run a comb through the length of the curl, then back comb the full length of the hair. Smooth over the top layer and roll up into a faux bang. You’ll now have a sort of victory roll on the forehead. Gently tease the ends of the roll upward and pin to create a crescent shape fringe. Spray generously with hair spray. Let it dry and spray again. 6.Fold up your head scarf and tie behind the faux fringe hiding any clips on the way. Spray again!

Kiss Curl and Bun 1)Follow steps 1 and 2 above. 2)Section the hair into two, a left and right section. 3)Set aside the left hand section. Place a hot rod curler in the right hand section, rolling backward and down. 4)Now roll the left hand section in another curler, this time forward and down. Again, allow to cool for 20 minutes or more. 5)Comb back the remaining hair into a low pony tail and fasten with a hair elastic. Spray the length of the pony tail with hair spray then section off a small piece from underneath the pony tail. 6)Use the small piece of hair to wrap around the pony tail to cover the hair elastic. Pin the ends to hold in place. Spray with hair spray. 7)Take the larger section and roll upward and inward as if creating a victory roll. Pin firmly in place. Gently tease the ends of the roll toward the back of the head to create a bun, pin in place and spray with hair spray. 8)Remove the curlers gently and comb through the lengths of the two curls to smooth over. Comb both curls into one, then, placing your hand at the top of your forehead (as if saluting) and underneath the hair, comb the section forward and over the palm. The hair should start to resemble the front of Marilyn Monroe’s hair, a lifted curl. When you’re happy with it, pin the remaining hair into a roll and pin to the side of your head. 9) Fasten your head scarf and spray with hair spray again!

2)When the rollers are heated fully (10-20 minutes), start to roll your hair. Take small sections and spritz lightly with setting lotion (do not over-dampen), then roll the hair tightly under, going against the root for maximum volume. Secure with pin or clamp. Roll the top section back and the sides and back down. Leave to cool completely 3)Once cool, remove the rollers. You’ll have ringlet-y curls - don’t panic! This is a work in progress. Using your bristle brush, gently brush though the curls, tucking the ends under. 4)Taking small sections, gently backbrush the hair using your teasing brush. Do this to around a third of each section, to the root, spraying lightly with the flexible hold hairspray each time. You will now have a bird’s nest of hair - again, don’t panic! 5)With the bristle brush, gently smooth the top of the hair and begin to brush the set into shape. Brush the ends over your hand to tuck them under, and spray as you go. 6)Using your tailcomb, comb the front of your hair back and spray, then comb the next part toward your face to create a wave shape. You can also use flat section clips to create a ‘fingerwave’ at the front, but this might not be necessary if you have the right haircut and have set it in the correct direction. 7)Pin one side back using kirby grips, and make sure the top of the hair is smooth and the ends tucked under - this is a sleek look! Spray with the extra firm hairspray and pin your favourite flower over the kirby grips. Visit for more info

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A Fast & Frugal Fix

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 work or college. Addicted to that vintage filter on instagram? Turn your favourite selfies into polaroid magnets using Bonus points if you can source 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. If DIY is not your thing, check out for his delightful wooden cases in a variety of sizes (see image). 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!)

Old delivery pallettes or crates make quick shabby chic bookcases when stacked appropriately. Line a few sturdy ones up in a bay window to make a lovely window seat, complete with foam padding as a cushion. If you fancy cornering off some space in a room to make an office area, why not try an old fashioned Victorian screen? Decoupage tissue paper patterns on to make it more unique and inject some colour into your surroundings. Distressing furniture can be as simple as some sandpaper and subtle paint. Make sure you ask permission first though! Don’t worry about making everything too co-ordinated. In 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 ‘everything vintage’ might earn you some hipster points, if you know you’re going to feel scared to touch anything in your own house 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.

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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.

How many times have you found yourself scrolling through Pinterest or your favourite blog, sighing with envy at the pretty French bedrooms, 50s kitchens and homely living rooms that positively emanate expensive vintage glamour? 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!

By Jenessa Williams


Fairy lights are super cheap and give a room a comforting glow. Cover paper expresso cups in fabric and poke a hole in the bottom to sit your lights in. Tres chic! Lots of white space will break up patterns to ensure your room doesn’t look like an explosion in a fabric factory. If you can, keep walls plain cream, white or very pale subtle grey, and let your accessories do the talking. If you can’t afford fancy furniture, folding wooden or metal chairs can look expensive spray painted in pastel colours. Very Scandinavian! Search Judy’s fairs for old embroidery samples or dressmaking patterns to frame, or learn how to press your own flowers. It’s a great way of storing wedding bouquets and sentimental pieces of clothing for all your guests to see.


Make Do and Trend: Shabby Chic Storage Box

1)Lay out newspaper and remove drawers from box.

2)Using a scouring cloth, clean and buff off any irregularities.

3)Taking care to brush in one direction, paint entire box.

Decoration Ideas •Wallpaper Samples •Magazine cuttings •Fabric Scraps •Comic Pages •Handdrawn pattern •Glitter Glue

4)Leave box to dry whilst you paint the drawers...

Storage Ideas

•Teabags and Napkins •Haberdashery •Sweets •Jewellery •Stationery •Technology - all those pesky chargers! •Business Cards and Envelopes •Spare Change

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You Will Need

•Plain Box. We got ours for free when a local cafe shut down, but you can buy these new from Ikea for a few pounds - with all the drawers! •Paint. A matchpot sample should do a medium sized box. We picked white paint, but choose whatever colour you like! •Pretty paper swatches. We used wallpaper samples, free from most

5)Remembering to leave one 6)Use template to cut out paper drawer till last to draw around and and arrange your patterns. create a template.

7)Spray a thin layer of spray mount onto the drawer and leave for 20 seconds.

8)Press paper gently onto the drawer and smooth out any bubbles.

9)Repeat with all boxes.

10)Make dummy drawers to replace missing ones by sticking wallpaper to thick cardboard and squeeze it into place.

11)Stack your drawers in your prefered order.

12)Et voila! Fill your box with goodies and display with pride.

home DIY stores. •Strong Glue. We used spray mount - make sure to use in a ventilated area! •Pencil and Scissors - for cutting and marking paper •Newspaper - to keep paint from getting everywhere! •Scouring cloth - to mop up paint drips and buff wood •Cardboard - to make template and dummy drawers


Old But Gold Above Images credited to Simon Whitmore for FW Media/Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Johanna Mangel interviews two vintage furniture traders to see what it takes to make it in the business

If you ask us, having a wardrobe full of pre-loved treasures qualifies you as retro royalty. However, if you really want to go all the way, you need to give that vintage touch to your home too. Whether it’s a postWW2 coffee table or an old rocking chair, these pieces are more than just objects to fill your house with. Vintage furniture has a story and let’s be honest, it looks pretty amazing too. Since 2010, Kate and Adam Beavis have been running Your Vintage Life, an online vintage shop that sells fashion, furniture and homewares. The furniture they sell, is mainly from the 1950s to the 1970s, but they do occasionally find beautiful pieces from as early as the 1930s.Kate is also an author, having her first book Style Your Modern Vintage Home, published in 2013. ‘It is a guide to buying, styling and restoring vintage and takes the reader through from the 1920s to the early 1990s,’ she explains.


Their love for decades past began with charity clothes shopping, back in the good old early 90s when you could pick up an original Fred Perry polo shirt for only 20p! A passion for homewares came later. ‘When we met our tastes were quite different. Kate’s style was very girly, mixed with a bit of 1950s and modern furniture

from Heals and Habitat,’ says Adam. ‘Adam loved and still loves the late 1960s design with teak, atomic lights and retro prints adorning his walls. Add in his love for classic cars, bikes and even lawn mowers means we truly live the vintage life,’ says Kate. Another passionate furniture retailer, Hugo Sabin, got into vintage pieces after he inherited his grandmother’s old homeware. At first he didn’t know what to do with it. ‘I definitely didn’t want to sell them and I couldn’t afford to keep them in storage so there was only one solution – upcycling, and that’s what I did,’ he says. After some encouragement from friends and family, he came to realise the commercial potential his pieces had and in January 2014 set up an upcycled vintage furniture store called Pipoca. It is not always easy to find the perfect stock. ‘This time consuming process includes visiting sales, charity shops and country events as well as local advertising,’ says Hugo. For Kate and Adam, who have been in the game slightly longer than Pipoca, it is a little easier. ‘We have developed contacts all around the country, who call us when they have found something interesting that they think we will like. This makes life easier as we don’t need to spend our Sunday mornings at car boot sales, and instead can spend time with our family. Having said that, we can’t walk past a charity shop or a garage sale without having a quick look!’ The pieces they recieve often need restoring. ‘Maybe a chair needs

to be recovered or a sideboard sanded down and reoiled, which is one of Adam’s talents,’ says Kate. For the Beavis’, the best part of the job is finding new products. The two run a daily blog on which they write about the stories behind the pieces. ‘Discovering new items or designers is fascinating. One of our favourites was a jaw-droppingly beautiful sideboard by Beithcraft. When we bought it we could clearly see its stylish potential but we had no idea who Beithcraft were. It turns out they make sought after, quality pieces and even fitted out the QE2. We sold that in one day,’ says Kate. For Sabin, it is the transformational upcycling process. ‘It’s a great feeling when you look at a finished piece and remember what it was like when you first laid eyes on it,’ he says. Both businesses insist that vintage homeware is not only more affordable, it’s also long lasting. ‘It has passed the test of time – solid teak sideboards and bedroom furniture have survived 50 years and still look great today,’ says Adam. And then of course there’s the history. ‘All older pieces are extraordinary in their own way and have a story to tell. We’re just helping to keep that journey going,’ says Hugo. In addition to their online shop, Your Vintage Life also does fairs around the country. They have traded with Judy’s since 2011 and have been at her

Bethnal Green Furniture Flea since the start. ‘The flea is a great event. It has become a regular slot in our calendar which customers and sellers alike look forward to. We often come home with some lovely finds for ourselves and you can spot the odd celebrity buying cool orange retro for their London pads,’ says Kate. Pipoca will also have its first go at a Judy’s event in April. Hugo, however, has been visiting the fairs for some time now. ‘The best thing about Judy’s events is that they always bring people together who are passionate about the vintage scene. Traders can be sure there will be a decent number of potential customers who are looking specifically for vintage items. They offer quality vintage products, great value and bargain potential over an eclectic and unique range of items,’ he says. Whether you’re looking for an adorable tea set or want to go full on vintage with your home, it is definitely something you should experiment with. As Hugo said, ‘‘Vintage furniture is fun and cool, so fresh, bright and full of life and I think a lot of people nowadays are keen to add some of these features to their own flats and houses’. Visit Your Vintage Life at and Pipoca at


It seems we’re not the only ones who love sharing our passion for vintage - the blogosphere is full of vintage addicts! But whilst everyone and their well groomed sausage dog seems to have a tumblr, how do your sort the retro queens from the paupers? Well, we scoured the internet so you don’t have to! Picking one blogger from each of the towns Judy’s travelling fairs visit, get ready to start saving some new favourites to your bookmarks bar...

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dresses impeccably as a classic lady. A true testament to vintage living 24/7, her outfit posts never see her with a hair out of place. We defy you not to want to put every one of her outfits on your pinterest board.

Tunbridge Wells - A bible for the fashion conscious young

mother, The Tunbridge Wells Mum is a treat for the eyes, cobbling together fashion advice and inspirational stories of working women with exciting businesses. Perfect for the fashion lover who wants to develop their passion into a career.

The North

The South Bath - After blogging about her personal life for nearly Cambridge - Splitting her time between London

7 years, Debbie of Nostalgia At The Stone House now uses her blog to advertise her shop of the same name. Selling all sorts of unique homeware, accessories and handmade dolls, Debbie is constantly creating and her passion for stitching is contagious.

Bournemouth - Mixing her own outfit posts with style

and Cambridge, Australian born Briony’s blog is a charming insight into the busy city life of a senior political advisor with a passion for fashion. Thumbs up for her lovely travel posts – now where’s our passport?

London - If 60s chic is what you’re after, you best say

advice, Rosie is representing Bournemouth as a city that knows how to mix vintage with high street style. We’re always super jealous of her weekly wishlists.

hello to queen of the beehive, Olivia. A girl who really knows how to work a photoshoot (plus some good old fashioned food porn), she treats her blog with full time commitment and passion, and we love her for it.

Brighton- Part of the wordpress crew, Stella lives vintage fulltime, and looks amazing doing it. A treasure trove of enviable buys and inspirational images from yesteryear, her site is a great slice of fashion history.

Norwich - Describing herself as ‘a modern girl with vintage loves’, Kerry has been shopping vintage since she was a teenager.She is also one of Judy’s fair’s very own hair stylists, so look out for her at our Spitalfields events!

Bristol - Taking the popular local phrase for things Oxford - After a beauty fix? Visit The Oxford Owl.


being ‘in good working shape’, Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion has been cleverly used to display all the best bits of the Bristol fashion scene. Working on various collaborations with local businesses, the relateable tone makes this an easy read.

Posting reviews of pretty much every beauty product under the sun, you’ll quickly learn how to do 60’s eyeliner flicks and perfect manicures in just a few posts.

Southampton - Stepping out of a 50s timewarp, Shauna

Chester - Although she currently resides in Manchester, Sarah of Fashion Dotty is still representing Chester as the area she grew up nearest to. A fashion marketing student, her alternative style embodies her obsession with the 70s and 80s perfectly.

Durham - As the name suggests, Jennie’s blog is a wonderful mix of fancy dress inspiration and equally fancy vintage attire. She’s also pretty handy with a sewing machine. You’ll be so impressed by how easily she gives life to old vintage patterns that you’ll be running to the nearest haberdashery. Lancaster - Itsy Bitsy Vintage was conceived by Carole Hunt and Carol Bean in 2011, in response to their shared love of vintage china, textiles and all things hand made. Now a fully fledged business, they offer style advice, china hire and fine art bricolage in the Lancaster area. Leeds - One of our favourite picks from our hometown of Leeds, Jen Holmes is a professional copywriter who knows how to grab a readers attention. Log on for stunning photography, well assembled outfits and uber cute kitty cats.

Liverpool - Luring you in with its minty blog layout, Alice’s witty humour and unapologetic love of a bargain makes her writing seem as familar as a chat with your best friend. We love her book reviews and

comedy outfit posts.

Manchester – Owner of a delightfully retro ebay shop of the same name, Catherine’s magpie-like eye for a car boot treasure is enviable. Luckily for us all, she has the self-constraint to sell most of it! If you’re after bold prints, 70s shapes and a strong shoulderpad, her site and shop is for you. Newcastle - Fan of a Yankee candle or two, Paula

Bowron is a senior advertising executive by day and a style blogger by night. Her easy to navigate site features outfit posts and beauty tips as well as a dedicated section that offers the highlights of the Newcastle shopping scene.

Sheffield - One of Sheffield’s premier vintage stores, Cow has become synonymous with hipster cool, and is even developing shops in Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester. Shop online and check out their predictions for vintage trends on their all-in-one website which is well integrated with social media. York - A lover of fashion from all decades past, Sally is a vintage homeware and fabric addict, and loves a good knitting session. If you fancy getting into crafting but don’t know where to start, her site is a friendly source of inspiration, advice and how-to guides.


Going Gatsby

Jack Zelenka guides us through his picks of last years films with a homage to vintage

The Midlands

Birmingham - A brilliant read for all you thrifty lovers, Victoria is an expert at blagging a bargain, whether that be through car booting or online competitions. Her love of Laura Ashley and Cath Kidston will speak to many of the girlie girls hidden inside us all.

Leicester - It may boast a fairly nondescript layout, but The Leicester Secondhandista is a key to the vintage city. Writer Amy Jane Barnes knows the city inside outside and doesn’t mind sharing her knowledge with you lucky midlanders.

Derby - A self confessed high street addict, Becky’s vintage connection is more of a homage than a dedication, but that doesn’t stop her putting together trend-clashing looks that you could easily achieve for yourself at one of our kilo sales. Music fans will have a great time guessing the song from her post title.

Lincoln - A Londoner at heart, Sade is studying in the

Midlands and has featured everywhere from Company Magazine to Rimmel’s youtube campaign. Her unique street style is the work of someone who truly loves experimenting and having fun with fashion.

Nottingham - With a wardrobe so on-trend that Topshop

Leamington Spa - Redressing is run by Angie, vintage might as well hire her as a fashion forecaster, 18 year old loving wife, mother and business woman who declares herself to be ‘on a mission to restore a sense of self worth in all women, everywhere!’ Angie’s body shape guide and self employment tips bring a well needed sense of realism to the world of vintage dressing, where not everyone is blessed with Hepburn hips.

Ellie’s stylishly minimal layout allows her photography and wishlist collages to pop with youthful vigour. We’re super jealous of her adorable cat-shaped clothes hangers.

Scotland and Wales

Cardiff - Stating in her ‘About Me’ that she will only wear dresses and skirts, never trousers, Gemma is a girl after our own heart. Winner of Best Lifestyle Blog at the Welsh Blogger awards, she has been known to frequent some of our very own fairs and loves to share vintage events with her readers. Edinburgh - Bright and colourful, Oranges and Apples should be saved in the favourites of every Scottish shopper for it’s handy guide on the charity shops of Edinburgh. A library of everything from lifestyle pieces


to ethical fashion to feminism, Franca is a prolific writer who offers something different every time you visit.

Glasgow - The Vintage Lassies is run by Jenny and Claire, who spend their day job as owners of vintage tableware and accessory hire company Butler and Taylor. As you would expect, their blog is a collection of all the gems they find on their thrifting trips, as well as an insight into their busy lives.

2013 was a simply mesmerizing year for cinema goers (and you crafty downloaders). While Despicable Me 2 and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug topped the UK Box Office, some of the years other big releases featured some truly wonderfully vintage costume design. Gangster Squad is a violent and action packed look back at one of history’s most infamous criminals, Mickey Cohen. With an all-star support cast including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovani Ribisi and Anthony Mackie to name but a few, costume designer Mary Zophres had plenty to work with and every single character is flawlessly styled. Suits. Suspenders. Fedoras…not to mention Emma Stone’s stunning red dress. Despite having some of today’s biggest stars, Gangster Squad feels like a product of its time but with modern production value. A highly recommended watch for anyone with an affinity for post war America.

The 20’s hit the High Street

The Place Beyond The Pines is a three part drama chronicling the aftermath of a spate of motorcycle bank robberies conducted by Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling). Also starring Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper and Dane DeHaan, The Place Beyond The Pines follows the knock on effects on the characters involved with Glanton’s crimes. We love Goslings’s Metallica Ride the Lightning tee, sleeves cut off into a vest revealing countless tattoos. Set in prohibition era New York, The Great Gatsby is a faithful and lavishly stylish retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragedy of the same name. Told from the perspective of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), it is the tale of one man’s wealth, aspiration and obsession. In keeping with the books theme of affluence and frivolity, the film showcases some truly spectacular 1920s décor and costumes. When combined with Baz Lurhman’s music video-esque directing style and Jay-Z’s contemporary film score, the elaborate costume and set design create a deliberately garish and almost vulgar tone. This being said, there are some subtle and tasteful costumes such as Gatsby’s Beige-on-Beige corduroy and sweater combo. While always overshadowed by DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire’s Nick has a slightly less groomed look than Gatsby with earthier toned suits compared to Gatsby’s outlandish bright colours. Once you see his bright pink suit…you’ll know. While 1920’s vintage requires a certain amount of dedication, it was an undeniably smart period with keeping up appearances held in high regard and being in the right social circles equally so. By Jack Zelenka

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Schuperb, 69.99, Topshop, £69, Miss Selfridge £150, House Of Fraser £299, New Look £25


Good Old Fashioned Romance

vintage wedding

By Jenessa Williams For many girls (and boys too, let’s not be sexist!), one day is more important than any other for getting all dressed up. A couples wedding day is meant to be an embodiment of not only their love, but of the two families they’re bringing together, the passions they share and the things that bond them together. For Daisy Ann Lloyd and her husband Jamie, it was vital that their big day showed off their love of rockabilly, tattoos and punk culture. After four years together, the couple knew that neither would be comfortable with a traditional affair. Instead they set about crafting their dream day, complete with handmade invites, liquor on every table and an incredible artisan cake. We caught up with Daisy to find out just how much work went into their magical event... How did you two meet? In Bath. I was doing my post grad and living back with my parents whilst studying. Jamie was also studying at the time. We were both with friends at Moles Club in Bath and I struck up a conversation with him about his tattoos. How did you/he propose? He was helping my Dad renovate an old boat when he asked him for my hand in marriage. Jamie did tell me that he had asked my Dad but later he made a special proposal. We were in Brighton (where we live now) at the time, as he had an appointment to get tattooed


by our friend Phil Kyle at Magnum Opus. He brought a temporary ring in Accesorize and whilst we were walking along the pier on a sunny day, he stopped and got on one knee.

part of my life. Our Vicar Jess is absolutely brilliant and down to earth and she allowed us to play the music that we wanted. Guests arrived to the sounds of Ruth Brown and left with ‘Rose of My Heart’ by Johnny Cash.

‘I made pretty much everything; table runners, bunting, favours, all the men’s boot lace ties and screen printed signs from our invitations...’ Our wedding breakfast in the afternoon was in the ballroom at the Langport Arms and I decorated the whole room to look as much like a 50’s American diner as I could. The menu and food was all diner style and the waitresses/waiters wore little hats and badges to help make it look authentic. I mixed it up a bit with vintage tea cups, but safe to say most people used these for the bottle of Sailor Jerry on each table and not tea! Our wedding car was a black 1959 Ford Galaxie driven by the owner who was also the DJ at our evening reception. Him and his wife teach swing dance lessons and gave everyone a lesson at the beginning of the night which was brilliant and hilarious, especially as everyone was already pretty tipsy.The evening reception was in the same ballroom as the breakfast. We also had a photobooth set up

by the photographers, a sweet buffet made from vintage glassware and sweets brought from eBay and temporary tattoo parlour. We felt nervous at first about older relations being there and seeing our tattoos, but instead we decided it was our day and they can fit in with us, not the other way around. It was funny to see some of them showing off their arms covered in transfers! Did you go D.I.Y for any of your other decorations? I made pretty much everything; table runners, bunting, favours, all the men’s boot lace ties and screen printed signs from our invitations. I would say though that this was a lot to take on! What was the one centerpiece of your day that you could not have had a vintage wedding without? I think there were three key things that glued the whole theme together. Firstly, it was the invitations, they set the whole scene for the day. Secondly, apologies to my husband, but my dress. The dress is so important for setting the style of the rest of the wedding party and that needs to look right for a vintage theme. Lastly, we were so lucky to have Jamie’s Step Mother pay for our cake which was the most awesome Choccywoccydoodah creation. It looked like our invitations, was the right colour and took centre stage when people arrived at the reception venue. Where there any major compromises made between you and your Husband in terms of the wedding planning or did it all go smoothly? Nothing will ever go 100 percent smoothly in terms of

Why did you go for a vintage theme and how did you integrate it throughout your day? I wanted the theme of the day to really represent who both Jamie and I are as people. We are both tattooed, love punk and rockabilly, and have a passion for midcentury styles. A lot of the decorations for our day came from things we’ve collected over the years such as old Coca Cola signs, the rest was down to my hands and the sewing machine. We were so lucky because every guest made a huge effort to dress up for our day and the theme. Everything from the invitations, car, outfits all tied in nicely with the theme. Perhaps not everyone does this but actually it was the design of the invitations (which I wanted to look like old rockabilly flyers) that inspired the rest of the weddings style and colour scheme. What was the day like? We got married in a beautiful small church in Langport where I’ve seen other family members get married and my nieces christened. It is also special because I became Godmother to my oldest niece there and many years ago my Dad re-made the gates. I wouldn’t say we are a particularly religious family, but it felt really special to be married somewhere that has been


We popped down to a very busy Kilo Sale at Leeds Trinity Church to see what you lot were up to!


Ellie and Ellen

‘For me (Ellie) this is the first one. I’ve (Ellen) been to one before in here about a month ago, it was great, the clothes are so cheap! In general we like to experiment with some vintage bits rather than a full outfit nobody wants to look like their Nana!’ planning or the day! Control freaks beware, it just won’t. That’s life! Major compromise would be not having the dream honeymoon we would have hoped for. If we’d invited less people and spent less money on the dress and car, then yes, but we decided to have a big party instead. I really wasn’t prepared to compromise on the dress - I had an idea and I wanted it to become something treasured, like an heirloom. So we didn’t get to go to America and get married by Elvis in Las Vegas as our honeymoon, but we did have a brilliant day and so did our guests. We still had a lovely few days on the Isle of Wight at Vintage Vacations in an old airstream caravan. Tell us about your dress? New shop dresses were a nod to the 50s but not quite right. I couldn’t find a vintage one either so instead I took a drawing and some ideas along to Alison Miles who is a fabulous dress maker in Bath. She used vintage lace in part of the design and created exactly what I wanted. It didn’t come cheap but to be honest it wasn’t much higher than the cost of dresses I had seen in the shops. Alison helped me find the right shoes too and made the most gorgeous vintage brooch bouquet for me, which will now sit in a vase forever. As for Jamie’s outfit we found a great suit online, he had brothel creepers and we made the boot lace ties. Jamie loves Star Wars so the button holes had Star Wars Lego mini figures on them! How much did your wedding cost? Do you have any tips for doing a vintage wedding on the cheap? You have a lot of choices in your wedding. A dress from a shop could cost you around £1200 but then a dress from Vivien of Holloway is £100. You can get married


in a church like us, which set us back by £500 (most of that is for the actual legal part) but then a registry office is possibly cheaper. We went with a really affordable venue which only charged us £25 per head for the day and £10 for the night with no venue hire or decorations charge. But then you could pay £6,000 for a manor house exclusive with food and drink, or you could find a barn and have a hog roast. My wedding ring was super cheap but then you can spend a fortune on one. We put around £5k towards our wedding and the other £4 or 5k came from family - I don’t think there was much change from that but what I am trying to say is you could spend a heck of a lot more than that. You could also spend less but essentially if you want to get married legally and in front of 100 people and then feed them, there is no getting away from the fact you are going to spend thousands of pounds! The biggest single cost of our wedding and drink! In the end we probably paid nearly £4K for that. My tips for spending less would be to make it an intimate affair, thrift a dress and get it altered, get friends to help you make decorations, and bring a bottle and a dish. But one thing you shouldn’t save on is a photgrapher who can capture it all. But obviously it’s all up to the couple. If you were to have the ceremony again, would you change anything? I have no regrets - I look back on the day and it was everything we wanted. Right now we are feeling the pinch and wonder if we could have used that money on a deposit for a house or something more useful, but then us, our family and friends wouldn’t have the memories and photos that we do. We have so many other things that we will treasure forever from the day too.


‘I’ve never been to this type of event, but I saw the adverts and I thought I’d come and see what clothes there are. I’m usually pretty terrible at shopping and operate mostly on hand me downs, but this is good, it’s cheaper than buying stuff in store and the style works. I’ve found a good shirt/jumper sort of combo, so it was definitely worth it!’


‘I’m a first year here in Leeds so I have managed to go to some vintage shops here, but this is my first Judy’s event. This is great, I’ve found a few pieces already and I haven’t been here for that long, so it’s really great! Just the great value of it, instead of paying for an item, you’re obviously paying for a kilo and it’s really, really good. There’s loads on offer, there’s so much, it’s so busy. I like rummaging through things and finding little gems. My all-time favourite style icon is probably Audrey Hepburn, she’s amazing and like her, vintage is really classic and timeless. It’s about pure style.’


‘This is my second Kilo Sale, the one I went to before, I got there towards the end, so it was quiet. I’ve not been to one that’s this busy. I love vintage, I don’t like to wear something someone else would have. I’m from a really small island where no one dresses like this, so it’s nice to be around people who experiment more with clothes. Fashion wise I don’t really like to follow someone and base everything on one person. I really like Cara Delevingne’s attitude though, I think she’s pretty cool.

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