If something is worth getting up early on a Saturday morning for, you know it must be pretty good. And Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair is just one such thing…
Judy’s is a top-notch vintage fair which travels around the UK’s major cities, displaying lovely, quality vintage wares from local and national sellers at a price that won’t break the bank.
So, you can probably guess that I get pretty excited when the show rolls in to my town.
This time around The Ritz was the venue, a nightclub that was well known in my teenage years for £1 rock nights (and which I haven’t set foot in since). So it was an odd feeling to be queuing up outside waiting to get in at 11am on a Saturday morning (my first time queuing for a vintage event!)
Once I’d paid my £2 entrance fee and got my hand stamped (now I really did feel like I was going clubbing) I was free to begin my search. Oh, I forgot to mention that I’m poor… so, armed with just £20, I thought I’d test just how ‘affordable’ Judy’s really is…
With dozens of stalls, there really is something for everyone. The stock spans 60 years, from the 1920s to the 80s, meaning you can pick up some bargain antiques as well as the more common place vintage fare. Though no antiques on a £20 budget, I’m afraid.
If clothes that your nan might have worn aren’t your thing, there are always plenty of accessories on offer too, from jewels and handbags to shoes and scarves, which are a very affordable way to dress up an outfit in a unique way.
Top tip: Fairs of this size can be overwhelming, making it easy to overspend on impulse buys. I find it handy to go with a clear idea of what I’m looking for – clothing, accessories, patterns or colours. Focus is key, and a budget is always handy too.
And when you’ve done shopping, what better than a nice sit down with a cup of tea and a cake? These were provided by the lovely ladies at the Marvellous Tea Dance Company who dressed up in full 50s regalia to serve you your brew.
So, what did I manage to find for my pennies you may be wondering. Well, I am always looking for interesting prints and this fair did not disappoint.
I got a floral t-shirt from Flock LDN, an amazing coral pink maxi skirt with bows all over it and 3 metres of vintage floral fabric… all for £20. Bargain!
I’d love to hear about your favourite vintage fairs, wherever you are in the world. Let me know in the comments.