On Sunday, just as I was preparing a suitably authentic outfit for Judy’s Vintage Fair, I spotted a tweet from one of my best friends, the oh-so-stylish, oh-so-talented illustrator, Ellie, aka Miss Domm, saying she was on her way to the very same event! Then it dawned on me; who better to tell us all about it…
“Having been to ten weddings in two years, and with a love of all things vintage, I am forever on the look out for treasures. Such research keeps me out of mischief financially and might come in handy someday; the engagements just keep on coming after all!
Recently I’ve been cheating on fashion with furniture in an ironic attempt to save the pennies and I even have a new rule.
Instead of buying lovely pieces of attire to hang prettily in the over-spilling cupboard of ‘wonder’, I must slowly but surely collect items of sentimental value to display/accessorise/perch in my new humble abode.
So, when I heard that Judy’s AFFORDABLE Vintage Fair was combining forces with The Vintage Furniture Flea in Brighton, on Sunday 15th May 2011, I couldn’t help but put the new rule to the test. And, possibly take a gander in the fashion section ‘just in case’ something caught my eye.
I scooted off to the seaside to grab a little fresh air and found myself at the races amongst 75 stalls of vintage fabulousness. With little supervision and a Judy’s stamp on my hand I tweeted my whereabouts (final rescue call) and went straight for the furniture section.
Surrounded by haberdashery, prints, vintage magazines, 1970s Tupperware and a stunning array of affordable ceramics I thought that the handpicked traders showcased an eclectic mix of retro finds. Most of which could easily have come home with me if I hadn’t left my Mary Poppins carpetbag in London. For any couple wanting to find affordable bits and bobs to decorate their home or venue, unique in style and price, Judy’s fair displays a fair few finds at pretty reasonable prices. Traders know their stuff too, which is great.
Coasters could make quirky additions to any themed table arranagement.
Crockery galore, as one would expect. However, most sets were in superb condition and some were even packed in boxes. Pretty dainty florals and 1970s coffee sets stood out from the crowd for me.
Metres and metres of glorious repeat floral fabrics perfect for handmade cushions, curtains or tea towels! Perhaps a drop fabric screen area to snap the guests by as they arrive?
Most impressed by the vintage frame collection at one stall, a beautifully simple way to display wedding piccies in!
After sampling a jammy-dodger encrusted vanilla cupcake, with a pot of tea, I momentarily drifted back to the 1940s with thanks to the live music.
I then took a gander in the fashion section … and I am so pleased I did.
It’s clear fashion experts hand-pick and price-check all stalls in order to ensure shoppers are paying up to 75% less than high street prices. If I were a bride, I would have had a field day! Affordable prices did not override quality and I spotted two potentially show-stopping vintage wedding dresses.
See first two below.
Would this not be breathtaking when tailored to fit? The dress certainly had a Grace Kelly vibe and I found it very difficult to walk away without trying it on.
And this one on the left; Graceful, delicate and undoubtedly my favourite dress in the entire fair. I fell in love IMMEDIATELY. This darling dress was in excellent condition and admired highly by all.”
I’d like to interrupt Ellie for a moment, to give a special mention to this gorgeous boutique featured above- Anything Goes, a Vintage Clothing Shop based in Southsea, raising funds for THE BIVOL TRUST. They sell vintage and retro clothing for both men and women and their in store seamstress and local fasion designers make special one-off designer peices. Funds raised are used to support the trusts activities which involves helping children and young adults with learning and physicl disabilities. Wonderful hey?! Back to Ellie…
“Other brilliant finds included a bucket of knitted ties in ecclectic colours, beautiful petticoats, lace cardigans and dainty shoes. I ended up spending most of my time in the fashion section, the rule has temporaily been put ‘on hold’ and I’m left hoping that some lucky lady has picked up one of those dresses for her big day. I’m certain the Groom wouldn’t be the only one shedding a happy tear.
Ex Selfridges Personal Shopper Judy Berger apparently ‘set out to create a one-day cosmopolitan marketplace’ celebrating ‘vintage fashion and homewares from the past sixty years’ with affordable prices. Refreshingly, and in my humble option, the fair in Brighton did just that. I would highly recommend any Bride-to-be to take more than just a gander. Enjoy!”
Thank you Ellie! Back to me…
There was a tear in my eye as I walked away from this adorable combo (above, right), detail shown below…
Of course you could always make your own… they had patterns too!
There were lots of cute dresses perfect for your mismatched bridesmaids too!
Something for the groom…
How fabulous are these hangers?! Just had to show you! They have been wrapped in scraps of beautiful fabric, not too neatly, and tied in a rough knot! Much love!
Either one of these treasures above would be amazing for naming your tables! On the left, French fashion magazines, with gorgeous illustrations, which you could frame and use as a centrepiece. On the right, American motel keys- perhaps you could have them poking out of your floral centrepieces to mark your tables.
BUTTONS! Say no more! On the right, a whole host of little vintage toys… fabulous to keep the children entertained or even the adults if you fancy using them as favours!
Love these little dice, you could get really creative in using these within your wedding decor for a cute retro twist.
Right: We came across a huge case full of retro glasses frames… fabulous as photobooth props we thought!
I very much hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair! Do be sure to check out their website to see where they will be next! They are sure to come to a city near you!
Photography by me!! (Tino&Pip Photography)