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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair - Cambridge

Shopping vintage = my favourite thing.

I'm a big believer in not buying clothing for the brand name and instead? Collecting pieces that make me feel great, whatever the cost.

My wardrobe is a mix of high-street and vintage. For me, pairing the two together breathes more life in to my outfits, tells a story and gives modern items a classy twist. 

So when Alex messaged me about heading to a Vintage Fair in Cambridge I let out a little squeal of excitement. An afternoon with one of my favourite ladies and hand-picked vintage goodness? Of course I was all-in.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair travels all over the UK and winds up in Cambridge once a year. Held at the Guildhall the setting is beautiful, flooded with light from the large, stained glass windows the two rooms are filled to the brim with vintage treasures.

Before any shopping could commence Alex and I had one thing on our mind... First rule of the Vintage Fair club? Their must be home-made cake and tea. 
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
It opened at 10am so we made sure we got there for 10.30, giving us time to rummage through all the goodies before the place got too crowded come lunch time. 
Top tip when shopping at fairs: Bring cash and arrive early to grab your favourites - but make sure you come back in the middle of the afternoon. Often the stalls owners will save their best pieces for the middle of the day, when the initial stock they wanted to get shot of has been bagged and tagged and the fair is at it's busiest.
Judy's Fair promises to save you up to 75% of what you'd end up paying for Vintage on the high-street, so it's definitely worth making the trip and picking up some bargains.

From the elegant 20's style to floral 50's, 80's slogan shirts and tie-dye 60's it ticks everyone's fashion boxes and caters for both the ladies and the fellas (although I have to admit, there was definitely more for us than there was for the men). 
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
I picked up a gorgeous leather mini-skirt for £20, a paisley print silk blouse for £12 and a pair of dungarees that are quite possibly cut to the best style I've ever witnessed for just £25.

The changing rooms were set at the back of the hall and were communal - so all us ladies were stripping down to our panties and trying on things together. It was quite nice, having strangers opinions on what you were trying on and seeing how other people styled their picks.

It was pretty much the perfect Sunday. Hanging out with one of my best friends, eating cake, shopping my idea of fashion heaven and picking up some workable vintage pieces to mix in to my existing wardrobe.

If you're new to shopping vintage this is the perfect way to introduce you to it, at an affordable price. The stall owners are all super helpful and on hand to offer tips if you're perhaps unsure on what might look good with what - these guys know their stuff, so you don't have to be scared to ask!

If you fancy checking out the nearest affordable vintage fair to you, all the details are on Judy's website here - which includes all the dates for upcoming fairs and festivals.

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19 comments:

Neeny said...

Seems like a great place to go - the cakes look yummy and the clothes look good!
I like those dungarees you bought :)

Neeny x

neenyslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

Julia Schmidt said...

My god the black overalls are just perfect! They look like the most flattering dress of all time, what a score! So hoping that I get to check this place out one day :)

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Jo said...

I love a good vintage fair! Judy's vintage fair looks wonderful and the photos are lovely. I love your style! I went to a local one in Southampton yesterday but unfortunately didn't find anything - I have a feeling Judy's is more my sort of thing, with more wearable items.

Jo xx
She Wears Burgundy

Bash Harry said...

Wow, the place looked absolutely fantastic! I hope you had an amazing time! (btw, love the dress on you <3)

xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

Elizabeth Rebecca said...

I love that last dress.

Lizzie Dripping

Elizabeth O'Grady said...

I really love that shirt! What a lovely way to spend a weekend x

Sara Chergui said...

Everything looks so lovely, and you look gorgeous !

Sara,
http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

Naomi said...

ahh, communal changing rooms haha truth be told you hardly remember to feel embarrassed when you're shimmying into a gorgeous groovy vintage shirt dress!! loving the photos and i'm eyeing everything in the background!!! seems like a quality vintage fair!!

xoxox, naomi http://bunnyandfawn.blogspot.com/

Erin Bailey said...

Looks like a lovely day, I love vintage fairs too! Gorgeous photos:)

www.heavenlyclutter.blogspot.com
xo

Srividya Nambiar said...

Just discovered your blog and oh my! I have spent a good two hours reading your posts:) Hopping over to your youtube channel right away!!
Sri xx
October born

Louise Brown said...

What a gorgeous venue to host it! I'm in love with that leather skirt, you got some lovely bargains. I headed along to our one in Edinburgh a few weeks back if you fancy a peek! - http://www.littlethings.org.uk/2015/02/the-vintage-kilo-sale.html

Louise x

Izzy said...

I am so very jealous of those dungarees, they're the coolest <3

The Quirky Queer

Nora Lilly said...

Aw this looks wonderful, I love rumaging about at fairs and jumble sales - you can be sure to find something unusual! ^v^ x

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Startup Models said...

Skirt suits! Did you buy it?

Rock On Holly said...

Ooh you got some gorge pieces - bargains too! Looks like there's a fair on in Bethnall Green when I'm down in London next weekend.... Woop!

Love From Rock On Holly xx

Jessica Nelson said...

Glad you enjoyed it (I was the weirdo who tweeted you after spotting you in the changing room!) Judy's is one of my favourite vintage fairs and you found some great bargains!

www.jessicainyourear.com

SJay said...

Gah the bakeries left Me drooling!!!! Wow I wish We had some of those fairs around here!

-SJay
The Chronic Dreamer

Mar said...

I love the skirt! Nice post and pics :-) x

Charlotte Rumsby said...

That leather skirt is ahhhh-mazing!!

Charlotte / styleaked

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