Monday, 9 January 2012

Furtastic Vintage!

I couldn’t resist starting off the New Year by visiting Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair at Old Spitalfields on Saturday. I’ve been to Judy’s before in Bethnal Green and the quality of the stalls this time around at Spitalfields was a lot better and still all pretty affordable. January is definitely the time when stall holders have their own sales and annual blitzing. So many sellers told me “this all isn’t my usual stuff but…” 

I guess what’s nice about stalling at “vintage” markets and fairs in comparison to a regular fashion market is that it should attract a dedicated following of vintage fanatics who are keen to spend their money! Like 1940's lady of war, Sarah from Germany (below). 

Vintage does often offer a cheaper alternative to tourists on a low budget but as a seller of vintage it’s always much more rewarding when you sell something to someone who really appreciates it. 

As a shopper fur was definitely on the menu for me. I fell in love with this beautiful knitted cape and it’s Peruvian boho decoration. 

At £55 unfortunately it wasn’t within my budget and there is always the worry of being targeted by self-righteous fur police for wearing it! There was an abundance of beautiful fur jackets and accessories and lots of beautiful people not afraid to be wearing it.

I also LOVE these 1940s real fur broaches from Blondie’sRetro Vintage. This could spice up any plain old jacket or even handbag. A steal at just £12. 

 Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wearing vintage fur, you’re simply recycling. It’s not an attempt to make a statement or an invitation to enter a moral debate. Fashion is all about what looks good and let’s face it, vintage fur looks hot!  

Other Market Trends Spotted!

Paisley! and quite a lot of it in every shape and form! Loved this girls leggings.

Vintage knits were a popular shout too. The high street are selling their own modern versions, but you can’t beat the real thing. 

Shopping vintage is all about shopping authentic after all!

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair takes place at Old Spitalfields Market every first saturday of the month. Stall holders from this fair can register their presence here, at To find out more about Old Spitalfields Market and surrounding markets click here.