Dec 3, 2011

Judy’s Vintage Fair at Spitalfields

Judy's sign

When I got home from Judy’s Vintage Fair at Spitalfields earlier this afternoon I realised I’d got a bit snap-happy. How on earth was I going to whittle down all of the photos I’d taken?! I settled down to work with some pick’n'mix but the answer is I couldn’t, so here’s a rather photo-heavy post.

I’d only been to one of Judy’s fairs before. The event moves around the UK and I’ve always been in the wrong city at the wrong time, apart from the one occasion where I randomly stumbled across the vintage fair in Leeds. There will now also be a dedicated event taking place in London’s Old Spitalfield Market on the first Saturday of each month – when I spotted a tweet from Judy’s team calling out for bloggers I was quick to put myself forward to report from this first one!

My mission was simple and super-fun: armed with a disposable camera I was asked to document my experience of the fair in 27 unedited snaps. I love a bit of lo-tech from time to time but the flash seemed to be broken so fingers crossed my photos turn out ok! They’ll be developed this week and I’ll link to them once they’ve been uploaded to the Judy’s website. In the meantime you can see a little bio about me on the Judy’s Facebook page.

So what did I think of the fair? I absolutely loved it. I had a real treasure hunt in mind but in all honesty no rummaging is needed – each and every item is a treasure! Judy’s marketing manager Kieran assured me that they’ve spent time separating the wheat from the chaff and it’s certainly evident. I mentally spent a small fortune but managed to stick (kind-of) to my self-imposed budget, although admittedly that’s only because the nearest cash machine ran out of money literally as I was queuing to use it!

Anyway here are some of the photos I took on my SLR (I also took some using my latest addiction, Instagram).

Tomorrow Judy’s Vintage Furniture Flea is taking place from 11am at York Hall, Old Ford Road, E2 (entrance £2-3). I’m planning on hitting that, followed by Columbia Road Flower Market, then Battersea Car Boot Sale! Happy weekend!

Reporter kit

{ My kit from Judy’s team: disposable camera, the aforementioned pick’n'mix, fresh OJ, and a Judy’s tote and rosette. }

Old Spitalfields Market

Market stalls


{ I bought a beautiful old jar from this stall, Frank & Fearless; I plan on using it as a vase and / or tealight holder. }



{ Stallholders at Tom’s Camera Exchange. }


Toy rings

Clocks and retro telephones

Jewellery and sunglasses

Bright vintage jumpers


Vintage trilby hats

Vintage storage tins

Brass necklaces




{ This stallholder was holding a retro hair styling session in the afternoon. }



Tea sets


{ The business card alongside these glasses shows a photo of the stallholder when she was 11 years old. }

Playing card hat

Vintage sewing machine

Retro magazines


Vintage maps

Lipstick mirror "love me"

Christmas brooches

Lilliput miniature dictionary

Milk crate and bottles

Vintage earrings

{ Earrings at Arabella Bianco – take a peek at Arabella’s Fashion Blog! }

Rockabetty Stores

Vintage knitwear

What can I buy?

Pretty much anything and everything! Clothes, footwear, accessories, jewellery, luggage, homewares, furniture, art, craft equipment, records, books, magazines and comics, plus items that are re-worked from genuine vintage or brand-new pieces that are vintage-inspired.

What will I see?

Lots of glamorous ladies dressed in full-on vintage looks, plenty of dogs (some also wearing clothes), the friendliest stallholders in London, and 150-ish stalls full of more excellent condition, well-priced vintage than you can imagine.

Where and when?

Judy’s at Spitalfields, Old Spitalfields Market, London, EC1. Monthly on the first Saturday of each month (next fair 7th January 2012).

Judy’s (usual) Vintage Fair is also still touring the UK on a regular basis, check the website for info.



  • Wow! That is intensely awesome! I remember you tweeting about that on Twitter early this morning and I responded that I wished I had a fair to go to! Unfortunately I just stayed in bed writing, lol!

    I didn’t realize it was THIS cool! Glad you took pictures and posted them! Looks like it was awesome.
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  • wow! looks like so much fun! :)

  • Fab blog 10/10. Looks amazing. Really wish i had gone. Loads of unique items. Love all the photos. I will be looking out for the next one in Manchester, cant wait. :)

  • Wow! I’m going to have to check this out next time it’s in Brum, and when I’ve got gainful employment – obvs! Although it does look as though the items are incredibly good value. Thanks for covering this. xx
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  • These shots are perfect, in love with the vintage telephones!
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  • amazing photos
    especially I would have died to go throu all those old cameras

    have a nice and stylish weekend darling
    come and say Hi, we could start a stylish friendship
    The Dolls Factory
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  • The photos are fabulous!! I love the dotted sweater somewhere in the middle! :-)
    xo, Christina
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  • Ohhh these are so gorgeous! Especially the line of goldy necklaces. I wish I could’a been there >.< ♥

    Sarah ^.^

  • WOW so jealous would have loved to have gone to that!! :D

  • it looks like so much fun! beautiful pics. i saw so many things that i wanna buy!

  • oh wow! we have a vintage fair twice a week here but it doesn’t seem so well organized as yours! The items are so unique!
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  • I am a flea market junkie. Some of my best fashion finds were found in a vintage fair – for practically nothing! This one looks fab.

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  • [...] finally found my dream vintage Levi cut-offs! These were a bargainous £10 from Judy’s at Spitalfields and the stallholder had scores of pairs in all sizes so if you’ve been looking for some too [...]

  • Many thanks for including a photo of my ever popular Playing Card Headpiece! xxx

  • Thank you so much for publishing a photo of our earrings, we had a fab day. Hope to meet you again. Best Wishes x.

  • wauw I love fairs like this, where you can find the most crazy things!!!!
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    Kiss Kiss
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