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What I Found at Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale

Mint green spotty dress

A few weeks ago I popped along to Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale at Bristol’s Paintworks, so I figured it was about time I shared what I got my hands on.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the vintage stock dated from the 1970s through to the 1990s. I had my eye on 70s printed dresses and although most of the rails contained seasonally appropriate jumpers, jackets and coats, I wasn’t disappointed.

First up is the mint green spotty dress, above, which is a very simple shape and will be perfect for spring. There are a couple of tiny holes along the elasticated waist which will need seeing too, but other than that it’s in pretty good condition.

Blue pleated St Bernard dress

I’ve taken to calling this blue pleated dress my Margaret Thatcher dress – imagine it with a box clutch and some leather court shoes – though I doubt Maggie would have worn a dress by St. Bernard. After a quick Google of the label, I found that it’s parent retail brand is Dunnes, an Irish chain that was founded in the 40s and lists M&S, Debenhams and Penneys as its rivals. It’s a little on the big side so will need styling with heels and waist-cinching belt, or possibly taking in, to have a hope of demonstrating that I actually have a waist.

Pale yellow bouquet dress collage

Next up is this beautiful pale yellow pleated dress. The downside of the kilo sale was a distinct lack of changing rooms, so I picked this up and hoped for the best. Unfortunately it’s a little too tight at the moment but I’m hoping to wriggle into it in time for my friend Laura’s wedding next summer, if not sooner.

Cream butterfly top and tartan pleated skirt

This pleated tartan skirt fits like a glove and was the first thing I was drawn to when I arrived at the sale, hosted at The Paintworks. I paired it with this sporty cream knitted tank, which I also found there – I think I’d prefer it without the pair of cornflower blue butterflies, but it’s so unique I couldn’t walk away from it.

Blue floral dress with Zara cowboy boots

As soon as I clapped eyes on this blue and pink floral dress I was in love. I’m normally put off by dresses that have a baggy top half (does anyone know what this style is called?) as they typically don’t suit anyone over a B cup, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this on. I think I like it because it reminds me of the vintage dress I found in Motel last year – I’m such a sucker for florals!

Red collarless box jacket with paisley detailing

Finally,  just when I thought I’d seen everything Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale had to offer, I spotted this red collarless box jacket, complete with shoulder pads and silk paisley trim. I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it scrubs up pretty well when teamed with black skinny jeans and a simple white t-shirt, honest!

Not bad for £40, eh? I also found a winter jumper (currently at the dry cleaners) and a claret and navy dress, not pictured, which I’m looking forward to wearing this winter. To find your local Judy’s Kilo Sale, visit their events page. Judy’s are coming back to Bristol in November – see you there?

P.S. If the age or, er, aroma has ever put you off buying second hand or vintage clothing, check out my guide to washing vintage clothes for Oxfam – it’s a doddle and will have your vintage finds smelling as good as new!

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Vintage Kilo Sale at Bristol’s Paintworks

Inside Judy's Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale

Last Saturday a couple of our friends came to stay and when one of them mentioned a vintage kilo sale taking place at Bristol’s Paintworks complex the very same weekend, I felt duty bound to check it out. Purely for blog research, of course…

After a night of sweet potato curry, homemade damson gin and an intense game of Monopoly, we got up early on Sunday morning to head to Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale. I’d heard of Judy’s Vintage Fairs – a popular sight in Bristol and across the country, but their kilo sales were new to me. The difference is at a a kilo sale, instead of paying for each garment individually, you pay by weight. In this instance the cost was £15 per kilo which the Judy’s website reckons will get you around 4-5 items.

Judy's Vintage Kilo Sale at Bristol Paintworks

We arrived just after the event kicked off at 10am and I’m so pleased we did, as within half an hour the room was heaving with bargain hunters and traders. The large hall was decorated with fairy lights and purple balloons and filled to the brim with rails and containers full of clothes. Classed as vintage, the kilo sales have stock from the 70s through to the 90s, so if 40s rose print tea dresses or 50s circle skirts are what you’re after, you won’t find them at one of these events.

I was surprised by the amount of 90s stock (personally I don’t consider something from George at Asda circa 1998 to be vintage) and the stock felt very seasonal, with lots of jackets and chunky knitwear, but after rummaging the rails I managed to find a few brightly patterned summer dresses, hurrah! I bought just over 2.5 kilos, which cost around £40, but for that I walked away with two jumpers, five dresses, one skirt and a blazer – that’s practically half a wardrobe full of unique clothes for the price of a couple of nights out.

I’ll write another post about the bargains I found in more detail, but if you’re interested in Judy’s Kilo Sales then take a look at their events page to find your local sale. This is definitely a different way to shop for vintage – have you been to an event like this before, or does the rummage factor put you off?

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Vintage Fair at The Passenger Shed

The Vintage Fair Bristol | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

On Saturday the Vintage Fair returned to Bristol’s Passenger Shed, a stone’s throw from Temple Meads train station. By the time I turned up at 1pm the queue was already snaking around the building and up towards the station, so I joined the end of the queue, pulled my coat around my neck and crossed my fingers that it would be worth the wait.

Last time I went to this particular fair it took place at a church in Portland Square – a much smaller venue – so Beautiful Plumage and I were delighted to find that the Passenger Shed could pack in double the amount of stalls, selling everything from 50s prom dresses to art deco furniture and the obligatory tea and cupcakes.

My only grumble is that with only one well-dressed person on the door, it took about 20 minutes before we were able to pay our £2 entry fee and make our way into the fair.

Despite the vast size, the venue was buzzing in every corner, with vintage make-overs, Lindy Hopping couples and lots of shoppers. I was on a strict budget so did my best to avoid the 50s prom dresses, including a yellow one covered in sunflowers, that I’m kicking myself I didn’t at least try on.

Fortunately for me there were a few stalls with sale rails, where I found this turquoise and white polka dot dress. I also found this red and white chevron tunic dress – so out of my usual comfort zone (which according to BP is ‘folksy, flowers and nautical’) – but I love it!

The fair will return in April so I’m going to save my pennies and come back to hunt for that sunflower dress! Did any of you make it to the fair and did you find any bargains?

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion at Gimme Shleter! Vintage Fair

  • Gimme Shelter! Vintage Fair. I’ve spent the day selling my vintage wares with Beautiful Plumage at The Lanes. The bowling alley-cum-vintage clothing shop-cum-bar is a wicked venue and although the weather wasn’t great, we earned enough to start our Christmas shopping funds!
  • Wardrobe mistress. This week Amy came over to help me sort through my mess of a wardrobe and I manged to part with 12 items of clothing, which may not sound like a lot, but for a hoarder like me it’s pretty impressive! There is still another wardrobe and a rail of clothes to wade through, but I already feel a lot happier and less stressed in the mornings, plus I’ve discovered several dresses I’f forgotten I own : )
  • This week I also posted about my pretty new crockery and shared a secret that could get me struck out of the fashion blogging community, and even, according to my in-laws, booted out of Britain. Hint, it involves hot beverages…

What’s been rocking your world this week? How did you spend the wet weekend? Let me know by commenting below…


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Something for the Weekend: Pop Up Parlour and The Lanes Vintage Fair

Pop Up Parlor Bristol flyer


Beauty, vintage and a ‘pop up’ shop rolled into one – what’s not to love? This weekend Inma and Lou, aka Pop Up Parlour will be at Cox and Baloney’s Vintage Boutique on Cheltenham Road to offer vintage makeovers – from victory rolls to the perfect red lip. The duo can normally be found working their magic on hen parties, brides and at corporate events but this Saturday see’s the launch of their first ever Saturday Salon. The pop up salon will be there from 11am till 6pm and you can contact the duo or the boutique for prices. For future Saturday Salon locations, check out their Facebook page.

Gimme Shelter Vintage Fair November 2012


On Sunday Gimme Shelter!‘s vintage fair returns to The Lanes – and Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion will be there, too! I’m joining forces with Beautiful Plumage and Annie by Amy to sell my vintage wares, and we’re not alone – some of Bristol’s best vintage traders will be there selling jewellery, clothes and homewares from the 1930s through to the 1980s. Entry is free and the action kicks off at 11am, check out the Facebook event page for more info. See you there?

North Bristol Art Trail 2012

Friday – Sunday

It’s not strictly fashion, but this weekend the North Bristol Art Trail takes place across, well, North Bristol, kicking off with a preview evening tomorrow night. Artists and designers will be opening their homes and studios to the public in this annual free event, and there are over 100 artists involved across Redland, Cotham, Montpelier, Bishopston, Westbury Park and Henleaze. Disciplines featured include screen printing, textiles, ceramics and photography – check out the trail map to find your nearest participating locations.

Have I missed any other local events? What are you up to this weekend?


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If you go down to the woods today…

Cream vintage dress

Another day, another glorious dollop of sunshine! I’m currently getting ready for my trip to London/France, but before I go, I wanted to do an outfit post to show of my latest find, and my new ‘do!

I only get my hair cut about twice a year, so I always like to experiment a bit, and this time I decided to embrace my inner redhead, what d’ya think? I don’t know about you, but on the morning of the day I’m due to go to the hairdressers, I always think my hair is great and that I shouldn’t change it. That must just be pre-haircut jitters though, as I’m always pleased with the end result!

The cream dress is one I bought at the Bristol Vintage Fair at Portland Square last year. Today seemed like the ideal day to wear it, and I’ve paired it with this fantastic wicker picnic basket I found at Bristol Flea Market a couple of weeks ago. I managed to get it for a fiver, but as half of one of the leather straps is missing, and the buckles are extremely rusty, I might have to use this as a storage solution rather than it’s intended use!

*Edit* There were a few more photos to come, but since WordPress/The Internet and this particular blog post don’t seem to be playing nicely today, this is your lot. Definitely going to take a leaf out of @Hayles‘ book and make the effort to start writing my posts in Notepad first in future!

Cream dress

Vintage cream dress and wicker picnic basket

My new hair

My new hair!

Anyone for a picnic?

Anyone for a picnic?

Turquoise toes

Turquoise toes


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Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate

Our stall at Bristol Flea Market

Here are a few more photos from the Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate. As I mentioned in last week’s RTW post, S and I were there as stallholders, not buyers, though a gorgeous picnic basket did manage to make it’s way home with me…

Bristol Flea Market isn’t the first time I’ve sold my wares, as it were, but it is the first time this year, and I hope it will become a more regular fixture. I’m thinking about adding an online shop to this blog and I’d love to know what you think – I’m always eager to see what bloggers like Steffy’s Pro’s and Con’s are selling, but I’ve never bought vintage online before. Do you buy the majority of your clothes online? And have you ever bought clothes from fellow bloggers? I’d love to know your thoughts, so let me know by commenting below…

Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate

Our stall at Bristol Flea Market

Bristol Flea Market
So many stalls, so little time!

Vintage jumpers
Some of our vintage knitwear, including Aran jumpers

Gorgeous labels from S’s label/blog Beautiful Plumage


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

House bunnies

  • The House Bunnies. No, that’s not the sequel to the disastrous 2008 romcom starring Anna Faris, it’s the ‘awww’ factor in today’s RTW post. Meet Grace Kelly, left, and Bonnie Tyler, our house guests for the next few days. Grace and Bonnie belong to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend but the’ve been staying with us since Wednesday. They are so cute but so cheeky, they have a look of permanent mischief on their faces whenever we let them out of their hutch!
  • Fashion Says Stitched. I loved seeing the final collections from soon-to-be graduate fashion students on Friday. It’s always exciting to see new talent and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for UWE’s finest. I’ll put up some photos and links to the students’ work later this week.

Ship-Shape at Bristol Flea Market

  • John Williams. You may not recognise the name, but this is the man behind the film scores for Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter and Star Wars to name but a few. Last night I went to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play a selection of his well-known compositions at the Colston Hall, and it was a truly magica evening. Unfortunatly I couldn’t stay out late as I had to get up very early this morning…
  • … for the Bristol Flea Market, above. This time I wasn’t hunting for vintage bargains, I was selling them! My love of vintage clothing is starting to outgrow the house, so I thought it was time to sell some of the pieces I don’t wear anymore, along with S from Beautiful Plumage.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Something for The Weekend… flea markets and student fashion

UWE Fashion says stitched

Looking for a fashionable fix this weekend? Read on…

First up, catch the future of British fashion on Friday night at Fashion says stitched. The University of the West of England‘s brightest final year fashion and textiles students are presenting their graduate collections at The Trinity Centre tomorrow night. Tickets cost £10, or £8 if you’re a student, and the evening includes a catwalk show, along with an exhibition of textiles, fashion illustration, photography and styling. Click here for more info.

Folk House Flea Market

On Saturday, you should get yourself down to Folk House on Park Street for their annual flea market. Entry to the event is free, and promises a mix of vintage clothing, homewares, books and bric-a-brac. This is the centre’s fourth flea market and is a great way to support local, independent traders. Park Street also boasts loads of fantastic independent boutiques and charity shops, so you’ll be spoilt for choice once you leave Folk House, plus you can even get a free lunch if you pop down the road to College Green!

Ashton Gate flea market

If you like vintage then you’re in luck, as the monthly Bristol Flea Market is back this Sunday. Held at the Ashton Gate Stadium, this event promises over a hundred stalls selling vintage clothes, fabric and homewares. I picked up a gorgeous Paisley scarf back in November, so I can’t wait to see what gems are on offer this weekend. Doors open at 9am and entry is £3 – I think there are discounts for students, but I’m not a 100% on this, so it may be worth ringing ahead if you want to find out!

That’s your weekend sorted. Have I missed anything? Let me know about other exciting Bristol events by commenting below…


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven eight days…

Homemade shelves, complete with colour-coordinated books

  • A four day weekend? Yes please! I figured I might as well wait until today to post this week’s RTW, so I could include the Easter weekend. Last night I went to a house warming party in Newbury, ate delicious homemade chocolate cake, drank vodka and caught up with friends I haven’t seen since Christmas…
  • …and those extra two days gave me a chance to finish painting our first DIY project – the shelves! Here is one side, filled with all our books, which, yes, are colour-coded : )

  • Chocolate (and dessert). I’ve never ‘done’ Lent before, but I decided to give up dessert this year, and it wasn’t easy! I love sweet food, and have been known to plan whole meals around what’s on the dessert menu. Needless to say I was delighted to tuck into an Easter egg on Sunday morning, and a slice of cake and apple pie last night.
  • Vintage dresses and DIY. On Saturday I took some time out from fixing up our bathroom to have a bit of fun and shoot the vintage dresses I bought at Vintage Sunday last weekend. Take a look here.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let mHow did you spend your Easter? Let me know by commenting below….

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