East London Vintage Treasures

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I recently found out about Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs and their kilo vintage sale in particular. Like most fashionistas I have a slight obsession with all things vintage so was bursting with excitement at the prospect of filling up a bag with a kilo’s worth of the magic stuff and all for £15!  Unfortunately in true straggler style I arrived a bit late so most of the clothing that remained wasn’t to my taste. On the plus side and probably due to the lovely summery weather London town has been experiencing of late (please don’t end!), there seemed to be a million funky leather 80’s style jackets. I’m not really a shoe girl but have a major weak spot for jackets and coats, since I always wear one- even a light jacket on a sweltering summers day. The hot weather didn’t adjust my mindset enough for me to not want most of the leather jackets on sale- even the heavy wintery ones. After trying on about a million of them and annoying the sales people by changing my mind and swapping a couple times I selected 3 gems.

On top of getting one of my best bargains of the year I also explored Bethnal Green- an area of East London that I’ve neglected despite the fact that its been uber trendy for a while. My main memory of the place was staying at my cousins in the area when I was a child off school sick with chicken pocks and a LOT has changed since then. I visited both Broadway market where I bagged another vintage bargain and Colombia Rd flower market- but it was Saturday and sadly the flowers come out on Sunday. I’d love to explore the area more often but I think I’ve bought enough for a while and need to resist temptation. We’ll see how that goes

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I headed to the Kilo Vintage sale at York Hall Cambridge Heath and then showed off my finds in an impromptu photoshoot with budding actress Perry Lambert and trend forecaster Maria Paz Caballero of Trends and Topics.

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Chilled at a cute bar off Colombia Rd where we did the shoot


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Explored Broadway market’s vintage shops including an odd fully functioning launderette which is also used as a vintage shop on Saturdays for an interesting mix of people washing and buying clothes.

I’ll soon be posting on another part of East London (North East), Dalston and Stoke Newington which also has a great mix of vintage and charity shops!



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