Category Archives: Vintage Fair

What I Found at Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale

Mint green spotty dressA 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 dressI’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 collageNext 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 skirtThis 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 bootsAs 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 detailingFinally,  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!

Bloglovin |Twitter | Facebook

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?

Vintage Kilo Sale balloonsVintage jumpers at the Vintage Kilo SaleBargain hunters at the Vintage Kilo SaleVintage kilo sale clothes

Bloglovin |Twitter | Facebook

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?

Vintage Fair at Bristol's Passenger Shed | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashionblue and white vintage dress Bristol Vintage FairPink vintage 1950s dresses | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionRed and white vintage dress Bristol Vintage FairVintage leather handbags | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

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…

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?