Judy’s vintage furniture fair

This event pops up semi-regularly in slightly shabby town halls across London. Sometimes billed as a flea market and at other times a vintage furniture fair, the reasonable but not dirt cheap prices and greater emphasis on actual furniture over random pieces of toot (though there is a lot of this as well) means that vintage furniture fair is a more accurate description of this event.

The various traders specialise in pieces from the 1950s-1970s, offering up a decent number of coffee tables, occasional furniture, lamps and sideboards from the period. There is a slight overabundance of stuff in that orangey-red teak colour that’s a little too kitschy for my liking but there are plenty of other things I’ve seen at these events that would work in a contemporary interior. I’ve only bought small bits of toot (albeit nice bits of toot) from Judy’s to date but I hold out hope that I’m going to find (and manage to get home) an incredible vintage piece of furniture at a bargain price at some point.

Some haggling is tolerated but I suspect this is because the vendors have marked up the prices in advance to account for this. I would recommend arriving for the 10am start time, doing a quick circuit of the shabby town hall (including the stage) and then placing a deposit on any items that catch your eye, especially if it’s furniture. Most of the decent stuff has been bought or reserved by about 10.30am, if not earlier.

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Purchases to date:

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  1. Danish bear (or is a rat?) wooden bottle opener (£7)
  2. Wooden Dala horse (£10)
  3. Homepride Fred (functionless but pleasing) (£10)
  4. 1950s wooden magazine rack (£30)
  5. 1960s mirror (£30)
  6. Danish wooden bull (£12)
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