The queues that lined neatly around the corner of the Brixton Territorial Army Centre on Sunday morning were testament enough to the reputation of the South London Vintage Furniture Flea. With Judy’s Vintage Fairs being founded almost ten years ago by eponymous frustrated-vintage-lover Judy Berger, it started out as a place for aficionados to buy affordable vintage fashion. Quickly realising the appetite for preloved pieces extended well beyond clothing, Judy’s Vintage Fairs moved into furniture and homewares in 2010 with their first Furniture Flea being held in Bethnal Green. They recently branched outside of London to set up shop in Oxford where apparently quite a few Ercol pieces were sold to the Dean of Christchurch! The Flea is also launching in the city centre of Judy’s hometown of Leeds in 2016 in the beautiful Corn Exchange.
Being held at a new venue on the Clapham / Brixton border for the first time, the South London Affordable Vintage Furniture Flea on Sunday was filled to the brim with goodies – from huge vintage world maps to mid century sideboards, from handmade cushions in exquisite vintage fabrics to retro German vases, from authentic original printed adverts to beautiful French copper cookware. With the name telling the tale, there is a wealth of beautiful and – importantly – affordable vintage furniture that would satisfy almost every requirement and budget.
Any description of the Fair would be incomplete without a mention of the stunning cakes conjured up by Pear of Peas, providing both a visual and a gastronomical delight. The Vintage Furniture Fair is a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning – with a selection of traders to knock your socks off, a tiny entry fee and delicious cakes to keep you going – we couldn’t think of a lovelier way to spend a Sunday in October. One word of advice though – get there early to nab all the good stuff!
The next event is:
The Oxford Vintage Furniture Flea // 21st November at 10.30am at The Newman Society, The Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, Oxford, OX11RD // More details.
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