Skip the Sunday morning sleep-in this weekend and head to Melbourne’s Camberwell Market to discover the many perks of the east.
This trash and treasure market is only available to second hand sellers and local craft makers, so you know you are bound to find something unique and often one of a kind. It’s perfect for any vintage shopper; whether you’re into clothing, shoes, books, antiques, crockery or even a few new household tools, then this is the place for you.
Being a regular Camberwell shopper I can assure you that it will not be a Sunday morning wasted. The market remains steadily popular throughout the year, even on those grey, rainy mornings, so there must be something enticing about it. And I am still yet to attend Camberwell and come away empty-handed. In fact, I’ve been known to make a trip to the car halfway through just to relieve myself of all my shopping and reset for round two. Luckily, due to its location, there are many ATM’s of all banks surrounding, so having to reset the cash supply isn’t really a problem. Which is probably more dangerous than lucky.
Local resident and university student, Laura Newman regularly visits Camberwell Market. She says “I like the markets because it’s really cheap and being a uni student I can’t really afford much so it’s good to get a bargain.” While she often shops in op shops as well, she prefers the markets as they offer a more genuine retail experience and are usually better priced.
Another regular to Camberwell Market, Hayley Watkins, says she goes for the vintage fashion. “It’s now cool to shop at op shops and markets. The fact that the sites at Camberwell are always changing means I can find something new every week.”
But it’s not all for the shoppers. First time stall holder, Eliza Fazackerley says “having a stall at Camberwell Market is a great chance to get rid of some old stuff and score some money for it.” She admits to also being a regular to Camberwell Market.
“It’s great place to just potter around and grab some bargains and even if you don’t it’s just nice to have a look… I like the fact that you can buy brands like Sportsgirl that youth are familiar with for a much lower price.”
She says “while I would usually only pay between $2 to $10 for something, if it’s new I’m happy to pay up to $15.”
There’s perks all round, whether you’re into buying, selling or just browsing at your own leisure.
The market this year celebrates its 36th year of operation and continues to pump out quality items at low prices. There’s a reason the car park’s always full, the stalls are always booked out and the market’s always crowded right up until closing time. And that lies in the popular brands, affordable vintage clothing and friendly atmosphere of the market.
Camberwell Market is on every Sunday from 7am until12:30pm, but it usually starts a bit earlier in the summer months. The market itself, it held in the car park between Station Street and Burke Road, opposite Woolworths. For more information on its location click here.