Discover collectables, antiques and retro finds in Camberwell

It’s the thrill of the chase and the glory of the find that drives treasure hunters in search of collectables and antiques to Camberwell every week.

It starts on Sunday morning before the sun comes up when seasoned hunters, armed with torches and an eye for the rare, sentimental or valuable, begin rummaging through the 370 stalls at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, before moving on to the antique and collectables stores dotted around the shopping precinct.

Treasure means different things to different people. For some, it’s reminders of a time gone by or of someone you love; for others it’s about finding retro goods at a bargain price.

But every seasoned treasure hunter knows that X marks the spot at Camberwell shopping precinct.

Discover antique treasures at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

You’ll never forget that feeling when you stumble upon the ornament you remember from your childhood; a vintage gown that’s just perfect for an upcoming event; or a box of random household goods that you recently saw on an online collector’s group selling for hundreds.

At the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, the thrill of the find is secondary only to the joy of the hunt.

Every Sunday (except the Sunday before Christmas) the Station Street carpark comes alive with the smells of coffee brewing and donuts cooking, and the sounds of hundreds of stallholders spruiking collectable comics and trinkets, mid-century homewares and ornaments, as well as art and crafts.

There are plenty of treasures to be found at the market – all you have to do is go in search of them.


Find collectables in the Camberwell shopping precinct

All week round, professional antique collectors and casual hunters alike can be spotted at Camberwell Antique Centre.

Located in one of Camberwell’s iconic heritage buildings, Camberwell Antique Centre features two floors of antiques, collectables, vintage furniture, retro homewares, and many other objects of desire.

One shopper recently came across a 1908 American flag with only 46 stars, created before New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii became official states.

Whether you’re an antique toy collector or just a parent who can’t stand another plastic toy in the house, you’ll love Antique Toy World, located within the Camberwell Antique Centre, which is filled with wooden toys, puzzles and handcrafted dolls.

Camberwell shopping precinct is also a haven for those searching for antique, speciality and repurposed furniture.

Most Wanted Interiors (closed Sundays) and Provincial Home Living offer unique and handcrafted pieces from local designers and from around the world.

But if you’re looking for the ultimate in bespoke quality furniture, you can’t go past the highly-skilled craftsman at Schwartz and Angelo (closed Sundays) which has been one of the most well-known and respected fine furniture makers in Melbourne for more than 50 years.

Don’t forget the many treasures and collectables that can be found at Camberwell shopping precinct’s Australian Red Cross Op Shop and Salvos Stores (closed Sundays) where you’ll find perfect pre-loved treasures to enjoy anew.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Discover children’s clothing and toys in Camberwell

If you’re looking for unique toys or some stylish new clothes for your little ones, head down to Camberwell to find an impressive range of kids’ toys and clothing.

Your first stop should be the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, where you will uncover an assortment of pre-loved and one-of-a-kind playthings and apparel for children of all ages.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the market, the Camberwell Shopping precinct is sure to have what you want, whether it’s something vintage from Antique Toy World or the latest trends from Kidstuff.

Just remember to take your time to find the perfect item because that special toy or outfit might end up being something that they hold onto and pass down to their own children.

Here are some tips for finding children’s toys and clothing at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market and the Camberwell shopping precinct:

Find kids’ clothing and toys at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

The wonderful thing about the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is that there is something rare and special on offer each weekend that you just won’t find anywhere else.

You can find remarkable second-hand toys and games that are no longer in production, as well as pre-loved playthings that you can pick up for a bargain.

Stalls with handmade goods regularly appear at the market too, offering everything from hand-stitched dolls to gooey slime.

There is also a sensational array of children’s clothing for different ages and tastes, with beautiful babywear and trendy threads for teens.

The best tip when approaching the market for kidswear and toys is to keep an open mind and see what you stumble upon along the way.

Explore Camberwell precinct for children’s toys and clothing

Of course, if you have something specific in mind and can’t find what you’re looking for at the market, there are plenty of great options in Camberwell shopping precinct.

You can’t go past Seed and Jasmine Kids Outfitters for quality children’s clothing, while Bonds Outlet Camberwell and Target also offer classic outfits and apparel.

Target also has a stellar range of toys and games however, be sure to check out Riot Art and Craft Camberwell if you want to foster your child’s creativity with some arts and craft activities.

For young bookworms, head over to Dymocks Camberwell and take a look at their selection of children’s books and young adult novels.

If you have a gamer on your hands, then JB Hi Fi Camberwell can sort you out for video games and computer accessories.

Remember you can always stop by the toy section in Coles and Woolworths while you’re doing your grocery shopping if you need to pick up something on the go.

Want to learn more? Then check out the Camberwell shopping precinct website and the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market homepage.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Discover a treasure trove of fashion and accessories in Camberwell

Camberwell is a great place to find fashion and accessories, with everything from pre-loved designer pieces to the latest high street offering.

The area not only enjoys an abundance of second-hand apparel on offer at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, but also has a thriving shopping precinct lined with boutiques and popular clothing brands.

Week in, week out, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market serves up a dizzying array of pre-owned and vintage attire out in the open air.

Shoppers also have their choice from more than 40 fashion and accessory stores throughout the surrounding Camberwell shopping precinct.

So, if you’re looking for a special piece, need to update your wardrobe or just want to see what’s trending, Camberwell has got you covered.  

Here are some suggestions when shopping for fashion and accessories in the area:

Search the stalls at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has been a staple of the area since 1976, with fashion and accessories remaining a significant attraction over the years.

The market is ever-changing and has hosted many one-time sellers looking to empty their designer wardrobes at affordable prices to make room for newer fashions.

There are many accessory stalls throughout the market, offering timeless jewellery and niche pieces rarely found in-store.

Local fashion brands like Kinn & Co regularly return to the market with their gorgeous range of earrings and accessories too.  

There are vintage garments for both women and men as far as the eye can see, including pre-loved clothes and modern takes on classic styles.

Most importantly, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a treasure trove for bargain hunters who relish finding and walking away with a steal.

Explore the Camberwell shopping precinct

The Camberwell shopping precinct boasts an impressive selection of fashion and accessories stores, with something to suit all tastes.

If you are looking for something exclusive, there are numerous boutiques in the area offering one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

There is Montebello Emporium and its luxurious range of designer clothing and accessories, while Dickory Dock, which has been based in Camberwell for more than 70 years, specialises in high-end bras, corsetry and other garments.

The Camberwell shopping precinct also has a range of popular high street brands including Country Road, Witchery, Cue, Trenery and many more.

So, whether you’re in the market for a vintage piece or this season’s new look, Camberwell has it all for your fashion and accessory needs.

For more information, you can visit the Camberwell shopping precinct website and the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market homepage.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Discover the history of the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

For more than 40 years, shoppers in search of antiques and second-hand treasures have flocked to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.

Having started in 1976, the weekly market has become a city-wide institution, as one of Melbourne’s biggest markets for pre-loved wares.

The very first market featured only 48 stalls, attracted 1700 people and made a humble $531.

Nowadays, there are more than 380 stalls at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, which has a vast offering including bric-a-brac, collectibles, vintage fashion, books, records and even hardware items.

The outdoor marketplace remains a destination for locals and tourists alike, with some 250,000 people descending on the suburban carpark every year.

Historic market characters

Much of the history of the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is tied up in its colourful stall holders.

There is collector Ray Nicholls, who has shared his passion for newspapers and magazines from his stall for about three decades.

And having entertained crowds for more than 20 years, Saxophonist Neil Whitford has been commemorated with a memorial plaque on the walkway at the marketplace.

The history of fundraising

Since the market began, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has operated under the guidance of Balwyn Rotary who have been fundraising by accepting donations in their iconic yellow cups.

Visitors are asked to make a gold coin donation to enter the markets, with funds going to the Balwyn Rotary club, which supports numerous important charitable causes.

Tireless volunteers have raised more than $16 million since the market first opened to support local and overseas communities.

Their fundraising efforts have aided numerous causes including Eastern Emergency Relief, Box Hill Hospital, Violence Free Families and New Zealand Earthquake Rebuilding.

Camberwell’s history

While Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has a fascinating past, the wider Camberwell shopping precinct has its own rich history as one of the oldest shopping strips in Melbourne.

The suburb drew its name from The Camberwell Inn, an inn built in the area in 1853.

The story goes that the area reminded the establishment’s owner of London’s Camberwell Green area.

Business activity along Burke Rd rose after the railway line was extended to the area in 1882, prompting residential development and further commerce in the shopping precinct.

Today, there are some long-standing gems located throughout the precinct.

For example, the Rivoli Cinema first opened in 1921 at 570 Burke Rd. In 1940, it relocated to its current location at 200 Camberwell Rd, and in 1968 it was the first cinema in Australia to be converted to a twin auditorium. In the year 2000, following a $16 million refurbishment, the Rivoli reopened as an eight-screen multiplex. The cinema is renowned for its Art Deco design, grand staircase and unique circular patterned carpet.

Another local icon is the Camberwell Fresh Food Market, which has been operating for more than 85 years. The market was established in the 1930s where the site was originally a horse carriage factory that later become a produce market, servicing the market growers of the area. Many stall holders today are second and third generation family-run businesses and still trade in the traditional style.

Planning to visit?

If you’re planning immerse yourself in a little history at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The market opens from 6.30am until 12.30pm every Sunday except for Sundays that fall within 10 days before Christmas.

The marketplace is located in the carpark on Station St, tucked behind the Burke Rd shopping precinct. If you want to set up a stall, then check out this guide on how to book a spot.

This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Things to do in Camberwell after visiting the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Remember that time you experienced the perfect Sunday? A day spent relaxing with friends and family; spending time outdoors; taking your time doing the things that made you happy?

You can recreate the perfect Sunday every Sunday in Camberwell shopping precinct.

From discovering treasures at the market to enjoying a meal and spot of shopping, we’ve got your perfect Sunday planned out.

Here’s how you can enjoy a Sunday in Camberwell:

Begin with a visit to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Start your Sunday morning the way locals have for generations – with a stroll in the morning sunshine, soaking up the sights and sounds of the iconic Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.

Search through racks of gorgeous vintage fashion, handcrafted homewares, arts and crafts, and treasures that have been locked away in attics.

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is the perfect place to pick up a unique gift or something special for your home.

Just don’t be surprised if you also walk away with an unexpected find, like a relic from your childhood that sparks happy memories.

Head out for brunch

Now that you’re full of post-market excitement and inspiration, it’s time to hit one of Camberwell’s many renowned cafes and restaurants for a relaxing long brunch with family and friends.

Warm up with freshly baked pastries at Laurent Patisserie, treat yourself to a cake that is more like a miniature work of art at Angelucci, or discover why healthy also means tasty at Acai Brothers.

Coffee aficionados can find the best drop in Camberwell shopping precinct – not an easy task when Camberwell is packed with coffee specialists but we’re sure you’re up to the challenge!

Do a spot of shopping

You’re sufficiently fuelled-up with caffeine, so it’s time to hit the shops.

Whether you have a specific purchase in mind, or just want to jump on the latest fashion trends, Camberwell has all the inspiration you need at every price point.

Camberwell shopping precinct is home to high-end and high street brands, fashion boutiques, specialty gift stores, electronic and tech hubs, florists, sporting goods, homewares and much more.

Make your afternoon productive

It might be Sunday, but you probably have tasks that still need to be ticked off, like going to the gym, getting your hair cut or doing the grocery shopping.

Fun fact: chores become that much more enjoyable when they are done in the vibrant atmosphere of Camberwell.

Dine out for dinner

The next big question: where to for dinner?

Allow enough time to ponder this, because Camberwell shopping precinct has so many great restaurant choices, from traditional pizzas, to exotic cuisines, to healthy options and grazing plates.

Catch a movie at the Rivoli Cinemas

The enjoyment of a much-anticipated flick can only be improved upon by being surrounded by the glamour and history of the Rivoli Cinemas.

The art deco cinema is a significant cultural and historical icon in Camberwell and has inspired both lovers of film and architecture for generations.

There is a selection of great wine bars close to the cinema, perfect for that post-movie debrief. Nineteenforty is a rooftop bar located at the Rivoli itself, while Young’s Wine Rooms and Cafe Paradiso, just a short walk across the road, offer a great atmosphere to enjoy a drink or two.

This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.

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