The buzz of a busy market creates a shopping experience like no other – a mix of curious browsing among the unfamiliar and the thrilling anticipation of finding something wonderful.
And that potent combination is enjoyed by about 7000 people every week at the iconic Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.
Founded in 1976 by Balwyn Rotary to fund various charitable projects, the market now offers about 370 delightful stalls and is a magnet for collectors, vintage connoisseurs and bargain hunters.
Discover a treasure
Whatever you love you are likely to find it at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.
Comb through pre-loved clothes, second-hand knickknacks and records, antique toys, jewellery, beautiful old trinkets and, of course, craft stalls full of original creations.
Keen lovers of vintage fashion come from across Melbourne to snap up that must-have piece, and rumour has it that TV and film designers trawl the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market for authentic items of days gone by.
If collectibles are your thing, make the stroll through the hundreds of stalls a voyage of discovery.
Among the mix of stall holders are many collectors who sell glorious gems waiting to be found by keen shoppers.
And when all that browsing and spending makes you hungry, just follow the irresistible aroma to the hot jam donuts van. The warm, sweet treat has become synonymous with the market.
Since you are likely to spend quite a few hours at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, it’s worth noting that there are public toilets on Station St, below the multi-level car park, and inside The Well shopping centre, accessible via Burke Rd.
Discover a cause
Gain entry to all that treasure at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market with the simple toss of a gold coin.
But as you do, remember that what might be a small dollar amount to you adds up through the course of the day, and the year.
Over the years, those gold coin donations have been used to great effect in communities both locally in Australia and abroad.
More than $14 million has been raised since 1976 to support charities like the Eastern Emergency Relief, Box Hill Hospital, Violence Free Families, New Zealand Earthquake Rebuilding and so much more.
Your trip to Camberwell doesn’t have to be limited to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market. Why not make a day of it and explore the wider shopping precinct while you’re visiting?
If you aren’t a member of the ‘torch brigade’, which includes people who scan the stalls before first light, you could go grab breakfast or a coffee at a Camberwell cafe first.
Or, begin your day by leisurely trawling the stalls and then enjoying lunch in one of the many wonderful restaurants or boutique eateries in the Camberwell precinct.
Those looking to enjoy a post-market wind down can head to a chic bar to enjoy an afternoon beer, wine or cocktail. Alternatively, you may want to sit back and enjoy a film at the Rivoli – Camberwell’s renowned art deco cinema.
To continue your Sunday shopping outing, there are
plenty of great finds just beyond the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.
The Camberwell shopping precinct is a dream, offering antiques, jewellery, hair and beauty salons and stylish fashion boutiques – all of which will perfectly complement your market finds.
This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.