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.