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A guide to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

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.

Discover Camberwell

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.

Number 7: Eight fun facts about Camberwell Sunday Market

Photo courtesy of Camberwell Camera Club

Charity

Founded in 1976, the Camberwell Market was created by Balwyn Rotary to fund a wide range of community and humanitarian charity groups, and in 40 years, they have raised over $15 million. Among the charitable causes are Boroondara Community Strengthening Grants; local projects including Eastern Emergency Relief and Violence Free Families; Youth Development Grants such as Rotary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarships, Secondary School Public Speaking Competition and National Youth Science Forums; international projects like Timor-Leste programs, New Zealand Earthquake Rebuilding, Nepal Earthquake Relief and Polio Eradication; and medical organisations including Australian Rotary Health, Box Hill Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute.

Since 1976, the weekly market has been luring patrons with vintage trinkets, knickknacks, and hot jam donuts. Founded by Balwyn Rotary, the market started with 48 stalls, and it has since grown to almost 400, with stallholders waiting weeks to secure a spot at the market. Treasure hunters can comb through second-hand clothes and records, antique toys, jewellery, artwork, keepsakes and a variety odds and ends from dawn until midday in search of rare gems. We will be posting eight facts about the Camberwell Sunday Market over this weekend! Stay tuned, more fun facts to come!

Originally posted in The Culture Trip theculturetrip.com by Monique La Terra.

 

Thank you

♻️ Thank you Rotary Volunteers for running the Camberwell Sunday Market! Over four decades the Market has earned a special place in the heart of Melbourians and thousands of tourists and serious collectors.

As an original social enterprise, the Market not only provides a unique public venue to recycle, repurpose and reuse old world treasures, it facilitates recycling of the latest & retro fashion, while raise enormous amounts for worthy causes in Australia and around the world.

Thank you to the stall holder who pack their treasures every week, assemble before sunrise and offer millions of items from the past and present fabric of Melbourne society.

And we thank the general public for the love and generosity you show every week – coming together as a community, for enjoyment, and in the process bringing to life something truely unique – the Camberwell Sunday Market.

We are open on Easter Sunday

Yes we’re open Easter Sunday! Thanks to you, the Sunday Market can contribute to hundreds of charities, worthy causes and Rotary Projects through gold coin donations and stall holder fees.

Plus, we are one of biggest community events to help people re-sell, repurpose & reuse second hand items. So whether you want clothing or collectibles. or just a different way to have fun & maybe discover a treasure – why not join us any Sunday? You will help us do good and you’ll feel good!

We are closed for Christmas on Sundays Dec 17 & 24, 2017

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Wow, 2017 has flown by. Thank you to all – visitors, stall holders and volunteers – for your amazing support of during 2017. As 2018 approaches, our trading days will be:

  • Open Sunday December 10, 2017
  • Closed December 17 & 24, 2017
  • Open Sunday December 31, 2017

We hope you all have a great Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Over the last 41 years, there has been one constant: Sundays at Camberwell. The children of 1976 came here with their parents and grandparents. Millions of people, potentially from five or six generations, have visited Camberwell for a uniquely Melbourne experience.

Over the decades, our philosophy has never changed. We provide an opportunity for Melbournians to meet, gather, trade and discover items from days gone by, from the mundane to discovering the extraordinary. As in the beginning, behind it all is the Rotary Club of Camberwell and as the market has grown it has become supported by an army of Rotary volunteers from various Clubs.

Not only does the community come together over hot jam donuts and coffee to exchange second hand, retro, antique, vintage and collectible items – the Market represents a huge opportunity to recycle, reuse, repurpose and save time capsules of Australian history in the process.

The gold coin donations are one important part of raising money for charities, humanitarian and other community projects in Australia and around the world. Stall holder fees also provide a great financial fund for supporting Rotary Projects.

As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect that there is good in this world and this community. Your great great grandmother may have purchased flowers or sold household goods here. As it was then ,and as it now, items were recycled and not thrown out. Proceeds raised from the community were used for the benefit of community and those in need. Everyone who participates (visits, or sells goods) is giving, not taking – perhaps without even knowing it.

So thank you. Thank you all, for together we are more than we are as single parts, a continuity of goodwill and community of many, for many.

Merry Christmas.