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COVID19Safe restrictions eased

In line with the easing of State COVID19 public health measures, Council has agreed to lift some measures of our COVIDSafe Plan.

Entry to the Market as a seller or patron is conditional on you complying with our COVIDSafe Plan, as approved by Council, and available on our website. However, Council has agreed to ease these restrictions as of Sunday 28 March 2021:

✅ Most importantly:
• Wearing a face mask is now optional
• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others where possible
• Use hand sanitiser and maintain good hygiene
• Use our QR code on entry if possible

🚫 Do not attend the market if you are unwell, have arrived in Victoria from interstate or overseas in the last 14 days or been in contact with anyone COVID19.

⚠️ FAQs:
• Will the market be open next weekend? YES! The market will be open to the public 7am – 12:30pm every Sunday until December 2021, with the exception of being closed ANZAC Day Sunday 25 April 2021.

• Are any stalls available to be re-let on the day? NO. Prior to COVID19, any stalls not used were re-let on Sundays before 6:30am. Re-let stalls are no longer av

Market closed ANZAC Day 2021

The Camberwell Sunday Market Board and Market Management have decided, due to the significance of ANZAC DAY and honouring the ANZACs, that the Market will not be held on Sunday the 25th of April 2021, ANZAC DAY.

Any stallholders who have a booking for the 25th of April will be receiving a full refund. The statement Reference will be Rotary Club of Balwyn, and all refunds will be processed over the next 3 days.

The month of June has been opened for bookings and we apologise for any inconvenience.

LEST WE FORGET

The Cenotaph at Camberwell RSL

Global recycling day

Celebrating Global Recycling Day – thank you for being part of our community that has been recycling secondhand goods for 45 years! We proud to have provided that special space, place and time each Sunday where anyone has the opportunity to sell their good and anyone, from anywhere, has the opportunity to purchase used items and handmade arcticles, often made themselves from recycled materials.

In the process of providing a regular weekly forum for recycling household and other goods, we’ve raised millions of dollars for charities and worthy causes along the way… and had a heck of a wonderful time in the process.

Who would have thought recycling, helping the planet, reducing waste, ‘saving’ a 30 year old toy, vase or magazine from landfill would created something bigger than itself. Together, everyone makes Sunday Market special – more than just recycling – it’s a community that exists for that one moment in time every Sunday, where we enjoy it so much, we even forget we are recycling. We are preventing landfill. We saving pieces of history. We are raising money for those in need. We love recycling so much we don’t even know we do it anymore!

Thank you for making such an important part of a sustainable world so much fun! Hope to see you Sunday!

Discover flora at Camberwell

Yes we are open Sunday 7 February 2021.

Join us for a COVIDSafe Sunday morning by ensuring you wear a mask at all times when in the Market area. Help us protect our market and community by following our COVIDSafe Plan:

• If you are sick, do not come to the market
• if you have been travelling overseas/interstate, or have been in contact with a COVID19 virus, within the last 14 days, do not come to the market
• Wear a face mask at all times
• Scan our QRcode to record your date and time of visiting
• Maintain 1.5m physical distancing
“ Visits are now limited to 90 mines
• Use had sanitiser & maintains hygenie (e.g. cough into your elbow, wash your hands, etc)
• Look for price tags on items to avoid getting too close to stalls
• Follow instructions from the caravan PA, Rotary volunteers and our COVID-19 Marshals

8 Facts About The Camberwell Market

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. In celebration of this milestone, here are eight facts about the Camberwell Market.

Early Birds

The market starts at the wee hour of 6:30 am, with dedicated early bird treasure hunters known as ‘The Torch Brigade’ arriving even earlier. Equipped with headlights and torches, the most dedicated will scour stalls before stallholders have finished unpacking.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club

Costumes

Pay a visit to the Camberwell Market and you may just rub shoulders with television and film costume designers who have been known to scour the racks in search of period costumes. Boasting an impressive and ever-changing collection of vintage clothes, the market is often the first stop for designers seeking an authentic look.

Treasure Trove

Occasionally, one person’s trash really can become another person’s treasure, and at the Camberwell Market, you might just get more than what you bargained and haggled for. In the early 1990s, a painting was bought for $25 and resold for $12,000. Years later, a canoe ornament from the Solomon Islands was purchased for several hundred dollars, only to be sold in New York for several thousand. In 2002, one lucky buyer bought five dolls, only to find out later that they were rare fertility dolls from Papua New Guinea, and within a few days, they were sold to a French art dealer, and soon after to another European dealer.

Buskers 

The Rotary Club supports buskers so much that after the death of local saxophone player Neil Whitford in 2006, they immortalised him and his little grey poodle, Benjamin, with a bronze plaque. Rain, hail or shine, the pair entertained crowds at the Camberwell Market for more than 20 years.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club

Kylie’s Hot Pants

Kylie Minogue’s ‘gay husband,’ long-time friend and stylist William Baker, is said to have picked up the infamous gold hot pants from the Camberwell Market for 50 pence. The hot pants became one of Kylie’s most iconic looks after she wore them in the music video for ‘Spinning Around’ in 2000. Kylie Minogue is originally from Camberwell, so this rumour could very well be true.

The Love Market

In 2001, two regular stallholders, Josephine Healy and Chris Poole, met, fell in love and were married at the market. One sold homemade bowties, the other novelty garden gnomes. The Rotary Club booked the couple a marquee, which they arrived at in a vintage car as a choir sang over the usual Sunday market noise. In August this year, the couple celebrated their 15th anniversary.

Photo courtesy the 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 $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.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club. *$15m raised at time of 40th anniversary in 2016.

Parking 

No matter where you seem to go, parking in Melbourne is seemingly non-existent with time limits and permits around every corner, but at the Camberwell Market, you’ll find free all-day parking only five minutes away on Inglesby Road, opposite the local council offices – as if anyone needed another reason to love the market.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club

Originally published by Monique La Terra as “8 Facts About The Camberwell Market In Celebration Of Their 40th Anniversary” on Culture Trip in 2016.