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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.

Check-in this Sunday!

13 December 2020 is our last market day before Christmas, so check-in this weekend or it will 27 December 2020 before your next opportunity to join us.

When you check-in to the Camberwell Sunday Market this weekend, check-in also using the Victorian Government QR code. You may have seen the QR code system in use at other venues in Camberwell and around Melbourne.

Use of the QR code at the market is voluntary, free, secure and easy to use. Simply point your smart phone at the square QR code and follow the instructions to record your first name and phone number. The date and time you attended will be recorded to secure database and deleted in the event of not being needed.

For the safety of the whole market community, our COVIDSafe Plan is still place. All visitors to the market are still required to:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wear a face mask at all times
  • Limit visits to 90 minutes
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distancing
  • Use hand sanitiser on entry

More casual stalls available

🔴 STOP PRESS! 🔴
All stalls are now SOLD OUT until April 2021. The booking systen can be monitored for occasional cancelations that will appear.
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Sellers: more stalls have just been released for December 2020 out to March 2021!

Camberwell Market will be back in action on Sunday, December 6th, 2020, and the last batch of casual stalls have just been released on our booking system. Good luck sellers! Be quick, there is heavy demand. Most casual stalls are in February and March, several in December and January.

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.

Most importantly, entry will require:

• The wearing of a face mask
• Visitors are limited to 90 minutes
• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others
• Hand sanitising on entry

FAQs:
• Will the market be open this weekend? Yes, the Market will be open December 6th, 2020.

• Will the market be open the next weekend? YES! The market will be open to the public from 7am – 12:30pm every Sunday from Sunday December 6th, 2020 (except 20/12/2020).

• Can I book a stall? YES! But hurry, the stall booking system reopened today with staggered release dates from Dec – March.

• How can I possibly maintain 1.5m distant from others at the Market? See more details in our COVIDSafe Plan on our website. Information will be on our website, at the Caravan and signage on Sundays.

Stall bookings now open

🔴 STOP PRESS! 🔴
All stalls are now SOLD OUT until April 2021. The booking Systen can be monitored for occasional cancelations that will appear.
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🎉Bookings for casual stalls are now available via the booking system!🎉

Camberwell Market will be back in action on Sunday, December 6th, 2020, and a limited number of stalls will be released in batches today, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

Stalls are being manually released for booking in small batches throughput afternoon. Good luck sellers! There is heavy demand.

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.

Most importantly, entry will require:

• The wearing of a face mask
• Visitors are limited to 90 minutes
• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others
Hand sanitising on entry

FAQs:
• Will the market be open this weekend?
Yes, the Market will be open Sunday, December 6th, 2020.

Will the market be open the next weekend? YES! The market will be open to the public from 7an – 12:30pm every Sunday from Sunday December 6th, 2020 (except 20/12/2020).

Can I book a stall? YES! But hurry, the stall booking system reopened today with staggered release dates from Dec – March.

How can I possibly maintain 1.5m distant from others at the Market? See more details in our COVIDSafe Plan here: https://camberwellsundaymarket.files.wordpress.com/2020/12/csm-terms-and-conditions.pdf

Information will be on our website, at the Caravan and signage on Sundays.

Countdown to Reopening

Dear Marketeers,

Fantastic news about Melbourne continuing to open up again over coming days and weeks.

We have been following up with local council about what this means for the market, and opportunities for a pre-Christmas opening.

Fingers crossed, and I will let you know as soon as possible.

The above message is from Paul, Market Manager.

Update: 8 November 2020

The Camberwell Sunday Market currently remains closed due to restrictions on large gatherings.

FAQs:

• Will the market be open this weekend? Sorry, no.

• Will the market be open next weekend? No, sorry.

• When will the market reopen? Unknown at this point, but we will reopen when safe to do so.

• Can I book a stall? Sorry, no. The stall booking system will remain closed until a reopening date is determined.

• How will I know when the market is reopening? Watch social media and our website for updates.