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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.


• 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.

We are in this together

By avoiding large gatherings, masking up, washing hands, social distancing and following the latest health advice, we will all get to the other side of this in the best shape possible.

We are indeed in this together. Every single Rotary volunteer, stall holder and visitor is impacted by Covid-19. And the millions of visitors’ parents, partners, children, grandparents, friends, work colleagues and even staff at their local coffee shop. We are all at risk and, like you, we will do our bit to keep each other safe.

Update: 1 August 2020:

Due to Covid-19 transmission rates and increasing mandatory public health measures in Victoria, the Camberwell Sunday Market remains closed.

• 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 our social media and website for updates.

Time for Reflection

There is no Sunday Market today, 31 May 2020. The current State of Emergency Declarations ends at 11:59pm tonight and we are working hard with Council and other stakeholders to re-open the Camberwell Sunday Market as soon as safely possible. We expect this will be in June and will let you know soon as we know!

So a Sunday morning in bed for for a cup of tea or stroll down to the shops for brunch or a coffee with friends, observing personal distancing and new social norms like not shaking hands!

It is also National Reconciliation Week and we want to especially recognise Elders – past, present and emerging – of the Kulin Nation and of the Country ‘where the ground is thickly shaded.’

Before settlers used the name Boroondara, it was adapted from the native Australian language name used by the local inhabitants of the Wurundjeri clan of Woiwurrung people. The sound of the word has therefore likely been associated with the area for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

While today the 🍁 leafy rows of European of trees continue to cast shadows onto the ground, Australian native flowers, plants and trees had cast shadows on these grounds for millennia.

There is a plaque to one of these last great trees located in Kew.

Canoe tree monument

The monument is on Bowyer Avenue in Kew. Its plaque commemorates a significant scarred canoe tree, estimated at the time to be more than 1000 years old, which was felled at that site in the late 1950s. The plaque has the following inscription:Commemorating the Aborigines and their craftsmanship.

This district, formerly their meeting place, was known to them as Bark Hill. On this site grew an immense gum tree from which the Aborigines carved a large bark canoe. This canoe was probably launched on a passing stream which now flows underground to the river Yarra.

The monument was a joint initiative of the Aborigines Advancement League – Kew Branch, and the Kew Historical Society, and was erected in 1965. Former residents recall the site being a regular gathering place for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the 1960s.

From the Boroondara Site website.

The theme of this year’s NRW is #inthistogether2020. Just a decade after the monument was erected, the Camberwell Sunday Market was created, forming a regular place for people of all cultures and backgrounds to meet, talk and trade their wares.

In #NRW2020 both the traditional Aboriginal meeting place and current day market stand still. We are indeed all in this together. Let’s move forward together with greater respect and understanding for each other.

And that last great tree was not simply just a tall tree. When it was felled, possibly for Camberwell area homes and buildings, also fell some of the last living links with a life of pre-contact Aboriginal society. The tree was probably part of a song line, the canoe may have been carved out Elders past 500 years earlier, the enormous canopy was refuge to a complex biodiversity that is simply impossible to replicate today.

Let’s be better at things in a post-pandemic world.

Discover collectables, antiques and retro finds in Camberwell

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.

Discover children’s clothing and toys in Camberwell

If you’re looking for unique toys or some stylish new clothes for your little ones, head down to Camberwell to find an impressive range of kids’ toys and clothing.

Your first stop should be the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, where you will uncover an assortment of pre-loved and one-of-a-kind playthings and apparel for children of all ages.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the market, the Camberwell Shopping precinct is sure to have what you want, whether it’s something vintage from Antique Toy World or the latest trends from Kidstuff.

Just remember to take your time to find the perfect item because that special toy or outfit might end up being something that they hold onto and pass down to their own children.

Here are some tips for finding children’s toys and clothing at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market and the Camberwell shopping precinct:

Find kids’ clothing and toys at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

The wonderful thing about the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is that there is something rare and special on offer each weekend that you just won’t find anywhere else.

You can find remarkable second-hand toys and games that are no longer in production, as well as pre-loved playthings that you can pick up for a bargain.

Stalls with handmade goods regularly appear at the market too, offering everything from hand-stitched dolls to gooey slime.

There is also a sensational array of children’s clothing for different ages and tastes, with beautiful babywear and trendy threads for teens.

The best tip when approaching the market for kidswear and toys is to keep an open mind and see what you stumble upon along the way.

Explore Camberwell precinct for children’s toys and clothing

Of course, if you have something specific in mind and can’t find what you’re looking for at the market, there are plenty of great options in Camberwell shopping precinct.

You can’t go past Seed and Jasmine Kids Outfitters for quality children’s clothing, while Bonds Outlet Camberwell and Target also offer classic outfits and apparel.

Target also has a stellar range of toys and games however, be sure to check out Riot Art and Craft Camberwell if you want to foster your child’s creativity with some arts and craft activities.

For young bookworms, head over to Dymocks Camberwell and take a look at their selection of children’s books and young adult novels.

If you have a gamer on your hands, then JB Hi Fi Camberwell can sort you out for video games and computer accessories.

Remember you can always stop by the toy section in Coles and Woolworths while you’re doing your grocery shopping if you need to pick up something on the go.

Want to learn more? Then check out the Camberwell shopping precinct website and the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market homepage.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.