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Discover speciality and unique finds in Camberwell

They may not be the ubiquitous international brands in huge glossy showrooms, but what they lack in size they make up for in personality, unique offerings, and the ability to supply things you cannot find anywhere else.

Camberwell is renowned for its speciality shops, offering unique and niche products and experiences, guaranteed to surprise, excite and inspire.

And better still, the Camberwell shopping precinct combines the charm and personality of local shops and a thriving market with the convenience of being all in the one location.

Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Whether you prefer your music on vinyl, are looking for a specific china teacup, want a retro painting or piece of antique jewellery to complete your collection, you’ll find it at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a Melbourne tradition, where for generations visitors have shopped for unique gifts, rare collectables, children’s toys and clothing, and vintage fashion and accessories.

If you’ve been looking for that old thing-a-me-bob that was perfect for cutting vegetables, but you’ve never seen it outside your grandmother’s house, or that gadget they stopped making a while back but you can’t live without, chances are they’re waiting for you at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market. Someone else’s trash is another’s treasure and this sentiment is manifested here in spades.

What’s more, simply visiting the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a unique experience in itself – the market has been operating for more than 40 years and has a vibrant history, and your gold coin donation upon entry has helped raise more than $16 million to help local and international communities.

That’s a market, with a social conscience, worth supporting.

Camberwell shopping precinct

They’re the small stores and independent businesses that give Camberwell its charm, and whose mission it is to offer products and services that stand out from the everyday.

One thing is for certain, you’ll find something special and unique in Camberwell shopping precinct.

For a distinct gift for a special occasion, check out the range of personalised stationery and luxury writing tools at Paper Republic.

Just down the road is Music Junction, which for 50 years has been the go-to destination for Melbourne’s musicians, and carries a huge range of hard-to-find instruments. It’s also the only store in Australia to stock Chapman Guitars.

If your taste buds are particular or fussy, check out Foddies, a speciality cafe and store offering a range of gluten free and other allergy-friendly foods. There’s also Elyros, which serves up traditional Cretan fare, using only free range and grass-fed meats.

Sustainable shoppers love The Source Bulk Foods, which stocks a variety of bulk foods (without the plastic packaging) including flours, nuts, pasta, seeds as well as a selection of organic, paleo-friendly, low sugar and gluten free foods.

If you’re looking for relaxation that goes beyond the traditional massage, check out floatation tank experiences at Elevation Floatation and feel your cares drift away.

Or get the adrenaline pumping 80s style with a round of slot car racing at Race Party. Challenge your friends and family on custom designed racetracks using model slot cars and remote controls, or simply cheer from the sidelines.

From seeking out rare objects to encountering experiences like no other, there is no shortage of speciality and unique finds in Camberwell. The only thing that’s left to do is uncover them.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Discover a treasure trove of fashion and accessories in Camberwell

Camberwell is a great place to find fashion and accessories, with everything from pre-loved designer pieces to the latest high street offering.

The area not only enjoys an abundance of second-hand apparel on offer at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, but also has a thriving shopping precinct lined with boutiques and popular clothing brands.

Week in, week out, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market serves up a dizzying array of pre-owned and vintage attire out in the open air.

Shoppers also have their choice from more than 40 fashion and accessory stores throughout the surrounding Camberwell shopping precinct.

So, if you’re looking for a special piece, need to update your wardrobe or just want to see what’s trending, Camberwell has got you covered.  

Here are some suggestions when shopping for fashion and accessories in the area:

Search the stalls at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has been a staple of the area since 1976, with fashion and accessories remaining a significant attraction over the years.

The market is ever-changing and has hosted many one-time sellers looking to empty their designer wardrobes at affordable prices to make room for newer fashions.

There are many accessory stalls throughout the market, offering timeless jewellery and niche pieces rarely found in-store.

Local fashion brands like Kinn & Co regularly return to the market with their gorgeous range of earrings and accessories too.  

There are vintage garments for both women and men as far as the eye can see, including pre-loved clothes and modern takes on classic styles.

Most importantly, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a treasure trove for bargain hunters who relish finding and walking away with a steal.

Explore the Camberwell shopping precinct

The Camberwell shopping precinct boasts an impressive selection of fashion and accessories stores, with something to suit all tastes.

If you are looking for something exclusive, there are numerous boutiques in the area offering one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

There is Montebello Emporium and its luxurious range of designer clothing and accessories, while Dickory Dock, which has been based in Camberwell for more than 70 years, specialises in high-end bras, corsetry and other garments.

The Camberwell shopping precinct also has a range of popular high street brands including Country Road, Witchery, Cue, Trenery and many more.

So, whether you’re in the market for a vintage piece or this season’s new look, Camberwell has it all for your fashion and accessory needs.

For more information, you can visit the Camberwell shopping precinct website and the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market homepage.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

What can I sell and how do I book a stall at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market?

Are you looking to sell pre-loved or handcrafted goods at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market? Here’s what you need to know.

Perhaps you are downsizing, maybe you have estate furniture you need gone, or your kids have long grown up and you’ve found yourself with a garage full of stuff you no longer need.

There’s a story behind every stall at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, but no matter what they are selling, every vendor has two things is common: they have items they want gone and a desire to make a bit of cash.

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is an iconic Melbourne experience, celebrated in art and literature, and a Camberwell weekend ritual for generations.

The generosity of market goers, via their gold coin donations on entry, has seen the market raise more than $16 million for different charities and causes to date.

And you can be a part of this story as a market vendor.

You don’t need to be a professional trader – if you’ve got stuff to sell, you too can be a Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market stallholder.

Here’s how:

How do I book a stall?

The first step is to book a stall at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market by downloading the app or via the website.

Stalls cost $66 and are paid for online via credit card when you book.

Are tables and equipment available for hire?

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market offers a range of items to help you set up and run your stall. They can be hired on the morning of your booking and a $20 security bond is required.

The market hires out the following:

  • Trestle table (1.8m): $9
  • Trestle table (2.4m): $10
  • Clothes rack and two sandbags: $15
  • Sandbags: $3 each

How far in advance must I book?

The earlier you book the better the chance of securing the date you want. Stalls normally sell out 10 weeks in advance.

What can I sell?

Make sure the items you’re selling are allowed. Stallholders are permitted to sell a range of second-hand goods or handcrafted items.

Customers love hearing the stories behind the items they purchase, so if those items are made by you, all the better!

You are not permitted to sell food, drinks or make-up products. New items for resale, and samples or seconds are also not allowed. The sale of animals or animal products is also prohibited.

What if I miss out on the Sunday I want?

If the Sunday morning you really want is fully booked, you can take a chance at securing a re-let stall.

Be at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market from 5.30am, when management arrives, and at 7am bookings that haven’t shown up will be re-let to people in the order of when they arrived.

There are often 15-20 stalls per week to re-let, but there are also many people waiting to snap them up and there’s no guarantee you will secure one. It’s best to plan ahead and book early.

You can view further information about booking a stall at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market here

This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.

His Master’s Voice

Oh the tales this label could tell! This one record was manufactured in England, sold in Malta & turned up here is Australia. His Master’s Voice was the name of painting that was completed in the late 1800s.

The painting’s name and an adaption of the original is still an iconic brand today. The artist inherited the dog and a cylinder phonograph with recordings from his deceased brother. ‘Nipper’, the dog, is said to have shown a peculiar fascination in the horn of the phonograph machine when recordings of his dead master were played. This inspired the painting that was later offered to various cylinder phonograph manufacturers, without any interest.

It was the makers of a different machine, the gramophone, that saw the potential and asked for the phonograph to be repainted as wind up disc gramophone. Thus, with the stroke of a pen & fresh brush of paint, a brand was in 1899 and continues today in various forms worldwide.

Despite many transformations over the years and more recent financial difficulties, HMV has an imposing presence in Melbourne’s old GPO in the CBD’s retail fashion shopping district at the Bourke Street Mall… an iconic location for an iconic brand in its 120th year.

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.