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Checkin this Independence Day

🇺🇸 The Market is OPEN on Sunday 4th of July 2021 🇺🇸

Checkin for a great Sunday morning at Camberwell Sunday Market. Our COVIDSafe Plan was updated on 1 July 2021.

Entry to the Market as a 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:

✅ Most importantly:

• Use our QR code on entry

• Wearing a face mask is highly recommended and required when physical distancing is not possible

• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others where possible

• Use hand sanitiser and maintain good hygiene

🚫 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.

• Are stallholders/sellers required to do anything under the COVIDSafe Plan? YES! Find out more here: Selling at Camberwell Sunday Market

Fashionistas come on down!

The Market will be OPEN on Sunday 27 June 2021. Join us.

In line with the easing of State COVID19 public health measures, Council has agreed to lift some measures of our COVIDSafe Plan CSM (26Nov2020)..

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

✅ Most importantly:

• Wearing a face mask is highly recommended and required when physical distancing is not possible

• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others where possible

• Use hand sanitiser and maintain good hygiene

• Use our QR code on entry

🚫 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.

• 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 available.


STALL BOOKING INFORMATION

You can book stalls using your iPhones, iPads, Android, Windows 10 devices as well as the via this website. Stall cost is $67 and is paid by credit card. When booking, the Terms and Conditions should be fully understood before proceeding, agreement to the terms and conditions is a part of the booking process. Also, payments are not refundable. Please check the date and stall location carefully before making payments. Stall are released up to 12 weeks in advance.

NO STALLS SOLD ON SUNDAY MORNING

Under our COVIDSafe Plan, no stalls will be re-let on Sunday mornings until further notice. Prior to the pandemic, a number of stalls / re-lets were sold on the morning.

EQUIPMENT HIRE

Hire Cost:

  • Trestle Table: Length 1.8m: $10
  • Clothes Rack and 2 Sandbags: $15
  • Sandbags: $ 4 each

Hire can only be arranged on the morning of your booking. Photo ID is needed and a $20 security bond is charged per stall, all hire equipment has to be returned before 1pm to avoid forfeit of this bond, early return welcomed.

MARKET OPERATING HOURS The Market is up and running by 7am every Sunday (earlier in the summer months). Stallholders are required to stop trading at 12.30pm, and to be totally packed by 1.00pm.

PRODUCTS SOLD AT THE MARKET

Products sold are second hand or hand-crafted goods, specifically made by the stallholder.

Goods not permitted include food, drinks, new goods (for resale), factory seconds or samples especially clothing, animals or make-up products. The Market does not have pre-designated areas for different product categories; hence a stroll round the whole market is encouraged to see the broad range of products sold.

RIP Prince Phillip

‘Nostalgia is often a word used by visitors when describing the Sunday Market. It something different for everyone visiting, but it is a powerful feeling, a happy feeling, and we are glad to bring people together find that little piece of ‘nostalgia’, often when they least expect it.

Often sovereigns of a Royal visit, wedding, birth and other event can be found. Like all discoveries at the market, there can be a hidden surprise, something a little extra, hidden in the treasurers you discover. As we reflect on the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh – a public figure that has been a constant in everyone’s life – it reminded us of one piece of ‘nostalgia’ that was hidden in a $1 book ‘The Coronation Album’ of H.M. Queen Elizabeth. Hidden in the middle pages was a near new 1954 Royal Visit Souvenir presented to school children by the Commonwealth Government. What a bonus for a $1 purchase! What a mind blowing itinerary for the young couple. Nostalgia. Priceless. Rest In Peace Prince Philip, you will be missed by millions.

Sights and sounds of the market are back

Turn on you volume to hear the sounds of live busking from the Violin Man

Oh the things you will see! Here is a short taste of the sights ands sounds of Camberwell Sunday Market, returning this weekend.

Bring your face masks and friends tomorrow as the Sunday market reboots after a circuit breaker lockdown.

Turn up the sound for some market music by ‘The Violin Man’ busking in January and photos by market regular Michel Simson from Instagram @michaelsimson_ and we hope to see you tomorrow, Sunday 21 February 2021!

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.