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.
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 CameraClub
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 fordesignersseeking an authentic look.
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 inNew Yorkfor several thousand. In 2002, one lucky buyer bought five dolls, only to find out later that they were rare fertility dolls fromPapua New Guinea, and within a few days, they were sold to aFrenchart dealer, and soon after to another European dealer.
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 stylistWilliam 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
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.
No matter where you seem to go, parking inMelbourneis 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.
We are reopening on Sunday December 6, 2020. Join us from 7am to 12:30pm in car park at Market Place and Station Street, Camberwell, as we reignite a community tradition that began nearly 45 years ago.
Visitors and sellers, welcome back!
Plan ahead: we have confirmed our market days for the Christmas and New Year. All stall sites are now booked out through to the end of March 2021 and we are open every Sunday except 20 December 2020:
Open – 6 December 2020
Open – 13 December 2020
CLOSED – 20 December 2020
Open – 27 December 2020
Open – 3 January 2021
Open – every Sunday, January to December 2021
There are some special measures to be aware of when visiting or selling at the market, so come prepared as we help each other be COVID Safe.
Do not enter the market if you are feeling unwell
Wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth at all times
Visits are limited to 90 minutes
Maintain safe social distancing of 1.5m from visitors not from your household
Maintaining cleanliness and use hand sanitiser
Look for price tags and pay by card if possible
Follow any announcements, signage or directions from staff
Seeking assistance if feeling unwell while visiting
Bring a mask and hand sanitiser!
Arrive with enough time to set up stalls that meet social distancing requirements before 7am
Remind patrons about social distancing and that face masks need to be worn at all times
Limit stall representatives to two people at a time and maintain social distancing (if not from the same household)
Provide accessible hand sanitiser at your stall
Clearly label items to enable patrons to see prices and minimise crowding around stall
Stall sales commence Tuesday 1st of December 2020 for the months of December 2020 and January, February and March 2021.
We are closed on the 20th of December 2020 ahead of Christmas.
The number of stalls released for booking each week will be less than normal due to the social distancing rules and regulations.
There will be no specific time or order of available stall sites when released on Tuesday.
• Single stall bookings only • You will need to have an online booking to have a stall • Extra stalls that become available will be released to the booking system as they become available • We will not be offering stall relets on the morning of each market • Before booking a stall our CSM COVIDSafe Plan must be read and understood • Important items included in our COVIDSafe Plan:
Stallholders and those entering the market are to have a face mask on
Stallholders need to provide hand sanitiser (accessible to patrons) on their stall
Stallholders are to limit representatives to family; or two people at a time with social distancing of 1.5m maintained
Stallholders must remind patrons about social distancing
Questions about the new process can be directed to email@example.com
Art, crafts and homewares have the power to instantly lift the décor of a room, as well as improve our wellness and sense of happiness.
It’s that beautiful print that reminds us of our trip to Italy; the porcelain figurine like the one Grandma had in her home; that bright yellow post-modern painting that looks like nothing in particular, but just seems to energise us every time we walk past.
No one really knows when they will stumble upon a piece of art or craft that will ‘speak’ to them, but with all the treasures hidden within the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market and the wide range of stores in the Camberwell shopping precinct, you’re sure to find something that will brighten your home and your life.
Discover the art of the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market
According to local legend, several visitors to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market have gone looking for a little painting to brighten up the dark corner of their home, only to discover that charming little painting was actually a valuable work of art.
There was the family that used small change to purchase a painting from an unassuming homewares stall. It turned out to be a Tom Roberts and later sold for $25,000.
Then there was the man who picked up a double portrait by Janet Agnes Cumbrae Stewart for $50, only to discover it was worth about $6,000. He didn’t sell it though; he really liked the painting.
It’s a familiar sentiment. While you’re not guaranteed to find a masterpiece at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, you are sure to find a painting, sculpture, ceramic piece or vintage object you will fall in love with.
Professional and amateur artists themselves frequent the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market to find supplies for their own arts and crafts projects.
Wandering though the stalls, up-cycle artists, who turn pre-loved goods into statement pieces, mingle with artists with little hammers, on the lookout for unusual ceramics to turn into brilliant mosaics.
Find your creativity in Camberwell shopping precinct
Creating art and crafts is a wonderful pastime, which brings young and old together to turn brilliant imaginings into real life objects – and you’ll find all your creating needs at Riot Art & Craft.
Riot Art & Craft is an Aladdin’s cave of art supplies, ranging from paints and canvases, to modelling clay and wood, to lino cutting tools and print making tools.
Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, you’ll want to frame it, so wander down to Camberwell Framing Shop, where the professional framers will help you find the best frame for your piece.
Of course, art is within everything we surround ourselves with, from our vases and photo frames, to our table settings, to the tray into which we drop our keys when we walk through the door.
Camberwell shopping precinct has a host of homewares stores, packed with creative and beautiful objects for your home. Most Wanted Interiors offers a range of unique handcrafted furnishings, and Provincial Home Living has perfected the art of creating a home with stunning accessories for the house.