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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.

SELLING AT CAMBERWELL SUNDAY MARKET

STALL BOOKING INFORMATION

You can book stalls using your iPhones, iPads, Android, Windows 10 devices as well as the usual booking website.  You need to register a fresh new account in the new system due to the stricter membership requirement.

Image courtesy of Instagram @caslb_

Stall cost is $65 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.

STALLS SOLD ON MARKET MORNING

A number of stalls / re-lets are sold on the morning. When management arrives at 5.30am, names of those wanting a stall are taken in order of arrival and at 7am, bookings that have not arrived are re-let to those waiting. Usually approx. 15-20 stalls per week are re-let, however there are no guarantees.

EQUIPMENT HIRE

Hire Cost:

• Trestle Table: Length 1.8m: $ 9

• Trestle Table: Length 2.4m: $10

• Clothes Rack and 2 Sandbags: $15

• Sandbags: $ 3 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 6.30am 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.

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SEE ALSO:

Terms and Conditions

Stallholder Information

Stall & Area Map

Number 6: Eight fund facts about Camberwell Sunday Market

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.

Lucy Slade, a journalism student, came to our 40th Anniversary and interviewed Healy and Chris Poole about their wedding at Camberwell Sunday Market. Listen here.

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. We will be posting eight facts about the Camberwell Sunday Market over this weekend! Stay tuned, more fun facts to come!

Originally posted in The Culture Trip theculturetrip.com by Monique La Terra.

Number 4: Eight fun facts about Camberwell Sunday Market

Photo courtesy of Camberwell Camera Club

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.

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. We will be posting eight facts about the Camberwell Sunday Market over this weekend! Stay tuned, more fun facts to come!

Originally posted in The Culture Trip theculturetrip.com by Monique La Terra.

Number 1: Eight Fun Facts about Camberwell Sunday Market

Courtesy of the Camberwell Camera Club


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.

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. We will be posting eight facts about the Camberwell Sunday Market over this weekend! Stay tuned, more fun facts to come!

Originally posted in The Culture Trip theculturetrip.com by Monique La Terra.