Category Archives: Discover Camberwell

Discover tools and cameras in Camberwell

When it comes to tools and cameras, people can be divided into two groups: the vintage-loving types who intentionally seek out pre-loved treasures, and the gadget-loving types who are always on the lookout for the latest equipment.

No matter which camp you’re in – or if you move back and forwards between the two of them – you will find the tools and cameras you’re after in Camberwell.

Between the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market and the wider Camberwell shopping precinct, you’ll find specific tools for the garage, garden or a hobby, or that state-of-the-art camera to help you capture life’s magic moments.

Discover hidden treasures at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

At Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, you’ll find collectors of rare cameras and photographic paraphernalia rubbing shoulders with photography students looking for discounted second-hand gear.

Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a great place to pick up a bargain. Professional photographers often sell cameras and accessories they consider to be outdated equipment, but which is fine for amateur photographers to give a second life.

Of course, there’s no such thing as outdated when it comes to tools. What some people see as old, others see as timeless classics.

Every weekend, keen gardeners and home renovators scour the market stalls for their favourite tools that are no longer being manufactured. Perhaps they’re in search of a new handle for their favourite saw, a specific drill bit, or a screwdriver that’s exactly the right size.

Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is an Aladdin’s cave for those in search of old tools to break up for spare parts.

Artisans and fine craftsmen will also often find jewellery and wood cutting tools amongst the market’s treasures.

Find gems in Camberwell shopping precinct

Further afield in the Camberwell shopping precinct, an extensive range of rare and antique cameras can be found at Camberwell Antique Centre.

There are cameras that make wonderful talking points in the home, while others, in perfect working condition, are great for those who still believe the best images are created in a dark room, with no computer in sight.

For those who enjoy creating memories using the latest digital technology, Camberwell shopping precinct is home to JB Hi-Fi, PC Space and Ted’s Camera Store, all of which also stock the latest cameras, accessories and editing software.

For the weekend hobbyists, homemakers and crafters, Camberwell shopping precinct offers a range of tools to support personal projects. Aldi and Target have a selection of handy tools, while Riot Art and Craft is the one-stop-shop for new crafting instruments.

For lovers of antique and retro tools, the Camberwell Antique Centre has a variety of unique and pre-loved gems.

From vintage items to seeking out specific implements, there is no shortage of cameras and tools in Camberwell. All you have to do is find the one that is perfect for you.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping Website.

Discover plants and fresh flowers in Camberwell

Surrounding yourself with flowers and plants makes you happier and your home healthier – science says so!

We all know that plants and flowers help clear the air, but apparently even just seeing and smelling foliage triggers neutrons in our brains that sends our bodies a strong positive signal.

Any time of year is ideal to fill your home and garden with the colour and life of plants and flowers.

Whether you’re a green thumb or someone who simply fancies creating a herb garden or filling their home with florals, you can find everything you need in the Camberwell shopping precinct.

Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Stop and have a chat to someone browsing plants at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market and chances are they’ll tell you they’ve been buying plants here for years – with very good reason.

Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is home to stalls featuring a wide variety of plants that range from ornamental to practical, bushes to blooms, natives and exotics.

When you get your plants at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, you’re buying more than a bit of greenery. Stallholders will happily share the story behind every plant they’ve lovingly grown from seeds and cuttings – and provide handy hints on how to care for them.

For those who dream of kitchen gardens and starting their own vegetable patches, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a great place to pick up organically grown cuttings and heirloom fruit and vegetable seedlings.

Don’t forget that plants make great gifts too. If you’re on the lookout for a present, head down to stallholder Southside Succulents and check out their range of dramatic and beautiful cacti and succulents.

Camberwell shopping precinct

Locals will tell you that Camberwell shopping precinct is renowned for some of the city’s best florists and fresh flower offerings.

Market Blooms have their flowers delivered daily so they’re always fresh, and the affordable prices mean you can fill your house with flowers every week.

Camberwell Market Florist stocks a huge variety of in-season blooms – every time you visit, you’re guaranteed to see new flowers that will inspire and delight.

If you’re in dinner party planning mode, pick up your table centrepiece at The Flower Charm, which is conveniently located at Camberwell Fresh Food Market.

For that special occasion, you’ll want a floral arrangement that’s both respectful and inspired, so check out Eufloria – they’re Camberwell’s floral arrangement specialists.

As you can see, there is no shortage of great flowers and plants in Camberwell – simply meander through Burke Rd, the junction and Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market to find something that makes your heart bloom.

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.

Discover the history of the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

For more than 40 years, shoppers in search of antiques and second-hand treasures have flocked to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.

Having started in 1976, the weekly market has become a city-wide institution, as one of Melbourne’s biggest markets for pre-loved wares.

The very first market featured only 48 stalls, attracted 1700 people and made a humble $531.

Nowadays, there are more than 380 stalls at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, which has a vast offering including bric-a-brac, collectibles, vintage fashion, books, records and even hardware items.

The outdoor marketplace remains a destination for locals and tourists alike, with some 250,000 people descending on the suburban carpark every year.

Historic market characters

Much of the history of the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is tied up in its colourful stall holders.

There is collector Ray Nicholls, who has shared his passion for newspapers and magazines from his stall for about three decades.

And having entertained crowds for more than 20 years, Saxophonist Neil Whitford has been commemorated with a memorial plaque on the walkway at the marketplace.

The history of fundraising

Since the market began, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has operated under the guidance of Balwyn Rotary who have been fundraising by accepting donations in their iconic yellow cups.

Visitors are asked to make a gold coin donation to enter the markets, with funds going to the Balwyn Rotary club, which supports numerous important charitable causes.

Tireless volunteers have raised more than $16 million since the market first opened to support local and overseas communities.

Their fundraising efforts have aided numerous causes including Eastern Emergency Relief, Box Hill Hospital, Violence Free Families and New Zealand Earthquake Rebuilding.

Camberwell’s history

While Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has a fascinating past, the wider Camberwell shopping precinct has its own rich history as one of the oldest shopping strips in Melbourne.

The suburb drew its name from The Camberwell Inn, an inn built in the area in 1853.

The story goes that the area reminded the establishment’s owner of London’s Camberwell Green area.

Business activity along Burke Rd rose after the railway line was extended to the area in 1882, prompting residential development and further commerce in the shopping precinct.

Today, there are some long-standing gems located throughout the precinct.

For example, the Rivoli Cinema first opened in 1921 at 570 Burke Rd. In 1940, it relocated to its current location at 200 Camberwell Rd, and in 1968 it was the first cinema in Australia to be converted to a twin auditorium. In the year 2000, following a $16 million refurbishment, the Rivoli reopened as an eight-screen multiplex. The cinema is renowned for its Art Deco design, grand staircase and unique circular patterned carpet.

Another local icon is the Camberwell Fresh Food Market, which has been operating for more than 85 years. The market was established in the 1930s where the site was originally a horse carriage factory that later become a produce market, servicing the market growers of the area. Many stall holders today are second and third generation family-run businesses and still trade in the traditional style.

Planning to visit?

If you’re planning immerse yourself in a little history at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The market opens from 6.30am until 12.30pm every Sunday except for Sundays that fall within 10 days before Christmas.

The marketplace is located in the carpark on Station St, tucked behind the Burke Rd shopping precinct. If you want to set up a stall, then check out this guide on how to book a spot.

This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Things to do in Camberwell after visiting the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Remember that time you experienced the perfect Sunday? A day spent relaxing with friends and family; spending time outdoors; taking your time doing the things that made you happy?

You can recreate the perfect Sunday every Sunday in Camberwell shopping precinct.

From discovering treasures at the market to enjoying a meal and spot of shopping, we’ve got your perfect Sunday planned out.

Here’s how you can enjoy a Sunday in Camberwell:

Begin with a visit to the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Start your Sunday morning the way locals have for generations – with a stroll in the morning sunshine, soaking up the sights and sounds of the iconic Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.

Search through racks of gorgeous vintage fashion, handcrafted homewares, arts and crafts, and treasures that have been locked away in attics.

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is the perfect place to pick up a unique gift or something special for your home.

Just don’t be surprised if you also walk away with an unexpected find, like a relic from your childhood that sparks happy memories.

Head out for brunch

Now that you’re full of post-market excitement and inspiration, it’s time to hit one of Camberwell’s many renowned cafes and restaurants for a relaxing long brunch with family and friends.

Warm up with freshly baked pastries at Laurent Patisserie, treat yourself to a cake that is more like a miniature work of art at Angelucci, or discover why healthy also means tasty at Acai Brothers.

Coffee aficionados can find the best drop in Camberwell shopping precinct – not an easy task when Camberwell is packed with coffee specialists but we’re sure you’re up to the challenge!

Do a spot of shopping

You’re sufficiently fuelled-up with caffeine, so it’s time to hit the shops.

Whether you have a specific purchase in mind, or just want to jump on the latest fashion trends, Camberwell has all the inspiration you need at every price point.

Camberwell shopping precinct is home to high-end and high street brands, fashion boutiques, specialty gift stores, electronic and tech hubs, florists, sporting goods, homewares and much more.

Make your afternoon productive

It might be Sunday, but you probably have tasks that still need to be ticked off, like going to the gym, getting your hair cut or doing the grocery shopping.

Fun fact: chores become that much more enjoyable when they are done in the vibrant atmosphere of Camberwell.

Dine out for dinner

The next big question: where to for dinner?

Allow enough time to ponder this, because Camberwell shopping precinct has so many great restaurant choices, from traditional pizzas, to exotic cuisines, to healthy options and grazing plates.

Catch a movie at the Rivoli Cinemas

The enjoyment of a much-anticipated flick can only be improved upon by being surrounded by the glamour and history of the Rivoli Cinemas.

The art deco cinema is a significant cultural and historical icon in Camberwell and has inspired both lovers of film and architecture for generations.

There is a selection of great wine bars close to the cinema, perfect for that post-movie debrief. Nineteenforty is a rooftop bar located at the Rivoli itself, while Young’s Wine Rooms and Cafe Paradiso, just a short walk across the road, offer a great atmosphere to enjoy a drink or two.

This article also appears on the Camberwell Shopping website.