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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!

Join us Sunday 21 February 2021

Well that was a pleasant little hiatus! Join us this weekend with your favourite mask (must be worn at all times in the Market area).

Sunday’s are #fundays and with a forecast in the mid-twenties, it is shaping up to be a great day to reclaim your weekend!

Remember our COVIDSafe Plan will be in place, just as prior to the circuit-breaker lockdown.

Hoping to see you Sunday!

We’re closed Valentine’s Day on this Lunar New Year weekend

🧧 新年快樂
🧧 #HappyNewYear

Wishing everyone a safe, prosperous and happy New Lunar Year! Bringing in the year of the Ox and the lunar new year is celebrated by Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese and may Asian cultures that make up the rich fabric of multicultural Victoria and the heritage of many of market visitors and sellers.

It’s a cultural red letter weekend with the Lunar New Year 🧧 and Valentine’s Day on this weekend🌹. Despite the first greeting card creations of Hallmark Cards in 1913 and links to St Valentine, this European tradition actually has dark origins https://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day

Please be aware we will be closed on #ValentinesDay this Sunday, 14 February 2021, due to the latest Stage 4 ‘circuit-breaker’ COVID19 restrictions announced yesterday (12 February 2021).

All stall holders have had their bookings cancelled for the 14th of February. Refunds are be processed automatically and credited to the account that paid the booking with the reference of ‘Rotary Club of Balwyn’. Banks can take between 3-5 days for the transaction to appear in account records.

The booking system has been updated with extra May stalls and casual stallholders need to rebook a new available date. You can check stall availability via the the booking system link at https://mk01-booking.azurewebsites.net/ or learn more about selling at the market here: https://camberwellsundaymarket.org/treasure/selling/

Join us for a COVIDSafe Sunday morning when Stage 4 restrictions are lifted and help us protect our market and the broader community by following our COVIDSafe Plan and:

  • If you are unwell, do not come to the market
  • If you have been travelling overseas/interstate, or have been in contact with a COVID19 virus, within the last 14 days, do not come to the market
  • Wear a face mask at all times
  • Scan our QRcode to record the date and time of visit
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distancing
  • Visits are limited to 90 minutes
  • Use hand sanitiser & maintains hygenie (e.g. cough into your elbow, wash your hands, etc)
  • Look for price tags on items to avoid getting too close to stalls
  • Follow instructions from the caravan PA, Rotary volunteers and our COVID-19 Marshals

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Market closed on Sunday14 Feb 2021

Due to the latest Stage 4 COVID19 restrictions announced today, the Camberwell Sunday Market will be closed this weekend.

But every cloud has a silver lining: ❤️ #HappyValentinesDay – pleasure enjoy the extra time with your loved ones! ❤️

All stall holders will have their bookings cancelled for the 14th of February. Refunds will be processed automatically and credited to the account that made the booking. The refund reference will be ‘Rotary Club of Balwyn’ and banks can take between 3-5 days for the transaction to appear.

The booking system will be updated with extra May stalls this weekend and casual stallholders need to rebook a suitable date.

When the Market resumes, our COVIDSafe Plan will be the same, including:

  • do not attend the market if you are unwell
  • wear a face mask at all times
  • maintain 1.5m physical distancing
  • limit visits to 90 minutes
  • use hand sanitiser
  • checkin with our QR Code

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.