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Discover speciality and unique finds in Camberwell

They may not be the ubiquitous international brands in huge glossy showrooms, but what they lack in size they make up for in personality, unique offerings, and the ability to supply things you cannot find anywhere else.

Camberwell is renowned for its speciality shops, offering unique and niche products and experiences, guaranteed to surprise, excite and inspire.

And better still, the Camberwell shopping precinct combines the charm and personality of local shops and a thriving market with the convenience of being all in the one location.

Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

Whether you prefer your music on vinyl, are looking for a specific china teacup, want a retro painting or piece of antique jewellery to complete your collection, you’ll find it at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market.

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a Melbourne tradition, where for generations visitors have shopped for unique gifts, rare collectables, children’s toys and clothing, and vintage fashion and accessories.

If you’ve been looking for that old thing-a-me-bob that was perfect for cutting vegetables, but you’ve never seen it outside your grandmother’s house, or that gadget they stopped making a while back but you can’t live without, chances are they’re waiting for you at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market. Someone else’s trash is another’s treasure and this sentiment is manifested here in spades.

What’s more, simply visiting the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is a unique experience in itself – the market has been operating for more than 40 years and has a vibrant history, and your gold coin donation upon entry has helped raise more than $16 million to help local and international communities.

That’s a market, with a social conscience, worth supporting.

Camberwell shopping precinct

They’re the small stores and independent businesses that give Camberwell its charm, and whose mission it is to offer products and services that stand out from the everyday.

One thing is for certain, you’ll find something special and unique in Camberwell shopping precinct.

For a distinct gift for a special occasion, check out the range of personalised stationery and luxury writing tools at Paper Republic.

Just down the road is Music Junction, which for 50 years has been the go-to destination for Melbourne’s musicians, and carries a huge range of hard-to-find instruments. It’s also the only store in Australia to stock Chapman Guitars.

If your taste buds are particular or fussy, check out Foddies, a speciality cafe and store offering a range of gluten free and other allergy-friendly foods. There’s also Elyros, which serves up traditional Cretan fare, using only free range and grass-fed meats.

Sustainable shoppers love The Source Bulk Foods, which stocks a variety of bulk foods (without the plastic packaging) including flours, nuts, pasta, seeds as well as a selection of organic, paleo-friendly, low sugar and gluten free foods.

If you’re looking for relaxation that goes beyond the traditional massage, check out floatation tank experiences at Elevation Floatation and feel your cares drift away.

Or get the adrenaline pumping 80s style with a round of slot car racing at Race Party. Challenge your friends and family on custom designed racetracks using model slot cars and remote controls, or simply cheer from the sidelines.

From seeking out rare objects to encountering experiences like no other, there is no shortage of speciality and unique finds in Camberwell. The only thing that’s left to do is uncover them.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Discover collectables, antiques and retro finds in Camberwell

It’s the thrill of the chase and the glory of the find that drives treasure hunters in search of collectables and antiques to Camberwell every week.

It starts on Sunday morning before the sun comes up when seasoned hunters, armed with torches and an eye for the rare, sentimental or valuable, begin rummaging through the 370 stalls at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, before moving on to the antique and collectables stores dotted around the shopping precinct.

Treasure means different things to different people. For some, it’s reminders of a time gone by or of someone you love; for others it’s about finding retro goods at a bargain price.

But every seasoned treasure hunter knows that X marks the spot at Camberwell shopping precinct.

Discover antique treasures at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

You’ll never forget that feeling when you stumble upon the ornament you remember from your childhood; a vintage gown that’s just perfect for an upcoming event; or a box of random household goods that you recently saw on an online collector’s group selling for hundreds.

At the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, the thrill of the find is secondary only to the joy of the hunt.

Every Sunday (except the Sunday before Christmas) the Station Street carpark comes alive with the smells of coffee brewing and donuts cooking, and the sounds of hundreds of stallholders spruiking collectable comics and trinkets, mid-century homewares and ornaments, as well as art and crafts.

There are plenty of treasures to be found at the market – all you have to do is go in search of them.


Find collectables in the Camberwell shopping precinct

All week round, professional antique collectors and casual hunters alike can be spotted at Camberwell Antique Centre.

Located in one of Camberwell’s iconic heritage buildings, Camberwell Antique Centre features two floors of antiques, collectables, vintage furniture, retro homewares, and many other objects of desire.

One shopper recently came across a 1908 American flag with only 46 stars, created before New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii became official states.

Whether you’re an antique toy collector or just a parent who can’t stand another plastic toy in the house, you’ll love Antique Toy World, located within the Camberwell Antique Centre, which is filled with wooden toys, puzzles and handcrafted dolls.

Camberwell shopping precinct is also a haven for those searching for antique, speciality and repurposed furniture.

Most Wanted Interiors (closed Sundays) and Provincial Home Living offer unique and handcrafted pieces from local designers and from around the world.

But if you’re looking for the ultimate in bespoke quality furniture, you can’t go past the highly-skilled craftsman at Schwartz and Angelo (closed Sundays) which has been one of the most well-known and respected fine furniture makers in Melbourne for more than 50 years.

Don’t forget the many treasures and collectables that can be found at Camberwell shopping precinct’s Australian Red Cross Op Shop and Salvos Stores (closed Sundays) where you’ll find perfect pre-loved treasures to enjoy anew.

This article was also published on the Camberwell Shopping website.

Discover children’s clothing and toys in Camberwell

If you’re looking for unique toys or some stylish new clothes for your little ones, head down to Camberwell to find an impressive range of kids’ toys and clothing.

Your first stop should be the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market, where you will uncover an assortment of pre-loved and one-of-a-kind playthings and apparel for children of all ages.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the market, the Camberwell Shopping precinct is sure to have what you want, whether it’s something vintage from Antique Toy World or the latest trends from Kidstuff.

Just remember to take your time to find the perfect item because that special toy or outfit might end up being something that they hold onto and pass down to their own children.

Here are some tips for finding children’s toys and clothing at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market and the Camberwell shopping precinct:

Find kids’ clothing and toys at Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market

The wonderful thing about the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is that there is something rare and special on offer each weekend that you just won’t find anywhere else.

You can find remarkable second-hand toys and games that are no longer in production, as well as pre-loved playthings that you can pick up for a bargain.

Stalls with handmade goods regularly appear at the market too, offering everything from hand-stitched dolls to gooey slime.

There is also a sensational array of children’s clothing for different ages and tastes, with beautiful babywear and trendy threads for teens.

The best tip when approaching the market for kidswear and toys is to keep an open mind and see what you stumble upon along the way.

Explore Camberwell precinct for children’s toys and clothing

Of course, if you have something specific in mind and can’t find what you’re looking for at the market, there are plenty of great options in Camberwell shopping precinct.

You can’t go past Seed and Jasmine Kids Outfitters for quality children’s clothing, while Bonds Outlet Camberwell and Target also offer classic outfits and apparel.

Target also has a stellar range of toys and games however, be sure to check out Riot Art and Craft Camberwell if you want to foster your child’s creativity with some arts and craft activities.

For young bookworms, head over to Dymocks Camberwell and take a look at their selection of children’s books and young adult novels.

If you have a gamer on your hands, then JB Hi Fi Camberwell can sort you out for video games and computer accessories.

Remember you can always stop by the toy section in Coles and Woolworths while you’re doing your grocery shopping if you need to pick up something on the go.

Want to learn more? Then check out the Camberwell shopping precinct website and the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market homepage.

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.