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Vintage & Collectables Marketplace

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 30th 2022
It's the new old

First impressions count and my first impression of walking into Vintage & Collectables Marketplace was how large it was and the vast array of merchandise looking for new owners.

Antique stall
One of many stalls.

The impression increased the further I ventured through the shop as the depth of the shop and the depth of the goodies increased.

Antique shop interior.
From behind the counter.

It is a marketplace in the sense that most of the stalls belong to individuals who rent the space to display their wares. The 'house' also takes a small percentage of all goods sold.

market stall
You could have your own little shop.

There are small displays and there are large ones.

small collectables display.
Some stalls are small.

large stall
Some are larger.

Owner Robert has been in the antiques and collectables business for decades and our short talk showed his knowledge and enthusiasm for his chosen occupation.

Collectables stall.
Owner Robert. Naturally behind a Bobs game.

Unusual in an antique shop was a large range of clothing, both old and not so old.

racks of clothing.
Some of the clothing.

There are several small rooms full of things. A large selection of music items in the form of CDs and vinyl records.

record stall
CDs and vinyl.

Market stall.
Pictures and pitchers.

Interesting individual items often stand out amongst displays. I particularly liked the rabbit with a basket upon his back.

Rabbit statue.
Would be a good conversation piece.

Other items which stood out from the displays were a lady in black and a bird in a cage.

Lady in black statue.
A lady in black featured in this stall.

Bird in cage.
The bird had prime spot.

Dogs were featured in many stalls. Two were carrying items of sustenance, one thinking he was a St. Bernard.

Dog statues.
Working dogs.

Some stalls offered many man-cave essentials.

man cave supplies
Man cave supplies.

man cave supplies
More supplies.

There was a library of books and elsewhere a pair of book ends in the shape of a taxi. A pair of old rusty spades reminded me of ones I still use in my garden. When my gardening days are over, I now know of a retirement home for them.

Book section.
You can buy a book, or book a cab.

Rusty spades.
Definitely antique.

China and glassware are standard collectable items and I noticed many stalls with them.

China and glassware, always collectable.

Jewellery and scarves were a feature of what I called an island stand.


Walking through the shop is like walking through a maze, a maze of fascinating and interesting items from a past era.

From a past era.

This large shop has only been open for a short time, but during my half an hour there, there was a constant stream of people through the door.

People in shop.

They are open six days a week from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Opening hours.
Opening hours.

It is a good opportunity for some antique browsing. To us older folk, it is like a museum tour.

Antique shop exterior.
Plenty of parking in Clarke Street.

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Why? A step back in time.
When: 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Phone: 0417 731 701
Where: Clarke Street, Lilydale.
Cost: All items marked
Your Comment
If I ventured in there Neil, there's a danger I might never emerge. we have a place like this in Wonthaggi. It's called The Bazaar and like this, is a collection of many businesses. Too often I emerge from there with a vintage book under my arm; I just can't help it.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10118) 62 days ago
HELP . . . .
Can you please give street number in Clarke Street add l have driven along both ends of Clarke Street and can not locate marketplace.
by Debra (score: 0|9) 54 days ago
You have a winner, Neil, readers love 'the new old' ...
by Elaine (score: 3|9077) 61 days ago
I love wandering through vintage style markets like this. You neve know what you are likely to find.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5778) 62 days ago
Much more interesting enjoyable shopping than large generic shopping complexes
by ifaye (score: 2|126) 62 days ago
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