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Become a Stallholder at a Melbourne Market

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Published March 18th 2014
We all know there's no shortage of markets to visit in Melbourne, from the Queen Victoria Market to so many local ones in the suburbs.

But when you look at these events from the other side, they're the perfect chance to get rid of clothes and other unwanted items in good condition, in a fun fashion. Below you will find some markets to consider becoming a stallholder at.

Camberwell Market: Station Street, Camberwell
Camberwell is an extremely popular market, located in a carpark near other local shops within the suburb's bustling centre.

Stalls must be booked well in advance with a fee of $60. It costs an additional $8 to hire a rack or table, along with a $20 refundable deposit. To save money, find some tables from home or see if you can borrow them from a friend.

Camberwell Market
Goods on sale at the market

Each stall is allocated a parking spot but there are limited spots available with slightly bigger dimensions.

It will be an early morning as stallholders must arrive between 5.30am-7am to set up. You can park in your spot but to allow more stall space I'd recommend dropping off everything and then parking at a council carpark for free nearby (the corner of Riversdale Road and Butler Street.)

Some visitors will already be wandering around before 7am so be prepared and definitely expect some haggling during the day.

Camberwell Market
Holding a stall with friends

Stalls should close around 12.30pm and equipment returned by 1pm. This will become a busy time - prices go down and visitors haggle a bit more as they know you are trying to get rid of your items!

Another good idea is to bring chairs to sit on as it will be a long morning and sunscreen if it's a sunny day. Finally, make sure you come prepared with a variety of change for your customers.

Laverton Rubbles and Riches Market: Leakes Road, Laverton
Whereas Camberwell is mainly known for its many stylish second-hand clothes, Laverton is a slightly different market. It has a much larger carpark as well as indoor stalls and has everything from clothes to food and electronics.

Laverton Market
Walking by the indoor stalls

Stall hire is $35 and there is no need to book for casual outdoor stalls - you simply arrive on the day. For a Saturday it's recommended you arrive around 7.30. We arrived after 7.30 and still managed to get a spot, albeit not the most prominent one.

Laverton Market
Wearing a bumbag at Laverton Market

You can hire racks and tables but it's not as formal as Camberwell Market. They either disappear quickly or don't have too many as when we hired a rack, most of the leftover ones were faulty. Hire is $5 and no deposit is required.

The market hours are longer than Camberwell Market as it officially closes at 4pm. However stallholders start to leave after lunch as it tends to quieten down around then. In contrast, no cars are permitted to drive through the carpark before 12.30pm at Camberwell.

The market is also home to several food stalls, including popular and permanent Vietnamese stalls. Feel free to grab a Vietnamese roll iced coffee to help you get through the day.

Laverton Market
Vietnamese food and Greek donuts will also attract people at the market

There are pros and cons for both markets, Camberwell will attract many people looking for clothes whilst Laverton has more diversity in its crowd.

Of course these are not the only two markets to consider. Check out your local markets or upcoming markets, look into their hours and stall hiring prices and choose what suits you best. Most of all, have fun. It's fun trying to ensure you break even or make a profit and in the end most of your leftover items will most likely be going to a good place through a good charity!
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When: Weekends
Where: Camberwell and Laverton (and other markets)
Cost: Stall prices vary
Your Comment
Great idea for an article topic!
by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1485) 2299 days ago
laverton is now $55 per casual stall and you must arrive very early to get in on a good weather day
by sweet (score: 0|5) 2299 days ago
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