For artisan and designer market devotees, stepping away from the major shopping centres and exploring new and unique fashion, home and designer wares is one of the major reasons for visiting these atmospheric markets. Melbourne now has a fair selection of artisan market, and for those around the Northern suburbs, the Brunswick Street Market is certainly one to explore.
Held on the second Saturday of the month from October through to April, this ongoing monthly market is an outlet for artisans, designers, craftspeople, inventors and makers alike. Varied and totally unique, the market also features antiques, importers and art students, among plenty others. So if your preference is for new, edgy and totally individual – whatever the item may be – then this designer market is a great place to start.
A particular point of difference the Brunswick Street Market likes to boast is the incorporation of the Rag Trade and Recycle Market. Previously held at the Collingwood College and Gleadell Street in Richmond, you can now discover a range of quality fashion accessories, preloved designer fashion, wardrobe clear outs alongside brand new designer items all in one place at the Brunswick Street Market. Enjoy samples, seconds, end of season sales and over run items – all at bargain basement prices.
Organisers describe the stallholder assembly at the Brunswick Street Market as being an eclectic 'mini pop up retail environment for entrepreneurs to showcase their wares.' A refreshing change from mass production found at your usual retail outlets.
If you have the means, visit the Brunswick Street Market on the 2nd Saturday of each month from October through to April. Forthcoming market dates for the end of 2016 are Saturday 8th October, 12th November, and 10th December. Then 14th January, 11th February, 11th March and 8th April for 2017.
The Brunswick Street Market is held at the Australia Catholic University in the St Mary's of the Cross Square, walking distance from Collins Street and accessible by all forms of public transport. The use of public transport is highly recommended as parking is scarce.