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by Angie (subscribe)
Melbourne-based freelance writer & graphic designer.
Published June 12th 2009
The Camberwell Sunday Rotary Market, run by the Rotary Club of Balwyn Victoria, is one of Melbourneís most popular trash and treasure markets. It has been running every Sunday for over 40 years and entry to the market is a gold coin donation which goes to charity. Car parking is available around Burke Avenue or you can take the train to Camberwell Station and walk down to Station Street.

With over 360 stalls spanning an entire carpark lot, there is plenty to see and buy. With around 8000 visitors every week, the market is usually full of all kinds of people from families to teenagers, all searching for that perfect find. Buskers and performers add to the lively and busy atmosphere.

The market is great for the usual vintage clothing, crockery and books but is also the perfect place to look for the more unusual things such as old photo albums, typewriters and ornaments. Many stalls specialize in handmade items which is great for collectors of unique objects.

There are also quite a few stalls that sell old furniture and toys and you can discover some quality pieces. You never know what youíll find here and with a bit of luck and digging you might uncover that hidden vintage gem. Some stall owners are more than happy to bargain so you might also be able to knock a few extra dollars off.

Itís easy to spend the whole morning wandering through the markets but luckily stalls pack up in time for lunch. You can grab a bite to eat at the many cafes and restaurants located on Burke Road. Borders is also a great place to spend the rest of the afternoon and browse a few books.
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Why? A unique shopping experience
When: Every Sunday (except Sunday before Christmas Day)
Where: Station Street Western Carpark
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
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