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10 Unique and Community Markets in November / December 2014

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by Monique Thorpe (subscribe)
Globe-trotting nomad life since April 2015.
Published November 3rd 2014
Head off the beaten track and discover somethig new
It's easy to get wrapped up in the production value and slick marketing of the major markets like the Queen Victoria Night Markets, the Noodle Markets and regulars like the Arts Centre Sunday and South Melbourne Markets. They are stable favorites, however if you're seeking something away from the tourist trail, why not give these unique markets a look in November / December 2014.

Horse Gear and Track Market
Date: Saturday 8 November
Location: Yarra Glen & Lilydale Hunt Club, 28 Melba Hwy, Coldstream

What to expect: A fun day out in the country. Catering for anyone interested in the equine world, you'll find stalls selling a range of new and used riding gear, end of season items, clothing, training items and horse related products. Whether you are purchasing for use or for decorative purposes, this is a great market to check out the range of goods on offer. The horse gear and track market is only held twice a year so gets a great turnout. Admission is $2 with children 12 years and under free.



Horse Gear and Track Market, Coldstream
Horse Gear and Track Market, Coldstream


Urban Summer Nights Market
Date: Saturday 8 November and 13 December
Location: Kelly Park, cnr of Synnot and Cherry Street, Werribee

What to expect: Don't be fooled by the name, this Urban Market is not held on a rooftop, or in a laneway and frequented by skinny-jean clad youths. This Urban Summer Night Market is help in the central park of Werribbe and is a family affair. Featuring a rotating set of stallholders, as well as free entertainment of local musicians, some lovely food and an enjoyable summer twilight atmosphere, these markets are the set to become iconic in the west. The markets are only 5 min walk from Werribee train station and run from 4:00pm 9:00pm



Indie Fashion & Design Event
Date: Weekend of 15 - 16 November
Location: Jam Factory, 500 Chapel Street, South Yarra

What to expect: Run by the team at Melbourne's Mystery Market, this is a market for the fashionista inside all (well most) of us. From vintage dresses to modern designer sunglasses and candles, this two-day market will host local names such as M'agapi, Jude Ng, You, Me & Bones, Love of Three Oranges, Collective Tee and Miss Lilly White. For a full list of stalls, see Melbourne's Mystery Market website. This is one slick, cool and ultra fashionable affair.



Jude Ng, Indie Fashion & Design Event
Jude Ng will host a stall at the Indie Fashion & Design Event


Yarraville Market
Date: 8 November and 6, 13 & 20 December (extra Christmas dates added)
Location: Masonic Hall, Cnr Canterbury & Willis Street, Yarraville

What to expect: All things quaint and quirky. This indoor market is the perfect place for battling the extreme weather that we can experience in November and December. Products on offer range from jewellery and candles, to skincare, herbal teas and clothing with an emphasis on handmade. This cute market is extremely family-friendly, offering face painting and colouring competitions for the kids. Whilst the Yarraville Market is only small with approximately 30 stalls, it is surrounded by a lovely local street of unique shops, perfect for turning a market Saturday into a whole-day outing.



Yarraville Market
Yarraville Market


Nanna Cool's November Market
Date: Saturday 22 November
Location: St Pauls Church, Frankston
and
Date: Saturday 13 December
Location: Activity hub, Chelsea

What to expect: Nanna Cool are 'markets with craftitude', celebrating old-school craft with a contemporary edge. Actively encouraging the upcycle and recycle craft movement, Nanna Cool stallholders all have a passion for vintage, an extreme amount of talent and a flair for bringing crafts of the past into the modern era. In the write up for Nanna Cool, the term thoughtful consumerism is mentioned and that really is the key to this market. Shop like your nanna would, look at the quality and durability and be charmed by the aesthetics.



Nanna Cool Markets
Nanna Cool Markets


The Chevron Market
Date: Sunday 23 November
Location: Italian Sports Club Of Werribee, 601 Heaths Road, Werribee

What to expect: I adore this market concept. The Chevron Markets are 'Dedicated to Assisting Mums in Business'. This unique market creates opportunities for mum's with businesses to showcase themselves and their wares, as well as network and grow their trades. Who better to create goods for the family than mums themselves, they are the creators and the target market, how often does that happen?! Get along to find some outside-of-the-square ideas and products and support mums in business.

The Chevron Market is 'Dedicated to Assisting Mums in Business'
The Chevron Market is 'Dedicated to Assisting Mums in Business'


Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Christmas Fair
Date: Sunday 23rd November
Location: Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road, Flemington

What to expect: Part teddybear's picnic, part retro kingdom, part rockabilly heaven, this is the market to source all of those hard to find collectables items, vintage pieces and one-off headline grabbers. Keep an eye out for deco items, kitchenalia, Australiana, jewellery, Coca-Cola memorabilia, ephemera, records, advertising, comics, books, stamps, militaria including medals, badges and related items, movie music and sporting collectables, posters, model kits and swap/tradecards. Click here for a full list of stalls. If you want to head over on the tram, take the number 57 and the Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Christmas Fair will provide you with a free shuttle service from main gate of the racecouse to the entrance, or parking is available for $2. The market runs from 9am 3pm and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors or $15 for a family (2 adults/3children).



Baby & Kids Market
Date: Sunday 30 November
Location: Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road, Flemington

What to expect: Presented by Kidspot, the Baby and Kids Market hosts stalls with a mixture of pre-loved and new goods, primarily clothes, for children. You can expect the kids to love this as much as the parents with goodie bags on arrival, free entertainment, product demonstrations and giveaways. Admission is $5 with kids under 13 free.

Baby & Kids Market at Flemington Racecourse
Baby & Kids Market at Flemington Racecourse


Northern Regards Artisan Market
Date: 6 December
Location: Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street, Northcote

What to expect: Northern Regards describe their production as 'a sustainable artisan market in Melbourne's north....with beer!' and this is exactly what they deliver. Held on the first Saturday of every month at the iconic Northcote Social Club, this market is a mixture of local artists, designers and crafty people who are all happy and open to a good chat about their wares. Run in partnership with Thornbury Womens Neighbourhood House, this market selects stalls that have a sustainable, upcycled or recycled element to their work. Doors open from 11am 4pm and you'll find the stalls in the band room of the Social Club. Jump on tram 86 up High Street to be dropped at the door or take the train to Northcote Station. It's only a short walk from there.

Northern Regards Artisan Market
Northern Regards Artisan Market


Makers Market
Date: Saturday 6 December
Location: Kingston Arts, 979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin

What to expect: A one-night-only market supporting local creative businesses and makers. This subterranean art park will come alive with the aroma of street food, sensory art installations and live music, to accompany the retail stalls. Artists include installation artist Sean Diamond and music by Josh Owen and VARDOS. The Makers Marker runs from 4pm 9pm on Saturday 6 December and will host over 75 stalls. Kingston Arts Makers Market is only a one minute walk from Moorabbin Train station on the Frankston line.



Makers Market, Kinsgston Arts
Makers Market at Kinsgston Arts, Moorabbin


Bonus market for those not afraid of a little bit of travel

Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market
Date: Saturday 8 November and 13 December
Location: Recreation Reserve in Tulip Street, Violet Town

What to expect: Ever heard of the Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market? Well this market in North East Victoria attracts up to 200 stalls and patrons of up to 4,000 each month. Wow! Running since 1978, all funds raised by the market used for the publication and distribution of the Village Voice community newsletter and for other community facilities and activities. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 8.30am - 1pm, you can take your time to meander through the stalls, enjoy the scenery and chat with the locals and traders. This is one impressive market! A two-hour drive from Melbourne up the Hume Hwy, this is not a market you can visit without preparation, however it promises to be work the trip.



Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market
Get out of the city and head to the Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market
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Your Comment
I like the sound of the Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Christmas Fair, and I love the name 'Nana Cool' for a craft market.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11656) 1201 days ago
Great article; can't wait to check out some markets.
by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1480) 1199 days ago
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